Plenty to puzzle over as fascinating Jerez test draws to a close
Posted By: Justin Hynes  |  31 Jan 2014   |  7:53 pm GMT  |  186 comments

What a difference four days make. We’ve gone from that slightly eerie day one silence, which was only sporadically broken by the sound of a car heading out for a single lap before gingerly returning to the garage, to a cacophony of V6 engines pounding out laps here in Jerez today – unless, of course the power unit in the back of your car was a Renault.

It was always going to be a fascinating week, but few could have predicted just how many talking points would crop up as the days wore on. A nightmare start for Renault; questions over the part Red Bull Racing’s packaging is playing in their woes, a dream start for Mercedes after day one difficulties, impressive Ferrari reliability, a resurgent McLaren with a possibly stellar new recruit and Mercedes completing a full race simulation just four days in. All remain to be dissected and analysed in the coming weeks.

There is one story that doesn’t require intense examination to understand. Simply, it has been a dreadful week for Red Bull Racing. The champions ended today’s final day rooted to the bottom of the timesheet – again. Sebastian Vettel and Daniel Ricciardo completed just 21 laps between them across these four days in Jerez. “This is, by far, the biggest challenge we’ve faced,” said Red Bull’s team boss Christian Horner at the start of the test. How prescient. The team and Renault believe solutions will be found in time for the Bahrain test but how much head-scratching and how many all-night stints at the factory will go into those over the next fortnight is not something many of us would like to contemplate.

Ricciardo’s final day in the car (well, mostly out of it) ended at lunchtime as the team called an early halt to their troubled week. However, despite day one’s incorrectly mounted part, which prevented any real running, plus Renault’s energy store problems and the team’s own overheating issues, the Australian remains positive: “Time is still on our side. These guys know how to win, that is important. I am sure that sooner rather than later we will get it all together. It’s still really early days. It’s not like the season has started yet. We’re not losing points by not driving now.”

They might not be losing points but they are losing valuable time. Kamui Kobayashi, back behind the wheel of a Formula One car after a year competing in the World Endurance Championship with Ferrari, knows how precious time is.

“We are missing a lot of mileage,” he said. “Today is the first time we completed a proper run this week. We got some proper data, but technically it’s not enough. We had a problem with the power unit system… it’s a very difficult time”.

But the Japanese racer can see a silver lining: “I have to say we are better than Red Bull at the moment because they’ve done very few laps. We have data and the cooling looks fine. We now just have to develop the car and we know how much cooling level we need, so it’s a good start.”

Would Felipe Massa, today’s quickest driver, be concerned if he was in Red Bull’s situation? “Yes, I’d be worried”, he said. “They have some problems and they [maybe won’t be] always winning races and pulling away like we saw in many races last year. Not seeing Red Bull winning all the time can also be a positive thing!”

It’s definitely been a positive start to the year for the Brazilian and even though it’s still early days, today there was no way he could mask a cheeky grin: “It’s good to smile; I always like to smile in life. I think that when you smile it means that things are going well, so I’m happy with the day and the first impressions with the team. There’s still a lot to work on and we can’t forget that this is still only testing – and a more difficult test than last year.”

While Massa’s former outfit Ferrari will also leave Jerez content after watching Fernando Alonso grind out 115 laps today, it’s Mercedes who are most likely to be celebrating after this week’s running. Their progress in Jerez has been impressive, with Nico Rosberg completing a total of 91 laps in three hours and Hamilton adding a further 41 to the team’s tally this afternoon.

Ultimately, however, it’s not about how you start, but how you finish. These four days have been tumultuous but there’s a mighty long way to go before the cars even get to Melbourne, never mind that controversial double points finale in Abu Dhabi. We’ve seen just a cameo of how 2014 will shape up. The big picture will take some time to snap into focus.

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10 seconds faster or 10 seconds slower. It doesn’t matter – relatively NO one will really notice – unless projected times are visible. Moreover, at Jerez, it was not primarily important to set lap times, rather set reasonable times – and work towards relaibility. Good work Mercedes, Ferrari, Williams and Caterham. Who would have guessed that Caterham would do more laps and set lap times than Vettel and Ricardo in their Reb Bulls. Time will tell. Gone are those trickery aerodynamic exhaust mod-cons. Now its engine and reliability that really matters.


Good news for RBR, they have already analyzed all their data … conclusion, the rain light flashes on and off … sometimes.


Then that’s working perfectly.

Rain drop hits: On.

