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Posted By: Justin Hynes  |  22 Feb 2014   |  4:43 pm GMT  |  231 comments

Nico Rosberg today brought the first Bahrain test to a close with a flourish, the Mercedes driver setting the week’s fastest time with a lap of 1:33.283.

The only driver to break the 1min 34s barrier, Rosberg’s time was set on soft tyres in the midst of a sequence of fast short runs. The German also racked up the most laps on day four of the test with 89 tours of the Sakhir circuit.

“We can be very pleased with the first test in Bahrain this week,” said Rosberg. “We completed a lot of mileage and learnt more about the car with every lap we achieved. This morning we were able to try some qualifying practice runs, which felt good, meaning I could attack the lap a bit as I found a good balance.

“Later in the day we did a race simulation, which was crucial to learn all the new things in the car,” he added. “There was a lot of feedback from the engineers, so my head was full of information! We suffered with an issue at the end of the day, which ended our programme slightly early. There is still some way to go for us to manage the reliability before Melbourne as this will play a huge factor in the early races, but we’re hopeful that we can make another step towards achieving this next week.”

As yesterday, Jenson Button was second quickest, with a lap of 1:34.957, during a 66-lap outing in the McLaren MP4-29, the Briton again underlining the Woking outfit’s solid start to the season.

Kimi Raikkonen was third for Ferrari, recording a lap of 1:36.718 on the soft tyre, just two tenths shy of team-mate Fernando Alonso’s best time of the week. Raikkonen also put in a healthy 82 laps before crashing out at turn four in the final minutes of the afternoon running.

Williams, meanwhile, gave a full day’s running to new recruit Felipe Nasr following the overnight news that the 21-year-old Brazilian has been appointed as Williams’ test driver. Nasr enjoyed a good outing, too, logging 87 trouble-free laps on his way to fourth on the timesheet with a time of 1:37.569.

Behind the top four, it was a tricky day for many others, with Red Bull Racing again suffering more than most.

Daniel Ricciardo only managed to complete his installation lap before a software issue saw the Australian restricted to the garage for most of the morning. He eventually emerged at the wheel of the RB10 shortly before lunchtime but with just 15 laps on the board was brought back to pit lane as yet another ‘mechanical issue’ caused damage to the rear of the car. The damage was such that Ricciardo failed to take to the track again, a miserable end to a frustrating week for the Australian who, following team-mate Sebastian Vettel’s 59-lap outing on day two, might have felt that the worst was behind the team.

Race Engineering Co-ordinator Andy Damerum later admitted the team has much to do ahead of next week’s final test in Bahrain. “It’s been a difficult week: we’ve made some very good progress, particular on day two, but we’ve also had a number of problems that have again held us back. The engineering team will head back to Milton Keynes now to plan the next moves and we can only look forward and try to get everything in place for T-03 here next week.”Jean-Eric Vergne of sister team Toro Rosso managed just four more laps than Ricciardo, his day being disrupted by what he called “a major problem on the engine side”.

At Caterham, Marcus Ericsson’s morning in the CT05 was cut to just four laps by an electrical problem. The team managed to fix the car in time to give Kamui Kobayashi 17 laps in the afternoon, though he finished almost 10 seconds off the pace set by Rosberg.
Of the Renault-powered team it was Lotus who enjoyed the best day. The E22 has been plagued by problems this week, but aside from minor issues which caused short delays to the team’s run plans, Pastor Maldonado was able to put in good mileage, completing 59 laps for fifth spot on the timesheet.

“Today was much better for us and we’ve been able to go through a lot of different aero assessments as well as mapping and settings work with the new drivetrain,” said Trackside Operations Director Alan Permane. “We did have a few glitches which stopped us but these were quickly rectified. We’re still very early on in our understanding of this car and we clearly have a lot of work to do, but today has been our most productive day so far.”

Force India encountered trouble as well, with Sergio Perez managing just 19 laps due to what Chief Operating Officer Otmar Szafnauer described as a “drivetrain issue”.

“Although we didn’t cover a large number of laps today, we were able to complete some aero work this morning and evaluate some more set-up items,” he said. “The programme was cut short by a drivetrain issue just before lunch, which confined us to the garage for the rest of the afternoon. With the amount of work involved in resolving the problem and the lack of time available, we decided it was better to regroup and put our efforts into achieving our objectives next week.”

