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Ferrari close the gap in Barca

Formula 1 testing: Sebastian Vettel tops final day for Ferrari - BBC Sport

Sadly since my good friend and Neighbour Johnathan Williams recently died, who was a F1 and Le Mans driver, my 'carte blanche' access to testing in Jerez and in Catalunya as Johnathan´s guest is no more

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Sorry you lost a good friend. My thoughts are with you.

He would know at this point the the MB Petronas team is sand bagging in testing. Ferrari has improved, but how far has the MB team? We will have to enjoy the races to really know.
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My bet would be that Mercedes is sand bagging...
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March 4, 2016 by Joe Saward
The winter testing ended today in Spain with Sebastian Vettel setting the fastest lap of the last day , but this was not enough to beat the time set yesterday by Kimi Raikkonen and did not match Sebastian’s fastest lap of the first test. Nonetheless, this left Ferrari with a 1-2 in the eight days of winter testing, with a 1m22.765s for Raikkonen and a 1m22.810s for Vettel. The team completed a total mileage of 2,475 miles, equivalent of 13 Grand Prix distances, this was the fourth highest total overall.

Nico Rosberg was third quickest overall, with a best of 1m23.022s, while Lewis Hamilton had to content himself with 10th overall, with a best of 1m23.622s. The key point about Mercedes was that the team completed 3,843 miles of running, which is the equivalent of 20 races. The team did have a transmission problem during the final day, but otherwise all looked to be in order with 1,350 miles more testing than Ferrari and 700 more than the nearest challenger, Scuderia Toro Rosso.

Next in the order was Nico Hulkenberg, who clocked a 1m23.110s during the first test. Sergio Perez ended up 11th overall with a 1m23.650s, while test driver Alfonso Celis was 17th overall with a best of 1m24.840s. The three men completed a total of 2,354 miles of running in the eight days.

Scuderia Toro Rosso looked strong with Carlos Sainz setting the fifth fastest time of the eight days of testing in his Ferrari-engined car. His best lap was a 1m23.134s, while Max Verstappen was two-tenths slower but eighth overall. The two did a huge number of miles, with a final total of 3,155, second only to Mercedes, but 500 miles more than Renault.

Williams had a solid series of tests with Felipe Massa and Valtteri Bottas sixth and seventh in the order, with a 1m23.193s and a 1m23.229s respectively. The team completed 2,467 miles in total, the fifth highest mileage overall.

Red Bull ended up with Daniel Ricciardo setting the ninth fastest time and Daniil Kvyat 13th overall, with a 1m23.525 and a 1m24.293s. The two men completed a total of 2,354 miles of running, the same total as Force India, but 1,500 miles less than Mercedes.

Twelfth overall was Kevin Magnussen’s Renault with a best lap of 1m23.933s, while Jolyon Palmer was 18th overall with a 1m24.859s. The team’s total mileage was 2,661, which was the third highest total.

Fourteenth and fifteenth overall were the McLarens of Jenson Button and Fernando Alonso with best laps of 1m24.714s and 1m24.735s. The team did 2,044 miles of running over the eight days.

Sauber was next with Felipe Nasr 16th with a best lap of 1m24.760s, Marcus Ericsson was 20th overall with a 1m25.031s. The cars were pretty reliable with the team finishing the eight days with 2,406 miles on the clock, albeit half of them with an older car.

Manor finished the tests with 1,385 miles under their belt and a best lap from Pascal Wehrlein of 1m24.913s, while Rio Haryanto continued his steeping learning curve with a best of 1m25.899s.

The new Haas-Ferrari team ended the testing with the lowest number of laps completed, with a total mileage of 1,191 and the 21st and 22nd best times from Romain Grosjean (1m25.255s) and Esteban Gutierrez (1m25.422s).

What does it all mean? We’ll have to wait to Melbourne to find out.
March 4, 2016 by Joe Saward
The winter testing ended today in Spain with Sebastian Vettel setting the fastest lap of the last day , but this was not enough to beat the time set yesterday by Kimi Raikkonen and did not match Sebastian’s fastest lap of the first test. Nonetheless, this left Ferrari with a 1-2 in the eight days of winter testing, with a 1m22.765s for Raikkonen and a 1m22.810s for Vettel. The team completed a total mileage of 2,475 miles, equivalent of 13 Grand Prix distances, this was the fourth highest total overall.

Nico Rosberg was third quickest overall, with a best of 1m23.022s, while Lewis Hamilton had to content himself with 10th overall, with a best of 1m23.622s. The key point about Mercedes was that the team completed 3,843 miles of running, which is the equivalent of 20 races. The team did have a transmission problem during the final day, but otherwise all looked to be in order with 1,350 miles more testing than Ferrari and 700 more than the nearest challenger, Scuderia Toro Rosso.