Water trickles away: Off.


A we bit early I know James considering not pushing yet but any idea about tyre life this year yet ?


This year, so far, 2014 Red Bull is running like 2013 McLaren.


Kind of, except that it stops and wheezes after 3 1/2 laps.

The McLaren might have been slow, but at least it got there in the end 🙂


Is it safe to say that Vettel and Company have decided pack up early and head home to hang their balls into the pool while all the other teams spent day and night improving the car? Lmao


Right on with the “pool” comment. Great statement to put arrogance in perspective…


Is it safe to say that Vettel and Company have decided pach up early and head home to hang their balls into the pool while all the other teams spent day and night improving the car? Lmao


Team Boss; “Well boys we’ve saved 5 gallons of fuel today,so that’s 50 gallons for the car, 800 gallons for the trucks and 10,000 gallons for the planes, umm, well done I think we’ve made a worthwhile impression and set an excellent example of conservation”


Pretty shallow thinking. Think of how the savings translate into road car technology. Big picture, my man.


Joking!! Actually I think if they want to translate to road cars Lemans is a better place to ala Audi, Toyota etc


Outright pace can’t be judged right now after this first test. The cars will be much different for the first race, more so by mid season and even more so by the end of 2014.


Amusing, when one read the coments of some contributors of the cars being some 10 sec slower then a cars of last year.My two bob worth is give the Teams a chance to sort it out

before they let loose with the song.

How many of you will remember Nelson Piquet in the BMW 4 cyl 1500 cc Turbo producing 850 bhp (640 KW) and later over 1000 bhp and with out any additional electrical bhp that the current will have at their disposal.

Its a wishful thinking if FAI keep their butt out of the R/D on Engine develpment, within a year F1 will begin to sing again like OLD TIMES


Well, what can you say. I have been reading for weeks rumours about Renaults engine, but to have dropped the baton that far out has surprised me and if the inherent oscillation issues prove to be the case, this could be a massive issue for Renault, including a redesign of the block and internals, let alone the ERS issues the renault teams are having. Newey and his clever packaging has caught up with him, to be honest, it was a little arrogant of them to have not thought about the heat implications and start the tests with a ‘looser’ bodywork for more cooling. Seeing pictures of fire coming out of their hastily cut ‘vents’ shows they really didn’t thinking about the thermodynamic changes the new engines would bring. Still makes for an interesting area to watch over the coming 6 weeks.

As for Mclaren, I did enjoy watching their volta face from last year, but their tricky suspension will be tested more on the Bahrain track with it’s longer straights and I think it’s there we’ll see if there is any advantage, from what I saw of the speed trap on the straights at Jerez, Mclaren hadn’t set those on fire, so the jury’s out for me on that. Mercedes just kept pounding out the miles, getting lots of data and as they’re sharing data with Mclaren, they’ll be able to see what kinds of loads and speeds the MP4 was getting on the straights too. I can’t help but see them as favourites given how relaxed they were and also how they weren’t chasing the headline times, despite having a board watching their every move. Mclaren looking fro a sponsor too? Interesting days I must admit. I have taken Hamilton for £50 at 9/2 for the championship, but covered that with a cheeky free £50 on Magnussen at 18/1 each way too. The boy really does look like he has some speed. Maybe the death knell for the Frome flyer next season, but we’ll see.

Very, very interesting times ahead indeed.


I agree Lewis will be in there. Don’t count out Jenson. He seemed pretty pleased with the car, just as he did when he first tested the Brawn in 2009. Could be a good year for our two British lads.


What a week of testing! Mercedes looks to be in the box position at this early stage, while it is shocking to hear about the lack of running from Red Bull.

James, who do you think has the speed and reliability to do well from the start of the season?


It’s early days but Merc powered teams have hit the ground running

We’ll know more in Bahrain


This was like the first exercise before a world war that hasn’t even started yet, someone’s tanks sputtered and overheated, but all it takes is a software patch and cooling duct and they might be unbeatable.


Thats a wrong comparison, if that was a war they would loose it hands down, problems RBR face are not simple and and they already lost so much time. Remember Ferrari in 05′ where everyone thought they will recover till Melbourne? I think this will put a stop on a red bull dominance which wasnt fair either(mid season tyre change and boom they were dominant again.)You can hope but hteir problem can not be patched easily.


I remember reading an article over the winter where someone from Ferrari (maybe James Allison?) said that Ferrari and Mercedes will have a leg up this year because they are the only two teams that are designing both engine and chassis in-house: they are making everything to fit everything from scratch, rather than DESIGNING to make things work. And look where we are.