As the second pre-season test closed it was abundantly clear that the Mercedes-powered teams are currently sitting pretty. Until late this week the hallmark of the company’s new power unit had been its impressive reliability. However, that has now been allied to impressive potency, with the five fastest times of the first four days in Bahrain going to Mercedes-powered cars.

Rosberg tops the list with his searing lap of 1:33.283 and he is followed by team-mate Lewis Hamilton, the McLarens of Kevin Magnussen and Jenson Button respectively – with those three in the 1min 23s bracket – and Nico Hulkenberg fifth for Force India.

Bahrain Test 1 – Day Four Times
1. Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1:33.283s 89 laps
2. Jenson Button McLaren 1:34.957s +1.674s 66 laps
3. Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1:36.718s +3.435s 82 laps
4. Felipe Nasr Williams 1:37.569s +4.286s 87 laps
5. Pastor Maldonado Lotus 1:38.707s +5.424s 59 laps
6. Sergio Perez Force India 1:39.258s +5.975s 19 laps
7. Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull Racing 1:39.837s +6.554s 15 laps
8. Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso 1:40.472s +7.189s 19 laps
9. Kamui Kobayashi Caterham 1:43.027s +9.744s 17 laps
10. Marcus Ericsson Caterham 1:45.094s +11.811s 4 laps
11. Jules Bianchi Marussia no time 5 laps
12. Adrian Sutil Sauber no time 5 laps

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1

The form is getting clearer with each test. Mercedes, McLaren and Ferrari in that order now but I wish Red Bull will be in the fight and it seems unlikely at the moment now. Only when Melbourne race finishes then will we know who’ll be the most reliable team.

Looks like Kimi and Alonso will have to push but this year I think Ferrari will do much better. Looking at their lap times and the amount of lesser laps done compared to Merc and Mc we will not know.

Until the first three races are completed then at least we can sort of make a guess the WDC contender but it can still change halfway through the season and will be the best if the leader board keeps changing.

2

@ Johnbt

I am in complete disenchantment already. Every season since 2009 Ferrari have started poorly and tried to play catch up with RBR and duly failed.

This 2014 again it’s very clear they need to play catch up with Mercedes (A different team though) to have any chance and stay alive in the title fight.

I really feel very much for Alonso. Fernando has gave every ounce of himself for the last 4 seasons. Yet it has been so near yet so far.

Again 2014 test barbs confirm that Alonso will have his work cut out more than Ferrari to catch up with the fast duo of Lewis&Nico.

3

Yes Ferrari are not there yet in terms of pace.

Yes Alonso and kimi will need to push from the start to keep up with impressive Mercedes and Mclaren.

The WDC fight will be battled out between the mercedes pilots along with sober jenson and impressive Kevin in the mix.

I am cert that even if Ferrari try the quali runs at second test in bahrain they cannot match mercedes for pace. Roll on melbourne to find more answers for the 2014 mystery already

4

Dear James,

I think, on testing performance, it would be fair to replace the F14 T on the top of the JA on F1 page with the W05. It is shaping up to be a MP4-29 versus W05 battle so far.

Never mind that it will make two silvery cars.

What say, James?

Regards

Vivek

5

Whenever I seek information about F1, I end up on this site. Each time I ask myself…. ” what the fcuk are you doing here?”. JA is of course a known and proven quantity in this neck of the woods. His articles and views are mostly spot on.

But the people, mostly Brits, who make comments here..

Boi do I wanna throw up !

Let’s get some things clear….

I would never fathom why any person with a quantum of brain, at any given time, would compare Lewis to any driver on the grid.

Mid-season 2009 I knew Lewis was going to work with Ross Brawn. And you don’t have to be Einstein to know that , or to have seen that coming.

You guys make me sick.

There are just two drivers on the grid besides Lewis..

Fernando and the Iceman.

The rest are mediocres. Vettel and Button championly lead this group.

Like I said, you don’t have to be Einstein to know this.

Lest I forget, I am GERMAN.

6

Vettel is not mediocre.

