Caterham planned the launch of its CT05 chassis earlier on Tuesday (more info here via the team’s official website), but the Leafield-based team saw it delayed a couple hours with teething issues that were discovered.
When pictures did begin to emerge of the new chassis, the first thing that immediately jumped out was its take on the new nose assembly.
Unlike the other chassis revealed thus far, the new nose extension actually comes out from underneath the chassis, almost in a lower second tier.
Kamui Kobayashi put a photo out of the nose; he’ll be observing for most of this week with his race teammate Marcus Ericsson in the new car on Tuesday and Wednesday in Jerez, while reserve driver Robin Frijns will drive on Thursday and Kobayashi finally in on Friday.
American Alexander Rossi, who has also been confirmed with Caterham in a second season of testing and in GP2, offered his thoughts on F1’s new era when at Daytona International Speedway this weekend for the Rolex 24. Rossi co-drove the DeltaWing coupe.
“It’s an interesting time for the sport; hopefully, it will kind of equalize things,” he told MotorSportsTalk. “At the same time, there’s quite a bit of apprehension about how it will all work. It’s going to be very interesting next weekend.”
Rossi was due to fly direct to Spain after the weekend in Daytona to catch up with the team.
Daniel Ricciardo believes Red Bull stands a “decent chance” of signing off from the 2017 Formula 1 season with a victory in next weekend’s Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.
After a slow start to the year, Red Bull made massive gains across the course of the season by developing its RB13 to end the season as front-runners, rivaling Mercedes and Ferrari for pace.
The Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi has a number of slow-speed sections that should suit the RB13 car, with Ricciardo optimistic about his chances of not only ending his podium drought at the track, but even winning the race.
“Yas Marina has actually been one of my favorite tracks over the years,” Ricciardo said in Red Bull’s pre-race preview.
“It’s been a bit like Suzuka for me though, a track that I’ve always enjoyed and gone well on but not quite reached the podium at. I broke that trend in Suzuka this year so hopefully I can do the same in Abu Dhabi.
“When you have so much time away from the car in the off season it helps to sign off with a strong result as it makes you feel like you really deserve a break.
“I think we should have a strong car in Abu Dhabi. I said I want another win before the season is out and I think we have a decent chance of achieving that.”
Red Bull has claimed three race wins through 2017, with Ricciardo’s victory in Azerbaijan being followed up by successes for teammate Max Verstappen in Malaysia and Mexico.