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F1 Testing 2018

MBKF1MBKF1 Member Moderator
We've done this the last couple of years where we've had a specific testing thread.

So McLaren ditch Honda and spin off within 10 laps, and Toro Rosso with the Honda power are the first team to complete 50 laps.

You can't make this **** up!
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  • GoldenColtGoldenColt Member Team Principal
    It's called the Alonso-effect.

    But the 6 tenths he brings with him will make up for it, I promise! ;)
  • ZhadwokZhadwok Member New Car Smell
    It would be cool the SFX of the engines could update, you know, at least with the 2017's engines haha
  • VetteIfanVetteIfan Member Race Engineer
    MBKF1 said:
    We've done this the last couple of years where we've had a specific testing thread.

    So McLaren ditch Honda and spin off within 10 laps, and Toro Rosso with the Honda power are the first team to complete 50 laps.

    You can't make this **** up!
    Funny as Alonso's misfortune may be, are we really buying it as a complete coincidence that now the Honda has been put in a car that isn't a Mclaren it runs perfectly with so far solid performance? 

    We know "compromise" is not a word very associated with Mclaren. Especially given how much they hammered on about their world beating chassis and "size zero" when that was a thing. Think we are seeing at least some evidence of that now. 
  • JiggyJiggy Member Petrol Head
    edited March 4
    McLaren being overly demanding and so desperate to sing their own praises, they'll throw anyone under the bus just to keep their image and brand intact and to distract from the fact that it might be a bit on them too?

    Not even doing the sarcastic "I'm so shocked" follow-up, they're *****. Wow, that did not get censored automatically.
  • MBKF1MBKF1 Member Moderator
    McLaren are going to look ridiculous if they aren't on a par with Red Bull, or even Renault for that matter. Equal power now, and they've banged on about how good their chassis apparently is. This season is going to tell us if they were right or not.

    So interesting to see how Toro Rosso and Honda get on. I really hope they do well and surprise everyone, speed and reliability wise. If they do, then Red Bull will no doubt take their engines for 2019 onwards.
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  • JiggyJiggy Member Petrol Head
    They're going to look even more laughable if Toro Rosso can actually compete properly with a reliant Honda-engine.
  • DiRTKiNG808DiRTKiNG808 Member Co-Driver
    I can't wait to see how McLaren compare to Red Bull. If McLaren has any hope at all in coming to the front they need to be on par with cars using the same engine. I am impressed with Toro Rosso and what they are doing with engine and drivers. Renault looks like they will do better this year.
    I love racing. Going for the perfectly clean, well executed overtake is the best feeling. If I have to though, I might move you out of my way (no hard feelings).
  • HughesyHughesy Member Champion
    So McLean blew up again. Is it safe to say the problem was them and not Honda, they package the car too tight and boom.
  • DiRTKiNG808DiRTKiNG808 Member Co-Driver
    I know its just testing and its difficult to see which team is really on top but I have seen Ferrari clock times fractionally faster or fractionally slower using a harder compound then both Mercedes and Red Bull. Ferrari has been really good at getting the most out of their tires for the past few seasons so I am wondering if they have closed the power gap by a little bit.
    I love racing. Going for the perfectly clean, well executed overtake is the best feeling. If I have to though, I might move you out of my way (no hard feelings).
  • DiRTKiNG808DiRTKiNG808 Member Co-Driver
    Its seems to me that the Sauber car is proving a little hard to control. I hope Leclerc can get a handle on it before Australia. He seems to be struggling a little bit.
    I love racing. Going for the perfectly clean, well executed overtake is the best feeling. If I have to though, I might move you out of my way (no hard feelings).
  • VetteIfanVetteIfan Member Race Engineer
    Personal takeaways from testing:

    - Congratulations Lewi5. In fact L6wis, and Lew7s. Starting to become convinced the Mercedes engine just won't be touched till the rule change in 2021. 

    - RB and Ferrari pretty close but both even further behind Mercedes.

    - Renault look best of the rest, Haas look surprisingly competitive. 

    - Mclaren "blame it on Honda" Renault looks really disappointing and nowhere near the RB. 

    - Williams look average at best and their driver line up leaves me worried. 

    - Toro Rosso will stink a lot less than everyone thought. 
  • DiRTKiNG808DiRTKiNG808 Member Co-Driver
    VetteIfan said:
    Personal takeaways from testing:

    - Congratulations Lewi5. In fact L6wis, and Lew7s. Starting to become convinced the Mercedes engine just won't be touched till the rule change in 2021. 