Next in the order was Nico Hulkenberg, who clocked a 1m23.110s during the first test. Sergio Perez ended up 11th overall with a 1m23.650s, while test driver Alfonso Celis was 17th overall with a best of 1m24.840s. The three men completed a total of 2,354 miles of running in the eight days.

Scuderia Toro Rosso looked strong with Carlos Sainz setting the fifth fastest time of the eight days of testing in his Ferrari-engined car. His best lap was a 1m23.134s, while Max Verstappen was two-tenths slower but eighth overall. The two did a huge number of miles, with a final total of 3,155, second only to Mercedes, but 500 miles more than Renault.

Williams had a solid series of tests with Felipe Massa and Valtteri Bottas sixth and seventh in the order, with a 1m23.193s and a 1m23.229s respectively. The team completed 2,467 miles in total, the fifth highest mileage overall.

Red Bull ended up with Daniel Ricciardo setting the ninth fastest time and Daniil Kvyat 13th overall, with a 1m23.525 and a 1m24.293s. The two men completed a total of 2,354 miles of running, the same total as Force India, but 1,500 miles less than Mercedes.

Twelfth overall was Kevin Magnussen’s Renault with a best lap of 1m23.933s, while Jolyon Palmer was 18th overall with a 1m24.859s. The team’s total mileage was 2,661, which was the third highest total.

Fourteenth and fifteenth overall were the McLarens of Jenson Button and Fernando Alonso with best laps of 1m24.714s and 1m24.735s. The team did 2,044 miles of running over the eight days.

Sauber was next with Felipe Nasr 16th with a best lap of 1m24.760s, Marcus Ericsson was 20th overall with a 1m25.031s. The cars were pretty reliable with the team finishing the eight days with 2,406 miles on the clock, albeit half of them with an older car.

Manor finished the tests with 1,385 miles under their belt and a best lap from Pascal Wehrlein of 1m24.913s, while Rio Haryanto continued his steeping learning curve with a best of 1m25.899s.

The new Haas-Ferrari team ended the testing with the lowest number of laps completed, with a total mileage of 1,191 and the 21st and 22nd best times from Romain Grosjean (1m25.255s) and Esteban Gutierrez (1m25.422s).

What does it all mean? We’ll have to wait to Melbourne to find out.
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March 7, 2016 by Joe Saward
There has been some speculation after the Barcelona tests about which team is in the best shape for the season ahead. The testing ended up with a Ferrari 1-2, with Kimi Raikkonen quickest overall with a lap of 1m22.765s, on the new ultra-soft tyres. Sebastian Vettel set a similar time (1m22.810s) on the same tyres during the first test. But this may not be as exciting as it sounds because Nico Rosberg was third quickest in his Mercedes with a 1m23.022s lap, but this was achieved on a set of soft tyres. The time gap between soft and ultra-soft tyres is reckoned to be around 1.1 seconds a lap and so, based on what we know, Nico could perhaps have got down to a high 1m21s if he had been lapping on the ultra-soft tyres. That would put him a second quicker than the Ferraris.

However, it may not even be that simple, because Vettel got close to Raikkonen’s best ultra-soft time using a set of super-soft tyres (1m22.852s) on the final day of running and so, from that, one can extrapolate that the Ferrari might be as competitive as the Mercedes. One can add that Raikkonen managed a 1m23.009s on soft tyres, which was fractionally faster than Nico’s best on the soft rubber. Thus, it could be that the two teams might both have got into the 1m21s, assuming that Nico’s lap was the best he could have done. One must add that we did not see any laps from Mercedes on the ultra-soft tyres and it is very clear that Lewis Hamilton was not going for lap times at all.

One must also take into account the fuel loads and engine modes being used, which one can only guess at, unless one has a huge amount of data and time to sift through it all. Even then, it would be largely guesswork. One thing we do know is that Mercedes completed 3,843 miles of testing in the eight days, while Ferrari managed only 2,475, which indicates that when it comes to reliability, the silver cars are a long way ahead.

Fourth fastest was Nico Hulkenberg’s Force India with a 1m23.110s on super-soft tyres (which might mean a mid 1m22s lap on ultra-softs), while Carlos Sainz Jr was fifth in his Toro Rosso with a 1m23.134s, also on ultra-softs. Toro Rosso completed the second highest mileage count with a total of 3,155 miles. Felipe Massa did try ultra-softs on his Williams but did not set a good time, but he did record a 1m23.193s on soft tyres, which suggests that the Williams might be capable of a 1m22.0s on ultra-softs.

So don’t read too much into the lap times, nor into the order, nor into some of the analysis of the order and lap times. There are simply too many variables that we do not know. The best solution is to simply wait and see what happens in Melbourne. And remember that Albert Park is quite a peculiar track, so before you start gambling your house or life savings on the outcome of the World Championship, wait for three races when we will know a great deal more. Of course, the odds will have changed by then…
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