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28 Feb 2013

Above: Toro Rosso STR8 - New Rear Wing Endplates complete with leading edge hole similar to the ones previously seen on the Williams, Marussia and Force India


Above: Williams FW35 - The central aperture used to blow air from has been shaped differently for this test

Above: Lotus E21 - A new Monkey Seat was tested today, with a similar design ethos to the DRD style one we have seen the team run for a while this seat is taller and sports a horizontal vane around 2/3rd's the way down the seat

Above: Lotus E21 - The car has the DRD 'Ears' uncovered but doesn't feature the full DRD system with the Periscope absent

McLaren MP4-28 - New Sidepod Slats featured on the car today as the slats don't bend down toward the Sidepod's edge (outer section)

 Ferrari F138 - New Nosecone features strakes that run longitudinally along the nosecone

 Ferrari F138 - Nice shot of the underside of the nose shows the large cooling duct

 Caterham CT-03 - Nothing new here just a nice shot of the rear of the car

 Caterham CT-03 - Again nothing new but a nice side on shot of the car

 Red Bull RB9 - Nothing new here on the car, just a good rearward look at the RB9

Ferrari F138 - Nice shot showing the 3 Vertical Floor Strakes used to direct the airflow at the rear of the car along with the gangsta Monkey Seat (lean back) which is being used to help with Rear Wing flow attachment
Force India VJM06 - Nice rearward shot of the car

Ferrari F138 - Another good view of the Ferrari Monkey Seat and rear end arrangement

Red Bull RB9 - Front Wing from above shows the complexity of the 6 Tier Wing and multiple cascades

Ferrari F138 - Nice shot of the rear of the car with Flo-Viz applied to the rear Brake Ducts and Rear Wing Endplates

Red Bull RB9 - Another great shot of the RB9's Front Wing

Toro Rosso - STR8 - Great shot of the car's diffuser and Rear Wing Endplate Strakes

Mercedes W04 - Rear End detail, nothing new just a good shot of the Diffuser and Gurney (Note still no Rear Wing Endplate Strakes for Mercedes)

Williams FW35 - Another shot of the revised layout inside the blown axle

Williams FW35 - Rear End detail

Sauber C32 - Rear end detail, good shot of Saubers 'Spoon' Rear Wing

Lotus E21 - In the last few laps of the day the team placed on their new configuration DRD (Drag Reduction Device) which utilises the shorter Periscope (Doesn't meet with the bottom of the mainplane)

Lotus E21 - Rearward shot of the car fitted with DRD (Drag Reduction Device)

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