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#196 RE: 2014 Winter Testing by Boudica 20.02.2014 12:59

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Some more observations from Autosport at Turns 1 and 2. The cars look difficult to drive and sound pretty good too.

"Pretty much all of the cars I've seen on track look a real handful through here. They're moving around a lot and you can see the drivers really having to work.

It seems like drivers are having a lot of little moments, just in the last few minutes:

"Vettel keeps running wide over the exit kerb at Turn 2 trying to keep his foot in."
Alonso: "Just went in too deep and ran wide; tried to hold it but the car wobbled on him."
"Hulk just had a big wobble getting on the power out of Turn 1."

#197 RE: 2014 Winter Testing by WHATEVER 20.02.2014 13:02

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Thank you very much Boudica for the wonderful updates

I haven't managed to be happy about Ferrari yet... maybe when the season starts and my brain finally realizes that the red car is Kimi's.

#198 RE: 2014 Winter Testing by Boudica 20.02.2014 13:04

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Bottas on his long first lapped in the 39s early on, and now in the low 41s.

#199 RE: 2014 Winter Testing by Boudica 20.02.2014 13:08

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Quote: WHATEVER wrote in post #197
Thank you very much Boudica for the wonderful updates

I haven't managed to be happy about Ferrari yet... maybe when the season starts and my brain finally realizes that the red car is Kimi's.


The situation will properly become more real when you see Kimi in a Ferrari.

We still have to wait and see if there is actually much to cheer in the Ferrari camp, besides Kimi, I am not 100% convinced about their pace at this stage. But we'll see how it goes, it is difficult to tell.

#200 RE: 2014 Winter Testing by Boudica 20.02.2014 13:31

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Rosberg did his best time on medium tyres, on a 12 lap stint.

#201 RE: 2014 Winter Testing by Boudica 20.02.2014 13:33

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Gutierrez caused a red flag just as he was really starting to improve Sauber's time.

#202 RE: 2014 Winter Testing by Boudica 20.02.2014 13:41

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Both Rosberg and Hulkenberg lowers their best benchmark times.

1 Hulkenberg Force India 1m36.445s
2 Rosberg Mercedes 1m36.965s +0.520

#203 RE: 2014 Winter Testing by Boudica 20.02.2014 13:48

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Hulkenberg's time was done on soft tyres and he pitted immediately, while Rosberg did his time medium tyres and he didn't pit immediately.

This is second day that Hulkenberg puts in a fast lap on soft tyres. lol

#204 RE: 2014 Winter Testing by miezicat 20.02.2014 13:50

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Quote: Boudica wrote in post #199
Quote: WHATEVER wrote in post #197
Thank you very much Boudica for the wonderful updates

I haven't managed to be happy about Ferrari yet... maybe when the season starts and my brain finally realizes that the red car is Kimi's.


The situation will properly become more real when you see Kimi in a Ferrari.

We still have to wait and see if there is actually much to cheer in the Ferrari camp, besides Kimi, I am not 100% convinced about their pace at this stage. But we'll see how it goes, it is difficult to tell.

yeah I think it's impossible to tell about pace right now. maybe we can compare it a bit better next week when they will put on updates and do race sims. For now that Ferrari is running more or less trouble free is a good sign

the new brake-by-wire system seems to cause problems for the teams but I'm not sure I really get it. Sutil is complaining he can change much himself anymore while driving and has to rely on engineers and the right maps but what I have read the drivers can still change brake bias, just the pedal is different, harder, as it's not hydraulic anymore and you have to get the feel for it.

#205 RE: 2014 Winter Testing by Boudica 20.02.2014 13:50

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And now Magnussen joins the party, he also puts in a fast lap, which places him 3rd 1m37.078s. Although he has only done 11 laps for the day.

#206 RE: 2014 Winter Testing by Boudica 20.02.2014 14:01

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Quote: miezicat wrote in post #204
Quote: Boudica wrote in post #199
Quote: WHATEVER wrote in post #197
Thank you very much Boudica for the wonderful updates

I haven't managed to be happy about Ferrari yet... maybe when the season starts and my brain finally realizes that the red car is Kimi's.


The situation will properly become more real when you see Kimi in a Ferrari.

We still have to wait and see if there is actually much to cheer in the Ferrari camp, besides Kimi, I am not 100% convinced about their pace at this stage. But we'll see how it goes, it is difficult to tell.

yeah I think it's impossible to tell about pace right now. maybe we can compare it a bit better next week when they will put on updates and do race sims. For now that Ferrari is running more or less trouble free is a good sign

the new brake-by-wire system seems to cause problems for the teams but I'm not sure I really get it. Sutil is complaining he can change much himself anymore while driving and has to rely on engineers and the right maps but what I have read the drivers can still change brake bias, just the pedal is different, harder, as it's not hydraulic anymore and you have to get the feel for it.



Yes the new brake by system seems to quite tricky, but as usual it appears to be more tricky for some then for others. It might yet become a bigger talking point once the season starts. That said, Sutil has binned it a lot in these tests, I guess he might also be looking for a slight excuse. lol

#207 RE: 2014 Winter Testing by Boudica 20.02.2014 14:02

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Another few laps for Hulkenberg under the 1:37's.

#208 RE: 2014 Winter Testing by Boudica 20.02.2014 14:09

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Magnussen is the first driver under the 1:36, with a 1m35.489s.

I am pretty sure these cars are almost as fast as last season's cars. I bet they can go up to 1:33.

But I am finding it a bit suspicious that all of the Mercedes teams are suddenly going for faster and faster times.

#209 RE: 2014 Winter Testing by Boudica 20.02.2014 14:18

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Magnussen used soft tyres and did a 5 lap stint.

#210 RE: 2014 Winter Testing by Boudica 20.02.2014 14:22

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Magnussen goes for it again, 1m34.910s, with the supersoft tyre.

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