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2017 Testing

Postby cmlean » Sat Mar 04, 2017 1:14 pm

Catalunya
Test day 1 27/2/2017

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1	Lewis Hamilton		Mercedes		01:21.765
2	Sebastian Vettel	Ferrari			01:21.878
3	Filipe Massa		Williams		01:22.076
4	Kevin Magnussen		Haas			01:22.894
5	Daniel Ricciardo	Red Bull		01:22.926
6	Valtteri Bottas		Mercedes		01:23.169
7	Sergio Perez		Force India		01:23.709
8	Carlos Sainz		Toro Rosso		01:24.494
9	Nico Hulkenberg		Renault			01:24.784
10	Fernando Alonso		McLaren			01:24.852
11	Marcus Ericsson		Sauber			01:26.841
Mercedes returned to the track and showed that they hadn't lost any of their aura.
Hamilton fastest on the day.

Ferrari completed the sessions and proved that they will be able to take it up to Mercedes.

Red Bull had some minor teething problems with a sensor and battery failure.

McLaren, with their next generation Honda engine, seem to be the team with the most to do after oil systems problems hampered the session.

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Re: 2017 Testing

Postby cmlean » Sat Mar 04, 2017 1:29 pm

Catalunya
Test day 2 28/2/2017

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1	Kimi Raikkonen		Ferrari 		01:20.960
2	Lewis Hamilton		Mercedes 		01:20.983
3	Max Verstappen		Red Bull 		01:22.200
4	Kevin Magnussen		Haas 			01:22.204
5	Esteban Ocon		Force India 		01:22.509
6	Daniil Kvyat		Toro Rosso 		01:22.956
7	Valtteri Bottas 	Mercedes 		01:22.986
8	Jolyon Palmer 		Renault 		01:24.139
9	Antonio Giovinazzi	Sauber	 		01:24.617
10	Stoffel Vandoorne	McLaren 		01:25.600
11	Lance Stroll 		Williams 		01:26.640
This time it was Ferrari's turn to top the tables. Again another day with minimal problems for all three of the combatants for the 2017 title.

Sauber required an engine change.

Stoffel Vandoorne's McLaren again had engine problems.

Lance Stroll had a spin that damaged the rear of his car forcing a stop to the Williams program for the day.

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Re: 2017 Testing

Postby cmlean » Sat Mar 04, 2017 1:40 pm

Catalunya
Test day 3 1/3/2017

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1	Valtteri Bottas		Mercedes 		1:19.705 
2	Sebastian Vettel	Ferrari 		1:19.952 
3	Daniel Ricciardo	Red Bull 		1:21.153 
4	Jolyon Palmer 		Renault 		1:21.396 
5	Nico Hulkenberg 	Renault 		1:21.791 
6	Marcus Ericsson		Sauber 			1:21.824 
7	Lewis Hamilton		Mercedes 		1:22.090 
8	Romain Grosjean		Haas 			1:22.118 
9	Lance Stroll		Williams 		1:22.351 
10	Fernando Alonso		McLaren 		1:22.598 
11	Carlos Sainz		Toro Rosso 		1:23.540 
12	Alfonso Celis		Force India 		1:23.568 
13	Daniil Kvyat 		Toro Rosso 		1:23.952 
Valtteri Bottas finally shows his class in topping the time sheets for day 3.

Red Bull have some exhaust problems limiting their test.

Renault have had their rear wing deemed 'illegal' following protests by other teams.

Most notable incident for the day was Lance Stroll again in the barriers. This will curtail Williams test program for today and tomorrow.

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Re: 2017 Testing

Postby cmlean » Sat Mar 04, 2017 1:51 pm

Catalunya
Day 4 2/3/2017
Wet Test Day

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1	Kimi Raikkonen 		Ferrari 		01:20.900
2	Max Verstappen		Red Bull 		01:21.800
3	Jolyon Palmer		Renault 		01:21.800
4	Romain Grosjean		Haas 			01:22.300
5	Antonio Giovinazzi	Sauber	 		01:22.400
6	Sergio Perez		Force India 		01:22.500
7	Stoffel Vandoorne	McLaren 		01:22.600
8	Valtteri Bottas 	Mercedes 		01:23.400
9	Nico Hulkenberg		Renault 		01:25.000
10	Daniil Kvyat		Toro Rosso 		- 
This day commenced as a test for full wets and intermediates.

