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Re: 2008 Winter & Mid-season testing (Results and Pictures)

Post by iceman1 » 25 Feb 2008, 19:13

Mclarens new rear wing
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impressive Time by schumacher half a tenth slower Than kimi on his first day of testing with the F2008

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Re: 2008 Winter & Mid-season testing (Results and Pictures)

Post by Ali » 25 Feb 2008, 19:23

Is the new "The best of the rest" Williams?
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Re: 2008 Winter & Mid-season testing (Results and Pictures)

Post by AzShadow » 25 Feb 2008, 19:54

Williams has been strong all winter so it wouldn't be such a big surprise :wink:. But it's hard to tell yet about who's the best of the rest as there are teams such as Renault and BMW which are strong contenders too. So we just have to wait a couple more weeks to find out... :)

I think it's obvious that McLaren and Ferrari are the (only) winning teams for now. Or it would be heck of a surprise if they weren't.
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Re: 2008 Winter & Mid-season testing (Results and Pictures)

Post by Ali » 25 Feb 2008, 20:35

AzShadow wrote:Williams has been strong all winter so it wouldn't be such a big surprise :wink:. But it's hard to tell yet about who's the best of the rest as there are teams such as Renault and BMW which are strong contenders too. So we just have to wait a couple more weeks to find out... :)

I think it's obvious that McLaren and Ferrari are the (only) winning teams for now. Or it would be heck of a surprise if they weren't.

It's quite good that there will be a much more competition for the middle field with Williams, BMW, Renault and may be Red Bull.

Is there any information whether the best laps of teams were clocked on a short stint or long stint?
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Re: 2008 Winter & Mid-season testing (Results and Pictures)

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Ferrari - Schumacher samples the F2008
After not being able to run last week Kimi Raikkonen took to the track today at the wheel of an F2008, fitted with the latest aerodynamic updates.

Alongside him was a special test driver in the shape of Michael Schumacher. On a day when the weather was not at its best – a wet track for almost the entire morning – the day’s work centred mainly on the overall reliability of the car, as well as set-up testing.


McLaren - Melbourne Preperations
With rain falling over night the final pre-season test kicked off on a damp track in Barcelona this morning.

However work for the morning was scheduled to be focused around practising pit stop procedures for the race team, as it will be for the rest of the week.

In the afternoon on a drying track the team carried out final evaluations on new components and fine tune set ups for the start of the season.


BMW - Heidfeld and Klien continue F1.08 setup work
When the track finally had dried up Nick Heidfeld and the team's new test driver Christian Klien continued to work on the set-up of the BMW Sauber F1.08.

Driving the car in dry conditions for the first time Klien further familiarized himself with the car doing system checks and some basic set-up work. In the afternoon both drivers followed the team’s testing programme as scheduled.

Completing 75 and 42 laps respectively Heidfeld and Klien continued to develop the car, setting the eighth and 14th best times . The main focus was on collecting data using some new parts.


Williams - Showing well again in testing
With the now tradition wet start to proceedings, Kazuki Nakajima put in 54 laps, his 51st being his quickest leaving him fourth fastest over all behind Hamilton, Raikkonen and Schumacher.

Nico Rosberg put in 108 laps, recording a best time of 1:22.974s, sixth fastest overall.

“This morning’s rain hampered Kazuki’s running somewhat but drier conditions in the afternoon allowed him to do some set-up work," stated Test Team Manager Dickie Stanford.
"Meanwhile, Nico focussed on engine system checks and successfully completed a race run towards the end of the day.”


Renault - Race simulation and pit stop practice
Having endured wet conditions during the previous week, the team was again greeted by damp conditions this morning, and it was not until the middle of the morning that the team was able to switch to dry tyres. The team was still able to conduct race simulation work in the morning and ran through grid procedures as both drivers sampled the wet conditions early on.

For the afternoon, the conditions improved and the focus of the team shifted to pit-stop practice. In all close to 20 pit stops were carried out. The team will remain in Barcelona for the next couple of days to continue with preparations for the 2008 season.


