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F1 testing: 'The mind games have started between Ferrari and Mercedes'

F1 testing: 'The mind games have started between Ferrari and Mercedes'
the second and final preseason Formula one test is already well underway here in Barcelona with just two days of running left before the team's jet off to Australia but the mine

games

have

already begun between

Mercedes

and

Ferrari

Scott Mitchell what

have

you seen and heard from

Ferrari

Mercedes

to suggest things are hotting up well it all

started

last week when we finished the first week of

testing

and

Mercedes

they did this amazing really really insightful look into how they judged their rivals but then right at the very end of it cheeky little digger

Ferrari

just saying you know we can ask questions at the end of this based on what we know like why a

Ferrari

running with their their power unit basically detuned compared to the customer teams that was what they well they were suggesting we roll into the second test and that's been put to

Ferrari

and metier been also very emphatic they saw they seem to know all of our data but that's not true it's already been a bit of needle there and on the other side obviously last week big talking point from from the first week of

testing

was the

Mercedes

dual access steering system so that the - and last week we we asked we asked my team and I'll say from

Ferrari

about it and asked if it was something that

Ferrari

had ever considered or tried and been also said no one-word answer very clear get today one of the second tests and all of a sudden now Bonato saying that

Ferrari

have

thought about this device in the in...
f1 testing the mind games have started between ferrari and mercedes
the past and they chose not to pursue it on legality grounds and performance grounds but that wasn't the case a few days ago and he's I guess it's possible that he's clarifying what he said last week or maybe he misunderstood exactly what he was being asked and there might be some kind of nuance though it's not quite come come clear I think it's maybe a little bit more that

Ferrari

want to try and take hold of this - narrative and just start to point that legality finger towards

Mercedes

a bit and briefly do you think he's right about the engine mode or do you think

Mercedes

are right I'm thinking better off frying that question to the to the person to my right I I think I don't think they've turned it out to 11 let's put it there's definitely more in reserve it just comes down to exactly how much they're hold him back certainly seems to be the case Gary Anderson you've got many years as an f-1 technical director under your belt I like to think of you as a gamekeeper turned poacher now you're a Formula One journalist did you ever play any

mind

games

in your day well if you had the opportunity to be fast enough you would sort of try to do something I mean normally you'd you tried to make sure that you did your lap times and you made sure that other people thought you had more fuel in the car maybe than what you had say yes you did but we were never in a position really to

have

the top and success for mine

games

...
f1 testing the mind games have started between ferrari and mercedes
become a big thing you're usually focusing a lot in yourself pres between Red Bull

Ferrari

and

Mercedes

you know there is quite a lot that goes on I believe and you know it is just like

Mercedes

said last week might just be saying well

Ferrari

are actually worried about the reliability of their engines and you know simply if they wanted to test the engine at full power they could just probably put in like 30 kilograms of fuel or something at the same time if you go out you're driving the engine harder with your performance looks more or less the same because it's just about just about power and weight so the acceleration would just look the same so you know there is ways of doing it and keeping you keeping your fighter dry a search to make sure everything's okay I don't see why

Ferrari

would would not be using their engine at a reasonable level yes there'd be a little bit more left in it for those two or three five laps or whatever you're doing qualifying but I think this will be used a reasonable level but the suggestion that the dual axis steering of

Mercedes

that

Ferrari

had considered it weren't sure it would be legal do you think that's maybe laying the foundations for grounds for a possible process when we get to Australia cuz of course everything the FIA has fed back to them so far is an opinion not a binding technical ruling should we say yeah I mean I wouldn't be surprised at all because there are obviously a set of...
f1 testing the mind games have started between ferrari and mercedes
consequences that come from changing anything now whatever you're steering the car visit your change the car aerodynamically quite dramatically but you're steering one we like words in one wheel n words so you sort of think right don't cancel each other out they don't because you try it out make that work for you but go on down the street and one of you you're bringing both cut both wheels to toe n instead of two ight there will be an aerodynamic we've all looked at the mechanical change on the tires and they're heating up with the inside she older and all that stuff but I looked at the video again a few times and what I saw the movement of the front wheels I believe is more than going from the two white you would normally run to straight ahead I think they're going to a significant amount of 2n but that in itself will actually help heat the whole tire the whole front tire up when you go out for a qualifying lap but not heated up via the inside shoulder and but there will be an aerodynamic change so if I was

Ferrari

and I wanted to look at it I would be doing some good CFD modeling the wheels the basic to ignite the wheels miss Leto again and then I would be coming to the FIA was to change and say and aerodynamically this is a significant change on the cars aerodynamic performance and you

have

bound things in the past like the mass damper that Renault had because of it the aerodynamic change of it you know so they

have

an argument and I'm...
not sure it's all over yet when Scot we

have

n't talked about Red Bull they were very happy after the first test with mileage we

have

seen some problems today a few chinks in the armor showing for Red Bull or just normal

testing

glitches well everyone has setbacks during

testing

at some point but it wasn't good at the first hour and a half or whatever it was on the first day of the second test both the Honda powered cars are in the garage and my understanding is that is just coincidence it's it's car issues for both rather than a power unit problem and on the Red Bull side apparently it was something to do with the rear suspension so they were having to do some work there it did cost them obviously a lot of track time and I think they've you know anytime you lose upwards of 10 20 laps you're going to start to feel it because that's especially nowadays that's the you know between a third and half a day's worth of running and I think I think they're now going to be at least half a day's worth of mileage behind

Mercedes

they're still going to be a fair way in front of a

Ferrari

they did

have

a really good first test comfortably their best ever sort of average in terms of daily kilometer counts lap counts however you want to measure it so it was a really good first test for them which means that the hit that they take here in week two with any problem I guess is a it's a little bit reduced but to me it just shows just how...
impressive

Mercedes

is the fact that the next best team is going to

have

half a day's

testing

less than it just goes to show just how well prepared they are and and exactly why they're the benchmark yet again going into another season well on that topic again Gary mine

games

or not future - protests or not everything's coming up

Mercedes

isn't it everything's working they're going well they look quick no reason for them to be worried at this stage not so far everything's coming up

Mercedes

and Red Bulls kiss here and alpha Tori you know if you don't

have

a problem you barely

have

it here in Barcelona little Melbourne so you know they look at out and see if we lost a bit of time but you know we'll

have

a more reliable car when we get to the to the first race so yeah it looks a bit of a

Mercedes

walk in the park at the minute they're just not quite sure I think there's something else coming in there Red Bull still impresses me well the plot thickens here at Barcelona and there's going to be more entry to come over the next two days do head to the race calm and don't forget the - for more on

testing

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