Reigning champions Red Bull were not fastest on any of the four days of testing at Jerez last week.
But the lap times from long runs during the test indicate the team have held on to their performance advantage over the winter.
The following times are taken from day three of last week’s test. On Saturday the track was the warmest, consistently above 30C, and had been run on for two days, giving a good approximation of typical Grand Prix conditions.
Several teams including Red Bull and Ferrari ran long stints of around one-third of a race distance.
Here are the longest runs by the teams that did stints of at least ten laps:
As we don’t know their fuel loads and what tyre compounds they were using, there’s a limit to the information we can glean from this.
It seems likely Red Bull were running lighter on these stints than their rivals. But even so their tyre management looked strong. On a shorter, 14-lap stint Sebastian Vettel’s times slowed by just 1.5 seconds.
Tyre performance started to drop off for all the cars around lap ten of their stint. The loss of performance was more severe for Sauber and Mercedes than Red Bull.
Ferrari also seemed to look after their tyres as well, given their likely heavier fuel load.
These teams had all run their cars in Valencia and were at a more advanced stage of testing their cars than McLaren with their MP4-26. Lewis Hamilton never did more than five consecutive laps all day, so it’s too soon to draw conclusions on the pace of that car.
Renault, too, did not do any long runs as Nick Heidfeld tested with them on Saturday.
With seven of the 15 allotted days of pre-season testing completed, Ferrari have covered the most ground so far.
This table does not include laps done in separate ‘filming’ days, which many of the teams including Ferrari, McLaren, Williams, Sauber and Lotus have all done.
HRT are the only team not to have run their new car so far.
|Model||Total laps||Total distance (km)|
|Ferrari F150th Italia||774||3295.719|
|Red Bull RB7||652||2777.922|
|Toro Rosso STR6||530||2260.971|
|Force India VJM04||359||1549.467|
|Force India VJM03||210||841.05|
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