Translated from German:
Formula 1 is already back in the desert. On Tuesday (April 18, 2017), ten races took the season test in Bahrain. Because in the pit lane still a few cargo boxes had to be dreamed of by the FOM, the traffic light turned ten minutes late to green.
After that, most of the teams came out with their grids on their cars. Aerodynamic tests were on the agenda. Whether the Mercedes W08, the Williams FW40, the Renault R.S.17, the Force India VM10 or the Red Bull RB13, all of them had mounted measuring grids that act like garden fences on the filigree racing car.
Mercedes must understand his car. The test program of the Silver is concerned mainly with the understanding of the Pirelli tires, which enter the Mercedes earlier than the Ferrari. Lewis Hamilton did not get far. Already after a quarter of an hour, the triple world champion was on the track. The electrics went on strike. It was probably a cable plug dropped. Shortly afterwards, however, Hamilton continued on.
Ferrari took care of the tire development for Pirelli in 2018. For this, Sebastian Vettel's cars were fitted with different rubbers. Neither Ferrari nor Vettel know exactly what Pirelli is doing. The tire supplier will present the program.
We were able to see the first updates on Tuesday. Renault tests in Bahrain the air passage through the front axle. In addition, the engineers are packing a new front wing to the R.S.17. HaasF1 makes a comparison test between Brembo and Carbon Industries brake discs.
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