Formula 1 Brand New Cars 2016

Pre-season test in Spain reveals the team’s new machines and colours for 2016

Formula One’s first pre-season test of the year has begun at the Circuit de Catalunya, with all eleven teams in attendance for the four-day shakedown in Barcelona.

It will give the drivers and engineers the opportunity to see where their cars stand in relation to the opposition, provided that they can decipher rivals’ true performance from the range of programs they’re all likely to be running between now and Thursday.

While the timesheets may be shrouded in ambiguity, fans can at least digest the variety of liveries that have been unveiled in the last few weeks.

The evidence so far suggests a mixed bag of hits and misses, with a couple of teams previewing their new looks on old chassis with updates planned for the first race of the season in Melbourne in March.

So while the color schemes may evolve again, here’s how the grid looks at the moment.

Mercedes AMG Petronas – W07 Hybrid F1

No real surprises from Mercedes, whose 2016 car adopts broadly the same colours as last year’s model… Technical chief Paddy Lowe has said that a number of “mini revolutions” under the body will build on 2015’s performance. With a gap to work with at the front, dramatic change isn’t required.