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Predict the lap time for Mercedes & McLaren in final Barcelona F1 test
Posted By: James Allen  |  09 Mar 2011   |  11:30 am GMT  |  215 comments

The final test session of the 2011 pre-season continues this morning in Barcelona. The test lasts five days, of which the teams are allowed to do four days running with a single car.

It’s a crucial test for both Mercedes and McLaren, who would normally expect to be competing against Red Bull and Ferrari, but who appear to be behind after the tests so far. With extensive updates to their cars, this has to be the week when they close the gap to the pace setters.


McLaren was on track yesterday and will have a break tomorrow, while Mercedes hit the track today for four days of running.

Predict the fastest lap time by a McLaren or Mercedes car this week and win a signed copy of the JA on F1 2010 yearbook. We only have a few copies left, so if you didn’t get one yet, now’s your chance. The first person to accurately predict the fastest time by a McLaren driver and the first person to guess the fastest Mercedes time of the week, both will get a signed copy.

Put your guesses down in the comments sections below. Will they be going for a lap time on new tyres and low fuel, or will they lay their cards close to their chests?

For reference, McLaren did a 1m 22.910s lap yesterday, while Mercedes’ fastest from the last Barcelona test was 1m 23.168. Meanwhile Red Bull has set the fastest time of the test so far with 1m 22.544s.

Entries close at 8am UK time on Saturday 12th March 2011, when the final day’s testing begins.

To see the new Mercedes exhausts and lots of other up to the minute stuff check this out – storifyaabarcelonaatesting

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1

McLaren - 1m 21.560

Mercedes- 1m 21.951

2

Mclearen: 1min 26.2sec

Mercedes: 1min 25.8sec

if it rains 🙂

3

Lost my times James?

4

Check this out for VERY latest from testing, including pics of Mercedes new exhausts http://storify.com/jaf1tweets/storifyaabarcelonaatesting

5

That is just a bizarre-looking contraption!

And I note with amusement that while it has all the proper logos on it, the one you really see is *Merc!

6

Mclaren - 1m 22.490

Mercedes - 1m 22.660

Great Idea This :<)

If I win I am getting Mark to also sign mine, I can not wait for the Brit GP & Monaco, I can not get to the far away races though :<( too expensive.

Now let us all pray Mclaren are sandbagging???

7

Mercedes: 1 day 17 hours 1 minute 22.842s

McLaren: 1 minute 22.542

Where's my book?

8

McLaren - 1m 22.300, Mercedes GP - 1m 22.500

9

McLaren: 1:22:303

Mercedes: 1:22:480

10

Hi James,

I'll be brief but thanks for another competition!

McLaren - 1m 22.301

Mercedes - 1m 22.452

Random figures to round off the times - but who knows!

Cheers!

11

Mclaren 1m 22.387

Mercades 1m 22.832

12

I predict that McLaren will end up with a fastest lap of 1m 22.693

13

and Mercedes in 1m 22.896

14

Mercedes: 1:22,672

McLaren: 1:22,354

15

McLaren 1.22.136

Mercedes 1.22.418

16

Mclaren: 1m.22.363s

Mercedes: 1m.22.638s

17
W. B. Churchill

McLaren:122.897

Mercedes:123.007

18

McLaren 1.22.345

Mercedes 1.22.650

19

Mercedes 1m 23.120s

Hope I win! 🙂

20

McLaren: 1m 22.247s

Mercedes: 1m 22.612s

21

OK, I'll get the ball rolling with a

1m 22.879s

23

Ooops!! Merc!

McL - 1m 22.409s

Cheers James!

24

McLaren 1m 22.355s

25

1m 21.666s for McLaren & 1m 22.666s for Mercedes (GP that is) - quite simple but I'll get it wrong anyway.

26

Mclaren 1.22.657

Mercedes 1.22.765

27

Mclaren: 1.22.388

Mercedes: 1.22.867

28

McLaren 1m 22.400

Mercedes 1m 22.600

29

Mclaren: 1m.22.564s

Mercedes: 1m.21.952s

30

McLaren: 1:21.901

Mercedes: 1:22.242

31

OOps misread the question, in which case my answer is McLaren with the above time.

