D Time is running out of the formula -1 teams of them. On the seventh of eight test days at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, all engineers and pilots had to work through a full test plan. Anyone who is struggling with fundamental problems shortly before the end of the test winter can hardly be helped. As part of a Grand Prix weekend, larger construction sites are difficult to remove.
On Thursday (March 8, 2018), the focus was primarily on the two problem children McLaren and HaasF1. You are at the end of the field in the kilometer table and still have to make up a lot of ground to travel to Australia with a good feeling. At McLaren, Stoffel Vandoorne hoped that the bad luck would finally come to an end. Kevin Magnussen sat in the Haas, who finally wanted to unwind the race distance, which had been on the plan for two days.
Last appearance by Vettel and Verstappen
With the big World Cup favorites, however, everything goes like clockwork. Mercedes, Ferrari and Red Bull have been running like clockwork so far. They have long since started fine-tuning their cars. On Thursday the big three met again on the track: Sebastian Vettel and Max Verstappen completed the last trial laps before the season opener. Lewis Hamilton was on the test schedule again for the grand finale on Friday.
At least the weather was in top form on Thursday. At the beginning of the week, the meteorologists had forecast a slight shower risk for day 7. But in the morning the sky was friendly except for a few clouds. The 10 teams thus found optimal test conditions to test newTo evaluate parts and scrub off kilometers.
In the gallery, as usual, we show you the best action pictures from the track and interesting technical details from the pit lane.