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2019 Testing

Post by cmlean » Tue Feb 19, 2019 2:38 pm

Day 1 of testing for 2019 commenced at Catalunya.

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Driver		 Team		Time		Tyres
Sebastian Vettel Ferrari	1:18.161	Soft
Carlos Sainz	 McLaren	1:18.558	Supersoft
Romain Grosjean	 Haas		1:19.159	Soft
Max Verstappen	 Red Bull	1:19.426	Soft
Kimi Raikkonen	 Alfa Romeo	1:19.462	Soft
Daniil Kvyat	 Toro Rosso	1:19.635	Supersoft
Sergio Perez	 Racing Point	1:19.944	Soft
Valtteri Bottas	 Mercedes	1:20.127	Medium
Lewis Hamilton	 Mercedes	1:20.135	Medium
Nico Hulkenberg	 Renault	1:20.980	Medium
Daniel Ricciardo Renault	1:20.983	Medium
Reliability seemed to be in evidence for all teams.
A couple of spins into the gravel traps and a fuel pressure failure for Romain Grosjean in his Haas.
Williams will not have their 2019 contender ready until at least Wednesday and are already behind the 8 ball.

I have taken a liberty in naming the tyre compounds
C1: Hard
C2: Medium
C3: Soft
C4: Supersoft
C5: Ultrasoft

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Re: 2019 Testing

Post by cmlean » Wed Feb 20, 2019 8:38 am

Day 2 of testing at Catalunya

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Driver		   Team		Time		Tyres
Charles Leclerc	   Ferrari	1:18.247	Soft
Lando Norris	   McLaren	1:18.553	Supersoft
Kevin Magnussen	   Haas		1:19.206	Soft
Alexander Albon	   Toro Rosso	1:19.301	Supersoft
Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo	1:19.312	Supersoft
Valtteri Bottas	   Mercedes	1:19.535	Soft
Pierre Gasly	   Red Bull	1:19.814	Soft
Nico Hulkenberg	   Renault	1:19.837	Soft
Daniel Ricciardo   Renault	1:19.886	Soft
Lewis Hamilton	   Mercedes	1:19.928	Soft
Lance Stroll	   Racing Point	1:20.433	Soft
Pietro Fittapaldi  Hass		1:21.849	Soft
Again, a couple of spins into the gravel traps by a couple of drivers.
Daniel Ricciardo had a rear wing failure on the main straight. He also finished in the gravel trap but with no additional damage.

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Re: 2019 Testing

Post by cmlean » Thu Feb 21, 2019 2:01 pm

Day 3 of testing at Catalunya

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Driver		  Team		Time		Tyres
Daniil Kvyat	  Toro Rosso	1:17.704	Ultrasoft
Kimi Raikkonen	  Alfa Romeo	1:17.762	Ultrasoft
Daniel Ricciardo  Renault	1:18.164	Supersoft
Sebastian Vettel  Ferrari	1:18.350	Soft
Max Verstappen	  Red Bull	1:18.787	Soft
Nico Hulkenberg   Renault	1:18.800	Supersoft
Romain Grosjean	  Haas		1:18.189	Soft
Pietro Fittipaldi Haas		1:19.249	Soft
Carlos Sainz	  McLaren	1:19.354	Soft
Sergio Perez	  Racing Point	1:20.102	Soft
Valtteri Bottas	  Mercedes	1:20.693	Soft
Lewis Hamilton	  Mercedes	1:20.818	Soft
George Russell	  Williams	1:25.625	Soft
The red flags came out 3 times in the day. Funny enough that they were all for Haas.
All teams, other than Williams who finally made an appearance, did many laps across the sessions.

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Re: 2019 Testing

Post by cmlean » Fri Feb 22, 2019 12:16 pm

Day 4 of testing at Catalunya

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Driver		   Team		Time		Tyre
Nico Hulkenberg	   Renault	1:17.393	Ultrasoft
Alex Albon	   Toro Rosso	1:17.637	Ultrasoft
Daniel Ricciardo   Renault	1:17.783	Ultrasoft
Valtteri Bottas	   Mercedes	1:17.857	Supersoft
Lewis Hamilton	   Mercedes	1:17.977	Supersoft
Charles Leclerc	   Ferrari	1:18.046	Soft
Lando Norris	   McLaren	1:18.431	Supersoft
Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo	1:18.511	Soft
Romain Grosjean	   Haas		1:18.563	Soft
Kevin Magnussen	   Haas		1:18.720	Soft
Pierre Gasly	   Red Bull	1:18.780	Soft
Lance Stroll	   Racing Point	1:19.664	Supersoft
George Russell	   Williams	1:20.997	Soft
Robert Kubica	   Williams	1:21.706	Medium

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Re: 2019 Testing

Post by cmlean » Fri Feb 22, 2019 11:42 pm

So, what have we learnt after the first 4 days of testing.
1. Ferrari look like they have the car for 2019
2. Williams are behind the 8 ball having given up 2days of testing to all teams
3. Mercedes seem to be playing their cards close to their chest. Maybe a bit of understeer to be dialed out.
4. Toro Rosso, Renault, Alfa Romeo and Haas are in the ballpark.
5. Red Bull...... I'm not sure.....Lots of laps but they are holding some back.
6. Racing Point never show their full potential in testing. Perez though is the only one on the pace.
7. McLaren are improving but are not quite there.