There is a great rivalry destined to happen the two names I see are Vettel and Hamilton.

Given cars on par this will be their time – Alonso and Kimi are of a different time.

Vettel is a quality driver.

7

I guess we all have different standards for “measuring” mediocrity.

That being said, I still passionately believe that Lewis and Vettel ain’t in the same league.

Lewis was born to race. You come across racers like him, if you are lucky, once in two decades.

And to JA, I have been astutely following the sport for over 20 years, and I’m not even 40 yet.

P.S: I am German and PARTIAL.

8

@ thompson

What do you mean by different time ?

Lewis had his chances in 2007,2010 and 2012 to grab the WDC. Yet he fluffed the chances (Lewis is not blame for 2012 season though). I like lewis he is fast and offers plenty of excitement.

You are way off the mark. Given the cars which has parity and no crucial pace advantage. Then this will be the order Alonso, Lewis, Kimi and Vettel.

Yes vettel his quality driver. Yet the question is how much of quality he simply has with no efficient RBR at his disposal? Do we know? In fairness we do not have any inkling what so ever. Whereas lewis Fernando and Kimi have done some fantastic season with crap and ropey machineries at their disposal. In fact 2014 promises quite a lot and If RBR struggles are true as many foresee then hopefully we will find the answers.

The rivarly between Lewis and Vettel is diametrically not there yet. All these seasons from 10-13 RBR have simply had too much pace compared to thier rivals. Maybe if mercedes and RBR compete throughout the season toe to toe then we will know who comes out on top. (It has to be Lewis)

9

Alonso and Kimi are old men (relatively speaking) – The Times they are a changing.

These guys are yesterdays men. Anyone looking at Vettels performance over the last few years and not see his ability is blind – only Hamilton s driven some awesome races and qualiflying laps to match Sebs performances.

The Mclaren years for Hamilton were sadly mixed with some superb performances matched by stupendously

stupid blunders that cost Hamilton 2007 (ignoring Saubers illegal fuel) scrapping through 2008 even with the best efforts of the FIA and Mosley to scupper him – the rest you can Google but hopefully Merc will provide the consistency that will allow the rivalry to commence…….lol

,

Yes Kimi has driven some consistant races making up places under the radar but no AWESOME!! performances – likewise Alonso – maybe it was the car maybe drivers maybe a little of both.

Only Hamilton has driven down Vettel and passed him on track and on more than one occasion when both cars have been on it.

But trust me the future belongs to Hamilton and Vettel – you watch, it’s their time.

10

Vettel is far from mediocre.

I’m impartial and have studied these guys close up for 25 years. Trust me, he’s right up there. Yes he’s had a great car (most, but not all of the time) but what he has done with it has been exceptional, especially from 2011 onwards

11

Krischar, I took it to mean that he didn’t have the best car at times, during some seasons. Certainly the RB8 wasn’t the best car at some tracks in 2012, and earlier in that season. It was always in the mix though.

Looking at the entire 2012 season, and knowing in hindsight where the car’s performance would be, any driver would still want to be in that car – through the year – over any other.

As you say, RBR had a clear advantage over all the others in 2010, 2011, and 2013.

12

James you say “(most, but not all of the time)”

However RBR held the advantage over their rivals in 2010, 2011 & 2013 easily. Mclaren Matched RBR for pace in 2012 yet the operational errors and ropey reliability made the life difficult for Lewis and Jenson to pose any serious threat for WDC title.

Yes vettel deserves his 4 WDC titles. That’s about it. To say vettel did not had any pace advantage over their brethren between 10-13 is little too much supportive i believe.

13

Completely agree with you Lewis, Kimi and Fernando are in a class above the rest. The main reason alot of Brits can’t see this, is because they get influenced by the media who obviously like to alter peoples opinions on drivers. If we kept the pre-2009 rules, those three would have been multiple world champions.

14

Really disappointed with the coverage for these test, why no real footage of the cars.

Watching the Sky coverage I’m seeing nowt.

Is there a ban on filming at these tests James?

By the way the cars are getting better looking judgeing by the still images – I Told you all these cars would look great.

15

Looks like we are already getting used to these cars. I really do have no complaints about the W05. For the turn of speed it has shown far, Mercedes have managed to keep its looks very tidy too.

