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Re: F1 2019 Pre-Season / Testing Thread

Post by Antonov » 6 months ago

Latest post of the previous page:

Kubica will not make it to the start of the European season. Read my lips.

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Post by Everso Biggyballies » 6 months ago

He isnt there for his ability, more for the PR exposure he generates. Cynically speaking he is there more for his disability and 'the story' than ability. Also Williams need the money he brings.

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Post by Antonov » 6 months ago

so very true.

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Post by XcraigX » 6 months ago

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Kubica fails to show his hand so far.
:shock: I see what you did there.

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Post by Picci » 6 months ago

Finally got some time to post after some very tough days at work.

I'm surprised at how quickly the teams have already recouped the time differential between regs. I thought they would be 1.5-2 secs slower.

Merc have sandbagged a bit too ridiculously. Some critics maintain Ferrari are slightly ahead but I don't think so.

No idea who's ahead in the midfield. Alfa look reasonably strong.

RedBull appears to be further adrift in 3rd (as expected with the Honda) and closer to 4th than to 1st-2nd.

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Post by Everso Biggyballies » 5 months ago

Testing at Bahrain on Tuesday was a bit of a washout, with rain falling, and Pirelli running out of wets!
Unexpected rain during today’s test in Bahrain meant teams were unable to to run for several hours as they had not brought any suitable tyres. None of the teams had selected wets or inters for the test. It was dry early so teams did get some running then.
“The rain was a bit of a surprise,” admitted Mercedes’ chief race engineer Andrew Shovlin. “It wasn’t forecast but ended up costing us four or five hours of our programme.

“We selected the tyres for this test back in December and not expecting rain, we chose only dry tyres. So, once the track was properly wet we didn’t have any option but to wait for it to dry again.”

“It was a very frustrating day for everyone here in Bahrain,” added Williams’ senior race engineer Dave Robson. “Conditions first thing this morning looked reasonable following the dust clouds yesterday and some overnight rain.

“However, some further rain meant that little happened between mid-morning and early evening when conditions improved again. We were able to complete some aero testing early in the morning with George, concentrating on data gathering with the rake instrumentation. We then started a performance programme before the rain came.”
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Even when the track was dry, track conditions were much slower than they were during the race weekend. Verstappen’s best effort was 1.7 seconds slower than Charles Leclerc’s pole position.

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Pos. Car number Driver Team Model Best time Gap Laps Tyres
1 33 Max Verstappen Red Bull RB15 1’29.379 62 C3
2 29 Mick Schumacher Ferrari SF90 1’29.976 0.597 56 C5
3 4 Lando Norris McLaren MCL34 1’30.800 1.421 22 C3
4 8 Romain Grosjean Haas VF-19 1’30.982 1.603 42 C3
5 23 Alexander Albon Toro Rosso STR14 1’31.089 1.710 71 C3
6 1 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes W10 1’31.156 1.777 77 C3
7 3 Daniel Ricciardo Renault RS19 1’31.584 2.205 45 C4
8 18 Lance Stroll Racing Point RP19 1’31.964 2.585 33 C3
9 55 Carlos Sainz Jnr McLaren MCL34 1’32.059 2.680 32 C2
10 99 Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo C38 1’32.067 2.688 53 C3
11 14 Fernando Alonso McLaren MCL34 1’32.207 2.828 64 Prototype
12 51 Pietro Fittipaldi Haas VF-19 1’32.708 3.329 20 C3
13 88 Robert Kubica Williams FW42 1’33.290 3.911 19 C3
14 26 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso STR14 1’33.653 4.274 45 Prototype
15 63 George Russell Williams FW42 1’33.682 4.303 27 C3




It is forecast to be dry today, so they all should have plenty of dry tyres to do maximum running.

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Post by Antonov » 5 months ago

doesn't surprise me. I was in the Gulf last month, and had rain nearly every day. When it wasn't raining, it was regularly overcast and windy.

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Post by DoubleFart » 5 months ago

That Alonso guy doesn't look like he's got what it takes, way off of Norris' benchmark.
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Post by Everso Biggyballies » 5 months ago

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That Alonso guy doesn't look like he's got what it takes, way off of Norris' benchmark.
You have to take on board it is testing.... what tyres they run, what their role is, developing long run set ups etc. I notice Norris was shy of Alonso's pace on the final day of testing, despite having more laps. :wink: (But then their final test day was conducting tyre tests for Pirelli)

FWIW Russell ended up fastest in the Mercedes.

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Post by DoubleFart » 5 months ago

Sorry, forgot the sarcasm tags.
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DoubleFart wrote:
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Sorry, forgot the sarcasm tags.
Not sure if sarcasm... Or you forgot the sarcasm tags.
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Post by John » 5 months ago

Russel going back to the dumpster fire Williams after doing a full day in the Mercedes must be the F1 equivalent of...uh...I don't know. Moving back in with your parents when you're 35.
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Post by MonteCristo » 5 months ago

John wrote:
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Russel going back to the dumpster fire Williams after doing a full day in the Mercedes must be the F1 equivalent of...uh...I don't know. Moving back in with your parents when you're 35.
65. Then you don't know who's looking after who, or where shit is. Or whose shit that is on the rug.

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