    - RB and Ferrari pretty close but both even further behind Mercedes.
    These words hurt me. I hope we don't have to wait that long to see their kingdom fall. :'(
    I love racing. Going for the perfectly clean, well executed overtake is the best feeling. If I have to though, I might move you out of my way (no hard feelings).
  • GoldenColtGoldenColt Member Team Principal
    edited March 10
    Never thought I would ever say these words but: I sincerely hope the Merc won't be a beast. Another 2015-like season wouldn't do the sport any good, it wouldn't really enhance Lewis's reputation as a driver and an all time great and it wouldn't be interesting to watch even for me as a fan of the guy most likely to succeed in such circumstances. I'd love another 2008 car-wise, with two teams really close to each other and a third team occasionally putting them under pressure (BMW) plus a team improving enormously over the course of the season to get a couple of unexpected wins (Renault).

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  • DiRTKiNG808DiRTKiNG808 Member Co-Driver
    That would defiantly be a step in the right direction. I think Lewis is missing the fight to become a world champion. He wants a fight and he should get one. I hope Ferrari can deliver and win both titles this year. Other teams need to start getting involved or we might as well rename the sport to Hamilton Formula Mercedes Championship.
    I love racing. Going for the perfectly clean, well executed overtake is the best feeling. If I have to though, I might move you out of my way (no hard feelings).
  • ImDyingYouIdiotImDyingYouIdiot Member, Drivers Champion
    Never thought I would ever say these words but: I sincerely hope the Merc won't be a beast. Another 2015-like season wouldn't do the sport any good, it wouldn't really enhance Lewis's reputation as a driver and an all time great and it wouldn't be interesting to watch even for me as a fan of the guy most likely to succeed in such circumstances. I'd love another 2008 car-wise, with two teams really close to each other and a third team occasionally putting them under pressure (BMW) plus a team improving enormously over the course of the season to get a couple of unexpected wins (Renault).

    That's pretty much exactly what I expect.

    The wheelbase change seems to have hurt Ferrari massively, Red Bull is still hindered by the Renault - sorry - TAG Heuer PU, McLaren is lucky to finish a race it seems, Renault are still busy building their base, and everyone else isn't a realistic title contender for year's to come.

    And while Bottas isn't exactly a Palmer or Stroll, I don't see him realistically challenging Lewis. Sure, they might draft in Ricciardo or Verstappen, but as long as they comfortably win both Championship trophies there's no real reason to do that.
    And at best we can expect the next major rule change to shake things up in 2021.

    In other words, let's hope testing times really mean jack all this year. Otherwise, I don't see myself still bothering with F1.
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  • DiRTKiNG808DiRTKiNG808 Member Co-Driver
    Why would you say the long wheel base hurt Ferrari? It should improve aero and stability.
    I love racing. Going for the perfectly clean, well executed overtake is the best feeling. If I have to though, I might move you out of my way (no hard feelings).
  • VetteIfanVetteIfan Member Race Engineer
    edited March 11
    Why would you say the long wheel base hurt Ferrari? It should improve aero and stability.
    Yes but as with anything in a car's design it's a compromise. It will also be heavier (pre ballast) and be less "nimble" through slow speed corners. 

    Imo Ferrari seem to have got themselves caught up in the middle of two different design philosophies. They've stuck with their high rake and convoluted aero concept but now with a greatly increased wheelbase which is closer to the Mercedes' of last season, and I think they're struggling to unlock the car potential. 

    Meanwhile Mercedes' seem to have built on the strengths of their existing philosophy, just tidying up the car in areas where they found improvement. Their car was extremely fast around 80% of tracks last season so their is no point compromising a concept that works just to be more competitive on the occasional twisty circuits that occur like Monaco and Hungary. 

  • rbfan09rbfan09 Member New Car Smell
    edited March 11
    Mclaren taken sand bagging to whole another level. turning up with basic spec car failing practice pitstops being sloppy with maintenance cutting holes in rear of car consistently using softest compound to hide the pace 5 breakdowns alonso setting 2nd fastest lap time overall in testing in last hour of testing even after engine change. 

    Alonso 1.16 lap on worn hypersofts when he cut the chicken was supposedly 1.17.6 lap according to eric

    I've just boarded the train!
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  • JiggyJiggy Member Petrol Head
    They're likely trying to make themselves look better than they are.
  • senna94f1senna94f1 Member New Car Smell
    Cut along story short ,do we have any beta testing this year like last 2 years,

    on on a different note I can't log into my normal codemasters account because all what happens is a brand new account comes up and then on my old acorn it says I can't log in or change password , 

    someone else on here says my old or normal account has been banned ,without ant warning or notice ,

    and none one of the mods will tell me anything , I reported serval times on my old account that the dirt rally find a league was broken and it was broken for over a month ,the ladie who I reported it too was Christina mc , do you get banned for reporting problems , my beta testing is linked to that account,so please can anyone explain , many thanks
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