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Mercedes leads Ferrari in terms of test reliability

NEWS STORY
03/03/2019

Week two of pre-season testing saw Ferrari lose track time for a number of reasons.

First, Charles Leclerc was hit by a cooling issue, and then Sebastian Vettel crashed the SF90, leaving his teammate only able to complete a solitary install lap on Wednesday afternoon.

On Friday, despite posting the best time of the morning - and indeed the test - an electrics issue brought the Maranello outfit's programme to an early end.

For Mercedes it was pretty much a trouble-free week, the German outfit suffering only the occasional minor glitch.

That said, handling and tyre graining issues leave the world champions not entirely happy as they head to Melbourne, though Lewis Hamilton's late surge which put the Briton within 0.003s of his rivals pace appears to have quelled talk that Ferrari has the advantage.

Pierre Gasly's crash impacted the Frenchman's running and carried over to hit Max Verstappen's programme next day, the Dutchman yet to stretch the Red Bull's legs and seemingly yet to try anything other than the middle-of-the-range C3 tyres.

As shown in the table below, Mercedes completed the most mileage during testing, ahead of Ferrari, Renault, Toro Rosso and Alfa Romeo.

All the team show increased mileage compared to 2018, but let's not forget that last year's programme was compromised by the weather, including snow.

That said, Williams' mileage is down 30% and Racing Point, formerly Force India, down 12.1%

In terms of engines, Ferrari leads the way, with Mercedes compromised by the lack of running for Williams, and, to a certain extent, Racing Point.

Renault-powered teams completed 15.7% less mileage this year than in 2018, due, of course to the fact that the French manufacturer is only supplying two teams this season, which - other than improved reliability – partly explains the fact that Honda's mileage is up 115%.

While Vettel is quickest, Hamilton completed the most laps, the Briton comfortably ahead of teammate Bottas, Vettel, Hulkenberg, Raikkonen and Albon.

Of course, some bright spark will claim that such info is meaningless as we don't know about fuel loads, 'party modes' or how many engines were used.

Naturally the teams want to play their cards as close to their chests as possible, and it won't be until qualifying in Melbourne that we get a much better idea of the true pecking order.

Indeed, if we had all the relevant information we would probably be heading to F1's bookmaker of choice to place out bets.

In addition to providing to total mileage completed by each driver, team and engine manufacturer, and the best overall times, we have included the best times posted by drivers on tyres other than those on which they posted their best overall times of the test.

Engine Manufacturer Test Mileage

Engine Manufacturer Laps Miles Kms
Ferrari 2790 8070.1 12987.2
Mercedes 2382 6889.9 11088.0
Renault 1834 5304.8 8537.1
Honda 1768 5113.9 8229.9

Team Test Mileage

Team Laps Miles Kms
Mercedes 1190 3442.1 5539.3
Ferrari 997 2883.8 4640.9
Renault 961 2779.7 4473.4
Toro Rosso 935 2704.5 4352.3
Alfa Romeo 922 2666.9 4291.8
McLaren 873 2525.2 4063.7
Haas 871 2519.4 4054.4
Red Bull 833 2409.5 3877.5
Racing Point 625 1807.8 2909.3
Williams 567 1640.0 2639.3

Driver Test Mileage

Driver Team Laps Miles Kms
Hamilton Mercedes 638 1845.4 2969.8
Botttas Mercedes 552 1596.7 2569.5
Vettel Ferrari 534 1544.6 2485.7
Hulkenberg Renault 509 1472.3 2369.3
Raikkonen Alfa Romeo 497 1437.6 2313.5
Albon Toro Rosso 489 1414.4 2276.2
Sainz McLaren 473 1368.2 2201.8
Leclerc Ferrari 463 1339.2 2155.2
Ricciardo Renault 452 1307.4 2104.0
Kvyat Toro Rosso 446 1290.1 2076.1
Gasly Red Bull 439 1269.8 2043.5
Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo 425 1229.3 1978.3
Grosjean Haas 407 1177.2 1894.5
Magnussen Haas 403 1165.7 1875.9
Norris McLaren 400 1157.0 1862.0
Verstappen Red Bull 394 1139.6 1834.0
Stroll Racing Point 336 971.9 1564.0
Russell Williams 299 864.9 1391.8
Perez Racing Point 289 835.9 1345.3
Kubica Williams 268 775.2 1247.5
Fittipaldi Haas 61 176.4 283.9