16

Q on driving style – who will 2014 suit? Less downforce and more sliding suggests those more comfortable with a moving car might do well, but the regulations also may require a driving style that saves fuel. I read Allan McNish saying the new regs would suit Jenson’s smooth driving style, though with more sliding around I thought it may suit other who have a more carting style. What do you think Mr Allen – could we have a feature on this?

17

“… though with more sliding around I thought it may suit other who have a more carting style…”

I assume you mean karting style? And if that’s the case, then I suggest the rest of the field be VERY afraid of Button.

You should take a look at Button’s past karting results. In short, there have been VERY few people in history that were better than Jenson in a kart! Check out the 1991 British Cadet Kart Championship.

Say no more.

18
Clarks4WheelDrift

Good point, and it may come down to the tyres. No doubt those who can hustle and deal with the oversteery sliding with extra torque will be happy, but only if it doesn’t cost them in tyre drop off or extra stops.

The new compounds may be harder so perhaps some teams (or smooth drivers) could continue having issues getting heat into the tyres.

It was nice to hear Paul Hembrey hint that deg wouldn’t be as extreme but they’re still trying to avoid every race becoming a one stopper. He was smiling a lot more than last year, must be loving the new engine and reliability issues deflecting from the tyres (for now) 😉

Still think, despite F1 looking a bit like Le Mans with different classes of car (LMP1 ‘Merc/Ferr’ and LMP2 ‘Renault’), you cannot tell much from the testing times.

Be very interesting to see if there are more driver clashes – with the top speed differences, the braking zone differences, the turbo boost or battery delivery differences and of course the torque car sliding.

The only sure thing for me is that Red Bull will be the most improved team from the first to last race this year.

Can’t wait now.

19
Alexander Supertramp

Should suit the likes of Kimi, Alonso & Lewis, right? I have a feeling it will be about manhandling the car, I don’t recall Jenson being particulary good at that. People say Jenson isn’t great when he the car is not tuned to his liking -too much understeer/oversteer- , so McNish might be wrong..

20

Aldo Costa has done a fantastic job creating this new Mercedes.

21

He has given vision and direction to the Merc F1 team, agree with that.

22

Does F1 have the 107% qualifying rule this year?

23

They made it 109% for Red Bull this year.

24

Haha, that’s a good one.

25

Why is everyone going on about rosberg beating hamilton. It is wishful thinking and poppy cock. Ok he is fast but who said he was smart. Its the power of suggestion all over again. The bottom line is hamilton beat him in his 1st year in an unfamiliar car. Now they both start from scratch.

Hamilton would have won silverstone too if it were not for the puncture. Hamilton beat button who everyone said was like prost. Hamilton is not worried about rosberg. He respects him a d a knowledges he will push him but he knows he if everything is on the up and up he has him covered.

26

Susie Wolff must be gutted to see Felipe Nasr drive. And I frankly don’t understand it either. If Williams want (and need to) to correlate simulator and the real world, they should make sure their development driver knows what the real thing drives like. Unless, however, Susie is already sacked but no one admitted that yet.

27

Hi James – thanks as ever for such an informative website!

I’m interested in comparisons between the 2014 cars vs the 2013 ones;

– which circuits do you think that the 2014 cars could be faster than last year?

– if they have to keep the same gear ratios for the whole season,how could this affect the drivers around more unusual circuits like monaco or monza?

Hopefully McLaren and Ferrari etc aren’t too far away from Mercedes in performance and can compete – the new technology is fascinating!

28

Thanks for the questions. I’ll get back to you on 1. Clearly the ones where the straights are important to lap time!

as for 2. they have gone this route because the engines produce so much torque they can pull out of hairpins in 3rd or 4th gear !

So they don’t need all the fine tuning of gear ratios. So it won’t be a problem at all

29

If they can pull out of hairpins n 3rd or 4th gear. Will they make the ratios longer. So last year’s 4th gear is this year’s 2nd?

