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    Excerpts from Bahrain:

    “Now is the winter of our discontent” – William Shakespeare, Richard III

    Bahrain 2nd test 2014 – Rosberg The final day of the second last pre-season test draw to a close today and as yesterday, it was led by the Mercedes powered cars and the Mercedes works team with Nico Rosberg obliterating the field and becoming the first driver to dip under the 1m33 mark, within a second of last year’s pole time. Jenson Button continued McLaren’s strong form ending the day second fastest but more than 1.6s back. New Ferrari driver Raikkonen ended the day third fastest, 0.2 seconds of Fernando Alonso’s best time but significantly 3.4s behind Rosberg.

    It is still early and we can expect a lot of changes to come before the first race but bearing in mind the engines are homologated on the 28th February. It looks like the Mercedes teams are the ones to beat. Having said that, Ferrari have yet to show their true qualifying hand so the Prancing Horse may be more competitive than they are giving out to be.

    Renault powered teams… Maldonado joined the Flat Earth Society as he proclaimed yesterday that as far as he was concerned Renault might very well have the best engine on the grid,“I think at some point they will be competitive or even better than Mercedes. I think they have good power in the engine – it is just a case of making it work all together. I am not very worried about the situation.” Perhaps someone should explain to him that the Renault engines are currently running 30-35 kph less on the straights than the Mercedes’, and that is not a good thing with the engine freeze looming in the near distance and no immediate fix in sight.

    Boxes of parts were seen being delivered to Red Bull mid-day and though there were plenty of sounds of construction from the garage, not much action on track resulted from all the frantic work. Any port in a storm, and indeed there are now rumours of a B spec car circulating on the internet. Also rumoured (but without any evidence) is that Vettel’s name for his ride this year is thoroughly unprintable in respectable publications.

    With 10 minutes to go in the session when Kimi Raikkonen spun his F14T hard into the Armco on the exit of turn 4 thus properly breaking the car and ending the session early.

    And this is how the day ended;

    1 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1m 33.283s
    2 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1m 34.957s +1.674s
    3 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m 36.718s +3.435s 82

    Vettel ran a 1m 40.224 and didn't get many laps in.

    Total Bahrain laps:
    1 Williams Mercedes 323
    2 Mercedes Mercedes 315
    3 McLaren Mercedes 296
    4 Ferrari Ferrari 287
    9 Red Bull Renault 116

    At the end of the second week of testing it’s obvious to all that Mercedes and McLaren, followed by Ferrari and Williams are far ahead of the rest when it comes to their testing programs. It is also clear that Mercedes looks the frontrunner at the moment, though no doubt there is much to be revealed next week as the teams begin to get anxious to properly stress the cars and engines in order to be as ready for Melbourne as possible.

    But Mercedes have ended the last 2 days with some reliability problems, and we have likely not seen the best from Ferrari or Mclaren just yet, as well as having no idea as to what any of the Renault powered teams might be capable of should the engines finally come good. Roll on next week!
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    Nice recap L.C.! Man, I'm so excited for the first race!

    That being said, I really appreciate what A. Newey is capable of, and yes, Renault is partly to blame for the power unit issues, but in typical Neweys' stubbornness, he's created a car, at the last minute, basically, to his no-compromise design standards and now we'll have another blow-out season!

    Maybe McLaren will, by Melbourne, be competitive enough to make things interesting. Heck, even Williams is looking competitive, but I'm thinking it's going to go down to Hamilton vs. Rosberg. Let's see how long they stay "best buddies" during the season.

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    I hope Rosberg does well this year. He has been largely underserved by his cars in the past.

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    And Ferrari is looking o.k. (see below)* - not to mention the intra team rivalry there.

    Ferrarri's innovative engine design:

    During the winter break, there were many rumors about Mercedes and Ferrari engines, the former has been credited with more power while the latter will be significantly lighter and more aerodynamic than the competition. And the Ferrari 059/3 V6, the new engine in the center of the F14-T project, may be the most interesting power unit.

    Ferrari engineers led by Pat Fry, James Allison and Luca Marmorini focused their attention almost solely on the engine; and it’s no coincidence that Ferrari is the only engine manufacturer that didn’t unveil its V6 early (Mercedes and Renault did it months before.

    Certainly, the engine is very different from Renault and Mercedes. The whole project had the reduction of the overall dimensions as its principal goal, and the exhaust manifolds, don’t go towards the outside (as happens with Renault), instead they go upwards, and so the MGU-H (one of the the energy recovery units) is placed below the turbine. This minimizes side pod vent dimensions and saves weight, and Ferrari is the only one to use an “air-water-air” exchanger to cool down the turbocharger, with results that also improve aerodynamics.

    Indeed, Ferrari powered cars (Ferrari, Sauber and Marussia) are the ones with the smaller side-pod air vents, a significant feature because not only is reducing drag very important, but this also could help with managing the airflows around the side-pods .


    And McLaren has been busy at the tail end of the car with some cushion shaped "blockers" that t creates an area of low pressure behind these blockers that increases the velocity of the airflow travelling underneath the car, generating more downforce from the underfloor. Other teams have complained, but these have been ruled legal.

    McLaren 2014 F1 car's suspension innovation - Gary Anderson - F1 news - AUTOSPORT.com
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    Video update:

    F1 Bahrain testing Day 4 highlights HD - YouTube

    Note the the narrow wings and see especially Kimi's crash at about 4 min 24 sec and commentary at 5 min 47 sec. "Too much torque". . . .

    And a Jensen Button day 3 interview:

    F1 2014: Jenson Button interview - Bahrain - 3rd day of test - YouTube
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    they sound like poo

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    Quote Originally Posted by flink View Post
    they sound like poo
    More precisely, they sound like anal gas. Poo is silent - until it hits the water.

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