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Old 21st February 2014, 07:54   #496
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Who said 2014 cars are slow?
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This year's cars are getting faster and faster.
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It is very difficult to judge the speed of the cars from preseason testing. And the fastest lap of a race from 2013 is no benchmark.

Look at the times from the preseason testing at Barcelona last year.

Barcelona day one, Feb 2013: Nico Rosberg, Mercedes, 1:22.616, 54 laps
Barcelona day two: Sergio Perez, McLaren, 1:21.848, 97 laps
Barcelona day three: Fernando Alonso, Ferrari, 1:21.875, 97 laps
Barcelona day four: Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes, 1:23.282, 52 laps (wet)

Now, lets look at the times from the actual race at Barcelona, May 2013
Pole position: Nico Rosberg, Mercedes, 1:20.718
Fastest lap: Esteban Gutiérrez, Sauber-Ferrari, 1:26.217

See how far the fastest lap of the race is off the time from winter testing? And how fast the car was during qualifying?

And moreover, we don't know what program is McLaren or F1 on. I read some reports saying Alonso set the fastest middle sector time on soft tyres, yet his time is 1.6s slower than Magnussen. So, are McLaren trying to get sponsors? Or are they on qualifying simulation? How much fuel are they carrying? What is the state of their tyres? There are simply a lot of questions and only the team will know exactly what they are doing and how good the times are. Maybe they are genuinely fast, but expecting that level of pace from the actual race will not be realistic. Especially this year, due to the restrictions on fuel.
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Old 21st February 2014, 10:47   #497
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There is still speed to come, Ferrari and Mercedes are yet to push their engines to 100%.
And most teams are yet to set lap times for outright performance.

The trend of large differences between pole laps and fastest race laps will continue to increase this year given the increased engine life and fuel restrictions.

This lap time must be coming under acceleration, maybe a couple of tenths from top speed with the lower aero. The biggest loss has to be at faster corners.
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To put things in perspective, Nico's pole lap time in Bahrain last yr: 1:32.330
Magnussen's 1m34.910s is 2s quicker than last year's fastest race lap in the Bahrain GP and 2.5s shy of the pole lap last year. This considering there the systems are new and yet there is whole lot to improve on performance is really encouraging. After all the speeds this year doesn't look that bad as we initially thought.

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It is very difficult to judge the speed of the cars from preseason testing.
I agree to all you had quoted.

My point was - early the critics were skeptical about the speed and sound of 2014 F1 car. But day after day cars are getting faster and faster which is overwhelming.

The sound of those turbos are not bad either when on acceleration and flat-out.

As you said we cannot pick a topper from current testing lot. But at least Merc powered teams are showing some promise. Hope the Bull won't disappear in horizon this time around.

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Rosberg set 1m33.283 which is within one second of his own pole time from the 2013 Bahrain Grand Prix.
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With the results of the Bahrain testing coming out, it looks like the Mercedes Powered teams are doing well and Ferrari is right behind.

The Bull seems to be silent and i would think this is something which doesn't make sense. Can this be a strategy?

All renault teams seem to be having problems. All of them cannot have the same problems so i would not be surprised if Red Bull throws a surprise at Melbourne!

At present Mercedes and Ferrari with Williams behind seems to be ahead of the rest! Ferrari still have to improve and catch up with Mercedes they are a good 5 seconds off and it maybe they are not running at full power and are only testing to check fuel consumption etc.. This is eason is going to be interesting to say the least!
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At present Mercedes and Ferrari with Williams behind seems to be ahead of the rest!
Based on the story so far, the pecking order seems to be Mercedes, McLaren, Ferrari, Williams, Force India and then the rest.
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Based on the story so far, the pecking order seems to be Mercedes, McLaren, Ferrari, Williams, Force India and then the rest.
Yeah.I missed out on Mclaren.
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Rosberg confirms that 100 litres of fuel would be a tough ask for some of the tracks. Looks like "Kitna deti hai" would soon find its way into F1 garages and pitlane too.

Radio communication failure in the early part of the season, especially in Bahrain and Spain could prove to be too costly for the drivers. May be the display in steering could include fuel calculation info too.

Unless we know the fuel consumption data, its too early to write-off anyone. Renault engines were the best in the V8 era when it comes to fuel efficiency. So if they pull up their socks in time, they would have a strong advantage in the tracks with high fuel consumption if the Merc and Ferrari engines need to drive to conserve fuel.

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Williams have confirmed Susie Wolff will become the first woman to participate in an F1 grand prix weekend since 1992.

Williams have retained Wolff as a development driver for 2014 in an expanded role which will see her drive in the FP1 sessions at two race weekends. She has been provisionally allocated the British and German Grands Prix.

She is married to Mercedes boss Toto Wolff and has raced extensively in the DTM series.

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The last woman to participate in an F1 race weekend was Giovanna Amati for Brabham in the 1992 Brazilian Grand Prix at Interlagos.
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Great opportunity for Ferrari and Kaspersky to exploit!?
This should be a first.. car being unable to run because someone downloaded something he should not have!

Marussia test hit by computer virus!
http://uk.eurosport.yahoo.com/news/f...42759--f1.html
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It had to happen at some point,

Rob Smedley, Felipe Massa's former race engineer, has joined the Brazilian at Williams as the Grove team's Head of Vehicle Performance.

http://www.planetf1.com/driver/18227...sa-at-Williams

Ferrari to receive a major upgrade during the final test this week at bahrain, I hope the rework on the front nose design,

http://www.planetf1.com/driver/18227...-major-upgrade

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Isn't there any age limit for the racers to enter the race arena? I mean she isn't that young.
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Isn't there any age limit for the racers to enter the race arena? I mean she isn't that young.
Not when Williams are on Mercedes engines and her husband is the Merc boss!
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Kobayashi says GP2 car faster than his Caterham F1 machine

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The Japanese racer ended the first Bahrain F1 test with a best lap of 1m39.8s, which is four tenths of a second slower than last year's GP2 pole at the same circuit for 2013 champion Fabio Leimer.

While most Renault-powered teams are focusing on making their cars reliable at the moment, Kobayashi is keen to help Caterham find some more speed at next week's final pre-season test.

"We are not in race conditions here, but if we were in race conditions I think I should bring a GP2 car," Kobayashi told reporters in Bahrain.
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