32
Novikov Konstantin

McLaren:1.21.800

Mercedes:1.22.900

33

McLaren 1:21.993

Mercedes 1:22.320

34

McLaren: 1m 22.347s

Mercedes: 1m 22.112s

35

McLaren: 1m 22.077s

Mercedes: 1m 22.237s

36

Mclaren: 1:22.435

Mercedes: 1:22.613

37

Mclaren 1m 22.525s

Mercedes 1m 22.345s

38

McLaren 1.23.545

Mercedes 1.23.623

39

Ok worth a shot:

McLaren: 122.351

Mercedes: 122.646

40

Mercedes - 1m 22.563

McLaren - 1m 22.749

41

The Mclaren lap time: 1m23.124

The Mercedes lap time: 1m23.586

42

McLaren: 1m 22.037s

Mercedes: 1m 21.965s

43

McLaren: 1:22.088

Mercedes: 1:21.956

44

Mclaren: 1m22.714

Mercedes: 1m22.823

45

McLaren: 1m 22.731

Mercedes: 1m 22.967

46

McLaren: 1m22.263

Mercedes: 1m22.614

47

McLaren – 1m 22.560

Mercedes- 1m 22.651

48

McLaren: 1m 22.380

Mercedes: 1m 22.860

49

McClaren 1m 22.421

Mercedes 1m 22.721

50

McLaren 1:22.733

Mercedes 1:22.956

51

McLaren: 1m 22.019

Mercedes: 1m 22.446

52

Mercedes 1m20.995

Mclaren 1m20.870

53

Mclaren - 1m 22.540

Mercedes - 1m 22.890

54

McLaren: 1:22.502

Mercedes: 1:22.650

55

McLaren: 1m 22.437

Mercedes: 1m 22.237

56

Here's my guess

McLaren: 1m 22.510s

Mercedes: 1m 22.100s

Thanks James, keep up the good work.

57

McLaren - 1m 22.010s

Mercedes - 1m 21.968s

58

McLaren 1:22.141

Mercedes 1:22.843

59

McLaren: 1m 22.732s

Mercedes: 1m 23.232s

Thanks

60

McLaren: 1:22:296

Mercedes: 1:22:327

61

Mclaren 1m 22.635

mercedes 1m 22.857

62

1:21.796 Mac

1:22.203 Merc

63

Ill go against the trend and say

Mercedes 1:21.80

McClaren 1:22.30

I'll predict a late 1:20.80 from Redbull as I still think they can go a lot faster before the end of the final test.

James, have you a prediction on Redbull's fastest time this week?

64

High 1m 21s, is my guess.

65

James - Seb's already put in 1:21.865 by lunchtime today. Could we see mid-1:21's...

66

McLaren 1:21.654

Mercedes 1:21.987

67

mclaren: 1m 22.647

mercedes: 1m 22.286

68

Mclaren 1.22.135

Mercedes 1.22.883

69

Mclaren 1m 22.495
Mercedes 1m 22. 501

70

McLaren : 1m22.030

Mercede : 1m22.651

71

McLaren 1.21.770

Mercedes 1:22:100

72

McLaren – 1m 21.801

Mercedes – 1m 21.950

73

McLaren: 1m 22.239

Mercedes: 1m 22.565

74

Mclaren - 1m 22.178

Mercedes 1m 22.267

75

Mclaren 1m 22.247
Mercades 1m 22.642

76

McLaren Fastest Time will be 1m 22.321 secs.

Mercedes will not beat this.

77

McLaren: 1m 22.236

Mercedes: 1m 22.562

78

McLaren 1:22.051

Mercedes 1:22.391

How much precision is going to be required to be deemed "correct", James? Nearest hundredth?

It seems to me that any finer than that and the best strategy would just be to wait until the end of today, enter the actual times, and hope that the rain in Spain falls mainly on the Circuit de Catalunya.

