Five things we learned on the FINAL DAY in Barcelona

Next stop, Melbourne. Today marked the final day of pre-season testing, with drivers and teams anxious to clock the final few miles and gather as much data as possible to kickstart their 2017 campaigns. FP1 in Australia will be the next opportunity for evaluation.

Ferrari was once again top of the pile today, as Kimi Raikkonen further cemented the notion that the Scuderia could be set to right the wrongs of 2016 this year. We waited all afternoon for a Mercedes response, but it never came. We will have to wait until Melbourne to know if Ferrari has indeed done enough this winter to overhaul the Mercedes juggernaut.

Here are FIVE THINGS WE LEARNED on the final day of pre-season testing…

Kimi Raikkonen D8



Five things we learned on DAY SEVEN in Barcelona

The penultimate day of testing saw five teams set their fastest times of this pre-season, as the cars are beginning to be stretched on performance runs. However, teams are still evidently reluctant to show their full hands.

Ferrari were once again today’s star performers, with Sebastian Vettel topping the timesheet, despite evidently backing off in the final sector on his fastest ultrasoft attempt. The SF70H was stunning all day, once again proving fast and reliable, and providing more supporting evidence to the theory that Ferrari is the real deal in 2017.

Here are FIVE THINGS WE LEARNED on day seven of pre-season testing…

Sebastian Vettel D7

Five things we learned on DAY SIX in Barcelona

As the sun rose over the Circuit de Catalunya this morning, teams entered into the final 24 hours of testing prior to the curtain raiser in Melbourne. Unsurprisingly, the intrigue continues to build as teams begin to reveal more clues providing hints as to what this season’s pecking order could look like.

After yesterday’s revelation that Hamilton percieves Ferrari to have the best package heading into the season, today was particularly intriguing, as we armchair pundits frantically studied the times in an attempt to find evidence for Hamilton’s suggestion. In reality, it was Williams who provided further evidence that they could, in fact, be dark horses.

Meanwhile, Mercedes seemed to turn up the power on their W08.

Here are FIVE THINGS WE LEARNED on day six of pre-season testing…

Valtteri Bottas D6



Five things we learned on DAY FIVE in Barcelona

The F1 circus reconvened in Barcelona today, as 2017 testing fired back into life. The first week of pre-season testing offered a few clues with regards to the pecking order, yet this week promises to reveal far more as teams begin to show their hands by testing the true performance of their package.

Today was a tale of winners a losers. Ferrari, Williams and Red Bull all enjoyed excellent outings, while McLaren and Honda’s relationship has taken another sour turn, with the partnership now under “maximum” strain.

Here’s FIVE THINGS WE LEARNED on day five of pre-season testing…

Felipe Massa D5



Its crystal ball time – predicting the 2017 pecking order

On the eve of what could be a fascinating and revealing second week of pre-season testing, here is my attempt to decipher what F1’s pecking order will look like in 2017. Given that these early predictions are based on what was seemingly an unrepresentative first test, the contents of this article could be a mile away from the order we have after qualifying in Melbourne.

At least then I will have demonstrated the unpredictability of F1. Like any good armchair pundit hoping to predict the future, my excuses are in early.

Nevertheless, here is my 2017 predicted pecking order…




Five things we learned on DAY FOUR in Barcelona

Dauntingly, for those who have endured difficult weeks, today marks the midpoint of 2017 winter testing. The final day of the first test saw this season’s wet and intermediate compounds showcased as the circuit was twice artificially watered to induce representative wet running. Mercedes’ first major technical issue ensured that Lewis Hamilton missed out on experiencing what wet weather will feel like in 2017.

Given that Hamilton joked that he would “fake a pulled muscle” when speaking to journalists on Wednesday night, I doubt he was too disappointed. Mercedes have had a pretty good week.

Here’s FIVE THINGS WE LEARNED on day four of pre-season testing…




Five things we learned on DAY THREE in Barcelona

Day three of pre-season testing largely followed the pattern set on day two, as numerous trends are beginning to emerge.

Mercedes were once again hounded by the speed shown by Ferrari, who continue to show promise. Red Bull was best of the rest on the admittedly academic time-sheet but faced a day partially truncated by reliability questions. Daniel Ricciardo is seemingly unfazed. Lance Stroll continued to learn just how difficult F1 in 2017 is.

Here are FIVE THINGS WE LEARNED on day three of pre-season testing…