Best Times Overall Test 1 & 2

Date Driver Team Tyres Time Gap
01-Mar Vettel Ferrari C5 1:16.221 136.619 mph
01-Mar Hamilton Mercedes C5 1:16.224 0.003
28-Feb Leclerc Ferrari C5 1:16.231 0.010
01-Mar Bottas Mercedes C5 1:16.561 0.340
01-Mar Hulkenberg Renault C5 1:16.843 0.622
28-Feb Albon Toro Rosso C5 1:16.882 0.661
01-Mar Kvyat Toro Rosso C5 1:16.898 0.677
01-Mar Sainz McLaren C5 1:16.913 0.692
01-Mar Grosjean Haas C5 1:17.076 0.855
28-Feb Norris McLaren C5 1:17.084 0.863
28-Feb Gasly Red Bull C5 1:17.091 0.870
01-Mar Ricciardo Renault C5 1:17.114 0.893
01-Mar Raikkonen Alfa Romeo C5 1:17.239 1.018
28-Feb Stroll Racing Point C5 1:17.556 1.335
01-Mar Magnussen Haas C5 1:17.565 1.344
28-Feb Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo C5 1:17.639 1.418
01-Mar Verstappen Red Bull C3 1:17.709 1.488
01-Mar Perez Racing Point C5 1:17.791 1.570
28-Feb Russell Williams C5 1:18.130 1.909
01-Mar Kubica Williams C5 1:18.993 2.772
20-Feb Fittipaldi Haas C4 1:19.249 3.028

Best Times on Different Tyre Compounds

Driver Team Tyre Time Gap
Vettel Ferrari C5 1:16.221 136.619 mph
Hamilton Mercedes C5 1:16.224 0.003
Leclerc Ferrari C5 1:16.231 0.010
Bottas Mercedes C5 1:16.561 0.340
Hulkenberg Renault C5 1:16.843 0.622
Albon Toro Rosso C5 1:16.882 0.661
Kvyat Toro Rosso C5 1:16.898 0.677
Sainz McLaren C5 1:16.913 0.692
Grosjean Haas C5 1:17.076 0.855
Norris McLaren C5 1:17.084 0.863
Gasly Red Bull C5 1:17.091 0.870
Ricciardo Renault C5 1:17.114 0.893
Sainz McLaren C4 1:17.144 0.923
Raikkonen Alfa Romeo C5 1:17.239 1.018
Stroll Racing Point C5 1:17.556 1.335
Magnussen Haas C5 1:17.565 1.344
Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo C5 1:17.639 1.418
Norris McLaren C4 1:17.709 1.488
Verstappen Red Bull C3 1:17.709 1.488
Gasly Red Bull C3 1:17.715 1.494
Perez Racing Point C5 1:17.791 1.570
Grosjean Haas C4 1:17.854 1.633
Vettel Ferrari C3 1:17.925 1.704
Hamilton Mercedes C4 1:17.977 1.756
Leclerc Ferrari C3 1:18.046 1.825
Hamilton Mercedes C2 1:18.097 1.876
Russell Williams C5 1:18.130 1.909
Ricciardo Renault C4 1:18.164 1.943
Magnussen Haas C3 1:18.199 1.978
Raikkonen Alfa Romeo C4 1:18.209 1.988
Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo C3 1:18.511 2.290
Grosjean Haas C3 1:18.563 2.342
Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo C4 1:18.589 2.368
Albon Toro Rosso C4 1:18.649 2.428
Kvyat Toro Rosso C4 1:18.682 2.461
Magnussen Haas C4 1:18.769 2.548
Hulkenberg Renault C4 1:18.800 2.579
Bottas Mercedes C3 1:18.862 2.641
Hamilton Mercedes C3 1:18.943 2.722
Kubica Williams C5 1:18.993 2.772
Hulkenberg Renault C3 1:19.056 2.835
Fittipaldi Haas C4 1:19.249 3.028
Sainz McLaren C3 1:19.354 3.133
Raikkonen Alfa Romeo C3 1:19.462 3.241
Stroll Racing Point C2 1:19.664 3.443
Ricciardo Renault C3 1:19.886 3.665
Perez Racing Point C3 1:19.944 3.723
Bottas Mercedes C2 1:20.127 3.906
Stroll Racing Point C3 1:20.433 4.212
Hamilton Mercedes Proto 1:20.818 4.597
Hulkenberg Renault C2 1:20.980 4.759
Ricciardo Renault C2 1:20.983 4.762
Russell Williams C3 1:20.997 4.776
Kubica Williams C2 1:21.542 5.321
Fittipaldi Haas C3 1:21.849 5.628
Ricciardo Renault C1 1:22.597 6.376