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Re: 2008 Winter & Mid-season testing (Results and Pictures)

Post by iceman1 » 26 Feb 2008, 12:54

Update: 13:07

1. L. Hamilton McLaren MP4-23 1:21.234 34
2. H. Kovalainen McLaren MP4-23 1:21.434 +0.200 32
3. K. Räikkönen Ferrari F2008 1:21.722 +0.488 39
4. N. Rosberg Williams FW30 1:22.309 +1.075 33
5. R. Kubica BMW Sauber F1.08 1:22.625 +1.391 47
6. J. Button Honda RA108 1:22.659 +1.425 34
7. F. Massa Ferrari F2008 1:22.850 +1.616 33
8. G. Fisichella Force India VJM-01 1:22.913 +1.679 53
9. V. Liuzzi Force India VJM-01 1:22.942 +1.708 43
10. F. Alonso Renault R28 1:23.112 +1.878 44
11. R. Barrichello Honda RA108 1:23.159 +1.925 43
12. N. Heidfeld BMW Sauber F1.08 1:23.284 +2.050 41
13. S. Bourdais Toro Rosso STR2 1:23.323 +2.089 69
14. J. Trulli Toyota TF108 1:23.348 +2.114 47
15. S. Vettel Red Bull Racing RB4 1:23.430 +2.196 66
16. N. Piquet Jr. Renault R28 1:23.467 +2.233 44
17. T. Glock Toyota TF108 1:23.661 +2.427 51
18. K. Nakajima Williams FW30 1:23.860 +2.626 83

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Re: 2008 Winter & Mid-season testing (Results and Pictures)

Post by Ali » 26 Feb 2008, 14:25

In the morning session, Hamilton experienced an electronic problem. Raikkonen also stopped and caused a red flag but I can't figure out the exact reason. Nakajima did a race simulation in the first session. Hamilton did the best time in a quali-run, the Dutch site reports on http://www.f1today.nl/live-update/2008/ ... catalunya/

Now, in the afternoon session, Massa and Kubica are having a full race simulation.
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Re: 2008 Winter & Mid-season testing (Results and Pictures)

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can anyone please tell me what is this:

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Re: 2008 Winter & Mid-season testing (Results and Pictures)

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color wrote:can anyone please tell me what is this:

thing?


It's a digital inclinometer sat on an aluminium reference jig. It measures wing angle.

(no I didn't know that all by myself, I've nicked it from another forum where the same question came up! :p )
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Re: 2008 Winter & Mid-season testing (Results and Pictures)

Post by iceman1 » 26 Feb 2008, 18:45

Kimi is doing race sim with new aero, Massa is doing race sim with old aero
FIF1 car seems to be putting in some reasonable times

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Re: 2008 Winter & Mid-season testing (Results and Pictures)

Post by AzShadow » 26 Feb 2008, 19:10

Yeah, Force India seems to be in a pretty good form as far as it can be. It will probably beat Honda and Super Aguri, or at least it should and it would be an achievement already from the team. Things don't look so good to Aguri right now as they aren't even testing.
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Re: 2008 Winter & Mid-season testing (Results and Pictures)

Post by Zack » 26 Feb 2008, 20:13

I think Renault did race simulation but still slow lap time!!! and hope Red Bull permanently allocates that seat to more deserved candidate(VETTEL) :pray:

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Mike Gascoyne, chief technical officer: "Again a very productive day of testing. We had no major reliability issues and despite the numerous red flags, we were able to work through the whole programme, with both drivers doing set up work in the morning and then race distances in the afternoon with pit stop practice. That went very well on both cars, so it was overall a good day. Thanks very much to Tonio for his two days of testing, we have definitely made progress with the new package and are very pleased so far."

Giancarlo Fisichella: "It was a good day. We did over 100 laps and worked through all the schedule. I was struggling with the front locking at first, but then we understood what the problem was and made a change so the car was back to normal and at the end I was comfortable and confident and able to improve my lap times. I am happy with the new package, it is better with more downforce and has more stability, but we have still got something more for the first race so it looks quite encouraging."

