Bad weather and car 'holes' for final winter test

Europe has seen nasty weather during February and Spain again is expecting the cold and rain during the final four days of "Winter" testing for the Formula One teams. Mark Webber remembers the chilly wet weather in last week's test in Barcelona!

Feb.27 (GMM) Teams are concerned about a forecast of bad weather for the final week of pre-season testing, according to the German language Speed Week.

Last week, the 'middle' Spanish test ended with cold and wet conditions at the Circuit de Catalunya.

"I can't remember having a full test day this cold," said Australian Mark Webber.

More of the same is en route again to northeastern Spain.

The last four days of testing before the season opener in Australia begins in Barcelona on Thursday, and on the morning of the opening day "it will start raining", predicted correspondent Mathias Brunner.

Fernando Alonso, Ferrari F138
Fernando Alonso, Ferrari F138

Photo by: XPB Images

The cold weather and rain is forecast to continue on Friday and possibly into early Saturday, with only the last day of running on Sunday so far looking sunny.

As well as scanning the radar images, eyes this week will also be straining to catch a glimpse of rival teams' final Melbourne-spec technical packages.

Germany's Auto Motor und Sport has already spied conspicuous and mysterious 'holes' on the Sauber, Ferrari and Red Bull cars.

Sauber began the trend for nose inlets last year, and now the new Ferrari has a hole that resembles a shark's mouth in the area beneath the nose of the car.

"And if you look closely," said correspondent Tobias Gruner, "you can also recognise an intake on the Red Bull."

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Series FORMULA 1
Drivers Mark Webber , Fernando Alonso
Teams Ferrari , Sauber
Article type Breaking news
Tags barcelona, circuit de catalunya, ferrari, melbourne-spec, red bull, sauber, webber