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Winter testing for 2018 starts tomorrow (26th February) at Barcelona at 9:00 am local time.

The line-up for these first 4 days of testing:

Monday (26th) / Tuesday (27th) / Wednesday (28th) / Thursday (29th)

Mercedes - Hamilton-Bottas / TBA
Ferrari - Kimi Raikkonen / Sebastian Vettel / Kimi Raikkonen / Sebastian Vettel
Red Bull - Daniel Ricciardo / Max Verstappen / Daniel Ricciardo / Max Verstappen
Force India - Nikita Mazepin / Esteban Ocon / Sergio Perez / Nicholas Latifi
Williams - Stroll-Sirotkin / Sirotkin-Kubica / Stroll-Kubica / Stroll-Sirotkin
Renault - Hulkenberg-Sainz / Sainz-Hulkenberg / Hulkenberg-Sainz / Sainz-Hulkenberg
McLaren - Fernando Alonso / Stoffel Vandoorne / Fernando Alonso / Stoffel Vandoorne
Haas - Romain Grosjean / Kevin Magnussen / Romain Grosjean / Kevin Magnussen
Toro Rosso - Brendon Hartley / Pierre Gasly / Brendon Hartley / Pierre Gasly
Sauber - Marcus Ericsson / Charles Leclerc / Marcus Ericsson / Charles Leclerc

Live Testing can be followed here:
http://www.skysports.com/f1/live-blog
https://www.f1today.net/en/news/f1/236310/don-t-miss-out-on-the-pre-season-test-updates-on-f1today-net

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Where's the logic in Williams running Kubica?

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Where's the logic in Williams running Kubica?


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Toby. wrote:
Where's the logic in Williams running Kubica?


I'd say there is quite a lot of logic in it. Kubica is their reserve/development driver and is going to be doing a lot of sim work, and Williams have said they are expecting him to be quite active in terms of supporting the drivers and engineers. That is going to be vital for Williams given the lack of experience their driver line-up has, and it'll be a lot easier to do all of that if Kubica has actually been on-track and has some kind of feel for the car.

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I'm guessing Hamilton and Bottas will split the days like they did last year?

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I'm guessing Hamilton and Bottas will split the days like they did last year?


You dont think one of the Merc school drivers will get a look in?


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moby wrote:
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I'm guessing Hamilton and Bottas will split the days like they did last year?


You dont think one of the Merc school drivers will get a look in?

No they've not done that in the recent past and this year there are 4 days less.

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Link to autosport.com coverage for today: https://www.autosport.com/f1/live/27509 ... y-one-2018
Direct live link to the F1Today live ticker: https://www.f1today.net/en/live/f1/2363 ... st-in-2018

Extra track time information:
2017 pole time: 1:19.149
2017 best time of day 1 winter testing: 1:21.765 (Hamilton)
2017 overall best time of winter testing: 1:18.634 (Raikkonen)

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Where's the logic in Williams running Kubica?

They hired him to drive F1 car? Not sure they would have bothered with testing him last season if he was just to become some Williams, Martini etc ambassador.

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Alonso's car in the gravel! Has set the 2nd best time so far behind Bottas.

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Alonso's car in the gravel! Has set the 2nd best time so far behind Bottas.


Looks like a wheel fell off.


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Alonso's car in the gravel! Has set the 2nd best time so far behind Bottas.


Looks like a wheel fell off.


True! But it seems McLaren is jinxed. Wonder how the wheel came off!

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he was quite fast on that lap.

I hope they're not doing glory runs for sponsorship.


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Alonso apparently returning to the pit with the bit of car he is removing in this pic:


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Well at least it didn't end up in the wall

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he was quite fast on that lap.

I hope they're not doing glory runs for sponsorship.


I don't think at this point there's much glory to be found. Need to be several seconds faster to even give that impression :)

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We have our second (as pointed out) red flag.

Mazepin has stopped at Turn 4.


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Clarky wrote:
We have our first red flag

Mazepin has stopped at Turn 4.


Alonso caused the first red flag about an hour ago. (Wheel ran away)

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We have our first red flag

Mazepin has stopped at Turn 4.


Alonso caused the first red flag about an hour ago. (Wheel ran away)

D'oh.

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mds wrote:
paul_gmb wrote:
he was quite fast on that lap.

I hope they're not doing glory runs for sponsorship.


I don't think at this point there's much glory to be found. Need to be several seconds faster to even give that impression :)


i saw the super softs on and was thinking they were light fueled from the start. Couldn't really understand such a decision from the start unless you are trying to persuade sponsors.


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Apparently the track has been resurfaced and so is less bumpy now, should be worth a second or more according to Autosport.

Bit disappointed Red Bull changed their livery back so soon, I thought the whole point of the special camo one was to be a testing livery, seems like a waste to go to all that trouble just for one filming day.


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paul_gmb wrote:
mds wrote:
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he was quite fast on that lap.

I hope they're not doing glory runs for sponsorship.


I don't think at this point there's much glory to be found. Need to be several seconds faster to even give that impression :)


i saw the super softs on and was thinking they were light fueled from the start. Couldn't really understand such a decision from the start unless you are trying to persuade sponsors.

We are probably going to see times in the 16-17 range as the best times of the test on low fuel. Considering the best time is currently a 21.3 I highly doubt any of these guys are on low fuel or full power.

Also the first days of the test are usually for checking that the car matches what they have predicted it was capable of so I'd be very surprised if McLaren were going for a glory run on the first morning of the first test.


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Black_Flag_11 wrote:
paul_gmb wrote:
mds wrote:
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he was quite fast on that lap.

I hope they're not doing glory runs for sponsorship.