30
Darrin from Canada

So much for the idea that F1 has no impact on consumer road cars… This all sounds directly relevant. I can’t wait to see what my new 2019 Mercedes will be like! (I promise to start saving for it soon)

31

James, how do you consider the situation of Ferrari engine teams except Scuderia Ferrari? Seems it’s difficult for Sauber and Marussia in term of reliability…

32

So far yes, but they are also among the less well funded teams.

Ferrari, like Mercedes, has an advantage of building its engine and thus designing both chassis and engine around each other…

They have also spent a fortune on it…

33

Button out qualified again….always far slower than his team mates yet still coomands huge salaries and seems to still held in high regard by only the British press these days….surely time to admit he has never been that good or quick…excl Brawn as that was car over driver…

34

Few things,

1. It’s testing, not qualifying.

2. 0.047 seconds is hardly what I would call ‘far slower’.

3. Button, like the rest of the actual experts of F1, have realized something that you and the rest of the Button haters are still struggling with – that points are awarded on Sunday after the race and not Saturday after qualifying.

4. Alonso is also a bad qualifier. Are you going to tell us that he is also not a good F1 driver because of his one lap pace?

35

@ Bob

What makes you to say “Alonso is also a bad qualifier” ?

Ant has made comparison between the mclaren drivers. Why on earth you tilled alonso into this topic and stated your notion?

Do you try to compare jenson with Alonso by stating “Alonso is also a bad qualifier” ? If so that is clear drivel i have ever read or heard.

Wake up and do not be in the wonderland. You cannot compare apples with oranges. Alonso’s aristocracy level is miles higher than Jenson.

Finally Kevin does look impressive and may very well easily out-qualify jenson in the long season. Even perez managed to outpace jenson easily in 2013

36

@ Bob

I have nothing against Jenson, In fact i like jenson.

Jenson is a good pilot, he is serene and steady performer always. I repeat this i do not have any resentment against Jenson. He fared much better against lewis than the expectation.

However between perez and jenson. Yes perez matched jenson for pace. Perez was new to the Mclaren team and with difficult Car to drive in 2013. Perez fared much better against jenson when most people thought otherwise. Yes jenson finished ahead in WDC standings. Perez was too erratic though.

I agree with you WDC standings and points matter the most than Quali results. Even if we go by this logic Alonso have done well against his former team-mates in terms of quali as well as WDC standings or points.

“It is common knowledge that Alonso is not a very good qualifier. I didn’t make it up – do some research” ? This is clear Myth and a complete drivel to me. How do you conclude or arrive at this assessment ?

What research i need to do ? Alonso have done stellar job ever since he entered the F1 scene with Minardi to till date.

Ferrari never produced a top car ever since 2009-2013. Despite this Alonso managed to put the car on pole 4 times between 10-13. In 2012 Alonso did a brilliant job to put the car on pole 2 times in a very fickle weather conditions as well. Alonso have done a stellar and magical job for Ferrari over the past 4 seasons.

I believe Single lap or timed lap is much easier to do than a full race distance with heavier fuel and post decent lap-times consistently.

The connection which you try to make between Alonso & Jenson just on the basis of Quali is not accurate mate. Ok If jenson and Alonso are in the same team (Assume) who will prevail in the quali?

37

@Krischar

It is common knowledge that Alonso is not a very good qualifier. I didn’t make it up – do some research.

@ant specifically mentioned that Button was ‘out qualified’. Many other Button haters also use Button’s qualifying performances to somehow prove that he’s not a good driver.

My point was that Alonso, just like Button, is not a great qualifier, yet it’s never held against Alonso like people hold it against Button.

Once again, even you have pointed out that Perez managed to ‘outpace’ Jenson in 2013. How is this relevant? If this was the Formula 1 World Qualifying Championships, then it might be relevant. But considering that most F1 GP’s are usually slightly longer than 1 lap on low fuel, it’s completely irrelevant.

Yes, Perez out qualified Button, but how did he do in the Championship compared to Button. You know, the Championship – the ACTUAL thing that matters.

It just like when Button was team mates with Hamilton. Hamilton SMASHED Button in qualifying, yet who finished on the podium more? I’ll tell you who – it was Button.

So, for the sake of my sanity, please explain how single lap low fuel runs determine who the best driver is when the only way to win the Championship is by winning and scoring in races that consist of 50+ laps with full fuel loads?

