Pre-Season 2017 Testing, Car Launches & Chat


Race Winner
First time in many, many years when 2 Canadian drivers are together on track driving a F1 car. Last time was when Gilles and Jacques (Sr) were together for the 1981 Canadian GP ?


Super Hero And All Round Good Guy
Over 100 laps now for Kubica.

Standings at 13:47

1) Sebastian Vettel (Ferrari) 1m17.124s
2) Lando Norris (McLaren) + 0.770s
3) Kimi Raikkonen (Ferrari) +1.113s
4) Carlos Sainz (Toro Rosso) +1.726s
5) Lucas Auer (Force India) +2.118s
6) George Russell (Mercedes) +2.375s
7) Robert Kubica (Renault) +2.557s
8) Pierre Gasly (Red Bull) +3.213s
9) Luca Ghiotto (Williams) +3.290s
10) Santino Ferrucci (Haas) +3.908s
11) Danill Kvyat (Toro Rosso) +4.744s
12) Nobuharu Matsushita (Sauber) +6.009s


Super Hero And All Round Good Guy
Palmer 1.18.4 in Q2


The Pits

Harumph. Again.
Valued Member
Track conditions, tyre conditions and type fuel loads etc.

Experience would suggest that it is not always ditectly compatable.


Not a Moderator
Valued Member
Norris' time is 0.2s faster than Alonso's in Q3. When you're running all day, you have a better chance of being on track during the right temperature/air density combination, plus there is probably more rubber on the racing line.


Champion Elect
Well most importantly the tyres were definitely different seeing as though Robert set his fastesrt times on the ultra-softs, which weren't used during the GP weekend, nor were they used by any other driver in action today.

But the fact remains he'd never driven a 2017 car before so it was still an impressive day by him, irrespective of track conditions or tyres used. Going after the last few tenths however is gonna be a different kettle of fish so we can only hope he does get the opportunity to have a go at it at some point in the future...
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