McLaren's new look, Pirelli going soft, Arrivabene’s arm and thinning ice for Maldonado and Kvyat: here are some of the biggest talking points going into the Spanish Grand Prix.
McLaren sporting some new colours. Coming into Spain, McLaren-Honda have changed their livery for the rest of the season. In an announcement earlier this week, the team revealed that the chrome wasn't suitable as it made it hard to read the sponsors decals across the car. We think there's more to it. Silver is the colour of Mercedes, a rival to their new supplier Honda, and the previous livery was very similar to Force India's, a comparison the team probably doesn't want to make. There’s been a heavy emphasis on the 'McLaren Dayglo Speedmarks', although to us, they look like the same red logos we've had on the cars for years.
At the start of the season there were also rumours that Manor could have a new car by Spain. This rumour has now been confirmed untrue, with the team announcing they plan to have a new car, with a 2015 Ferrari power unit, debut in Belgium. The team have also moved to a new HQ at the Silverstone circuit, after their former HQ was acquired by the Haas F1 team for their European base starting in 2016. The team were using the former home of their GP3 outfit in Dinnington, however the small and ill-equipped facility was sure to prove unfit for an F1 team to operate from.
Susie Wolff will be climbing back into the cockpit on Friday for Williams. The wife of Mercedes boss Toto Wolff hasn't taken part in a session this season, although she did test for the team during pre-season testing.
Ferrari have made a number of major updates to their car for Barcelona, in a press statement they claimed the car is 70% new with only the front end being recognizable. Some of you eagle-eyed lot may have also noticed on that Ferrari boss Maruizio Arrivabene is sporting an arm brace following surgery earlier this week. This isn't the first time we've seen team bosses sporting arm injuries in recent times, with Toto Wolff last season also having his arm in a cast and sling after he came off his bicycle.
Paul Hembrey has stated Pirelli plan to produce softer tyres this season, in order to spice up the racing. The aim is to favour the soft and supersoft compounds throughout the season to encourage three stop races, and promote more varied tyre management strategies.
Pastor Maldonado and Daniil Kvyat are both running out of time to prove themselves. Maldonado hasn't scored a single point so far this season, and more questions than ever are being raised about the Venezuelans future. Kvyat is also under pressure at the moment after scoring only four points from four races, he sits down in 15th. In comparison, his teammate Daniel Ricciardo is currently 7th with 19 points, and Kvyat sits behind both Toro Rosso rookies: Max Verstappen (11th) and Carlos Sainz (12th).
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