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Old 9th February 2015, 18:59   #121
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Whilst a lot of us may have thought that Ferrari have nudged closed to Mercedes and might mount a challenge this season looking at their times in Jerez last week. Here's an interesting article by Autosport.com that makes us believe otherwise. Quite an interesting read:
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Ferrari's performance grabbed the headlines at last week's Jerez Formula 1 test, but closer analysis of speed trap data shows there may still be a gulf between it and Mercedes.

Kimi Raikkonen and Sebastian Vettel were quickest on three of the four days in Spain last week, while Felipe Nasr in the Ferrari-powered Sauber took the top time on the other day.

That prompted talk that Ferrari may have made significant gains with its power unit over the winter to become a challenger for the dominant Mercedes outfit.

But, according to speed trap figures that have been obtained by AUTOSPORT, Mercedes still appears to have a significant margin in power terms.

With the top speeds of all the cars measured towards the end of the back straight at Jerez before braking for the Dry Sack hairpin, it is telling that the top three fastest cars were Mercedes-powered.

Felipe Massa in the Williams and Nico Rosberg in the Mercedes were both clocked at 307.6 km/h on the middle two days of the test, with Pastor Maldonado recording 306.8km/h in the Mercedes-powered Lotus.

The nearest challengers to the Mercedes were Max Verstappen in the Renault-powered Toro Rosso and Marcus Ericsson in the Ferrari-powered Sauber - both of whom recorded 303.3 km/h.

Raikkonen was the only Ferrari driver to record a representative speed, because Sebastian Vettel's efforts on the first two days of testing could not be logged due to transponder problems.

Although Ferrari set the fastest time of the test on the final day with Raikkonen, his top speed through the trap was nearly 7 km/h down on the Mercedes.

While the speed trap data cannot provide a definitive answer on the power of each engine, for downforce levels, fuel and engine settings can affect the results, it does offer a hint that Ferrari and Renault still have to produce more than they did at Jerez if they are to threaten Mercedes.

SPEED TRAP FIGURES
Jerez F1 test, February 1-4

1 Felipe Massa (Williams-Mercedes) 307.6 km/h
2 Nico Rosberg (Mercedes) 307.6 km/h
3 Pastor Maldonado (Lotus-Mercedes) 306.8 km/h
4 Max Verstappen (Toro Rosso-Renault) 303.3 km/h
5 Marcus Ericsson (Sauber-Ferrari) 303.3 km/h
6 Kimi Raikkonen (Ferrari) 300.8 km/h
7 Daniil Kvyat (Red Bull-Renault) 294.2 km/h
8 Jenson Button (McLaren-Honda) 277.6 km/h
Source:Autosport.com
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No denying there's a long way to go before anyone can catch up with Mercedes, but speed trap results are almost always misleading when you consider the whole picture. Red Bull with their 'efficient but lacking outright grunt' Renault engine were never the fastest in speed trap readings, but their whole package was clearly superior to rivals'.

The biggest revelation from the first test w.r.t. Ferrari seems like they've made progress in solving their driveability issues (power delivery & handling), which gives them a stable base to develop from. Their Power Unit is still nowhere as efficient as Merc's, esp. the harvesting bits where Merc are head and shoulders above everyone else.
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I agree Ferrari has a loooong way to go before they challenge the Mercedes powered cars. Leo Turini who is usually reliable source about Ferrari's performance also says the same. Ferrari has at least 1 second gap to the Mercedes on raw pace. I dont how he deduced that, he possibly has some contacts in the Ferrari garage who are aware of where they are right now.

But this article about Mercedes power w.r.t speed traps, is only media BS. The only crux of the article is the bolded part and everybody knows it!

While the speed trap data cannot provide a definitive answer on the power of each engine, for downforce levels, fuel and engine settings can affect the results, it does offer a hint that Ferrari and Renault still have to produce more than they did at Jerez if they are to threaten Mercedes.