Next week, we are back at Catalunya for the next installment of pre-season testing where the times will tumble and new bits will appear on cars for assessment.

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Re: 2019 Testing

Post by cmlean » Wed Feb 27, 2019 2:19 pm

Day 5 of testing at Catalunya

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Driver		   Team		Time		Tyre
Lando Norris	   McLaren	1:17.709	Supersoft
Pierre Gasly	   Red Bull	1:17.715	Soft
Lance Stroll	   Racing Point	1:17.824	Supersoft
Sebastian Vettel   Ferrari	1:17.925	Soft
Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo	1:18.589	Supersoft
Alexander Albon	   Toro Rosso	1:18.649	Supersoft
Charles Leclerc	   Ferrari	1:18.651	Soft
Kevin Magnussen	   Haas		1:18.769	Supersoft
George Russell	   Williams	1:19.662	Ultrasoft
Daniel Ricciardo   Renault	1:20.107	Medium
Valtteri Bottas	   Mercedes	1:20.167	Medium
Lewis Hamilton	   Mercedes	1:20.332	Medium
Nico Hulkenberg	   Renault	1:20.348	Soft
The Mercedes of Valtteri Bottas had an oil pressure problem.
The Ferrari of Charles Leclerc had an overheating problem.

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Re: 2019 Testing

Post by cmlean » Thu Feb 28, 2019 3:07 pm

Day 6 of testing at Catalunya

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Driver		  Team		Time		Tyre
Carlos Sainz	  McLaren	1:17.144	Supersoft
Sergio Perez	  Racing Point	1:17.842	Supersoft
Sebastian Vettel  Ferrari	1:18.195	Soft
Kimi Raikkonen	  Alfa Romeo	1:18.209	Supersoft
Romain Grosjean	  Haas		1:18.330	Ultrasoft
Max Verstappen	  Red Bull	1:18.395	Soft
Daniil Kvyat	  Torro Rosso	1:18.682	Soft
Valtteri Bottas	  Mercedes	1:18.941	Soft
Lewis Hamilton	  Mercedes	1:18.943	Soft
Nico Hulkenberg	  Renault	1:19.056	Soft
Robert Kubica	  Williams	1:19.367	Supersoft
Daniel Ricciardo  Renault	1:22.597	Medium
In the morning session, Sebastian Vettel stuffed his Ferrari into the turn 3 wall. Driver is ok, the car was a little sad.
Again, reliability seemed the order of the day. A couple of other red flags in the morning session mainly by cars failing at the end of pit lane.

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Re: 2019 Testing

Post by cmlean » Sat Mar 02, 2019 10:35 am

Day 7 of testing at Catalunya

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Driver		   Team		Time		Tyres
Charles Leclerc	   Ferrari	1:16.231	Ultrasoft
Alexander Albon	   Toro Rosso	1:16.882	Ultrasoft
Lando Norris	   McLaren	1:17.084	Ultrasoft
Pierre Gasly	   Red Bull	1:17.091	Ultrasoft
Daniel Ricciardo   Renault	1:17.204	Ultrasoft
Nico Hülkenberg	   Renault	1:17.496	Ultrasoft
Lance Stroll	   Racing Point	1:17.556	Ultrasoft
Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo	1:17.639	Ultrasoft
Romain Grosjean	   Haas		1:17.854	Supersoft
Lewis Hamilton	   Mercedes	1:18.097	Medium
George Russell	   Williams	1:18.130	Ultrasoft
Kevin Magnussen	   Haas		1:18.199	Soft
Valtteri Bottas	   Mercedes	1:18.862	Soft
Pierre Gasly stuffed his Red Bull into the wall at turn 9 and ended testing for the team for the day.

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Re: 2019 Testing

Post by cmlean » Sat Mar 02, 2019 10:43 am

Day 8 of testing at Catalunya

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Driver		  Team		Time		Tyres
Sebastian Vettel  Ferrari	1:16.221	Supersoft
Lewis Hamilton	  Mercedes	1:16.224	Supersoft
Valtteri Bottas	  Mercedes	1:16.561	Supersoft
Nico Hülkenberg	  Renault	1:16.843	Supersoft
Daniil Kvyat	  Toro Rosso	1:16.898	Supersoft
Carlos Sainz Jr.  McLaren	1:16.913	Supersoft
Romain Grosjean	  Haas		1:17.076	Supersoft
Daniel Ricciardo  Renault	1:17.114	Supersoft
Kimi Räikkönen	  Alfa Romeo	1:17.239	Supersoft
Kevin Magnussen	  Haas		1:17.565	Supersoft
Max Verstappen	  Red Bull	1:17.709	Soft
Sergio Pérez	  Racing Point	1:17.791	Supersoft
Robert Kubica	  Williams	1:18.993	Supersoft

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Re: 2019 Testing

Post by cmlean » Sat Mar 02, 2019 10:50 am

So, what have we learned over 8 days of testing?
1. Ferrari have a really nice car and will probably set the pace.
2. Mercedes seemed to be also now on the pace with their revised aero.
3. Red Bull, Renault, Toro Rosso and probably McLaren are all bunched together.
4. Haas, Racing Point and maybe Alfa Romeo as their own group.
5 Williams are at the tail. Take this with a grain of salt as they did miss a significant amount of testing and are an improvement on 2018.

Roll on Melbourne.....

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