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    McLaren MCL33 in Papaya Orange! Looks great with the blue contrast too.

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    Yaaaasssssss

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    Good link with some McLaren interviews from shakedown in Spain

    http://www.f1undercover.com/alonso-f...eads-pit-lane/

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    Interesting start to F1 testing.


    • Lap times are already 1 sec faster for Day 1 than last year (1:21.765 vs 1:20.179 for Ricciardo 2018)
    • Alonso managed 10 laps this morning before the rear wheel came off.
    • Back on track, he manages a 1:21.339 (already faster than all of winter testing 2017)
    • Renault seems up to pace as well, with Hulk in 21's.
    • Toro Rosso Honda managing some good mileage with 89 laps so far, most by any team!
    • Sauber still slowest by quite a margin, barely in the 24's.

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    Those fucking halos. Gawd

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    89 laps for Torro Rosso Honda? fawk, that's more laps than Alonso did last season!
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    Not quite over for the day but temps dropping and flurries at the track:

    Laps tally (order based on lap times):

    • Ricciardo 84;
    • Bottas 58;
    • Raikkonen 77;
    • Hulkenberg 73;
    • Alonso 33 and only one out on track
    • Hamilton 25;
    • Hartley 90;
    • Stroll 46;
    • Grosjean 54;
    • Sainz 19;
    • Ericsson 60;
    • Mazepin 22;
    • Sirotkin 16


    Laptimes:

    1) Ricciardo, Red Bull, 84 laps, Medium tyres - 1:20.179
    2) Bottas, Mercedes, 58 laps, Medium tyres - 1:20.349
    3) Raikkonen, Ferrari, 77 laps, Soft tyres - 1:20.506
    4) Hulkenberg, Renault, Medium tyres - 73 laps, 1:20.547
    5) Alonso, McLaren, 31 laps, Supersoft tyres - 1.21.339
    6) Hamilton, Mercedes, 25 laps, Medium tyres - 1:22.327
    7) Hartley, Toro Rosso, 90 laps, Soft tyres - 1:22.371
    8) Stroll, Williams, 46 laps, Soft tyres 1:22.452
    9) Grosjean, Haas, 52 laps, Soft tyres - 1:22.578
    10) Sainz, Renault, 19 laps, 1:22.621
    11) Ericsson, Sauber, 60 laps, 1.23.408
    12) Mazepin, Force India, 22 laps, 1:25.628
    13) Sirotkin, Williams, No time set
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    Ugh...Renault/MB and RB on mediums and still fast.
    Alo on supersofts a second off. I hope they have some chassis magic still to come.

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    Times mean nothing in testing. I’d look more at laps


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    Yeah, still very early, Hamilton behind Alonso.

    But good news that the turned-down Renault engines are posting good times already.




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    Yeah...but still.
    You would think the Alo would be testing the limits...just to see what the car can do.

    Obviously Hamilton has nothing to prove.

    FWIW- I know testing is testing...but they only have a month to figure out if they have the cooling and aero sorted out. These engines need to go 7 races now, so its time to figure out if they have optimized everything they can.

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    Agree, will have a better idea by end of the week.

    Mileage is the biggest factor here and even Merc hasnt done lots of miles today.

    Think Alonso got 42 laps in, while RB and TR around 90 or so.

    Renault announced last week that they were deliberately turning down engines until #2 is out at end of spring. So Renault pace is good considering...


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    Interesting...

    https://www.motorsport.com/f1/news/a...ouble-1009267/
    Fernando Alonso reckons at least six Formula 1 teams had "big trouble" on day one of 2018 pre-season testing, and declared his McLaren-Renault combination has "huge potential".

    Alonso was sidelined after just six laps of running in the morning when a wheelnut problem led to his McLaren's right-rear wheel detaching itself, sending him into the gravel.
    The incident seemed ironic given McLaren's expectation of a much smoother testing period following its swap to customer Renaults after three frustrating seasons with Honda - which enjoyed a trouble-free Monday with new partner Toro Rosso.
    But Alonso said that while McLaren's incident was very public, other teams had much worse days.
    "This is a very, very small problem but very graphic, very obvious," he said. "A car in the gravel makes a big thing.
    "There are six teams in the garage with the door closed and the car in pieces, but no one sees it, there's no picture of that.
    "There are a lot of teams with trouble, big trouble,
    and for us with a wheelnut it will make the thing of the day."
    He insisted McLaren "didn't even plan to run much in the morning" and was very satisfied with his eventual tally of 51 laps.
    "I'm the one that did most laps in the afternoon," Alonso added. "Others had a little bit too many issues. It's a very good start."
    He underlined that he was much happier with McLaren's engine situation now he was working with Renault.


    "Everything is running very smoothly and quite good," Alonso said.
    "There are a few things that we are trying to change and trying to adapt, like every new car, but so far on the engine side especially I'm extremely happy and I think there is huge potential in the McLaren-Renault team.
    "On the performance side it's very early days to say but everything seems to be in line with our expectations from the windtunnel and from the data that we had before coming to the test.
    "I have no reason to think we won't be competitive. We know how good the chassis performed last year.
    "We have an engine that's not an experiment or still new. It's an evolution of last year's engine that won races."


    He added that McLaren's morning problem had already showed the value of being able to share engine development with Renault's works team and Red Bull after three years as sole Honda runner.
    "We had an issue in the car and we lost two hours but you know that there are other guys with your engine running so any information about driveability issues, deployment issues, they will face the same and maybe find a solution," Alonso said. "When you come back to the car, you know the solution already thanks to them, so it's a very good position to be in and it's quite helpful."
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    Final tally, good day for Ricciardo!

    Sucky day for Force India and Williams might want to rethink Sirotkin over Kubica.

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    https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCgu...0s3u6-nQBbu9LA


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    Thanks for all that sharing Slick.

    Testing never reveals who will be the quickest in Australia but is great fun to follow. It’s good news for Alonso. He seams genuinly happy. Everybody wants Alonso to win.


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    Yeah, there's 3 more days this week and 4 next week, so still very early on.

    Interesting to see the progress today vs last year with McLaren. 52 laps today, and almost all this afternoon after the issue with the wheel this am is pretty good. They did only a dismal 8 laps on Day 1 and just over 400 in all of testing last year.

    Actually happy to see Honda getting the laps in with Toro Rosso. I'm sure they were keen in not reproducing 2017 issues.



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    Bit cold today in Spain....

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    LOL!
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