Raikkonen takes Ferrari to top on day 2 in Barcelona

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After being sidelined with an oil leak in yesterday’s testing and only managing 29 laps, you’d have thought that McLaren would be keen to get a jump on Tuesday’s activities but you’d be wrong.

At the end of the morning session, McLaren had only managed 58 total laps in one and a half days of running. Compare that to 320 laps for Mercedes and 236 laps for Ferrari. Sure, they are the top teams in the mileage competition so far but if McLaren were hoping to close the gap, then these are the teams to shoot for.

McLaren has had two engine changes in two days with Stoffel Vandoorne completing just 40 laps on day two. It’s not to suggest that it’s all over for McLaren in 2017 and surely the folks in Woking will get on top of the issues but will Honda? Is this marriage working for McLaren and Honda?

Also struggling was Canadian rookie, Lance Stroll who spun the car after just 12 laps and damaged the front wing. Not a big deal from his standpoint but what is an issue is that it seems Williams had one wing and canceled the rest of the day in order to bring more parts in from their HQ. Am I the only one that finds it odd that you have one wing for a new rookie to test with?

After having issues on day one, Red Bull was able to pull together a decent testing day for Max Verstappen and they completed 89 laps while Valtteri Bottas took his Mercedes on a simulated full-race run in the afternoon.

POSDRIVERCARTIMEGAPLAPS
1Kimi RaikkonenFerrari1m20.960s108
2Lewis HamiltonMercedes1m20.983s0.023s66
3Max VerstappenRed Bull/Renault1m22.200s1.240s89
4Kevin MagnussenHaas/Ferrari1m22.204s1.244s118
5Esteban OconForce India/Mercedes1m22.509s1.549s86
6Daniil KvyatToro Rosso/Renault1m22.956s1.996s68
7Valtteri BottasMercedes1m22.986s2.026s102
8Jolyon PalmerRenault1m24.139s3.179s53
9Antonio GiovinazziSauber/Ferrari1m24.617s3.657s67
10Stoffel VandoorneMcLaren/Honda1m25.600s4.640s40
11Lance StrollWilliams/Mercedes1m26.040s5.080s12

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Where can I go to watch TV coverage of this testing. I would love to see it as well as ALL the practices and testing.

Salvu Borg
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Testing is not televised.

Salvu Borg
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Salvu Borg

mchonda is consuming an engine a day.
FERRARI looked really rock solid on track today, the top time was on slower tyres than the next time recoded.

MIE
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Hamilton’s best time (the second fastest of the day) included a final sector that was 0.3 seconds slower than his best for that sector on the soft tyre. Either the Mercedes is wearing the tyres out or they are holding something back. I am sure they are not the only team not going for qualifying simulations at this stage of testing.
Hopefully Ferrari can give them a hard time this year, and Red Bull. However I think three teams close to the front may be asking too much.

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so you think that the top times recorded by Mercedes was not an effort like when qualifying and that they might be holding something back, that is in my opinion much worse than saying they were sand bagging. about number 44 last sector time, that was promptly picked-up and pushed forward right on the spot by both of his two lovers F1 websites, which incidentally are both in a fight of their own for the so called top F1 website position. Re mchonda, people talking about their poor lap times and speed are fools totally out of order. the low… Read more »

MIE
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I don’t think that any team are looking at qualifying simulations yet, most are still confirming the aero results they get at the circuit correspond with those predicted by the wind tunnel and CFD.
So far only Mercedes have done a race simulation. Ferrari look reliable enough that they could start with race simulations soon.
With new parts likely to be fitted to the cars through testing, it will be towards the end of next week before representative qualifying times are being set.

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OK, so no team was looking for qualifying simulation, but both the top two were trying to attain fast lap time when they recorded their fastest laps. negating that they aimed for fast lap when the driver/team you support fails to get what he was out to get is nothing short of
pathetic fanboyism.

MIE
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I am interested in a close championship battle between two or even three different teams and drivers. Which ones they are doesn’t bother me.

Ferrari were the fastest in pre season testing last year. That meant precisely nothing, as they failed to score a single race win or pole position. It’s testing, all the teams are running different programmes with different fuel loads and at different times of the day. Comparing the absolute fastest time set by each car over the whole day is going to tell you very little.

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Salvu Borg

You are not alone in what you are interested in.
On here I/we were talking about this present testing and not the past.
If fastest time doesn’t tell anything or very little those that shoots for it are wasting their time and wearing out their equipment uselessly.

MIE
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The teams each have their own test schedule to confirm their modelling results actually translates to the real world. So it isn’t a waste of time or effort for them (how else are the top teams going to spend five million a week?), It is just difficult for those outside the team to determine exactly what they are doing. Once the team’s start running full race simulations then there is some merit in comparing the overall times. However I have yet to find a reliable source of all the lap times. Most reports concentrate on the best single time set… Read more »

jakobusvdl
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Just wondering, if the lap times are little different from last year, is there any news on the g loads that the cars are pulling? Are they actually cornering harder than last season’s cars.

Salvu Borg
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Salvu Borg

JAKO, Just check Alonso lap time in the mchonda this morning.

jakobusvdl
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jakobusvdl

2.9sec off the Merc?

Zachary Noepe
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Zachary Noepe

Good question!

jakobusvdl
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jakobusvdl

I guess we’ll find out when Hamilton tweets Bottas’ data

Salvu Borg
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Salvu Borg

Trick suspension system, the FIA has already asked one team to make changes, and they intend to inspect all cars when race day testing begins.

jakobusvdl
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jakobusvdl

Which team? RBR?

Salvu Borg
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Salvu Borg

no team name has been mentioned, but yesterday a prominent f1 writer on his also prominent f1 website wrote “Mercedes legal RB not?”. this is in line with what was said from the very beginning by those I regard as in the know.