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Formula 1 Bahrain February Testing
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What watching trackside in Bahrain indicates about F1 2023

While the 2023 Formula 1 liveries may not all stand out, there is definitely a greater difference in the characteristics of the cars when observing them tackle the Sakhir circuit at close quarters. Here are some of the key observations from day two of pre-season testing

The carbon fibre-revealing paint stripping isn’t quite as offensive on the eye as originally feared. That’s the first major impression after heading trackside and watching the floodlights bounce off the bodywork of Formula 1 cars as daylight fades to dusk at the Bahrain International Circuit during pre-season testing.

In this writer’s view, predominantly white liveries on racing cars look unfinished (apologies, Martini stripes!). Contemporary F1 ground-effects regulations necessitating drastic weight-saving measures that result in teams running with naked carbon fibre panels feels like the new equivalent. Combine that with the recent switch by many to a matte finish and the risk is that the grid looks downright dull. Certainly, the McLaren MCL60 is short on papaya and the Alpine colours are much more washed out this year, but they’re not quite the monochrome cohort as made out during the launches.

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