Toro Rosso have fitted a new nose cone on their STR9 on Saturday at Bahrain, the penultimate day of testing before the Australian Grand Prix. It was always a bit odd to see two bulges on each side of the chassis and at the front bulkhead with the detachable nose cone then featuring an entirely flat upper profile. The new design however explains why the bulges were there, as the team now have a nose that features two high arches on each side of the “finger” extension.
Williams have enjoyed several extremely productive testing days so far, and with the end of the tests nearing, the team is applying and testing new aerodynamic parts. One of the bigger upgrades fitted on the FW36 on Thursday with Bottas and Friday with Massa is the new rear bodywork featuring wider sidepod exits and a central funnel that blows hot sidepod air around the exhaust.
The second day of the final pre-season test saw Infiniti Red Bull Racing make significant progress, with Daniel Ricciardo recording 66 largely trouble-free laps of the Bahrain International Circuit in the RB10. The team was also able to get in some pit stop practice and conduct a number of background tests and aerodynamic evaluations on the way to the day’s third-fastest time.