79

Mclaren 1.21.9

Mercedes 1.22.0

80

1:21.743

82

Sorry , forgot to add Mercedes time of

1m22.543 secs.

83

I think McLaren 1m 22.500s

Mercedes GP 1min 22.900

84

McLaren: 1m 21.845s

Mercedes: 1m 22.017s

85

mclaren 1.21.326

mercedes 122.563

86

Mclaren: 1m 21.968s

Mercedes: 1m 22.116s

87

McLaren 1.21.5

Merceds 1.21.7

They will both go for low fuel super soft runs I think

88

McLaren:1m 22.304

Mercedes: 1m 22.217

89

McLaren: 1m 22.120s

Mercedes: 1m 22.440s

90

McLaren: 1m 22.237s

Mercedes: 1m 22.621s

91

McLaren 1m 21.911

Mercedes 1m 22.366

Does this close today? It will get easier each day. Can we enter more than once?

92

No, only one entry.

93

McLaren: 1m 22.507s

Mercedes: 1m 22.823s

94

McLaren: 1:21.404

Mercedes: 1:21.959

95

McLaren 1m 22.467

Mercedes 1m 22.555

96

Mclaren - 1:22.400

Mercedes - 1:21.900

97

Mclaren - 1:22.180

Mercedes - 1:22.430

98

Mclaren: 1:22.408
Merc: 1:22.326

99

Mclaren 1.21.106

Mercedes1.22.085

100

please disredgard this post

101

McLaren: 1.21.908

Mercedes: 1.22.210

Or so I hope!

102

I predict:

McLaren: 1:22:402

Mercedes: 1:22:613

103

sorry i wrote the wrong time

Mclaren 1.22.106

Mercedes 1.22.985

104

James, I just thought, there should be a rule to stop people posting a time that McLaren have actually set, after it has been set. As lets say Hamilton sets a 1.21.305 later on today, it would be unfair if someone then posted that exact time as their entry, even though they might go quicker on Friday or Saturday, it would still possibly be their fastest time and thus would entail an unfair entry in my opinion.

Agreed?

105

I understand the point, but the entries close at 8am Saturday before the last day's testing and you don't know whether they'll go faster or not, that's the guess you have to make. Also the standard of prediction is so high here that there's a chance that if someone waits until a time has been set to write it down, it could already have been logged by someone else.

106

Mercedes faster than McLaren

Mercedes : 1'22"315

McLaren : 1'22"420

Cu

107

McLaren 1m 21.903

Mercedes 1m 22.276

Go Jens & Nico...

Chris

108

MacLaren 1:22:499

Mercedes: 1:22:501

109

I predict:

Mclaren: 1:21.986

Mercedes: 1:21.793

110
Radi Baldzhiyski

McLaren 1:21.780

Mercedes 1:21.511

Thanks

111

McLaren 1m 22.408
Mercedes 1m 22.168

112

Hi James

McLaren 1m 22.2

Merc 1m 22.3

What are your predictions???

113

McLaren – 1m 21.545

Mercedes- 1m 21.606

114

McLaren : 1m 22.823s

Merc : 1m 23.441s

115

McLaren : 1m 22.823s

Merc : 1m 23.441s

I'm adding this extra dummy text because the error message suggested my comment might be too short.

116

McLaren : 1m 21.782s

Merc : 1m 22.112s

117

McLaren: 1:21:803

Mercedes: 1:22:264

118

Mclaren - 1:21.888

Mercedes - 1:22.111

119

I predict

McLaren 1.22.173

Mercedes 1.22.731

120

McLaren 1:22.946

Mercedes 1:22.784

121

I'll go with

Mclaren: 1'21.761

Mercedes: 1'21.865

122

Mclaren 1.22.711

Mercedes 1.22.911

123

I predict that McLaren will end up with a fastest lap of 1m 22.684

Mercedes will get a fastest lap of 1m 24.453

124
Oliver Langford

Mercedes 1.22.158

McLaren 1.22.301

125

I predict the following

Maclaren 1:22.84

Mercedes 1:22.950

126

Mclaren 1:22:180

Mercedes 1:22:511

127

Mclaren 1:22.450

Mercedes 1:22.855

128

Excellent bit of fun for all of us, James.

