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Training analysis GP England 2015: Ferrari must fear Toro Rosso

Training analysis GP England 2015
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N ico Rosberg dominated the first day of training with two best times. Though he lost 1.08 hours that morning due to a hydraulic leak in the transmission. Team-mate Lewis Hamilton found confidence in his car all day. You could tell it from various slips. Mentor Niki Lauda said cautiously: 'Lewis struggled with the set-up and the rhythm. The car is not lying. We even sprayed aero paint to find the problem. Lewis complained about the smell, wanted to get out first, then again Not.' The list could also be rewritten like this: The problem is in the head.

The sensitivities of Hamilton meant that the World Cup leader did not complete a usable long run. Nothing could be read from the four rounds with an average of 1.39.726 minutes. More from the mean of Rosberg's endurance run. Hamilton's challenger achieved an average of 1.38.893 minutes over 6 laps and 1.38.796 minutes over the entire 13 laps.

Mercedes can turn up the power

With that, Mercedes was in the long run -Table only in third place. Clearly beaten by the two Toro Rosso drivers, closely followed by Sebastian Vettel and the two Red Bull drivers. Having seen the last two races, we know that Friday's results don't have to mean much in terms of Mercedes. Ferrari boss Maurizio Arrivabene suspected that the Silver Arrows are on the road with more gasoline on Friday and therefore the real picture only shows in the race.

After reviewing all the data, Vettel disagrees: 'We will not drive on Friday easy. It couldn't be much harder. Our suspicion is that Mercedes will be able to increase engine power more than anyone else on Saturday and Sunday. ' Without taking the Mercedes factor into account, Kimi Räikkönen's 0.347 seconds behind the fastest time on the Silverstone aerodynamics track wouldn't be so bad. The same applies to Vettel's long run: 1.38.946 minutes over 6 laps, 1.38.771 minutes over 10 laps. The upgrade was apparently a success. Ferrari presented a new front wing, new front and rear brake scoops and a modified diffuser.

Verstappen and Sainz are the longrun kings

At Mercedes too, it is firmly assumed that the gap will open again in the next two days. Silverstone is ideal because of the fast cornersTerrain for the car with the most downforce. And nobody brings the hard tire compounds into your work window as easily as the Silver Arrows. An engineer reveals: 'The high temperatures today helped our opponents. Because they got into the tire's grip window more easily. We're already at the upper limit. The next two days should be up to eight degrees cooler That plays into our cards. '

The biggest surprise from the Mercedes strategists' point of view were the two Red Bull teams. Above all Toro Rosso. Max Verstappen and Carlos Sainz drove the fastest long run times on the medium rubbers. With 1.38.554 minutes for Verstappen and 1.38.701 minutes for Sainz, Red Bull's junior team even left Mercedes behind.

How comfortable the Toro Rosso feels in the flowing corners was also shown during the endurance run on the harder tire compound. Verstappen and Sainz took 8th and 9th place with 1.39.375 and 1.39.632 minutes respectively. Pirelli put the difference between the two tire compounds at eight to nine tenths. Sports director Paul Hembery does not expect a simple one-stop race: 'The breakdown of the tires is considerable. I can imagine that this encourages the teams to adopt different strategies.'

The A-Team Red Bull also has to do with that nibble. Even if Daniil Kvyat was the fastest man on the hard tires with 1.39.242 minutes. Daniel Ricciardo only got 1.39.293 minutes with the softer soles. Chief designer Adrian Newey made a somewhat acidic impression despite the improved shape of his cars. Nothing is worse for him than when the sister team sets the pace. After all, he admits: 'The engine does not play the dominant role in Montreal and Spielberg. But it is not negligible either.' Team boss Christian Horner added: 'We only lose seven tenths to the Mercedes on the straights.' But so is ToroRosso.

New Force India from a standing start

Nico Hülkenberg was impressed by the Toro Rosso: 'They did fly.' Nevertheless, the Le Mans winner was pleased with the debut of the new car: 'Better from a standing start. Significantly more grip on the rear axle. Where there used to be oversteer, the car now holds out. This enables us to carry more speed through the curve. We are now on a track type with the music that was previously our Achlles heel. ' Hülkenberg landed in the catchment area of ​​Felipe Massa's Williams with 1.39.643 minutes. Force India technical director Andy Green asks for patience: 'It will take two weekends before we can get the most out of the package.'

The Lotus, Sauber and above all McLaren were disappointing. At Lotus, Romain Grosjean lost 53 minutes after a trip into the gravel trap. In return, his endurance average of 1.39.985 minutes was still respectable. The Sauber did not come under the 1.40 mark. This is where the downforce deficit becomes clearnoticeable. That can't be masked with Ferrari power either.

The performance of the McLaren drivers was even more dramatic. Fernando Alonso couldn't get a proper racing simulation because of various problems and trips off the track. Jenson Button's average of 1.41.662 minutes was more than a second above Felipe Nasr's long run time. Only the Manor were slower.

Since this year we have been offering you an even better long-run service. In the table below we compare two long runs. The longest in each case, and then extracted from this the average of a minimum number of laps that each driver has covered.

In Silverstone that was 6 laps each for the hard and medium tires. This value is more representative of the speed of the car under racing conditions, since the degradation of the tires relates to the same number of laps. You can find it in the first column. We will also supply you with the type of tire used in the racing simulation.


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