Testing Day 5: In 100 Words

Felipe Massa definitely likes downforce. The little Brazilian went quickest on day 5 in his Williams, showing that they have some real potential this year. As predicted, Red Bull upped their game with Riccardo flying round at a good pace. Mercedes and Ferrari continued their good work from last week, although not managing to gaining top spot from Massa. McLaren had new engine troubles to start their week, with Honda replacing their engine with testing only a few hours old. And Pascal Wehrlein finally returned to his Sauber after injury, which was great to see. Who knows what tomorrow will hold?

1 Felipe Massa (Brz) Williams 1:19.726 **

2 Daniel Ricciardo (Aus) Red Bull 1:19.900 ***

3 Sebastian Vettel (Ger) Ferrari 1:19.906 *

4 Lewis Hamilton (GB) Mercedes 1:20.456 *

5 Valtteri Bottas (Fin) Mercedes 1:20.924 *

6 Esteban Ocon (Fra) Force India 1:21.347 **

7 Nico Hulkenberg (Ger) Renault 1:21.989 *

8 Kevin Magnussen (Den) Haas 1:21.676 *

9 Daniil Kvyat (Spa) Toro Rosso 1:21.743 *

10 Stoffel Vandoorne (Bel) McLaren 1:22.537 *

11 Pascal Wehrlein (Ger) Sauber 1:23.336 *

12 Marcus Ericsson (Swe) Sauber 1:23.630 *

13 Jolyon Palmer (GB) Renault 1:24.790 *

* = time set on soft tyre; ** = super-soft tyre; *** = ultra-soft tyre. Others medium

What to Look Out for in Testing Week 2: In 100 Words

Week 2 is shaping up to be hugely important.

  • Will either Mercedes or Ferrari come good and take control before Australia.
  • Can the Bulls continue to improve and make a play for the top?
  • Will McLaren finally get over their engine troubles?
  • Can Stroll manage to keep the Williams on the track and put in a good shift?
  • And what of the smaller teams? Will any of them show signs that they can dominate the midfield or even challenge towards the top of the grid.

Hopefully these will all be answered in the coming days, which are sure to be interesting

Testing Day 4: In 100 Words

Day 4 made for a wet track in Barcelona, but it was only artificial. However, there was nothing artificial about Ferrari’s pace as they once again went round fastest. Raikkonen was eight tenths of a second quicker than Max Verstappen, who’s Red Bull team have been looking stronger as they week has progressed. It was a disappointing day for Mercedes, as only Valtteri Bottas made it out onto track as a technical problem with the car meant that Hamilton couldn’t drive. It was an even worse day for Williams, who didn’t have a car after yesterday’s accident, poor Lance Stroll.

Testing Day 3: In 100 Words

It was a duel of red and silver as Ferrari and Mercedes battled for dominance on the third day in Barcelona. Bottas ended the day slightly quicker than Vettel, although this was on the faster ultrasoft tyre. Red Bull vastly improved after their dismal performance in the past 2 days. The surprise package of day 3 was Renault, who finished 4th and 5th after a day of blistering pace. And although McLaren finally got some reliability from their engine, they were dreadfully off the pace. Finally, thoughts go out to Lance Stroll who has crashed his Williams three times in two days.

1 Bottas   Mercedes   1:19.705 75 laps Ultrasoft

2 Vettel   Ferrari   1:19.952 139 Soft

3 Ricciardo   Red Bull   1:21.153 70 Soft

4 Palmer   Renault   1:21.396 51 Soft

5 Hulkenberg   Renault   1:21.791 42 Soft

6 Ericsson   Sauber   1:21.824 125 Supersoft

7 Hamilton   Mercedes   1:22.090 95 Soft

8 Grosjean   Haas   1:22.118 56 Supersoft

9 Stroll   Williams   1:22.351 98 Soft

10 Alonso   McLaren   1:22.598 72 Ultrasoft

11 Sainz   Toro Rosso   1:23.540 32 Medium

12 Celis Jr   Force India   1:23.619 70 Soft

13 Kvyat   Toro Rosso   1:23.952 31 Medium

Testing Day 2: In 100 Words

Another dramatic day of testing has come and gone, so what have we learned? Ferrari were fastest ahead of the Mercedes, with the Italians flying round the circuit like a red blur. The Bulls picked up the pace after their disappointment, with teen wonder kid Verstappen throwing himself firmly in third. However, it was a mirror image for Williams. After such a strong performance yesterday, the rookie Stroll took the car for a spin, only to literally spin and damage the car. And McLaren’s engine problems continued, which leaves you asking the question: what do they actually do at Honda?

 

Testing Day 1: In 100 Words

It was certainly an eventful first day of the F1 season. Right from the off there was thrills and spills aplenty. Mercedes and Ferrari were both impressive, completing well over 100 laps each. A surprise was the Williams of Massa, who was tearing round in the Barcelona heat. Both Red Bull and McLaren were plagued with technical problems, and didn’t complete nearly as many laps as their competitors. Kevin Magnussen in the Haas was the day’s surprise package, and is one to watch out for in the coming days. Going into tomorrow, some teams certainly have plenty of work to do.

Barcelona pre-season test: day one results:

1 Lewis Hamilton (GB) Mercedes 1:21.765

2 Sebastian Vettel (Ger) Ferrari 1:21.878

3 Felipe Massa (Brz) Williams 1:22.076

4 Kevin Magnussen (Den) Haas 1:22.894

5 Daniel Ricciardo (Aus) Red Bull 1:22.926

6 Valtteri Bottas (Fin) Mercedes 1:23.169

7 Sergio Perez (Mex) Force India 1:23.709

8 Carlos Sainz (Spa) Toro Rosso 1:24.494

9 Nico Hulkenberg (Ger) Renault 1:24.784

10 Fernando Alonso (Spa) McLaren 1:24.852

11 Marcus Ericsson (Swe) Sauber 1:26.841

What to Look Out for in Testing: In 100 Words

It’s the first event of the F1 2017 season, and although nothing is up for grabs, it’s not to be missed. Many questions can be answered in these two weeks. Can Mercedes continue their dominance? Will Red Bull finally lead the charge? Can McLaren end their engine nightmare? And of the smaller teams, who can finally break out of the shadow’s and seriously challenge at the right end of the track? These questions may or may not be answered over the coming weeks. But one thing’s for sure, it’s going to be a tense time for teams and their supporters.