Barcelona? If we leave pure performance aside, considering that no team has attempted a single lap with a qualifying set-up (Lewis Hamilton took the best time in 1’19 “138 obtained with the C5 compound tires – namely the softer – but with a petrol load of around 70 kg!), it is better to focus attention on the distances traveled.
Charles Leclerc, Ferrari F1-75, leaves the Barcelona garage
Photo by: Mark Sutton / Motorsport Images
And the macro data that emerges from Spain is that Ferrari is the only one to have completed more than two GPs a day: the Cavallino team is the one that has come the furthest in the first and second day, giving way to Mercedes only in closure. The Scuderia broke through the wall of two thousand kilometers, totaling 215 km more than the Mercedes, which stopped at 5.96 GPs.
The other interesting aspect to mark is the presence of McLaren in third place ahead of Red Bull: the world champion team paid for the gearbox problem that limited Sergio Perez’s laps on the second day, but in general he placed himself at the fourth place, alternating track runs with long tuning adjustments.
In this ranking the Williams emerges that with the interesting FW44 managed to do an excellent job: the Grove car was born well because it was able to run regularly doing better than Alpha Tauri and Aston Martin, the deputies to have control of the group of center.
Indeed, if we want to make a qualitative evaluation, we can say that the team led by Jost Capito is closer to the distance of the top teams (only 51.5 km less than the Red Bull), than to the midfield teams.
Problems for the Alpine, expression of a large group like Renault: the numbers show that they have covered just over one GP a day, moving away from the tables of AlphaTauri and Aston Martin.
Two Ferrari customer teams, Alfa Romeo and Haas, who did not have the privilege of even completing one race a day, were in serious difficulty.
Reliability, at the moment, is a bigger problem than performance: we will see in the tests in Bahrain if the information collected will allow the two teams to express the actual potential they have in their stomach.
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Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes W13
Photo by: Erik Junius
Power Unit: Mercedes has done twice as many Ferrari GPs
If we move the survey from the teams to the engines, the data changes: Mercedes becomes the indisputable point of reference in terms of reliability of power units. The Star equips four teams (Mercedes, McLaren, Aston Marttin and Williams) and has totaled 6,559 km in three days for a total of 21.27 GPs.
The Brixworth technicians directed by Hywel Thomas were able to collect more than double data compared to those led by Enrico Gualtieri in Maranello, especially since the problem with the fuel pump of Nikita Mazepin’s Haas on day two and the hydraulic leak on the Alfa Romeo C42 by Guanyu Zhou on the last day had an impact on the distances traveled.
Mercedes with four teams has put together more than double the number of GPs made (almost a season, given that there are 23 GPs on the calendar) by Ferrari, which can count on three teams (Ferrari. Haas and Alfa Romeo).
It is clear that Mercedes can take advantage of the information gathered, but Ferrari is at least in line with Red Bull Powertrain – Honda, while Renault, on the track only with the Alpine, has to make do as it can, despite having a average mileage that is better than Ferrari’s 066/7, so it is the six-cylinder Honda that is closest to the M13 of the Star.
The Alpine A522 smokes after the hydraulic problem with the Renault engine that stopped Alonso
Photo by: Zak Mauger / Motorsport Images
Engines: here are the distances traveled
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