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F1 2019 Pre-Season / Testing Thread

Post by Picci » 11 months ago

So the 'pre-season' testing technically started today at Abu Dhabi where Vettel who was first lapped essentially 2 secs slower than the pole time last Saturday.

In other news, Stroll drove for Findia and Kimi for Sauber before his car stopped. Kubica and Russell shared the Williams.

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1 Germany Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1:36.812 67
2 Finland Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1:37.231 0.419 120
3 Canada Lance Stroll Force India 1:37.909 1.087 56
4 Netherlands Max Verstappen Red Bull 1:37.947 1.135 125
5 Mexico Sergio Perez Force India 1:37.976 1.164 67
6 United Kingdom Lando Norris McLaren 1:38.187 1.375 135
7 Germany Nico Hulkenberg Renault 1:38.789 1.977 128
8 Brazil Pietro Fittipaldi Haas 1:39.201 2.389 54
9 Poland Robert Kubica Williams 1:39.269 2.457 32
10 United Kingdom George Russell Williams 1:39.512 2.700 42
11 Finland Kimi Raikkonen Sauber 1:39.878 3.066 102
12 Indonesia Sean Gelael Toro Rosso 1:40.435 3.623 150

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Post by erwin greven » 11 months ago

thx for the update. :thumbsup:
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Post by Everso Biggyballies » 11 months ago

CLAP fastest on day 2 for Ferrari.

CLAP topped the time sheets on his first day testing for Ferrari.... hw was fastest in the morning session and then improved his time again in the afternoon. He clocked a time faster than Vettels yesterday time, albeit 1.7 secs off last weekends pole time set by Lewis. Unlike Seb yesterday, he did not put the car into the fence. :haha:

Gasly was 2nd fastest for Red Bull. Lance Stroll ended his first full day driving a Racing Point Force India third-fastest. Valtteri Bottas finished fourth fastest, with Sainz fifth for McLaren. Russell finished 7th in the Williams, with Kubica comfortably the slowest driver of the day, although RK's times were set this morning.

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Pos Driver Car Time Laps
1 Charles Leclerc Ferrari SF71H 1'36.450 135
2 Pierre Gasly Red Bull RB14 1'37.916 129
3 Lance Stroll Force India VJM11 1'38.044 122
4 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes F1 W09 EQ Power+ 1'38.448 143
5 Carlos Sainz McLaren MCL33 1'38.547 150
6 Artem Markelov Renault R.S.18 1'38.590 129
7 George Russell Williams FW41 1'38.802 55
8 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso STR13 1'38.862 155
9 Louis Deletraz Haas VF-18 1'39.069 117
10 Antonio Giovinazzi Sauber C37 1'40.435 129
11 Robert Kubica Williams FW41 1'44.208 39

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Post by Picci » 11 months ago

Thanks!

Interesting that on both days, Findia was quite fast relative to the rest. The others' pace seems more or less representative.

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Post by erwin greven » 11 months ago

Stroll officially confirmed at Force India...
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Post by Everso Biggyballies » 10 months ago

PRE-SEASON TESTING DATES

All at Barcelona.... hope for better weather than the snowbound conditions and freezing temperatures that messed up 2018 pre season at Catalunya.

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Test 1 Feb 18 to 21 Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, Spain
Test 2 Feb 26 to Mar 1 Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, Spain

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Post by Picci » 10 months ago

Why do they keep doing them there? I don't get it. OK it may be cheaper for the teams but if it's raining then there's no point in even going

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Why do they keep doing them there? I don't get it. OK it may be cheaper for the teams but if it's raining then there's no point in even going
Usually the weather there is far more attractive than other European tracks at that time of year. Last year was hit by freak blizzards. Shit happens. Usually the weather is fine and little testing time is lost due to weather. In addition the teams and Pirelli have so much data based on Catalunya over the years it gives a good benchmark for their development, and the variety of corners also makes it attractive for testing. It is also an easy option to have someone jump on a plane for a short flight to bring updated parts from the factories on a daily basis. Logistically it is more attractive, and the weather/temperature is generally not a problem.

They have tried the Middle East for pre season testing..... it was hit by sandststorms, prevalent in the region at that time of year and rendering running impossible.

Weatherwise, Spain is as good an option as it gets. Portugal would be ok but I am not sure of whether the track is up to F1 standards.

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Post by Michkov » 10 months ago

Everso Biggyballies wrote:
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Weatherwise, Spain is as good an option as it gets. Portugal would be ok but I am not sure of whether the track is up to F1 standards.
I cant access the official FIA doc listing the tracks by grade but if wiki is to be believed Estoril is grade 1. Algarve is grade 2 but I know that it used to be 1T but that my be just to safe money on the owners part. Plus there are several other tracks in Spain that allow for F1 testing, Aragon, Valencia and Jerez come to mind.

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Post by Picci » 10 months ago

Interesting list! Nice to see that Mugello is a T1. Wish they could have a race there oneday.

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Post by Vassago » 10 months ago

Mugello with all these long sweeping bends & chicanes would be AWFUL for F1. No overtaking whatsoever. It's Circuit de Catalunya on speedball :angry:
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Post by Everso Biggyballies » 10 months ago

I take it that means something to do with moving to 18inch wheels for F1 in the future.

Edit.... google translation tells me yes to above, from 2021, with testing of the concept starting next July. (Presume next July means 2020.... if they meant 2018 they would say this July in my world. :dunno:

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Post by kals » 10 months ago

Everso Biggyballies wrote:
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I take it that means something to do with moving to 18inch wheels for F1 in the future.

Edit.... google translation tells me yes to above, from 2021, with testing of the concept starting next July. (Presume next July means 2020.... if they ment 2018 they would say this July in my world. :dunno:
Using the auto-translate feature on Twitter:
Pirelli controversial 18 inch tyre e28093 test from July

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