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The real proof of the pudding will be during the Barcelona tests in 8 days time. If Ferrari are threatening lap times there (which is a proper racing circuit) then there could be some truth in the story. In any case though, if Ferrari can fight Red Bull, Williams, Force India, Mclaren (during second half of last years season) and probably Lotus then it certainly is a improvement. The F14 T saw a lot of cars go past, hopefully they can keep most of them behind this year.
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The next test session will take place at the Circuit De Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain between 19th and 22nd of February. Here are the line-ups announced by the respective teams:

Ferrari
Kimi Raikkonen - 19th and 20th Feb
Sebastien Vettel - 21st and 22nd Feb

Mclaren - Honda
Jenson Button - 19th and 20th Feb
Fernando Alonso - 21st and 22nd Feb

Sauber-Ferrari
Felipe Nasr - 19th and 22nd Feb
Markus Ericsson - 20th and 21st Feb
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Here is an interesting article on, why should you watch F1 testing..


http://www.f1fanatic.co.uk/2015/02/13/watch-f1-testing/
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Mercedes and Toro Rosso have confirmed their drive line-up for the 2nd test at Barcelona

Mercedes
Hamilton - 19th and 21st Feb
Nico Rosberg - 20th and 22nd Feb

Toro Rosso
Max Verstappen - 19th and 21st Feb
Carlon Sainz jr - 20th and 22nd Feb
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If not posted already, Peter Windsor and CraigS on the SF15T

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I am really keen to see how McLaren-Honda partnership pans out. I hope they can reproduce 80s F1 success. On paper the team looks very promising to me.

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Red Bull have confirmed their driver line up for the Barcelona Tests:

Daniel Ricciardo will drive on 19th and 20th February while newly signed Danii Kyvat will drive on 21st and 22nd February. Force India are rumored to be bringing their 2014 challenger for the tests.
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Not really related to 2015 but Ferrari have a concept F1 car.

http://www.gpupdate.net/en/f1-news/322028/ferrari-reveals-concept-formula-1-car/

Apart from the double front wing, it looks appealing.
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Susie Wolff will be testing the 2015 Williams on the opening day of the 2nd winter test in Barcelona tomorrow. This will be her first outing in the 2015 challenger after having done two First Practise runs during the 2014 season. Regular race driver Felippe Massa will drive on 20th and Bottas on the 21st with both race drivers sharing the duties on the 22nd of Februrary.

Only Force India and Lotus are yet to announce their plans.
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Only Force India and Lotus are yet to announce their plans.
About Force India, I read somewhere that they are launching only on the 3rd test which is end of February.

Here's a link: http://www.autosport.com/news/report.php/id/117674
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MODS - Please move this to an appropriate thread, if necessary.

As 2015 F1 race season is around the corner, I wanted to share this write-up on different flags used during a race and their significance.


Flags used in Formula 1

Marshals at various points around the circuit are issued with a number of standard flags that are issued to communicate vital messages to the driver as they race around the track. A special display in each driver's cockpit - known as a GPS marshalling system - also lights up with the relevant flag colour, as the driver passes the affected section of track. At high speeds, it is difficult for a driver to spot a marshal's flag and this system helps them identify messages from race control more effectively.

CHEQUERED FLAG
Indicates to drivers that the session has ended. During practice and qualifying sessions it is waved at the allotted time, during the race it is shown first to the winner and then to every car that crosses the line behind him.

YELLOW FLAG
Indicates danger, such as a stranded car, ahead. A single yellow flag warns drivers to slow down, while two yellow flags at the same post means that drivers must slow down and be prepared to stop if necessary. Overtaking is prohibited.

GREEN FLAG
All clear. The driver has passed the potential danger point and prohibitions imposed by yellow flags have been lifted.

RED FLAG
The session has been stopped, usually due to an accident or poor track conditions.

BLUE FLAG
warns a driver that he is about to be lapped, and to let the faster car overtake. If he passes three blue flags without complying, the driver risks being penalised. Blue lights are also displayed at the end of the pit-lane when the pit exit is open and a car on track is approaching.

YELLOW AND RED STRIPED FLAG
Warns drivers of a slippery surface, usually due to oil or water.

BLACK FLAG WITH ORANGE CIRCLE
Accompanied by a car number, it warns a driver that he has a mechanical problem and must return to his pit.

HALF BLACK-HALF WHITE FLAG
Accompanied by a car number, it warns of unsporting behaviour. May be followed by a black flag if the driver does not heed the warning.

BLACK FLAG
Accompanied by car number, it directs a driver to return to his pit and is most often used to signal to the driver that he has been excluded from the race.

WHITE FLAG
Warns of a slow-moving vehicle on track.


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http://www.formula1.com/inside_f1/un...cing/5282.html
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