Formula 1 pre-season testing enables fans to asses the performance of their favourite team.
Formula 1 pre-season testing enables fans to asses the performance of their favourite team prior to the first race. Well, that's the theory, but in reality establishing who is fast can be rather tricky. This is because there are numerous variables to consider. After all, the teams are evaluating different tyre compounds, fuel loads, set-ups, drivers, and strategies – rather than always striving for ultimate pace. Nine seconds per-lap can be the difference.That said, there are a few overall trends worth noting. Red Bull and Ferrari appear to be fast on both simulated qualifying laps, and over a longer distance. These pace setters are being chased hard by Williams and Renault, who have both screwed together excellent cars. By contrast, McLaren and Mercedes are struggling for ultimate pace which must be a considerable concern for Button, Hamilton, Schumacher, and Rosberg. Racing fans, and of course the teams, will find it easier to assess the cars' relative performance at the first race. This is scheduled for Australia on March 27th. Further calender highlights include the Monaco Grand Prix on May 29th, the British event on July 10th, and the season finale in Brazil on November 27th. Hopefully the Bahrain GP, which was cancelled due to civil unrest, will reappear on the schedule too. I can hardly wait.