In one sense, you have drivers and teams and even some in the F1 press saying that you can’t really tell anything from testing. Meanwhile, I’ve been saying for years that you can tell a lot from testing and even while teams and drivers are saying you can’t, they know damn well that you can determine quite a bit.
That’s why I like Lawrence Baretto’s piece over at F1.com where he unabashedly says, hey, here’s what we can tell from testing so far. Good on you Lawrence, one of the few willing to say, you know what? One thousand laps is kind of a big deal.
As Lawrence points out, one of the bigger markers you can gain from testing is the number of laps they pound out. Ferrari-powered cars pummeled Barcelona for over 1,000 laps and that’s a big deal when it comes to understanding reliability. How much trouble did the teams have in producing those 1,000 laps and what times, g-forces, and heat loads were they generating?
Another massive sign? That would be that after Ferrari, Honda were the lap stars with 957 between the two Red Bull teams. The big question is how fast are the cars? That’s where things get a little fuzzy.
As Charles Leclerc said today, it is difficult to know who is sandbagging and while saying that out of one side of his mouth, he may very well know how much Ferrari may or may not be sandbagging themselves. Is it likely that Mercedes is? I would say heartily yes, they like that sort of thing and are a choice operation who doesn’t expose their pace willingly.
Still, there is plenty to gain from testing and the geniuses at each team know exactly what they are seeing on their cars and how to read what they are seeing on other teams’ cars as well. Mileage is a massive factor given the 3-engine rule this year. A big factor.
Williams were well off the pace and Haas struggled with niggles throughout the test and there is something to be gleaned from that.
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Mileage by engine