What a nightmare to manage. Good luck to the person managing all these posts and numbers.

I choose to wait untill McLaren have completed their Thursday work before predicting.

The book is as good as mine.

129

Good strategy - Failing that you could always buy one of the last remaining copies.

130

macca: 1:21.982

merc: 1:22.223

131

McLaren 1:21.403

Mercedes 1:22.112

132

McLaren 1.21.009

Mercedes 1.21.889

133

1:21:800 both teams

134

Mercedes. Glory run.1:20.90

McLaren. 1:21.45

Meaningless I know, but possible, I think.

135

Mclaren 1.21.945

Mercedes 1.22.809

wish me Good luck.

136

Mclaren: 1:22:408

Merc: 1:22:634

137

McLaren – 1m 21.880

Mercedes- 1m 21.641

138

McLaren: 1.22.701

Merc: 1.22.924

139

mclaren - 1.22.983

mercedes - 1.23.034

140

McLaren: 1'21"748 Mercedes: 1'21"444

141

Mclaren - 1:22.123

Mercedes - 1:22.5

142

McLaren: 1:22.123

Mercedes: 1:22.423

143

McLaren 1:21.555

Mercedes 1:22.987

144

please ignore, see other post. thanks 🙂

145

McLaren 1:21.555

Mercedes 1:22.187

146

Mclaren: 1.21.5

Mercedes: 1.21.5

147

Maclaren: 1 min 22.00 sec

Mercedes: 1 min 22.105 sec

Cant wait for the book!

148

McLaren 1m 22.314

Mercedes1m 22.117

149

Coming outa nowhere in the last moments of the day McL will blow the doors off with a 1:22 flat.

Merc will limp in at 1:22.5

150

McLaren = 1:21.948s

Mercedes = 1:22.354s

151

Mclaren: 1:22.081

Mercedes: 1:22.472

152

I'll wait until the end of Friday testing before submitting my predictions.

I'm assuming everyone can only have one guess, James? If so you lot wouldn't make very good strategists; generally it's wise to leave decisions as late as possible in order to maximise data-gathering.

BTW thanks for the link to the pics of the Mclaren front-wing active test rig, James. IMHO there's a lot going on under that cist on the nose! It won't surprise me at all if they don't come out top in this testing, but then suddenly improve by half a second on their predicted times in Australia.

153

Ah but the winner is the one who gets there first..

154

Agreed - but if we're going down to thousandths (as it seems many have) there'll need to be a lot of entries before we run out of unique times. I suppose if I decide to be really anal, I could produce a list of all the predicted times and then put my prediction bang in the middle of the biggest gap in the most likely area. However, maybe this is not sporting, and it does require a bit of work on my part, so I probably won't.

155

Oh and BTW! Is there any on-board footage available of the Maclaren running with its FW test rig? A long shot I know, but I'd love to see what they're doing. Clearly the front and rear stays on each wing-end enable them to twist it to change the angle of attack. Fascinating stuff!

156

McLaren - 1:22.765

Mercedes - 1:22.489

157

McLaren: 1:22.119

Mercedes: 1:22.629

158
Seán Craddock

Vodafone McLaren-Mercedes 1:22:632

Mercedes Petronas GP 1:22:947

159

McLaren – 1m 21.480

Mercedes- 1m 21.652

160

Mac: 1:21.584

Merc: 1:22:011

161

Mclaren 1:22:888

Mercedes 1:22:001

162

mclaren 1 22 180

mercedes 1 22 220

163

mclaren...1:21.435

mercedes...1:20.795

164
Nebulus von Hoxenberg

I predict: Mercedes 1.22.405
McLaren 1.22.642

165

McLaren 1m 22.407s

Mercedes 1m 22.508s

166

Mclaren 1m 22.268

Mercedes 1m 22.683

You all, stop guessing !

