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    Default Bahrain F1 Testing - Jerez Trends Continue

    Good day for Mercedes powered cars; bad luck continues for for Renault power (and Red Bull).

    Hulkenberg surprises, Alonso rises, Hamilton mixes it up, and Magnussen continues to impress.

    And lap times are fast vs. last year:

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    But Red Bull's problem are not just motor related, Catterham ran nearly 70 laps. Newey's Mea Culpa:

    In a statement for Autosport, Red Bull design guru Adrian Newey has confessed that most of the blame for the Jerez test disaster has to be put on themselves rather than engine partner Renault. While he maintains that the French powertrain has an excessive need for cooling in comparison to Ferrari and Mercedes units, he admits that his approach to the tightly packed rear end of the RB10 was too risky and didn’t pay off, resulting in bodywork catching fire around the exhaust.

    He implicitly admitted that the RB10 is a rush job, saying that they would have needed ‘another few weeks’ to produce all the parts necessary. This time problem is the direct result of Red Bulls misjudgement of last season. While big rivals Mercedes, McLaren and Ferrari all quietly gave up on 2013 by the summer break and channelled all resources into the development for 2014, Red Bull kept developing the RB9 late into the season, expecting an R&D counter-attack that never came.

    Anyway here's a summary of lap totals to date:

    Mercedes 383
    McLaren 326
    Ferrari 315
    Sauber 245
    Force India 224
    Williams 180
    Caterham 144
    Toro Rosso 59
    Red Bull 35
    Marussia 33
    Lotus 8
    Last edited by Loose Caboose; 02-19-2014 at 07:53 PM.

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