38

calm down, krischar, the point is that you can’t judge a f1 driver purely on qualifying results.

39

Hello James,

I have done my own quick analysis of the speed and reliability on the face of what most people see, and the same four teams keep coming up as being the best in terms of speed and reliability in both Jerez and the 1st Bahrain test.

They are: Mercedes, McLaren, Ferrari, and Williams. They seem to be the teams that are closest to the mark. The Mercedes does seem to be very fast, scary fast, and rumours that the Mercedes car might be faster than last year’s car might well be spot on.

However, the same cannot be said for the Renault teams, particularly Red Bull and Lotus. They seem to lack reliability and speed, and if it wasn’t for Marussia, they would be at the back of the field if a race was held today in dry conditions.

I wouldn’t write them off in turning the ship around, but it appears clearer by the day that Vettel won’t have a realistic chance of winning a fifth straight world championship, which is disappointing.

What do you think James?

40

I think Merc is ahead and there are several strong contenders just behind. Over a season stretching to November and with double points available at the last race much can change.

If Mercedes start the first half season as Button and Brawn did in 2009 then they will win the title, but I can see Red Bull being strong in the second half. They are the only team in trouble now that has the limitless resources to fix it and catch up

You need 100s of engineers deployed on specific problems to sort it and they have that

41

I still can’t believe F1 is going ahead with this double points scenario. It’s comical at best.

42

interesting james, we saw how mclaren coped with all their resources in 2013. unless we know exactly what their problem is, it’s quite a challenge to preempt how they’ll find the solution. even they thought they’d found the solution until saturday. i do hope they can all sort out their cars for melbourne for a tight championship.

43

That was an infrastructure issue and a major aero flaw

This is a packaging issue around a troublesome engine

44

100reds of engineers will help nothing if RBR ( or the other Renault powered teams) will blow some engines at the strat of the season. The penaltys they will get therefore, will ruin the 2nd half of the year.

45

True enough James, but don’t forget engines are homolgated soon, so if Renault do have issues – and I’m assuming they do – it’ll take a huge amount of brainstorming and engineering clout to leap frog Mercedes, but as you rightly point out both Regie and Bull do have both manpower and resources so we shall see.

46

What a fascinating off season this has been. Can’t wait for this season. McLaren seem to be right back on form, Mercedes seems to be very fast maybe with a few issues, both Ferrari and Williams seem to be there or thereabouts and Red Bull have big problems. This could be a scintillating season. Just shame about those stupid noses! The FIA need to ensure they don’t make any silly decisions in season which favour a particular team like what they did with the tyres and Red Bull last year.

47

Now what is going to be interesting is if merc is the faster car will who come out on top: super fast but erratic and emotional Hamilton or cerebral, savy and technical Rosberg? It will be interesting!

48

If they’re even or close to even on the reliability stakes, then Hamilton should beat out Rosberg over a season.

I guess we’ll see how much different a driving style/strategy will be needed for this season, in the first few races, and then we’ll have a better idea.

49

If Hamilton had had the reliability problem Rosberg had last season, many of you guys would blame it on Hamilton directly insinuating that he cannot manage his car blah blah blah.

50

It’s a tiresome and specious theory trotted out at times against Hamilton. It’s just silly.

The lengths (and depths) that some will go to malign the guy still boggles my mind.

51

doe that mean you wish hamilton was more erratic than robberg and rosberg was more savy than hamilton?

we found out which one of them finished higher than the other in 2013 and am sure we’ll find out who finishes higher than the other in 2014 as well. it is not easy to fool nature.

52
Alexander Supertramp

Nico has not been less erratic than Lewis last year.. The balance between them has shifted all year.

Besides, last time Lewis had a fast car he was pretty great himself, i.e. 2012. He’s pretty emotional yeah, nothing gets him more emotional/motivated than knowing he can actually fight for the championship. Nico will have to be amazing to beat Lewis.

53

Very naive to take much conclusion from testing. Only Oz quali will tell the season’s start pecking order. Even that doesn’t guarant any conclusion as teams can iron out their issues and cath up.

I like Nico but how he become savy, technical, cerebral than Ham is beyond me. I would be happy if he is but his records doesn’t support that.