I’ve done the math: 1368 km for Mercedes & 1111 km for Ferrari. Compare that to 93 km for Red Bull. FOUR ENTIRE RACE DISTANCES already under their belts compared to less than a third distance of ONE race.

The one enemy that every team faces, every driver, engineer, mechanic, team boss, all of Formula 1 faces is TIME. You can’t buy it, no matter what money you have, no matter what clout you have with Bernie or the FIA, no matter if you have Seb Vettel or Adrian Newey, or both. Track time is more valuable at this point than some sublime innovation that will give you a second a lap. If you can’t run it, you can’t PROVE it DOES give you that second per lap. There is no dollar amount that can express the value on the hundreds of laps and terabytes of data Mercedes and Ferrari, with “honorable mention” to McLaren (I’m a hardcore Ferrari guy), have gained at this Jerez test. Red Bull will always be 4 days and a couple hundred laps behind the other big teams. And this year, when we see the largest technological/engineering change the sport has seen in the modern era (maybe ever), that could very well haunt them for a while. Maybe to the first race, maybe all the way to Catalunya. Maybe it doesn’t hurt them and they sort it out by the first day in Bahrain. But if there was a bet to be had, I’d put my money on 309 and 251 laps. (And I guess 245…)


At the moment cars are 10 seconds behind last year. But they are not in full revs yet. My gut feeling tells me by Melbourne the gap will close to 5 seconds and gets smaller as the season goes by. Nevermind the gaps if the racing is closer and the leader board keeps changing constantly.

Please, no runaway this year!


God! Between dinosaurs and purists it is a miracle this sport moved on at all!!! Maybe an explanation/ introduction to what Zeitgeist means should be mailed to their homes and places of business. Corsets and the death penalties are a thing of the past. F1 is about the sharp end of the tech that defines that zeitgeist. The way forward now is about efficiency! So F1 will lead the way. As it should. For those who mourns for the “good old days”… There’s always The Goodwood Revival!


And since Gaz Boy is allowed to talk politics but I’m not, let’s talk about the internal combustion engine. It was NOT invented by a “certain Mr Karl Benz”, its history is much more complex than that. Check it out, nice reading:

You will notice that many “conservative” Southern Europeans made quite important contributions to Herr Benz’s “invention”.

And to finish this nonsense, let me quote a much smarter German: “Faith: not wanting to know what is true.” (And of course, “faith” isn’t restricted to what people commomly call “religion”.)


Well put Richard. F1 represents European society, sport and technology. Europe is the most liberal, democratic, progressive and technologically advanced continent on earth; Formula 1 should reflect that. After all, the internal combustion engine was invented by a European, Mr Karl Benz. He didn’t start off going “nah, this machinery larkey won’t work, let’s stick to getting around on the back of a horse eh?” Europe = progress.


To the mods: sorry again for double posting, having some trouble with slow internet, could you please delete this? Thanks, again. (And for chrissakes, please do something about Gaz Boy, his racist attitude should have no place here.)


Can someone please ban this Eurocentric imbecile “Gaz Boy” already? Have we gone back a hundred years in time? Thumping his chest and claiming Europe is the best in everything, ORLY?


To the mods: you know I answered Gaz Boy. You guys don’t wanna make my answer public, well, that’s within your rights. But I hope at least this reply will be published, so that people know that I was silenced.


Yes, we just don’t want to continue what has now become a tedious debate

Thanks -Mod


Dear spectreman, I’m not making a political statement, as you rightly say this isn’t the place. My point is if that Formula 1 since the late 50s has effectively been a battle between Ferrari versus the British teams. Great Britain and Italy have a very different ideology and methodology when it comes to design, engineering and technology, and just as significantly a different way of operating. I actually think the way a country and its’ people function and operate has a massive influence on its engineering and technology, and that includes Formula 1. My theory – and you can disagree if you wish – is that because Northern Europe had a political and religious reformation, it allowed new ideas and ideologies to flourish in Northern Europe: such as girls receiving education on a par with boys, a fascination with science, and the creation of social democracy with the primacy of technology to benefit all of its citizens. That’s not a sweeping generalization, that’s factually correct. The fall out of the reformation and the fascination of science would be the industrial revolution, which swept across Northern Europe, replacing the old rural age with the new big brash cities with their clanking machinery and big engineering projects. Arguably, the roots of Formula 1 can be traced back to this age, and a certain Mr Karl Benz who of course invented the internal combustion engine. Another knock on effect was the spread of industrialisation to Japan, Singapore and Australasia. I think its fair to say that New Zealand, Australia, Japan and Singapore have technology and engineering that is on a par with Northern Europe: Formula 1 has blessed with some great drivers and engineers from the commonwealth realms over many years, and I’m looking forward to Honda returning next year.

