2018 pre-season testing thread

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Does anyone have an idea why is Mercedes so stubbornly testing soft and medium tyres when it is obvious they have more problems with US and SS. Not to mention hypersoft - I don't think they have ever used them in 2018?
I mean, Monaco is in 10 days and hypersoft will be the mail qualifying tyre. Why not test it now??? Next we know they will be bitching how they can not generate enough temperature in them.

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Do they though? (have problems with the softest compounds)

If you look at qualifying, the Ferraris and Daniel went back to the harder tyre, as the softest compound was giving up for them by the end of the lap.

Both Mercs did it on the softest compound and were 1 - 2

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Well, I can look at it from another angle - they almost lost pole position against a harder tyre.

I do not want to offend anyone but are we watching the same F1 championships. Twisted, hot track with softest compounds are Mercedes' biggest problems for 1-2 seasons.

In Baku and in Barcelona they avoided running the softest compound in the race. Does that do not tell enough of the "problem"?

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marcus wrote:
Tue May 15, 2018 10:41 pm
Does anyone have an idea why is Mercedes so stubbornly testing soft and medium tyres when it is obvious they have more problems with US and SS. Not to mention hypersoft - I don't think they have ever used them in 2018?
I mean, Monaco is in 10 days and hypersoft will be the mail qualifying tyre. Why not test it now??? Next we know they will be bitching how they can not generate enough temperature in them.
I dont think you can reach to many useful conclusions taking into account how different both tracks are.

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marcus wrote:
Tue May 15, 2018 10:41 pm
Does anyone have an idea why is Mercedes so stubbornly testing soft and medium tyres when it is obvious they have more problems with US and SS. Not to mention hypersoft - I don't think they have ever used them in 2018?
I mean, Monaco is in 10 days and hypersoft will be the mail qualifying tyre. Why not test it now??? Next we know they will be bitching how they can not generate enough temperature in them.
I spoke with several Mercedes engineers last night. They told me it was to frustrate posters on internet forums.
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marcus wrote:
Tue May 15, 2018 10:41 pm
Does anyone have an idea why is Mercedes so stubbornly testing soft and medium tyres when it is obvious they have more problems with US and SS. Not to mention hypersoft - I don't think they have ever used them in 2018?
I mean, Monaco is in 10 days and hypersoft will be the mail qualifying tyre. Why not test it now??? Next we know they will be bitching how they can not generate enough temperature in them.
Because track layout is important. Every tire has a different compound and a different temperature working range (ranging from low to high). How much temperature goes into the tire depends on how much load/energy is put through it - and that is also very dependent on the track layout.

A track like Barcelona has lots of high downforce corners that put lots of heat and energy into the tire. This heats it up significantly. We saw during the race weekend how this affected the performance of the SS - it overheated and was too hot by S3. Using an even softer tire will only exaggerate this, since an Ultra-Soft or even a Hyper-Soft are even softer and have an even lower ideal working temperature window.

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So, if they knew they would have problems with the softer tyres, why did they brought the supersofts? Maybe they should bring the Hard, Medium and Soft. No?

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dren wrote:
Wed May 16, 2018 11:54 am
I spoke with several Mercedes engineers last night. They told me it was to frustrate posters on internet forums.
Best post I've read in ages :D

serious question though, do the engines they use at this test come from their pool of 3 or can they use other engines for testing?

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santos wrote:
Wed May 16, 2018 12:28 pm
So, if they knew they would have problems with the softer tyres, why did they brought the supersofts? Maybe they should bring the Hard, Medium and Soft. No?
No, because they might be too hard for this particular track layout. I also assume the tires for the test were ordered way in advance (e.g. not yesterday or last week), so the knowledge they gained from the race-weekend doesn't necessarily reflect on their order which tires to use/test during testing.
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ian_s wrote:
Wed May 16, 2018 12:32 pm
dren wrote:
Wed May 16, 2018 11:54 am
I spoke with several Mercedes engineers last night. They told me it was to frustrate posters on internet forums.
Best post I've read in ages :D

serious question though, do the engines they use at this test come from their pool of 3 or can they use other engines for testing?
They definitely wont be using race engines in a test.
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marcus wrote:
Tue May 15, 2018 10:41 pm
Does anyone have an idea why is Mercedes so stubbornly testing soft and medium tyres when it is obvious they have more problems with US and SS. Not to mention hypersoft - I don't think they have ever used them in 2018?
I mean, Monaco is in 10 days and hypersoft will be the mail qualifying tyre. Why not test it now??? Next we know they will be bitching how they can not generate enough temperature in them.
They replied to a question on Pirelli's Twitter page....

"Because we were not preparing for Monaco today at a circuit that bears little resemblance to it. But instead doing other testing on the stable platform of the medium compound."

https://twitter.com/pirellisport/status ... 9329100802

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Does anyone know who this Balazs Szabo person is who is writing pieces for the front of the site? The latest one about the tyres is just a rehash of old supposition with just a final throw away line at the end saying that Vettel changed his tune after the test.

The test showed that the tyres weren't changed to help Mercedes, no matter what Marko or Vettel might have said several days ago.

It's a non-story but is newly prominent on the site. Weird.
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Just_a_fan wrote:
Wed May 16, 2018 9:53 pm
Does anyone know who this Balazs Szabo person is who is writing pieces for the front of the site? The latest one about the tyres is just a rehash of old supposition with just a final throw away line at the end saying that Vettel changed his tune after the test.

The test showed that the tyres weren't changed to help Mercedes, no matter what Marko or Vettel might have said several days ago.

It's a non-story but is newly prominent on the site. Weird.
He's essentially writing drivel which is subjective at best (and should be marked as "commentary" not be posted as "news" or anything like that) ... now the "Merc power advantage" article ... it's shitty clickbait loaded with personal opinions and is prominently posted on a site called f1technical ... what a joke