Tonio Liuzzi "Today was a much better test and we achieved a lot of kilometres and had no issues with the car. It seems to be getting better and better as we felt yesterday. We seem to have made a step forward from last year's car and now we are tuning the little details. We did some long runs and short runs for both qualifying and race simulations and were pretty happy. We still have some work to do, but we are for sure going in a good direction. The engineers did a great job - it was a tough programme between myself and Giancarlo but we both had no issues reliability wise and were very competitive over the day."

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Driver: Giancarlo Fisichella & Tonio Liuzzi
Track: Circuit de Catalunya, Spain
Best lap time: 1min 22.516 (Giancarlo) / 1min 22.942 (Tonio)
Laps completed: 191 (102 Giancarlo, 89 Tonio)
Kilometres completed 889km
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Re: 2008 Winter & Mid-season testing (Results and Pictures)

Post by musashi_sw » 26 Feb 2008, 20:50

Final Results of today:

1. Hamilton (McLaren) 1:21.234 (81 voltas)
2. Kovalainen (McLaren) 1:21.434 (68)
3. Raikkonen (Ferrari) 1:21.722 (72)
4. Rosberg (Williams) 1:22.309 (75)
5. Massa (Ferrari) 1:22.513 (102)
6. Fisichella (Force India) 1:22.516 (102)
7. Vettel (Red Bull0) 1:22.558 (109)
8. Kubica (BMW-Sauber) 1:22.625 (94)
9. Button (Honda) 1:22.659 (67)
10. Liuzzi (Force India) 1:22.942 (89)
11. Nakajima (Williams) 1:22.977 (100)
12. Trulli (Toyota) 1:23.023 (98)
13. Alonso (Renault) 1:23.112 (77)
14. Barrichello (Honda) 1:23.169 (74)
15. Heidfeld (BMW-Sauber) 1:23.284 (77)
16. Bourdais (Toro Rosso) 1:23.323 (98)
17. Webber (Red Bull) 1:23.458 (58)
18. Piquet (Renault) 1:23.467 (45)
19. Glock (Toyota) 1:23.561 (80)
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Re: 2008 Winter & Mid-season testing (Results and Pictures)

Post by Ali » 27 Feb 2008, 11:51

Update: 12:25

1. J. Trulli Toyota TF108 1:20.801 40 pit
2. D. Coulthard Red Bull Racing RB4 1:21.258 +0.457 35 pit
3. N. Rosberg Williams FW30 1:21.293 +0.492 23 pit
4. M. Webber Red Bull Racing RB4 1:21.368 +0.567 38 pit
5. N. Piquet Jr. Renault R28 1:21.443 +0.642 32 pit
6. F. Alonso Renault R28 1:21.454 +0.653 51 pit
7. K. Nakajima Williams FW30 1:21.796 +0.995 32 pit
8. L. Hamilton McLaren MP4-23 1:22.011 +1.210 31 pit
9. T. Glock Toyota TF108 1:22.155 +1.354 41 pit
10. G. Fisichella Force India VJM-01 1:22.233 +1.432 37 pit
11. F. Massa Ferrari F2008 1:22.286 +1.485 16 pit
12. R. Kubica BMW Sauber F1.08 1:22.299 +1.498 54 pit
13. K. Räikkönen Ferrari F2008 1:22.376 +1.575 14 pit
14. A. Sutil Force India VJM-01 1:22.521 +1.720 31 pit
15. N. Heidfeld BMW Sauber F1.08 1:22.940 +2.139 21 pit
16. H. Kovalainen McLaren MP4-23 1:23.009 +2.208 28 pit
17. S. Bourdais Toro Rosso STR2 1:23.053 +2.252 40 pit
18. A. Wurz Honda RA108 1:24.154 +3.353 42 pit
19. J. Button Honda RA108 1:24.275 +3.474 33 pit

Ferrari are waiting for warmer temperaturs.
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