I just won ! 🙂

167
George Shamtani

McLaren 1:22:050 (7 fastest by team)

Mercedes 1:21:850 (5 fastest by team)

168
Michael Prestia

Mclaren - 1:21.940

Merc - 1:22.345

169

mercedes 1.21.211

mclaren dnf

170

McLaren 1m 22.510

Mercedes 1m 22.823

171

Mclaren 1m 21.6307

Mercedes 1m 21.734

172

Mclaren 1m 22.354

Mercedes 1m 22.890

173

McLaren: 1m 22.333

Mercedes: 1m 22.489

174

Mclaren – 1:22.350

Merc – 1:21.950

175

Mercedes - 1:22:36

McLaren - 1:22:24

176

McLaren 1m 21.75

Mercedes 1m 22.15

177

1:21.996 Mac

1:22.403 Merc

178

McLaren 1m 21.678

Mercedes 1m 22.023

179

McLaren: 1m 21.987

Mercedes: 1m 22.614

180

McLaren 1m 22.310

Mercedes 1m 22.696

181

McLaren - 1.22.222

Mercedes - 1.22.075

182

Mclaren: 1m 21.500

Mercedes: 1m 21.800

183

McLaren: 1:22:435

Mercedes: 1:22:267

184

I will say again.

If I win I will add Webbers signature to the book.

Bring on the Brit GP & Monaco.

Mclaren 1m 22.490

Mercedes 1m 22.610

185

McLaren: 1:21:962

Mercedes: 1:22:326

186

McLaren: 1:22.528

Mercedes: 1:22.369

187

Mclaren: 1:22:634

Mercedes: 1:22:212

188

Merc: 1:21:928

McLaren: 1:22:024

189

McLaren - 1m 22.400s

Mercedes - 1m 22.700s

190

McLaren: 1:21.551

Mercedes: 1:21.423

191

I hear it might rain...

McLaren: 1.24.634

Mercedes: 1.25.379

192

McLaren: 1:22.217

Mercedes: 1:21.987

193

Sorry, editing my guesswork..

McLaren will stick to a 1:22.217, but Mercedes changes to a 1:21:737

194

McLaren 1.22.6

Mercedes 1.22.7

195

mclaren 1m 22.447s

mercedes 1m 22.230s

196

Mclaren 1.30.000

Merc 1.30.500

Now I'm starting rain dance.

197

Just realized they wanted the fastest times for the week, not for the last day of the week.

198

Mclaren 1m 21.724

Mercedes 1m 21.819

199

Mercedes 1.22.122

McLaren 1.22.221

200

McLaren 1:21.992

Mercedes 1:22.121

201

Mercedes: 1:20.8

McLaren: 1:21.0

202

Mercedes 1.21.268

McLaren 1.21.581

203

1m 22.400 for McLaren and 1m 22.650 for Mercedes, I guess.

204

McLaren 1m22.888s

Mercedes 1:21.249

205

Mercedes 1m 20.987

Mclaren 1m 21.435

206

mclaren, 1.22.888

mercedes,1.21.268

207

McLaren 1.22.131

Mercedes 1.21.268

208

James, perhaps since rain was due for Sat, you should have made sure people had to pick the time before it happens. Otherwise the first guy to copy and past Friday's time wins.

209

Mercedes: 1:21.268

McLaren: 122.132

210

Mclaren 1.22.458

Mercedes 1.21.213

211

McLaren 1.42.00

Mecedes !.41.00

Have you the wheater forecast

212

Well, I reckon 'CC' has won it -- unless someone predicted those times before he did. However just in case there's a window of opportunity tomorrow before the rain sets in I'll go for McLaren 1:22.793.

213

Hoping for a dry final day so i'll go for:

McLaren: 1:22.672

Mercedes: 1:21.053

214

Fastest Mercedes time: 1:21.249

Fastest McLaren time: 1m22.888

No records will be broken on the final day, as heavy rain is forecast.

215

Sorry, I had already predicted the McLaren time after the Wednesday session. With them already planning not to run on Thursday and the forecast already suggesting it was going to be wet from Friday lunchtime it seemed like a safe bet.

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