Featured F1 Test 2: Day 3 - F1 Rivals Put on Red Alert

Discussion in 'Formula 1' started by Paul Jeffrey, Mar 8, 2018.

  1. Paul Jeffrey

    Paul Jeffrey
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    Ferrari lay down impressive signal of intent with another Barcelona lap record in the penultimate F1 pre-season test of 2018.

    Vettel would have himself a very successful final day behind the wheel of his Ferrari as he clocked an incredible 188 laps in Barcelona today - the equivalent distance to almost three full Spanish Grand Prix!

    As well as showing the world how much reliability has been built into the 2018 Ferrari SF-71, Vettel would also produce an impressive lap time towards the end of the day, stopping the clocks in 1:17.182 to score himself a new unofficial lap record around the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya in the penultimate day of pre season running before the season proper begins on March 23rd.

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    1.178 seconds down on the Ferrari lead driver and in second overall would be a surprise performance from Kevin Magnussen in his Ferrari powered Haas VF-18. Also passing the magic 100 lap milestone, one of the full quota of 10 teams to achieve that accolade today, the American outfit should be rightly buoyed by what was a very positive and competitive day of running following what has been something of an inconstant and hard to judge winter so far at Barcelona for the youngest team on the current Grand Prix grid.

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    While Ferrari and Haas stole headlines at the head of the field it would be a less impressive day down at Williams, with Robert Kubica taking turns for the final time during winter testing in his new Williams mount, again poring scorn on those who claimed the once great Polish driver had lost some of his raw single lap pace from his enforced absence following life threatening injuries sustained in a rally accident back in 2011. Kubica spent plenty of time behind the wheel, clocking 73 laps and tenth quickest time, over half a second quicker than 2018 race driver Lance Stroll. Kubica faster than one of the main drivers, again... Hmm wonder if some people in Grove might be thinking hard about the role offered to the 33-year-old Pole this year...

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    Meanwhile down at Mercedes it would be something of a low key day for the reigning World Champions, with just eighth and ninth place finishes as reward for a busy day at the circuit thanks to the efforts of Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas. Although surprisingly low down on the scoreboards, today would be more about long runs and evaluation than outright pace, with Hamilton amassing 84 laps to join the 97 lap total of team mate Bottas as the squad look to wrap up final details before packing the cars away for the long trip to Australia at the end of the month.

    So that's it for today, with a final day of running scheduled for tomorrow ahead of the big event in Melbourne on Sunday 25th March...

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  2. Knoxstar


    Still all over the place with fuel loadds and 5 different tire compounds. Hopefully tomorrow everyone will try a true qualy run.
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  3. cerebralvortex


    Still early days .. but glad to see Ferrari on top and Kubica doing so well !
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  4. guidofoc


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  5. TrumpetReich


    Is it just me or do those tyres look even bigger? Maybe I've already forgotten how fat they got. Those tyres look MASSIVE on that Williams. It's beautiful.

    @Paul Jeffrey where did you get that first pic? I'd love to find a high res version of that.
  6. Sergio Andrade

    Sergio Andrade

    To note the 5 best overall times until now:
    1 Vettel 1:17.182 Hyper
    2 Ricciardo 1:18.047 Hyper
    3 Magnussen 1:18.360 on SUPER SOFT
    4 Gasly 1:18.363 Hyper
    5 Hamilton 1:18.400 on ULTRA SOFT
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  7. Nimas2333


    omfg Fernando has stopped aaaaaaaggggggggggggaaaaaaaiiiiiinnnnnnnnnn!!!!!!!!!!!
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  8. Boby Kim

    Boby Kim

    I have my F1 pillow ready.
  9. M-Bimmer

    Still on 20” winter tyres. Back to 22” soon

    Not bad for now.
    Hoping for an interesting season :rolleyes:
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  10. snyperal


    Go go gadget Kubica! I think it's all gamesmanship at the moment.
  11. farjam


    pre season tests seems done,latest times:

    lol alonso
    he was angry about another engine change today! and he came back with a good time , he does good when he is angry :D
    third fastest lap time of whole 2018 winter tests! 1.Vet 2.Rai 3.Alo lol
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  12. Andrew Harper

    Andrew Harper

    Watching some Sky analysis last night the view is the pecking order may be the following (from memory so apologies in advance if one or two are the wrong way round!)

    1. Mercedes
    2. Red Bull
    3. Ferrari
    4. Renault
    5. McLaren
    6. Force India
    7. Haas
    8. Toro Rosso
    8. Williams
    9. Sauber

    Merc have yet to do a low fuel run, the general view is the car is the best and most stable on track, they are just hiding their pace. They seem to think it has a one second a lap advantage over the rest in race trim but we'll see. Red Bull have just made another great car again and show's no real bad points. Ferrari are suffering reliability issues, otherwise the car seems pretty quick.

    The midfield looks pretty tight again though so anyone on that list in 5, 6, 7, and 8 could swap places.

    Williams and Sauber are unfortunately in real trouble. The Williams from what I understand is aerodynamically unstable and giving the drivers a very hard time on corner entry. The Sauber is just plain slow.
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  13. Monstro


    Hamilton was on supersoft
    bottas did 1'18"800 on...medium...
    Unfortunately it seems Mercedes is still clearly ahead