F1 » Jerez F1 test times – day one: 28 January

Kimi Raikkonen tops the first day of pre-season testing in Spain as teams work to come to terms with the new regulations in place in the 2014 F1 season

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January 28, 2014 5:27 PM

10 seconds slower than last year. Oh boy what an exciting season we have in store for us. Let's make it like the TUDOR sportscar series and run F1 and GP2 together. Then the GP2 cars will be lapping the F1 cars.


January 28, 2014 5:28 PM
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yeah, and these cars should be much much quicker in qualifying form vs their race pace, vs last year's differential which should say a lot about how fast they will be in the races this year. 10 seconds isn't bad, but I am expecting less than 7 seconds outright with the turbo and the full 4 MJ. During the race it will be much slower. Honestly I thought there is a chance these things could be faster over 1 lap, but that might be later down the road. Ferrari must be happy about their rule change :)

*that said, just saw some gp2 times from last year, and the top time was a 1:25.3, so GP2 last year is 2 seconds quicker than the fastest time reported today? Progress comrades. progress.


January 28, 2014 10:59 PM

Wolff was saying they are surprised that 99% of fans are against the double points malarkey and may have to revisit that rule sometime in the future.

I'll give you another surprise Mr Wolff, 99% of F1 fans don't want cars that sound worse, go slower and look fcuking ugly, so revisit those rules as well!


January 28, 2014 11:04 PM

Jesus you people are sensitive! It's the first day of testing with completely undeveloped cars due to huge regulation changes, do you really expect them to be 10 seconds slower come race day in Melbourne? Really? Do you expect Sauber to remain 15 seconds slower than Ferrari too? I'll eat my hat of they're still slower than GP2 in the actual races.

Come on, testing times normally mean next to nothing, especially on the very first day of testing in a new season... however this time I'd say it's absolutely impossible to draw any form of conclusion given the massive reg changes. You know all this, so calm down!


January 28, 2014 11:15 PM

Sodesu, No I don't expect them to be 10 seconds a lap slower come Australia, do you expect them to be any faster than they were at Australia last year? because I don't.

And when you have to praise an F1 car for not being slower than a GP2 car something is far wrong as there should be no comparison between the two.


January 29, 2014 2:31 AM

I agree. This is a completely new car, completely new rules and on a cold track when all they are trying to achieve is to shake down the systems and start collecting data. Reading Raikkonen's comments on another article here gives a good idea of what the teams are doing at this point.


January 29, 2014 3:44 AM

I don't mind them being slower as long as the wheel to wheel racing is good. You can't see the difference between a 1:17 lap or a 1:27 lap on TV, other than that they post the times. I hope this year throws in a few curve balls. F1 has become quite boring over the past few years with 1 team dominating.

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