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    Testing.

    Post by Mike on 12th March 2009, 12:54

    Massa Button

    0:1:21.698 1’21”355
    0:1:21.541 1’21”044
    0:1:21.911 1’20”967
    0:1:21.141 1’20”928
    0:1:23.099 1’20”566
    0:1:21.590 1’20”718
    0:1:21.450 1’20”739
    0:1:21.347 1’21”018
    0:1:21.821 1’25”751
    0:1:21.114 1’20”938
    0:1:21.321 1’20”839
    0:1:21.421 1’20”745
    0:1:21.084 1’20”694
    0:1:20.993 1’20”612
    0:1:21.770 1’20”739
    0:1:22.821 1’20”940
    0:1:20.801 1’21”166
    0:1:20.982 1’21”613
    0:1:21.430 1’21”512
    0:1:23.352 1’22”003
    0:1:22.903 1’24”896
    0:1:21.198 1’21”644
    0:1:21.494 1’21”258

    31:18.3 31:12.7

    These are times set by Ferrari's Felipe Massa and BrawnGP's Jenson Button over a 30 lap stint.

    Thoughts?


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    Re: Testing.

    Post by Ross on 12th March 2009, 13:15

    Mike is arguing to the death that Brawn are so competitive and that they will be giving Ferrari a run for their money.

    I think this is bullshit.

    Firstly the notion that a team established merely 6 days ago can come straight into the sport fighting at the top along with a team of over 60 years of F1 racing is preposterous.

    But look at the times.

    Massa dips into the 1:20s only three times, whereas Button does so 12 times.

    The fact that the difference is so high already seems absurd and suggests that Ferrari are either sandbagging, not running a race setup - simply trying different setups and components - or Brawn have a QualiRace setup - halfway between what one would choose for Saturday and Sunday of a Grand Prix weekend.

    Secondly, the claims that when comparing Brawn and Ferrari's qualifying runs Brawn looks more consistent have no feet to stand on because, once again, no one knows what anyone is doing, no one knows whether each team was on a qualifying run, and no one will ever know until Melbourne.

    It's the same as the people saying Red Bull will be race winners this year - we get it every year - they may, it's a possibility, but everyone seems to be so convinced that Vettel can instantly make a team into a race winner or a week of testing shows who will be fighting for the championship or an engine failure means a team will be completely unreliable - people jump to such dramatic conclusions during testing.

    Let me remind you of a quote from Mark Hughes:

    A note of caution is in order: It is impossible to be definitive when analysing test times, given the huge number of variables.

    First we must generally ignore the ‘headline’ lists, where the quickest time recorded by each driver during the day is simply listed in descending order; these can be widely distorted by one driver doing a qualifying-spec run as the others are concentrating on something else.

    This happened last Sunday at Jerez where Sebastian Vettel’s Red Bull went 1.3s quicker than anyone else in what remained by far the fastest time of the week.

    Most teams spend most of their time running with a fuel load that would be representative for a race stint, at around 40kg. This will cost over 1s in lap time.


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    Re: Testing.

    Post by in.s@ne on 13th March 2009, 19:47

    I think Melbourne will be very interesting, with Ferrari clearly being fast, McLaren with a struggle on their hands, and BrawnGP appearing to be very very strong.

    It's going to be good!
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    Re: Testing.

    Post by Mike on 15th March 2009, 09:59

    More time comparisons. A 10 lap stint today from Rubens & a 10 lap sprint from Kimi when he tested at Jerez

    Rubens 10 lap stint:
    1:22:102
    1:20:668
    1:19:972
    1:19:808
    1:20:375
    1:19:855
    3 laps in low 20s
    1:19:964

    Edit: For comparison, a 10 lap stint of Kimi:
    1:21.564
    1:21.081
    1:21.312
    1:20.884
    1:21.166
    1:21.026
    1:21.124
    1:21.051
    1:21.081
    1:20.838


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