Red Bull, Sauber and Toro Rosso launch 2012 F1 cars [UPDATE]

THE SAUBER F1 team have unveiled the new C31 in full but Red Bull have left us guessing with their RB8 launch.

Revealed by drivers Kamui Kobayashi and Sergio Perez at the chilly Jerez track this morning, the new Sauber C31 is the car that the team will hope can take them solidly into the mid-pack and ahead of the likes of Toro Rosso and Williams.

All the cars seen so far, with the notable exception of the McLaren, have featured a stepped nose in order to comply with new crash regulations and the C31 is no exception. However, it features a slot just after the nose rises, possibly to aid airflow over the ‘step’. The picture below from @ScarbsF1 shows the slot.

Meanwhile, with a surprisingly lacklustre launch Red Bull unveiled their new RB8 with a video on their website and not a great deal else.

The video didn’t show much but what it did show was a slot or vent on the nose, in a similar location to that on the Sauber but facing the other way making it an inlet rather than an outlet.

Speculation on Twitter is rife as to what it may be; simply a vent for driver or KERS cooling, an aerodynamic aid, a vent to change the cockpit air pressure? With no real informati0n from the team we will have to wait and see. It can also be seen on this rendering of the car below.

To see the video for yourself take a look here.

Following on from their sister team, Toro Rosso have taken the wraps off their new car today as well, the STR7. (Picture from @NobleF1)

The car carries over many of the features from last year, including the heavily sculpted and undercut sidepods.

The nose ‘step’ is not a severe as others that have been seen so far, suggesting that the chassis itself may be lower. There is also an additional air inlet below the main airbox/roll hoop which can be seen in the picture below. (Picture from Adam Cooper)

The team are fielding an all-new driver line-up this year with Australian Daniel Ricciardo and Frenchman Jean-Eric Vergne replacing Sebastien Buemi and Jaime Alguesuari.

 

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