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Re: 2nd Test. 2019.
Andrew Hooper 01 March, 2019 05:24
As we go into the final day of testing there seems to be two camps.

Those who think we are so far behind that we might as well give up on the season. That once again Williams has failed.

The other group seems to have the view that yes the car may not be fast but it is a definite improvement over where we were in 2018 and that it should allow us to see improvements during the course of the season. I fall into this camp.

There still seems to be a willingness to compare our times against bigger more well resourced teams that have started 2019 with a car that is helped by having a good 2018 car to develop off. Williams is neither of these. I agree with MikeF1 in that it is frustrating that Mercedes can build a car that is just so much faster even after Week 1 than the FW42. But Mercedes has a staff of around 1500 3 times that of Williams.

In today's F1 outside the top three or four teams it is totally unrealistic to have an expectation of a podium let alone a race win. Until they get budgets under control this will not change but that is a subject for a different discussion.

Trying to assess the performance in testing from Williams coming off a terrible 2018 is in my view pointless. I had the view that if we can build a car that is a step up from 2018 we are taking a step forward. Too many people just want instant success. In 2019 you are not going to get that with Williams.

But does that mean I am going to switch camps. Hell NO.

Re: 2nd Test. 2019.
shriekback 01 March, 2019 05:53
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Andrew Hooper
In today's F1 outside the top three or four teams it is totally unrealistic to have an expectation of a podium let alone a race win...
But does that mean I am going to switch camps. Hell NO.

Cheers to this!

How much fun could it be to support a team with a massive advantage based almost solely on superior resources anyway? Even when they do win, they really have only effectively beaten two, maybe three, other teams in a fair fight. Big deal!

If the big three/four want to really impress and have just cause for celebration, stop resisting changes to level the field and still beat the likes of Williams, McLaren or Racing Point (though I am an American, I can't really credit Haas as being a genuine F1 team since they don't really build their own chassis, and I obviously exclude those who accept a mere support function-- "B" squads like Torro Rosso or Alpha Romeo).

Re: 2nd Test. 2019.
erratic 01 March, 2019 06:10
Williams will be fine, they may run at the back initially, but signs point to this car being something they can build on. If the data they are gathering ties up with the simulators and the CFD and whatever else they use to design the car, then they will move up the field and challenge RP, MC, TR at least. Looking forward to it.

Re: 2nd Test. 2019.
Mikef1 01 March, 2019 07:11
I think comparing day 3 to day 7 is great and all but don't forget there hasn't been a drop of rain so you're still running on the same tarmac which us probably a second or 2 faster than it was on the true day 3 of the test. I don't think for instance some of these 1m16s will be set as pole time in the summer for instance.b the track is in a far better state than it ever will be in normal conditions.

Re: 2nd Test. 2019.
Andrew Hooper 01 March, 2019 07:47
On so begins the final day and then its off to sort of my time zone for the Australian GP.

Re: 2nd Test. 2019.
Gwanni 01 March, 2019 08:12
morning kubica is out, I had to register to continue reading the Live Feed of Autosport

Re: 2nd Test. 2019.
Gwanni 01 March, 2019 08:20
[twitter.com]

C4 tyres

he pitted and went straight out again 3 laps so far.

Re: 2nd Test. 2019.
Francesc 01 March, 2019 08:27
New rear wing endplates with lots of strakes.

Re: 2nd Test. 2019.
Mikef1 01 March, 2019 08:35
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Francesc
New rear wing endplates with lots of strakes.

Excellent.

Re: 2nd Test. 2019.
ihme 01 March, 2019 08:36
Quote:
Francesc
New rear wing endplates with lots of strakes.

Thanks for the info!

Re: 2nd Test. 2019.
ihme 01 March, 2019 08:37
https://pbs.twimg.com/media/D0jzu9iWkAAg1H2.jpg

Re: 2nd Test. 2019.
Polemik 01 March, 2019 08:37
Lowe said yesterday:
"If this continues, we'll have the same mileage tomorrow night as we did before the test." Lowe admits, however, that due to the two lost days of testing, the time was missing to work overnight on fine detailed settings. And this is currently reflected on the speed.

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/D0gfc04X4AE81Nr.jpg:large

Re: 2nd Test. 2019.
ihme 01 March, 2019 08:41
Apparently the atmopsphere inside the team is much, much better right now.

Re: 2nd Test. 2019.
Gwanni 01 March, 2019 08:45
nearing 10 laps.

Re: 2nd Test. 2019.
GPL 01 March, 2019 08:46
I have to be honest with you and i am in the other camp.

very disappointed that Paddy and his team have come up short and
seem to have aero/design problems again.

For me my enjoyment in watching F1 it is seeing my team compete and
again it looks like we will be bringing up the rear this year that
is not racing but making up the numbers.


We will improve but i can only see small gains and not chunks which this car
appears to need right now.


I think we will find that this year will be nearly as frustrating as last season
fighting for positions outside the top 10 and maybe only Roberts driving giving
us a glimmer of pleasure if the cameras can be bothered to watch cars
at the back of the field.


I can see the rest of you soon starting to lose patience as you all did last season.


I really hope i am wrong guys but right now i don,t think so
the other teams look so strong to me this year compared to us.

Re: 2nd Test. 2019.
Andrew Hooper 01 March, 2019 08:48
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Re: 2nd Test. 2019.
ihme 01 March, 2019 08:49
LOL?

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Re: 2nd Test. 2019.
Andrew Hooper 01 March, 2019 08:49
https://pbs.twimg.com/media/D0j38NhWkAEf7qN.jpg

Re: 2nd Test. 2019.
Andrew Hooper 01 March, 2019 08:51
https://pbs.twimg.com/media/D0j38NgWwAAhDYA.jpg

Courtesy of F1sh on Twitter

Re: 2nd Test. 2019.
Mikef1 01 March, 2019 08:52
I don't know what camp I'm in. Probably the middle one that can see the pros and cons of the situations because there is definitely elements of both to take away from this test.

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