Ferrari leads winter testing, but…

The winter testing ended today in Spain with Sebastian Vettel setting the fastest lap of the last day , but this was not enough to beat the time set yesterday by Kimi Raikkonen and did not match Sebastian’s fastest lap of the first test. Nonetheless, this left Ferrari with a 1-2 in the eight days of winter testing, with a 1m22.765s for Raikkonen and a 1m22.810s for Vettel. The team completed a total mileage of 2,475 miles, equivalent of 13 Grand Prix distances, this was the fourth highest total overall.

Nico Rosberg was third quickest overall, with a best of 1m23.022s, while Lewis Hamilton had to content himself with 10th overall, with a best of 1m23.622s. The key point about Mercedes was that the team completed 3,843 miles of running, which is the equivalent of 20 races. The team did have a transmission problem during the final day, but otherwise all looked to be in order with 1,350 miles more testing than Ferrari and 700 more than the nearest challenger, Scuderia Toro Rosso.

Next in the order was Nico Hulkenberg, who clocked a 1m23.110s during the first test. Sergio Perez ended up 11th overall with a 1m23.650s, while test driver Alfonso Celis was 17th overall with a best of 1m24.840s. The three men completed a total of 2,354 miles of running in the eight days.

Scuderia Toro Rosso looked strong with Carlos Sainz setting the fifth fastest time of the eight days of testing in his Ferrari-engined car. His best lap was a 1m23.134s, while Max Verstappen was two-tenths slower but eighth overall. The two did a huge number of miles, with a final total of 3,155, second only to Mercedes, but 500 miles more than Renault.

Williams had a solid series of tests with Felipe Massa and Valtteri Bottas sixth and seventh in the order, with a 1m23.193s and a 1m23.229s respectively. The team completed 2,467 miles in total, the fifth highest mileage overall.

Red Bull ended up with Daniel Ricciardo setting the ninth fastest time and Daniil Kvyat 13th overall, with a 1m23.525 and a 1m24.293s. The two men completed a total of 2,354 miles of running, the same total as Force India, but 1,500 miles less than Mercedes.

Twelfth overall was Kevin Magnussen’s Renault with a best lap of 1m23.933s, while Jolyon Palmer was 18th overall with a 1m24.859s. The team’s total mileage was 2,661, which was the third highest total.

Fourteenth and fifteenth overall were the McLarens of Jenson Button and Fernando Alonso with best laps of 1m24.714s and 1m24.735s. The team did 2,044 miles of running over the eight days.

Sauber was next with Felipe Nasr 16th with a best lap of 1m24.760s, Marcus Ericsson was 20th overall with a 1m25.031s. The cars were pretty reliable with the team finishing the eight days with 2,406 miles on the clock, albeit half of them with an older car.

Manor finished the tests with 1,385 miles under their belt and a best lap from Pascal Wehrlein of 1m24.913s, while Rio Haryanto continued his steeping learning curve with a best of 1m25.899s.

The new Haas-Ferrari team ended the testing with the lowest number of laps completed, with a total mileage of 1,191 and the 21st and 22nd best times from Romain Grosjean (1m25.255s) and Esteban Gutierrez (1m25.422s).

What does it all mean? We’ll have to wait to Melbourne to find out.

22 thoughts on “Ferrari leads winter testing, but…

    1. Pascal impressed while Rio rolled up in his rich sponsors gifted car. Shows where the talent rests & were the money sits. Welcome to a contrasting Indonesia, a wealth of government sponsorships for average talented drivers & a paradise of poverty.

      1. Rio’s seat was always going to be a problem for some, as it meant that it was going to leave only three British seats in F1.

  1. Hi Joe, any idea of the mileage on the Merc transmission when it stopped? If the same one has done 20 race distances then maybe that’s acceptable!

  2. No mention of tires the times were set on? Surely important to give context? Especially at the top end of the time sheet.

  3. It’d be interesting to know how many engine changes were done by the teams throughout the test period! And transmissions, turbos, battaries, tyres—- oh the list goes on! Bring on the halo or move the airbox/roll bar forward over the drivers’ head and fit a screen in front of him. Come on, let’s do it! Don’t f around!

  4. Joe, Appreciation and thanks for the absence of silly speculations; and the only obvious question with the even more obvious answer –

    What does it all mean? We’ll have to wait to Melbourne to find out.

    Perfect, lets look fwd to Melbourne in hope of close competition =D

  5. Do Bernie or FOM or Delta or Bambino get a cut fro the software sales by Tata Comms? (or another BEC company?)

  6. As Mercedes didn’t use the fastest tyres, they wouldn’t have pushed their car to the absolute limit. I wonder if there is a possibility they could hit some problems when they are forced to go that bit faster.

  7. One thing which I’m sure everyone is aware of but doesn’t seem to have hit the news is that, in a period of fairly stable regulations, how much fatser the cars have been. Last year Rosberg’s pole time was 1.24.7!

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