Barcelona Test April 2008 – Day 3

Toro Rosso STR03Day 3 in Barcelona was about new BullRosso car that was supposed to run for last 2 days of test. Unfortunately Mr. Bourdais smashed it beyond repair and we probably will not see STR03 again for the rest of the Barcelona test.

Fernando Alonso must have felt like at the end of 2006 season, his Renault finishing just ahead of Michael Schumacher’s Ferrari.

Not sure what exactly are McLaren and Toyota testing, they did not show much pace yet in Barcelona. Well, important will be the pace they show next week on the same track…

Most important development yesterday was however related to the team that does not test in Barcelona at all – Super Aguri

Barcelona test April 2008 – Day 3 times:


1. F. Alonso – Renault 01:18.483
2. M. Schumacher – Ferrari – 1:19.323
3. A. Sutil – Force India – 1:19.424
4. R. Kubica – BMW – 1:19.785
5. N. Rosberg – Williams – 1:19.841
6. R. Barrichello – Honda – 1:19.920
7. L. Hamilton – McLaren – 1:20.591
8. S. Bourdais – Toro Rosso – 1:20.715
9. M. Webber – Red Bull – 1:20.849
10. J. Trulli – Toyota – 1:20.867

8 Comments Post a Comment
  1. KotenokNo Gravatar says:

    I have good eyes and I recognize one of my ideas when I see it…

    I’m not sure at all, only to ask if I want a half a million or one million $; just because the Idea have been developed in another team which I suggested 2 or 3 seasons before.

    It was in 2006 when I had a great interest to understand why golf balls had dots all over their structure. I found why they have such dimples, and it’s well explained in Wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Golf_ball#Trick_Balls, read aerodynamics topic). My idea wasn’t bad right? A dotted golf ball on its surface goes further than a ball without dots, this means they fly better and are provided from better aerodynamic.

    It was then, when I thought this could make revolution in a F1 car aerodynamics! But without any way to test it with computer technologies or make it work… I just sent an e-mail to Williams F! Team with some information, and I never received an answer.
    The idea was about to use a proper part from the car bodywork dimpled, so the airflow will accelerate and put less resistance to advance, and go further faster. What I proposed in Williams that time was a little bit crazy thing, the idea of a F1 car airflow is to try to control it and bring the air to certain parts of bodywork to create drag, negative lift effect. With a dotted surface, the airflow could go everywhere else but not to the wings and winglets! So, all I wanted to say to Williams engineers is: “may this idea work? If this is a real development make me know about”. As I said, nothing proved me this is being tested until last pictures from Barcelona’s tests.

    http://www.f1-live.com/f1/photos/2008/tests88/diapo_110.jpg

    http://www.formula1.com/photos/597×478/manual/deh0816ap64.jpg

    http://www.formula1.com/photos/597×478/manual/deh0817ap26.jpg

    http://www.f1-live.com/f1/photos/2008/tests88/diapo_113.jpg

    This may be curious that two teams begin to test such idea, BMW and McLaren used it in completely different places. Rear wing assembly and front hubcaps, of course this doesn’t look like a golf ball!! But the essentials are the same, to create a turbulence doing a less resistant surface to the airflow advance. This could be this strange gypsum marks which we notice over the hubcaps from the McLaren last test day. And the wing from BMW I just noticed over this week, that it’s the first team using such line channeled surface on their flaps.

    I don’t want to feel divine HAHA!! I know it’s a coincidence, it’s not my idea maybe, it’s just a good group from engineers are developing theirs. Just if Williams had such technology nowadays, maybe I would feel it :) Anyway, I’m hoping to see such developments at the tests on next race. Pity that I’m not an engineer that dedicates his life to races… I would adore such work :)

    If somebody doesn’t understand at all, read more about golf ball aerodynamics here, it’s a bit childish: http://wings.avkids.com/Book/Sports/instructor/golf-01.html

  2. ShaunNo Gravatar says:

    Why is Schumacher testing for Ferrari instead of Raikkonen or Massa? sorry if this is an obvious question.

    Shaun’s last blog post..Biaggi and Bayliss to test the ailing Ducati GP8?

    • F1WolfNo Gravatar says:

      Massa tested for 2 days, Kimi’s day was today but not sure how much running did he manage in the rain.

      Why Schumacher still tests ? Who knows, may be simply publicity, may be his input is still welcome in the garage …

  3. StewNo Gravatar says:

    Yes, the question still remains around Mclaren. Hard to figure and I can’t see them being a winning force next week.

    • F1WolfNo Gravatar says:

      I would not be surprised if McLaren falls behind BMW again next week, but I also woud not be surprised if they mount serious challenge on Ferrari … It is simply hard to make conclusions from this test. Renault have been flying and still do sound too optimistic, McLaren not much speed, but no panic from them :-)

  4. fasNo Gravatar says:

    Intresting it seems but you cant conclude who is the fastest looking at testing.

    fas’s last blog post..R1 vs GSX-R 1000

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