If you read my other essay, I have said I’m not here to cause offence, and I sincerely apologize if my comments have been misconstrued. I think we can all agree that Formula 1 is effectively a peace team technology arms race, and that who can out develop their competitors has a massive advantage. It is in my opinion – just an opinion – that because Britain and Northern Europe has social democracy, low levels of corruption, excellent infrastructure and transport networks, an educated skillful workforce and above all a history of innonvation and love affair with creating new inventions it can respond better to implementing new technology than Ferrari, as Southern Europe does not have the industrial might and pedigree of reformation and social democracy which is required to create and sustain a technologically advanced society.

I also think you believe I am having a go at the people of Southern Europe: I’m not, I’m having a go really at their outdated governments and institutions which are crooked and corrupt and stifle progress. Like I said, the high levels of corruption and violence which exist in Southern europe have hindered its industrial development, which in turn is why Southern europe does not have a successful Formula 1 industry as found in the motorsport of central england.

Any well balanced comments welcome, as I believe in social democracy. If anyone thinks I’m wrong in my theory, I will stand to be corrected.

Thank you!


Yeah, don’t worry, I knew it was the opening of for a joke! Thanks anyway, I like a sense of humour, and a bit of banter. Much appreciated! PS I like your comments, I think we seem to be on the same wavelength.


@Random 79

“I’m not sure I’d call that backing you up Gaz – more like making the most of an opening for a joke “

That’s exactly what I thought you had done, but it wasn’t my place to call it, so I’m glad you clarified it. I believe this site should be about F1, period.

@Gaz Boy

You wanna talk about F1, fine, I even grant you occasionally make a good point. But please keep your politics to yourself. Talking about individual drivers’ temperaments is one thing, but making broad generalizations about peoples cultures or whatever is a hell of a can of worms.


I’m not sure I’d call that backing you up Gaz – more like making the most of an opening for a joke 😉

The 79 is in relation to the year I was born.

The first couple posts I did were just under “Random”, but I soon found that this resulted in two problems:

First, some other joker was using the same user name at the time so I had to improvise.

Second, when I’m having a quick look through to check for replies I find that searching for Random alone in any F1 / FIA / Pirelli related article these days yields far too many hits 🙂


Thank you Random for backing me up! By the way, is your name related to the Lotus 79? If so well chosen – in the black and gold JPS livery that Lotus is one of the beautiful creations in Formula 1. I was watching some footage of the other day and was drooling………….mind you, when it was launched in May 1978 I think everyone in F1 was drooling!


Well Mr spectreman, in case you hadn’t noticed this “eurocentric imbecile” is commenting on a form of motor sport called Formula 1 where ALL the cars, engines, gearboxes, teams and even tyres are based, designed, engineered and manufactured in Europe (I’ll admit Pirelli had a few niggles, but they were resolved). Most drivers are of European stock too. I know Formula 1 is a world championship, but its heartland and core audience is european, my gosh even the phrase “grand prix” is european too, as was the invention of the internal combustion engine itself! I’m sorry if you think I’m a Euro supremacist, I’m certainly not. I have a great deal respect for Japan, South America and Australasia for they have enriched Formula 1 with their superbly talented drivers and brilliant engines over the years. Europe has a good relationship with Japan, Australasia and South America built on of course trade, but also culture and new ideas. Europe, Australasia, Japan and South America actually have a lot of crossover and the same beliefs and visions for the world, which is why Brazilian and Australian racing drivers come to Europe they fit right in, and get along just fine.

What does the comment gone back in a hundred years in time refer to? World War 1? That was a total tragedy and waste of human life agreed, but it was a WORLD WAR, not just in Europe.

The fact that you called to ban my comments suggests you have fascist tendencies. This is a forum open to debate, whatever the opinion, for that is what a mature, liberal secular society is allowed to do. So if you don’t like someone’s informed comments you try to ban them? Bit paranoid?


