Day two of testing was a cooler affair with reports of possible snow and that led to some limited runs in the morning session and a relatively docile period towards the end of the session.
The old adage that you can’t tell anything from testing is one fans like to repeat but that’s not actually the case, the teams can tell a lot from testing about their own efforts as well as the efforts of other teams.
What I am encouraged by is the amount of mileage that Toro Rosso and Honda have managed over two days. Maybe those “how to deal with Japanese companies” seminars have paid off?
I said last year that it was unfortunate but if Honda come on song after leaving McLaren, it wouldn’t surprise me a bit and perhaps their position of focusing on reliability in 2018 is starting to show with testing mileage…let’s hope so.
If I had to put my prediction and wishful thinking hat on, I would say that the Honda folks, along with Toro Rosso, may just get that engine to a proper race power unit just about the time Red Bull moves from Renault to Honda in 2019 and if that happens, Red Bull could be in a very, very good position with their own manufacturer engine program. They may do what McLaren was unable to do. Unfortunately, McLaren only managed 37 laps today.
|4||Max Verstappen||Red Bull/Renault||1m20.326s||0.653s||67|
|6||Pierre Gasly||Toro Rosso/Honda||1m21.318s||1.645s||82|
|9||Esteban Ocon||Force India/Mercedes||1m21.841s||2.168s||79|