F1 Testing | Day 2 - Forza Kimi!

The second day of Formula One testing is over, and it was a day dominated by incredible reliability, an ever young Kimi Raikonnen and 'that' steering wheel movement from Mercedes...

Two days down, four to go until the 2020 Grand Prix grid ships off to Australia for the opening round of the new Formula One season at the beautiful Albert Park Circuit in Melbourne, Australia on March 15th.

Much like yesterday, the track action would be relentless as most teams easily broke the 100 lap barrier during a clear day of uninterrupted running at Barcelona - the only red flag falling right at the very end of the session as Alfa Romeo driver Kimi Raikkonen ground to a halt with just 15 minutes left of the day to run.

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Despite the unplanned stoppage, Raikkonen would end day 2 with a very impressive 134 laps on the board, and a time quick enough to wrap up top spot in the final standings, 0.256 quicker than the impressive 'pink Mercedes' of Sergio Perez in second. We say pink Mercedes, because the new Racing Point RP20 looks decidedly similar to the 2019 Championship winning Mercedes W10, helped enormously no doubt by the technology arrangement between the two teams that see engine, gearbox and front and rear suspension shared between the two outfits.

Take nothing away from the performance of Racing Point though, this is the second consecutive day that Perez has looked to be every bit a match for the more established squads around him, showing plenty of encouragement for a team that have struggled in recent seasons with ownership and development difficulties, firmly beginning to put those woes behind them in the their final year before morphing into the works Aston Martin team next year.

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Further down the order the day would bring plenty of off-track moments for a number of drivers, with the most dramatic of which falling to the very busy Romain Grosjean in the Haas Ferrari. Grosjean would have a hectic day of running behind the wheel, logging a very solid 158 laps before losing the car into the outside barriers with just 20 minutes remaining - bringing a slightly early end to the day for team and driver after a productive few hours of running in the VF-20.

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Williams would continue their strong start to pre-season testing, George Russell again on driving duties for the British team as they performed another solid day of action with a very respectable 116 laps recorded over the course of day 2 running - enough to secure Russell seventh overall in the final times, just over a second shy of the pace setting Alfa Romeo at the top of the charts.

Oh yeah, Mercedes did something interesting with their steering wheel too, but I'm sure you've heard all about that already...


Formula One Pre-Season Testing Times (Day 2)

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michelforest

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Nice to see Alfa at the top. I’m sure Kimi was all excited: he probably smiled for a half-second. ;)

About the Racing Point: it does look like a pink Mercedes, but I don’t see what’s the big deal. Winning designs have been copied forever in F1. And today’s F1 cars pretty much all look the same anyway, minus some little differences here and there. Back in the seventies, cars were really different from each other, but not now, with so many rules limiting what designers can do.
 

safi hellie

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Nice to see Alfa at the top. I’m sure Kimi was all excited: he probably smiled for a half-second. ;)

About the Racing Point: it does look like a pink Mercedes, but I don’t see what’s the big deal. Winning designs have been copied forever in F1. And today’s F1 cars pretty much all look the same anyway, minus some little differences here and there. Back in the seventies, cars were really different from each other, but not now, with so many rules limiting what designers can do.
Possibly to do with Stroll snr flexing his cheque book again to get the car as good as Merc will allow without ever beating the factory team...
It's got the right engine, just needs the trick aero / chassis etc....
 
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farjam

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Williams faster than Ferrari... my heart wants it to be true, but my brain says Ferrari were testing high fuel loads and 40 lap old tyres
Yes, they (Ferrari) just set a 329.x at the end of this morning session before their turbo died
 

The GT Formula

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Yes, they (Ferrari) just set a 329.x at the end of this morning session before their turbo died
Not sure mate. Ferrari down on power to everyone?
They were one of the quickest in a straight line last year... it doesn't make sense...
 

farjam

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Not sure mate. Ferrari down on power to everyone?
They were one of the quickest in a straight line last year... it doesn't make sense...
They said they are using moderate engine mods yesterday, but today their 329.x km/h is the second highest top speed of 2020 tests so far.
 

Terry Rock

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Everybody has stepped up their game for this season but these lap times mean nothing.
If you take a Yugo and put little to no fuel in it, it'll be fast relative to full tanks.
I'm happy Williams seems to have finally turned a corner.
We cannot afford to lose any more teams due to lack of sponsorship funding.
Heck!...I'd like to see at least two new teams enter the grid.
 
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