James, why is some section of ‘fans’ repeatedly tried to put a tag on Hamilton that he is less intelegent, lacks technical know how, only drive fast by instinct etc as portrayed in the above comment.

The fact which I know from watching races is that he can adapt to the problems like many and pull the most out of his car. There are other drivers that don’t perform unless the car is to their liking.

He is also the guy, at his rooky season, outperform a double champion (one may disagree by going into the detail of 2007 but I mean at least using the result table). I didn’t see any better savvieness or technical skill Ros has more than ham but I may agree if you say, lets say Alo.

How a cerebral, technical, genius etc guy is beaten by erratic driver in the same machinery is BAFFLING!!!

I would love if someone give me some honest explanation if I don’t know something.

Cheers

54

It’s still hard to know outright Pace at Testing mind. Which Teams might be Sandbagging and what are the Fuel Loads? While Red Bulls woes hint at Reliability Problems, doesn’t mean the RB10 is not a fast Car, though if it can’t complete Race Difference, I guess it won’t matter much! But until Qualifying in Australia, and then the Light going out on Race, we just won’t know who is in the Best Shape.

55

what people are seeing emerge are possible quality lap times but no one is seeing just what the fuel gauges are saying? until races have been completed it would seem to be fanciful to suggest that they will be in any way totally related to those race times of the past. i am still sceptical and believe that we will not be seeing drivers pushing hard for the entire race but driving to deltas enabling them to cross the line.

hembery claims that the tyres wont be a rerun of the last couple of years and maybe he is right. we may be entering a new phase of race limitation with the fuel restrictions being so draconian.

56

It’s going to be interesting to see how the drivers manage the fuel in the races, 100 litres is not that much! Just as well we are not racing at Imola this season ))

P.S. Don’t forget about Force India…a certain Mr Hulkenburg didn’t go there for no reason )

57

100 kilos isn’t it?

58

“This morning we were able to try some qualifying practice runs”… Does anyone know if this was their first time they tried qualy runs or they maybe also did it with Lewis at 3rd. day of test /friday)??

tnx in advance

59
Alexander Supertramp

I don’t know, but I think he was. I know he didn’t get a chance to do his race simulation, he will do it next week.

60

LH said he did no qualy runs and no race sim until now, he is looking foreward to do it next week

61

Finally feel very elated to see the RBR struggles this season. RBR have had it too easy for the last gew seasons

Atleast the 2014 pre-season barbs this season WDC will be between Mercedes and McLaren. Lewis gets his chance to bag the WDC in 2014. Go Lewis.

Ferrari are still not there which is a big worry. Hope Ferrari will improve and give Fernando / kimi a car which is worthy of their skills.

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Three test completed and Mercedes power is at the top of the tree! Probably the most noticeable thing for me is that the two teams, Mercedes & McLaren for one reason or another chose to get rid of their Team Principles. For Ross Brawn, the systems and procedures he put in place appear to be working. In the case of Martin Whitmarsh, no-one can deny that he oversaw a dog of a car in 2013, the question is, will he get any credit for overseeing what appears to be a solid, if not spectacular 2014 car? Surely there will be a touch of irony down the pitlane if Mercedes or McLaren win one or both of the titles on offer.

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It’s becoming pretty obvious Mercedes will dominate this season. At least the first part. Hamilton on pole for Oz

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Williams puts a rookie in the car and finishes 4th

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Alexander Supertramp

A) the rookie is amazing

B) the car is amazing

C) This shows how little you should read into testing times.

I’m going with C..

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What an amazing season in front of us! wow! Of course Mercedes and McLaren seems to be widely ahead of the rest but lets see what will be the reliability. Renault powered team will be in dangerous situtation in melbourne.

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I can see nico beating lewis this year, he’s fast and extremely intelligent (I’m not saying lewis isn’t smart) so I can imagine him getting more out of the car, prost like.

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Alexander Supertramp

Nico’s test stats look better than Lewis’. Still, we are talking about Lewis, right?

I’ll be looking out for the results of their respective race sims. They are both quick in quali, those race simulations should give a first expectation of what to expect from them in Australia.

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IMO Lewis will have an advantage with the cars sliding more and are more difficult to drive.

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