Driver by Driver on Different Tyre Compounds

Driver Team Tyre Time Gap
Albon Toro Rosso C5 1:16.882 135.444 mph
Albon Toro Rosso C4 1:18.649 1.767
Bottas Mercedes C5 1:16.561 136.012 mph
Bottas Mercedes C3 1:18.862 2.301
Bottas Mercedes C2 1:20.127 3.566
Gasly Red Bull C5 1:17.091 135.077 mph
Gasly Red Bull C3 1:17.715 0.624
Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo C5 1:17.639 134.124 mph
Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo C3 1:18.511 0.872
Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo C4 1:18.589 0.950
Grosjean Haas C5 1:17.076 135.103 mph
Grosjean Haas C4 1:17.854 0.778
Grosjean Haas C3 1:18.563 1.487
Hamilton Mercedes C5 1:16.224 136.613 mph
Hamilton Mercedes C4 1:17.977 1.753
Hamilton Mercedes C2 1:18.097 1.873
Hamilton Mercedes C3 1:18.943 2.719
Hamilton Mercedes Proto 1:20.818 4.594
Hulkenberg Renault C5 1:16.843 135.513 mph
Hulkenberg Renault C4 1:18.800 1.957
Hulkenberg Renault C3 1:19.056 2.213
Hulkenberg Renault C2 1:20.980 4.137
Kubica Williams C5 1:18.993 131.825 mph
Kubica Williams C2 1:21.542 2.549
Kvyat Toro Rosso C5 1:16.898 135.416 mph
Kvyat Toro Rosso C4 1:18.682 1.784
Leclerc Ferrari C5 1:16.231 136.601 mph
Leclerc Ferrari C3 1:18.046 1.815
Magnussen Haas C5 1:17.565 134.251 mph
Magnussen Haas C3 1:18.199 0.634
Magnussen Haas C4 1:18.769 1.204
Norris McLaren C5 1:17.084 135.089 mph
Norris McLaren C4 1:17.709 0.625
Perez Racing Point C5 1:17.791 133.861 mph
Perez Racing Point C3 1:19.944 2.153
Raikkonen Alfa Romeo C5 1:17.239 134.818 mph
Raikkonen Alfa Romeo C4 1:18.209 0.970
Raikkonen Alfa Romeo C3 1:19.462 2.223
Ricciardo Renault C5 1:17.114 135.037 mph
Ricciardo Renault C4 1:18.164 1.050
Ricciardo Renault C3 1:19.886 2.772
Ricciardo Renault C2 1:20.983 3.869
Ricciardo Renault C1 1:22.597 5.483
Russell Williams C5 1:18.130 133.281 mph
Russell Williams C3 1:20.997 2.867
Sainz McLaren C5 1:16.913 135.390 mph
Sainz McLaren C4 1:17.144 0.231
Sainz McLaren C3 1:19.354 2.441
Stroll Racing Point C5 1:17.556 134.267 mph
Stroll Racing Point C2 1:19.664 2.108
Stroll Racing Point C3 1:20.433 2.877
Verstappen Red Bull C3 1:17.709 134.003 mph
Vettel Ferrari C5 1:16.221 136.619 mph
Vettel Ferrari C3 1:17.925 1.704

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