Testing

As the final pre-season test continues, more and more commentators seem to be attempting to establish a pecking order. However this seems entirely fruitless; F1 teams are renowned for playing their cards close to their chests. With the large capacity fuel tanks that have been in the cars since 2010, the teams could be running as much or as little fuel as possible. In addition testing is not about going at full pace all the time, as the teams will want to check wind-tunnel correlation and aerodynamic performance. Therefore why attempt to read into testing times? There have been countless examples of a team suffering from supposed poor form in testing, only to arrive at Melbourne in better shape than thought, à la McLaren 2011. The only thing we can do is wait until Qualifying in Australia, after all patience is a virtue.

 

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