Modern cars are full of technology, electric motors, and active and passive safety equipment, all of which add weight. Even the miles of wiring they need to work all of this piles on the pounds. Then there's the extra strengthening necessary for the chassis of these mighty performance cars, the bigger wheels and the beefier brakes - everything adds mass.
I am very happy to report that both our newbies have done just that, and we now head to Melbourne in as good a shape as we could be for this stage of the season. While the work has been going on in Spain, everyone back at the factory has also been pushing as hard as they can to prepare for the season ahead.
This is an incredibly intense week leading up to the first test when the 2013 race car finally takes shape. The chassis is built, checked and painted and then the tens of thousands of parts that make up a modern F1 car are fitted to the chassis, all under a stopwatch that is counting down until the moment the car has to leave our factory.