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Old 12th May 2015, 10:36   #31
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Missed the race and I don't think I missed a lot reading the reports here. Nico' win is a good way to bring the fight back to the championship. But Vettel should have split the Mercedes, else he will have no chance even if Ferrari are to close the gap to the champions as the season goes. Given the hot climate, I expected Ferrari to have a bit more race pace, but looks like the champions have found some good updates.

In other news, Audi drops the firmest hint yet that F1 is on its radar, could be a potential tie-up with RBR. With Piech' departure and Renault' trouble, this could gain momentum soon.
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Raikkonen says he sacrificed Spanish GP F1 result to help Ferrari
http://www.autosport.com/news/report.php/id/118920

Not bad for a No 2 driver?
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Raikkonen says he sacrificed Spanish GP F1 result to help Ferrari
http://www.autosport.com/news/report.php/id/118920

Not bad for a No 2 driver?
I think the sacrifice angle is taking it a little too far. Kimi wasn't comfortable with the new package and hence went with the old spec car.

While his reasoning is correct that it will be beneficial to run two spec of cars at the same time, I don't think that was the intention behind it.

They happened to have that advantage since Kimi was due to run the old spec anyway.

That said, it seems like the upgrades are working. It is in the third sector that Ferrari seems to be losing a lot of time (according to various F1 sites).

That new package might be in for some fine tuning in the test happening today/tomorrow at Catalunya.

They need to get the S3 times equal or closer to Merc to be anywhere near them in Monaco. Will be interesting to see how the test goes.
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I think the sacrifice angle is taking it a little too far. Kimi wasn't comfortable with the new package and hence went with the old spec car.

While his reasoning is correct that it will be beneficial to run two spec of cars at the same time, I don't think that was the intention behind it.

They happened to have that advantage since Kimi was due to run the old spec anyway.
I think it was a bit of both. I think the team wanted to run two different configurations for comparison - the decision on who would run it was made easy with Kimi not being as comfortable as he would like with the new package.
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Post Spanish GP test line-up:
Tuesday: Nico Rosberg
Wednesday: Pascal Wehrlein

Ferrari
Tuesday: Raffaele Marciello
Wednesday: Esteban Gutiérrez

Red Bull
Tuesday: Daniil Kvyat
Wednesday: Pierre Gasly

Williams
Tuesday: Felipe Massa
Wednesday: Alex Lynn

McLaren
Tuesday: Oliver Turvey
Wednesday: Jenson Button

Lotus
Tuesday: Pastor Maldonado
Wednesday: Jolyon Palmer

Force India
Tuesday: Nick Yelloly
Wednesday: Esteban Ocon

Toro Rosso
Tuesday: Pierre Gasly
Wednesday: Carlos Sainz Jr.

Sauber
Tuesday: Marcus Ericsson
Wednesday: Raffaele Marciello

Manor will not take part in the test. The test will take place on 12th and 13th of May, 2015.
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Day 1 of testing over.
Nico rules in Barcelona again.
Both in terms of speed and mileage.
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Boring race overall. Getting real tiring seeing the hamster and brittany up there faffing all the time.

Also inspite of being the biggest Kimi fan and having followed formula 1 post Schumi solely because of Kimi i must still admit that it really does seem that at this rate he might not be a part of the sport next year. Saddens me as i say this but it seems a very real possibility unless he steps up on saturdays simply cuz all that amazing race pace counts for nothing if hes spending all his races catching up. Cmon kimi buck up will you ? Something cant ALWAYS go wrong on every saturday.

On another note , id like Bottas to replace Kimi at Ferrari whenever he leaves. Really like that guy, great driver.

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Here's a side-by-side comparison of the revised and old spec Ferrari. Kimi had all bits on except the revised sidepod.
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The In-season testing comes to an end.
2015 Spanish GP: Discussion thread-test2.jpg

Teams tested equipped with massive Aero rakes to find areas to improve performance.

The fastest time yesterday by Rosberg was set on Pirelli development tyres, which are unmarked. Today only Ferrari and Red Bull had access to development tyres. Mercedes mostly ran the hard and medium compound concentrating on long runs and start simulations.
In the media session at lunch time Pascal Wehrlein told that Mercedes is doing comparative tests with this year’s and last year’s clutch. In the race last weekend both cars had been equipped with the 2014 type apparently.

Jolyon Palmer displaced the Merc from the top spot during the last minutes, but he was on super soft tyres, which was only 0.4 seconds faster than the Merc on mediums.

Who would have thought that a McLaren could manage 100 laps around Barcelona on a single day without self destruction. That's exactly what they did today. And bettered Fernando's qualifying time by almost a second.
The Honda sounded very different compared to other engines. One of the reports said that it "sounded as if it is about to vomit its intestines out at any moment".
It sounds like the engine is not yet running at full whack, and the different sound may be the result of turning it down to safe parameters. It was similar to Renault in last year’s winter tests. They also sounded awful.
But that's nothing compared to how ominous Yasuhisa Arai san sounded when he said they will try to be on podium in the middle of the season.
"It is a very important home race at Silverstone - high-speed corners, average speed is so high - so we want to achieve that target by the middle of the European season", he said.

http://www.autosport.com/news/report.php/id/118950

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Here's a side-by-side comparison of the revised and old spec Ferrari. Kimi had all bits on except the revised sidepod.
Apparently Ferrari had a lot of new parts for Barcelona.
The numerous changes for one GP is something unimaginable for Ferrari in previous seasons and shows the renewed confidence in their CFD, wind tunnel and simulation programme. However, an aero update of this size is difficult to get working out of the box and so we'll see further progress made over the coming GP's due to this upgrade.

http://www.planetf1.com/driver/3260/...panish-Updates

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Day 2 testing times:
1 Palmer Lotus 1:26.080
2 Wehrlein Mercedes 1:26.497
3 Gasly Red Bull 1:26.683
4 Button McLaren 1:26.927
5 Lynn Williams 1:26.967
6 Ocon Force India 1:27.520
7 Gutierrez Ferrari 1:27.930
8 Sainz Toro Rosso 1:27.997
9 Marciello Sauber 1:28.829

A lot of the times were set on super-soft tyres which will not be used for the next three GP's and was not used in the race last week.
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If you like conspiracy theories, this is a good one.

http://www.motorsport.com/f1/news/an...tem-clampdown/

It seems that Mercedes was called up by FIA over fuel pressure fluctuations in Q1 at Barcelona.Unusual spikes in pressure alerted the FIA to speak to the team – and Mercedes had to make some minor changes to its engine settings to ensure it fell within line with what the governing body wanted. One theory doing the rounds was that Mercedes deliberately engineered the fuel pressure variation to bring the matter to a head on a weekend when its main rival had introduced a massive car upgrade.
Ferrari's struggles in the race – where it finished further adrift to the Mercs than it had in any other grand prix this season – pointed to some big factor having hampered the team.
And rather than the explanation being that their new update package had not worked, could it be that the FIA rule clarification to demand constant fuel pressure had hindered a clever way that Maranello's boffins had been boosting their speed?
We will know more over the next races, but the clear struggles Ferrari had in sector three of Barcelona suggested that their deficit was mechanical or traction rather than aerodynamic.
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