For someone who’s gone back a hundred years in time he has a remarkably good internet connection 😉


Don’t speak too soon – you might see Vettel and Ricciardo on the back of a horse yet… 😉


Ha ha! That would be one horsepower more than Daniel has been used to in the last few days!


James, what is the feeling at Ferrari following this test?

Some track-side analysis believe the new car suffers from a relative lack of downforce like its predecessors.

I wondered how much James Allison influenced this car given so much of it was conceived before he arrived?


positive. Pleased with the mileage and adamant that they have been well inside the maximums on power/revs at this point.


Rbr car looks the most aerodynamic by far, there are lots of very complex and clever aerodynamics all over the car especially at the rear it is packaged so so tight

Only problem is is that might be why it’s over heating

if they can sort that out with out haveing to compromise to much it could be another really fast car from red bull

Atm I think ferrari are in the best position tho

there really reliable and also really quick!! Sound like a winning car to me

They also have the best engine cooling package this means they don’t have to open there car up much for cooling and can package everything tighter with out rbr over heating problems

I have also herd they have quite a light car compared to others

although I think all the teams including Ferrari are struggling to get to the minimum weight

Mercedes looks the most reliable and it looks quick

it’s just atm doesn’t look as cutting edge aerodynamic as sum of the others but still looks like a really good solid and quick car

McLaren also look like they have a much better car this year and could be up there especially if there new suspension at the back does not get band I’m sure else is already trying to copy it


Mercedes look reliable, but to call it a race simulation is a bit misleading. They covered a race distance, but it’s not a race simulation unless you go flat out, I presume they were at 70-80% of engine capacity.


Given that they can only use 100kg of fuel, and at full consumption, would run out in one hour, it’s difficult to say what race conditions are.

But, they covered the full distance of a race, with pit stops, without any car issues– that may make this the most reliable Mercedes chassis yet.


Given the fuel restrictions, I doubt if they will be running the real races flat out either.


That maybe true at most races, but to a lesser extent teams have been doing that already by deliberately under filling.

I don’t think the 100kg fuel limit will be such a prominent feature as people think.


Andy,I disagree. IMHO this year is going to be back room engineers making resource and timing decisions about how and when to use the available resources. Optimizing the energy usage for the given race distance and conditions will be the “race,” driver battles car on car are very likely to be counterproductive. The drivers who can drive the most accurate “performance profiles” are going to average higher finishes. The FIA should replace the tachometer with Fuel flow/ Fuel Remaining readouts for the onboard shots.


There still is a lot of performance we have not seen yet. I expect several seconds at a minimum.


Remember when you were a kid the image/stories of the boogeyman? Um, has he taken form as the Caterham?????


If he has can we put him back in the closet?


Ha ha! Mind you, if Lady Penelope pitstop was a Formula 1 driver, not only would the car be pink but so would the crash helmet, overalls and mechanics overalls! Argh!


Ha! “You’re going back to Oxfordshire and don’t come back until you sorted your face out!”

By the way Random, do you agree Green is a rubbish colour for F1? Looks like Gilbert the ailen!


Nah, I think the green is fine.

Beats bubblegum pink anyway…


Lotus look smart now, skipping the entire test and the expense that goes with it.

Let’s face it, Renault was just not ready in time for the Jerez test!

What else is there to say?

Yes, the Mercedes power looks good and reliable.

But the team that looks to be flying highest, is… McLaren!

As predicted, with the steepest improvement trend over last season, McLaren are definitely back!

If Mercedes power does turn out to be the best, then I believe it will be McLaren in front of Mercedes at the end!

And I publically eat my words on declaring the McLaren the ugliest car of the last 30 years, it’s looking the fastest, which always looks good to me, but also, Force I, Caterham? Oh boy, are they ugly! (I’ll still love their looks if they win!)

Also back, Williams, Filipe to Williams, Bottas, a decent car, Mercedes power, look for the blues to be on the podium this year, fingers crossed.

Still hoping for Red #7 domination, and Ferrari looks to have a solid platform to build a winning car. Too bad they don’t have that fancy McLaren back suspension; thus far, the defining technical advantage.


I think you may be reading a little too much into the times. None of the reports I have seen indicate the teams were running the cars flat out. We won’t really no how quick anyone is until after Q3 in Melbourne.


that’s right; I’m not arguing with meaningfulness of any superficial metrics, here.

It’s just a feeling about McLaren. They seem to be back. I still think that their recovery of rear end aerodynamic grip could be a differentiator this season.


I’m not arguing with meaningfulness of any superficial metrics, here…..