I don't think at this point there's much glory to be found. Need to be several seconds faster to even give that impression :)


i saw the super softs on and was thinking they were light fueled from the start. Couldn't really understand such a decision from the start unless you are trying to persuade sponsors.

We are probably going to see times in the 16-17 range as the best times of the test on low fuel. Considering the best time is currently a 21.3 I highly doubt any of these guys are on low fuel or full power.

Also the first days of the test are usually for checking that the car matches what they have predicted it was capable of so I'd be very surprised if McLaren were going for a glory run on the first morning of the first test.


Yeah, if they were going to do it at any point on day one then I think it'd come towards the end of the first day, not straight out the box in the morning. Even then I don't think any team is going to be going for glory runs on the first day of the first test (particularly not if their car isn't even on-track :lol:).

Incidentally, most laps completed in the first two hours of the test? The notoriously reliable Honda-powered Toro Rosso...

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Incidentally, most laps completed in the first two hours of the test? The notoriously reliable Honda-powered Toro Rosso...

Least laps - Mclaren Renault - 6
Most laps - Toro Rosso Honda - 44

Oh Fernando, you can't make this stuff up :lol:


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Jenson's Understeer wrote:
Incidentally, most laps completed in the first two hours of the test? The notoriously reliable Honda-powered Toro Rosso...

Least laps - Mclaren Renault - 6
Most laps - Toro Rosso Honda - 44

Oh Fernando, you can't make this stuff up :lol:


:lol: another surprise is Renault at the top already lol. I think midfield is going to great this season. Mercedes and Ferrari will again be top teams and RBR little behind on 3rd. But hopefully the gap between the 3rd team and rest of the midfield will not be big this time

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Black_Flag_11 wrote:
Jenson's Understeer wrote:
Incidentally, most laps completed in the first two hours of the test? The notoriously reliable Honda-powered Toro Rosso...

Least laps - Mclaren Renault - 6
Most laps - Toro Rosso Honda - 44

Oh Fernando, you can't make this stuff up :lol:


It is currently amusing me no end :lol:

(In before anyone takes it too seriously and says it is only two hours of day one, Hulk's Renault has done the second most laps, Alonso's lack of laps is nothing to do with his engine, etc.!)

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Black_Flag_11 wrote:
Jenson's Understeer wrote:
Incidentally, most laps completed in the first two hours of the test? The notoriously reliable Honda-powered Toro Rosso...

Least laps - Mclaren Renault - 6
Most laps - Toro Rosso Honda - 44

Oh Fernando, you can't make this stuff up :lol:

To be fair the wheel is not Renaults fault.


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Clarky wrote:
Black_Flag_11 wrote:
Jenson's Understeer wrote:
Incidentally, most laps completed in the first two hours of the test? The notoriously reliable Honda-powered Toro Rosso...

Least laps - Mclaren Renault - 6
Most laps - Toro Rosso Honda - 44

Oh Fernando, you can't make this stuff up :lol:

To be fair the wheel is not Renaults fault.


although i'm supporting fernando, the speedtraps are even more funny :

1. Räikkönen 288.7 0
2. Hartley 284.9 0
3. Stroll 283.4 0
4. Bottas 279.7 0
5. Ericsson 277.6 0
6. Grosjean 276.9 0
7. Mazepin 276.9 0
8. Hülkenberg 274.8 0
9. Ricciardo 272.7 0
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You couldn't write it! Haha

I'm sure they'll be on top of their game this afternoon... I hope

It's good to see the Toro Rosso putting in some good track time. Nobody wants to see a repeat of last years Honda PU no matter who you do or do not support.

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Wouldn’t it be something if Renault had one of the quickest cars?
Honda’s reliability doesn’t shock me. It was about time. Performance will be paramount. So far they haven’t shown much of that.
McLaren need to get their act together. That’s no way to start out 2018. Come on macca!


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paul_gmb wrote:
Clarky wrote:
Black_Flag_11 wrote:
Jenson's Understeer wrote:
Incidentally, most laps completed in the first two hours of the test? The notoriously reliable Honda-powered Toro Rosso...

Least laps - Mclaren Renault - 6
Most laps - Toro Rosso Honda - 44

Oh Fernando, you can't make this stuff up :lol:

To be fair the wheel is not Renaults fault.


although i'm supporting fernando, the speedtraps are even more funny :

1. Räikkönen 288.7 0
2. Hartley 284.9 0
3. Stroll 283.4 0
4. Bottas 279.7 0
5. Ericsson 277.6 0
6. Grosjean 276.9 0
7. Mazepin 276.9 0
8. Hülkenberg 274.8 0
9. Ricciardo 272.7 0
10. Alonso 271.3 0


Oh wow.... lol


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Ironic if Honda have come good and the Renault is a monster :D


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Does anyone know whether Ricciardo's 1m20.179s was set during his long stint?

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Does anyone know whether Ricciardo's 1m20.179s was set during his long stint?


Yes. It was his second last or last lap after 25+ laps with an average time of early 1:21:xxxs!

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Hartley did 72 laps with TR-Honda in the morning session.


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Hartley did 72 laps with TR-Honda in the morning session.

Which already is over a third of what McLaren-Honda managed during the entire first week of testing last year (100-ish laps for both Stoffel and Fernando).

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Does anyone know whether Ricciardo's 1m20.179s was set during his long stint?


Yes. It was his second last or last lap after 25+ laps with an average time of early 1:21:xxxs!


That is pretty impressive then!

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Uffman wrote:
Hartley did 72 laps with TR-Honda in the morning session.


Honda did over 200 laps in one day, across two cars, the last time we tested. (Abu Dhabi in November)

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Alonso apparently returning to the pit with the bit of car he is removing in this pic:



Thank goodness he had the Halo!!


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