Renault problems. Was Lotus forward-looking…….?

While all teams are engaged in the fourth and last testing day at Jerez- Formula 1 will move to Bahrein on February 19th to run a further testing session – let’s try to play with numbers. Leaving testing times aside, let’s “tidy up” the number of laps completed by engine manufacturers and teams.

After the first three days, Mercedes tops the standing, since the four teams whose engine is supplied by the German manufacturer, successfully completed 466 laps (McLaren, Mercedes, Williams and Force India), followed by the Maranello-based manufacturer who completed 235 laps, thanks to the Ferrari-powered Sauber C33 and the Ferrari-powered Marussia M03, who joined testing only yesterday and successfully completed 5 laps. The new Energy Renault-powered teams follow behind with a huge time gap from other teams. The total amount of laps which were successfully completed by them is 81; the world champion team only managed 14 laps. The only team who is not present in the standing is Lotus “As we can see, Mercedes as an engine manufacturer had the best interpretation of new regulations, as well as Ferrari, whose drivers gained several miles. The Renault-powered teams had a troublesome testing session. Maybe Lotus was forward-looking…”, wrote yesterday Gian Carlo Minardi on his website

As per what is heard, no teams are exploting all their engine unit power “Some external observers, through the employment of some phonometric tools, affirm that cars don’t exploit the 15.000 revs/min. that can be performed by their engines. It is for this reason that we carefully look at testing timesheet, but it’s too early to judge”, says the manager from Faenza.

Among the Mercedes-powered constructors, the Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton’s W05 turned out to be the most performing car by completing 177 laps. The second most performing car is the MP4-29 driven by Button and Magnussen, who completed 135 laps, followed by Williams, whose drivers Massa and Bottas successfully managed 89 laps. Sergio Perez and Nico Hulkenberg’s Force India completed 65 laps.

Among the Ferrari-powered constructors, the two partners Alonso and Raikkonen completed 136 laps. Adrian Sutil and Esteban Gutierrez’s C33 completed 94 laps. Max Chilton’s Marussia only managed 5 laps.

Among  the Renault-powered constructors, Scuderia Toro Rosso leads the standing, successfully completing 45 laps and it is followed by Caterham who completed 22 laps. Red Bull is the Jerez testing’s tail-end , as they only managed 14 laps with Sebstian  Vettel and Daniel Ricciardo.

We don’t have to forget that this is only the fourth day of shake-down. In the past, teams took private testing sessions, while today they have to do it publicly. The problems some teams are dealing with throughout the Jerez testing session are ordinary problems, especially because Formula 1 has been fully revised”, ends Minardi.