Next test dates
March 7-10 Catalunya

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Re: 2017 Testing

Postby cmlean » Wed Mar 08, 2017 8:04 pm

Catalunya
Test 2 Day 1
7/3/2017

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Pos	Driver			Team		Time		Laps
1	Felipe Massa		Williams	1:19.726	168
2	Daniel Ricciardo	Red Bull	1:19.900	 89
3	Sebastian Vettel	Ferrari		1:19.906	168
4	Lewis Hamilton		Mercedes	1:20.456	 49
5	Valtteri Bottas		Mercedes	1:20.924	 86
6	Esteban Ocon		Force India	1:21.347	142
7	Nico Hulkenberg		Renault		1:21.589	 58
8	Kevin Magnussen		Haas		1:21.676	 81
9	Daniil Kvyat		Toro Rosso	1:21.743	 83
10	Stoffel Vandoorne	McLaren		1:22.537	 80
11	Pascal Wehrlein		Sauber		1:23.336	 47
12	Marcus Ericsson		Sauber		1:23.630	 53
13	Jolyon Palmer		Renault		1:24.790	 15
Today it was Massa in the Williams turn to top the charts with the second fastest time to date in this test.
Further credit to the number of laps turned by the team only equaled by Ferrari.
Next best was the Red Bull of Daniel Riccardo

Renault and McLaren again suffered with some engine woes. Things don't look too promising for particularly McLaren at this stage.

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Re: 2017 Testing

Postby cmlean » Thu Mar 09, 2017 10:19 pm

Catalunya
Test 2 Day 2
8/3/2017

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1	Valtteri Bottas		Mercedes	1:19.310
2	Filipe Massa		Williams	1:19.420
3	Kimi Raikkonen		Ferrari		1:20.406
4	Max Verstappen		Red Bull	1:20.432
5	Lance Stroll		Williams	1:20.579
6	Lewis Hamilton		Mercedes	1:20.702
7	Nico Hulkenberg		Renault		1:21.213
8	Sergio Perez		Force India	1:21.297
9	Carlos Sainz Jr		Toro Rosso	1:21.872
10	Romain Grosjean		Haas		1:21.887
11	Pascal Wehrlein		Sauber		1:23.000
12	Fernando Alonso		McLaren		1:23.041
13	Marcus Ericsson		Sauber		1:23.384
14	Jolyon Palmer		Renault		1:26.462

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Re: 2017 Testing

Postby cmlean » Fri Mar 10, 2017 6:33 am

Catalunya
Test 2 Day 3
9/3/2017

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1	 Sebastian Vettel	Ferrari		1:19.024			
2	 Lewis Hamilton	 	Mercedes	1:19.352			
3	 Esteban Ocon	 	Force India	1:20.161			
4	 Daniil Kvyat	 	Toro Rosso	1:20.416			
5	 Kevin Magnussen	Haas		1:20.504			
6	 Daniel Ricciardo	Red Bull	1:20.824			
7	 Stoffel Vandoorne	McLaren		1:21.348			
8	 Valtteri Bottas	Mercedes	1:21.819			
9	 Pascal Wehrlein	Sauber		1:22.347			
10	 Jolyon Palmer	 	Renault		1:22.418			
11	 Marcus Ericsson	Sauber		1:23.330			
12	 Filipe Massa	 	Williams	1:24.443			
13	 Lance Stroll	 	Williams	1:24.863			
Ferrari decides to show that they are also title contenders with the fastest time so far in the tests.

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Re: 2017 Testing

Postby cmlean » Sat Mar 11, 2017 8:28 am

Catalunya
Test 2 Day 4
10/3/2017

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1	Kimi Raikkonen		Ferrari		1:18.634
2	Max Verstappen		Red Bull	1:19.438
3	Carlos Sainz Jr		Toro Rosso	1:19.837
4	Valtteri Bottas		Mercedes	1:19.845
5	Lewis Hamilton		Mercedes	1:19.850
6	Nico Hulkenberg		Renault		1:19.885
7	Sergio Perez		Force India	1:20.116
8	Jolyon Palmer		Renault		1:20.205
9	Lance Stroll		Williams	1:20.335
10	Fernando Alonso		McLaren		1:21.389
11	Romain Grosjean		Haas		1:21.389
12	Marcus Ericsson		Sauber		1:21.670
13	Pascal Wehrlein		Sauber		1:23.527
So, pre-season testing has been completed and what have we learned?
1. Mercedes are still the benchmark, but not as dominant as previous seasons.
2. Ferrari look to be next in the pecking order however the lap time by Kimi on the last day was sensational.
3. Red Bull are again in the ball park.
These 3 teams will again dominate the podium positions in 2017.

4. The next group of Force India, Williams, Toro Rosso will control the mid field.
5. Renault, Haas, Sauber and McLaren should be in the lower end of the field.

Now, the problems in these scenarios.
McLaren need to solve their engine issues.
If Honda get their act together, the McLaren chassis with Alonso and Vandoorne can get results.

Renault (engine)
Renault has had reliability issues throughout the tests across all their supplied teams. For Red Bull, Toro Rosso and Renault, this could hamper all their title aspirations.

Williams
This will, in 2017, be primarily a one driver supported team. Yes, Lance Stroll will improve throughout the season but points by him will be hard to come by.

Well, these are my ramblings. What say you?


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