Please don’t think I am having a dig, but do you say things like that in normal conversation – I’m curious, I really would like to know 🙂


Rejoice all the Earth!!!! We might just have an interesting season that is not dominated by a single team that managed to bend rules on their favor. Rejoice all the Earth!!!!! One of the happiest week in years of watching F1!!!! I need a fresh air…new teams winning, different people winning….Oh…how close it this dream now….Rejoice all the Earth!!!!


James, which teams are struggling with the new fuel restrictions this year? If merc have performed a full race simulation, was there any comment from their camp whether they had enough or possibly ran short?

Plus what’s the sound of these new cars like as they rush past pitlane lap after lap?


Rosberg’s best lap time was a 1:36, so his race pace was not competitive. He did further than the 305 km apparently, but it was a reliability exercise, not a performance or economy one.

As the cars are fuel weight limited, rather than fuel capacity limited, the teams need to consider the hottest starting temperature of the fuel to take account for expansion. Being a morning start in Jerez in winter, there’s nothing stopping Mercedes starting with more than 100 kg of fuel in the car if it wanted to.


Have you considered that the lap times set by Rosberg may in deed be competitive and this is what we have to come for the rest of the season?

Last year tyre limited this year fuel limited.


I guess the answer is no. Qualitatively to be that far off the pace doesn’t stack up. There’s no way they’d be this bad.

If we assume full throttle for 60% of the lap, which is probably reasonable in terms of time, and a ultimate lap time of 1:20 to take into account the list downforce and hard tyres for this test. So that gives 48 seconds of full power demand per lap. So Rosberg’s best, not average, turned 48 seconds of flat out into a 64 second cruise.

When you consider that peak fuel flow is 100 kg / hour and the 100 kg of fuel needs to last for approximately 100 minutes, the peak is 66% greater than the average. When you factor in that the full throttle percentage over a lap is much less than 100%, then the engineers comments about fuel saving mode being in the 1-2 second per lap range make a lot of sense.

Rosberg was cruising to look after the car and ensure reliability.

The cars have been fuel limited for a long time. Since refueling was banned no car has started with fuel to run flat out all the way as the weight penalty is too great. In the refueling era especially since qualifying with race fuel came in, it was common for drivers to try to save fuel to gain an extra lap or two for strategy reasons, especially if such in the Trulli train.


Martin, I am right in saying that measurement is affected by temperature, where as weight isn’t? If a driver weights 12 stone, he weighs 12 stone whether it’s 10 C or 35 C. Is that right? Is that why fuel in Formula 1 is weighed reather than measured, as the fuel weight is unaffected by differences in track/air temperature?


Hi Gaz,

Yes, dimensions are affected by temperature. Water/ice does a pretty much unique thing of starting to expand at 4° C. I’ve forgotten at what temperature below freezing ice starts to contract again, but that’s largely trivia.

The temperature of something is directly related to the velocity of the of particles that it consists of. I don’t know the physics and chemistry that well, but as the individual particles move around each other at greater velocities, each particle in a probabilistic sense takes up more space and the body expands.

The fuel is still made up of the same number of particles, so it’s mass doesn’t change, just the size of the particles changes.

Getting pedantic, a kilogram is a mass and a pound is a force. Scales measure forces, so I presume F1 being the technology fest that it is that the scales are calibrated to the altitude of the track being raced at to take into account the factional variances in local gravity.




Close of Jerez testing and we learn Renault has system integration issues going from the Dyno room to the cars. Mercedes-Benz and Ferrari had the advantage of developing the car and power unit as an integral package. We even know Ferrari had the unit running in a car around Fiorano. So testing round 1 goes to MB, Ferrari 2nd and Renault DNF.

The only thing we can surmise from this week is the season has begun, everyone has more information than they had last Friday and data is like gold. We know F-1 racing is an intensely paced I.Q. test; the fewest mistakes made by the team who has the best understanding of the problem presented on race day finishes first.


One would think that with such a huge budget to work with, the bulls will have a plan B, knowing that they were pushing the packaging boundaries as usual.


They do. It’s called ‘double points finale’. Double facepalm that.


Did Bernie know Renault were in trouble when this idiotic double points system was touted?

I see a conspiracy afoot.


And Horner would like the last _3_ races to be double points.


My thoughts exactly!


A Plan B? Are F1 teams that forward thinking?

Clever they are, but when it comes to control systems, back up plans etc, they are sadly lacking. It’s still all or nothing for some of them.

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