Lifting off and being on part throttle is a big difference, especially in a chicane, while steering is turned. They have a different system, thats why they can be on power sooner, not because of 1 shade softer rubber compound.
I am a mechanical engineer, I worked on the few racing car projects including aerodynamics, so not drinking coolaid, just analyzing.
Getting on the throttle helps them to turn the car towards where the steering wheel is turned, there is a torque vectoring system included with their hybrid system, thats why so early on power. Even in Monaco last year I saw it, they get on the power so early.
Last edited by FerrariSteve; 28th February 2017 at 00:49. Reason: typo
Common doesn't mean "Come on"; "Should have" not "Should of" ;)
Being cautious here, but it has to be some kind of positive that the Ferrari is competitive on the medium compounds for what would be the first time since Adam was born. The harder tyres, along with the coolish weather, would normally have seen the Ferrari languishing in the middle pack, having nervous entries and twitchy exits and just plain old lack of grip through the insignificant heat build-up in the tyres. Ferrari would have regrouped and focused hard on its shortcomings heading into this season, and would have single-handedly highlighted getting temperature into the tyres as first priority. The Mercs, on the other hand, would not only get the tyres up to temp quick, but they were also kind enough to not destroy the tyres to the point of sometimes having longer stints than the opposition. Not sure if it's simply a matter of having superior downforce or a combination of that and great suspension geometry and superior damping systems. Whatever it is, I would hazard a guess that Ferrari have focused on getting the harder tyre to work under the cooler conditions.
My other query is this: what fuel levels would be the appropriate for the majority for testing? My guess would be to concentrate on levels inside of 3/4s and 1/4 full - if they can get the car working well within that window, then it should also be reasonable when both full and empty. Of course, they will also need to do full tank runs to ensure the brakes, suspension arms, etc don't fail under the heavier loads, along with ensuring no dangerous bottoming-out occurs as well.
Have gone into this season fearing the worst for Ferrari to avoid disappointment, and actually hated the 2017 Ferrari on first impressions from the stupid shark fin, to the ugly thumb nose, to the extremely different sidepods, which remind me of the 1992 and 1996 disasters. So, I'm ready to accept whatever outcome there is, even if I have not accepted the appearance of our new fighter. Hoping for good things to come :)
Finally - I will be there at Albert Park on the Friday for opening practice, as it's only about 45 minutes away from where I live. Lucky or what!
23 FEBRUARY 2016 - WINTER TESTING - DAY 2
DRIVER TEAM TIME DIFFERENCE #
1. DE Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1:22.810 #126
2. AU Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull Racing 1:23.525 +0.715 #112
3. MX Sergio Perez Force India 1:23.650 +0.840 #101
4. DE Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1:24.867 +2.057 #172
5. SE Marcus Ericsson Sauber 1:25.237 +2.427 #108
6. MX Esteban Gutierrez Haas F1 1:25.524 +2.714 #79
7. FI Valtteri Bottas Williams 1:25.648 +2.838 #134
8. DE Pascal Wehrlein Manor F1 1:25.925 +3.115 #71
9. ES Fernando Alonso McLaren 1:26.082 +3.272 #119
10. GB Jolyon Palmer Renault 1:26.189 +3.379 #42
11. NL Max Verstappen Toro Rosso 1:26.539 +3.729 #121
So this is what we're up against - note vettel did 126 laps last year. I trust Kimi will do more today
Drive it like you stole it!
But again I agree, it is promising so far. We just need to keep getting faster and faster with the others - and stay reliable! I'm quietly hoping Ferrari stick to medium tyres throughout most of the test so we can accurately compare from day to day, particularly if there are any mechanical or aerodynamic changes. This, to me, seems logical... But its not what we did last year so who knows.
Felipe Massa was impressed with Ferrari and Mercedes after the opening day of testing as they were “straight away competitive” in Spain
“I think they are quite strong – Ferrari and Mercedes,” said the Brazilian.
“It’s just the first day, but what I can say is that [both teams] were straight away competitive, straight away putting some good lap times.
“And when a car is competitive straight away, it means something for the championship…”
He added: “Ferrari did a very good lap time on the medium tyres. Their car looks nice.
“Mercedes also looks very nice. Red Bull had a problem today… many cars had problems today.”
Guys, what's the link for sky sport f1 live feed coverage for day 2
Seems to be that link is day 1 recap
Not sure a 100% if it will happen, but it is supposed to stream on track action thoughtout the day.
It did stream Ted's notebook etc. so I'd say it might just be true.
I guess we will start the 2nd day testing here since there is a thread already
Forty minutes into the session and we have our first red flag - for the Williams of Lance Stroll, who appears to have spun on the circuit.
The Canadian rookie has just gone fastest too!
day 2 testing and it seems RB, MB and Ferrari are using "aero rakes" for airflow sensoring.
guys..whats happenig at ferrarri garage...why kimi not out yet?
And now this from Kimi!!.....you go boooi!!
1. Räikkönen Ferrari SF70-H 1:23.718 9 ●
Drive it like you stole it!
Back to normal: SF70-H: P1
And yes, on mediums
kimi 9 laps in