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February 24, 2012 12:52 PM

F1 » Catalunya F1 test times – day four: 24 February – 11am

victorBT33 - that's not sandbagging, that's going as quick as possibly on different options of worn tyres with different levels of fuel. Like they would have to in a race. Sandbagging is going out on supersofts with 3 laps of fuel and easing off the lap to make it slower than it could be. They have limited pre-season testing and none during the season. Ultimate qualifying speed can be achieved during a race weekend, but they will always need race pace to win and that's where this testing helps.


February 24, 2012 11:34 AM

F1 » Catalunya F1 test times – day four: 24 February – 11am

They're not sandbagging, they are are just running various setups for different circuits in race mode, carrying fuel with worn tyres to simulate the start of a race, simulating the tyre change, and simulating tyre changes onto both option tyres. Races are more important than outright qualifying laps so the big teams who expect to be winning races are not doing fast laps. They will be getting the setups of the 2012 cars sorted for the 2012 tyres. Taking fuel out and going for it can be left to the other teams to grab the headlines for now (remember who was fastest at the end of the 2011 Jerez test). They might not even put one in right at the end of the last test day either, no point if they have full data from testing to show what the times could be achieved if carrying less fuel.


February 16, 2012 12:17 PM

F1 » Pirelli reveals early tyre choices

Yellow and white, followed by white and silver. Yeah, that'll make them easy to spot Pirelli. Just have as many different compounds of tyre as you like Pirelli but the harder of the tyres taken to a race is always referred to as "the hard option tyre" and the softer as the "softer option tyre". And no matter which tyre it is always give the harder tyre a colour band that sticks out like red or green, the other other tyre doesn't need any colour, but if it must make it white.

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