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Testing: What a difference a year makes

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03/03/2018

As readers wonder whether our story about a Hollywood composer being commissioned to write a new theme tune for F1 is an early April Fool, one might be tempted to think that it is the stats following the opening test are the big tease.

The team with the most miles under its belt is Toro Rosso, while between them McLaren duo Fernando Alonso and Stoffel Vandoorne have completed more laps than their colleagues at both Red Bull and Force India.

In 2017, Toro Rosso, then powered by Renault, came away from the opening test with just 183 laps completed, while Honda powered McLaren had completed 208 - this at a time the likes of Mercedes were completing 558.

A year later, and having switched engine suppliers, Toro Rosso tops the mileage chart with 324 laps, while McLaren has 260 under its belt.

Pierre Gasly is the driver with the most laps (229), while on 147, McLaren's Vandoorne has the fifth highest number.

In terms of pace, Fernando Alonso is the quickest of the four drivers, and while 1.596s off Lewis Hamilton's best, and on the supersofts, the Spaniard must be feeling a lot more confident than twelve months ago.

In addition to being the pace-setter, Mercedes is second in terms of mileage, the German outfit having completed 306. However, on 298 and 283 are Ferrari and Sauber, the Swiss team clearly benefitting from having the current power unit from Maranello.

It's early days, and what with the weather effectively costing two whole days of running, it's wrong to start making assumptions.

That said, there is no arguing with the fact that Honda has taken a massive step forward in terms of reliability, while McLaren is also benefitting from the switch to Renault.

On the other hand, should the trends continue, will the Woking outfit rue its divorce from the Japanese manufacturer, feeling it should have given the marriage a little more time.

Looking ahead to the second week, assuming the weather gods behave themselves, Red Bull, Force India and Haas appear to be the teams with most work to do.

Team Test Mileage

Team Laps Miles Kms
Toro Rosso 324 937.2 1508.2
Mercedes 306 885.1 1424.4
Ferrari 298 862.0 1387.2
Sauber 283 818.6 1317.3
Williams 276 798.3 1284.8
Renault 273 789.7 1270.8
McLaren 260 752.1 1210.3
Red Bull 209 604.5 972.9
Haas 187 540.9 870.5
Force India 166 480.2 772.7

Engine Manufacturer Test Mileage

Engine Manufacturer Laps Miles Kms
Ferrari 768 2221.4 3575.0
Mercedes 748 2163.6 3481.9
Renault 742 2146.2 3453.9
Honda 324 937.2 1508.2

Driver Test Mileage

Driver Team Laps Miles Kms
Gasly Toro Rosso 229 662.4 1066.0
Vettel Ferrari 218 630.6 1014.8
Bottas Mercedes 212 613.2 986.8
Sainz Renault 151 436.8 702.9
Vandoorne McLaren 147 425.2 684.3
Ericsson Sauber 143 413.6 665.7
Leclerc Sauber 140 405.0 651.7
Magnussen Haas 132 381.8 614.4
Sirotkin Williams 127 367.3 591.2
Hulkenberg Renault 122 352.9 567.9
Alonso McLaren 113 326.9 526.0
Ricciardo Red Bull 107 309.5 498.1
Verstappen Red Bull 102 295.0 474.8
Stroll Williams 100 289.3 465.5
Hartley Toro Rosso 95 274.8 442.2
Hamilton Mercedes 94 271.9 437.6
Raikkonen Ferrari 80 231.4 372.4
Ocon Force India 79 228.5 367.7
Perez Force India 65 188.0 302.6
Grosjean Haas 55 159.1 256.0
Kubica Williams 49 141.7 228.1
Mazepin Force India 22 63.6 102.4

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1. Posted by Bill Hopgood, 05/03/2018 18:29

"As a McLaren and Hartley fan as things stand today I'm mixed on their prospects based on the limited running so far.
The McLaren part of me says that, they should have given Honda "one more year" though I completely understand why they split.
The Hartley / Toro Rosso side of things is one of cautious optimism tempered with waiting to see what happens when Honda turn up the wick so to speak.
Basically, it is too soon to say how things go. This week should give us a better perspective as the teams crank things up and go for race distance running.
For both outfits things are better than last year which is positive. "

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