Been out of F1 over Christmas, wanted a few weeks without F1 this winter.
As i see it, the chassis and nose passed all the tests, but one, the one that was added at the start of 2018 i think. That one is the chassis and nose being propelled to a surface that is at a 45 degree angle to the chassis and its pad it is on for testing. It has completely destroyed the chassis from the bulkhead to the cockpit entry. This will really hamper the team as chassis number 1 is gone, a €875,000 cost for the chassis and the nose at maybe €55,000 as a guess, this will be costly financially to the team as well as well as in lost development.
The guys there would need to be putting in work over the festive season when other teams may have a bit more time off. All this overtime will cost the team financially as well. The last chassis to fail pre season was the Lotus E21, it was an easy fix, an extra couple of layers of carbon fibre and it passed, with a weight penalty of 550 grammes from what i heard, an extra 550 grammes that somehow aided the E21s weight distribution and centre of gravity as well as it was a lower portion of the chassis.
If this is bad, id suggest the Alfa Romeo guys may have to start with last years cars. Sauber did do this before in 2015 in pre season testing as a stop gap.
It's bad, but not as bad as what it could be, you could pass all the tests and turn up with a power unit that's just utter garbage, like McLaren in 2015 and worse in 2017, or you could have a car not even turn up whatsoever for the first couple days of testing, like Williams last year. Ill even say it could be HRT bad, but ill not go there.