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Ferrari may have been fastest in Formula 1 pre-season testing but it is reigning world champions Mercedes who look to be in best shape ahead of the new battle.

All facts playing around with tyre choice and fuel loads gave one list – which Mercedes headed, followed by Ferrari, Haas, McLaren and Red Bull.

Looking at the pace of the cars when they were doing race-simulation runs gave another – which Mercedes also headed, followed by Ferrari, Red Bull, Haas and Force India.

Mercedes did not use the fastest ‘hyper-soft’ tyre, and their best times on the ultra-soft and super-soft were slower than Ferrari’s.

Also, the Silver Arrows’ were very strong in race simulations potentially misleading because they did all their running on the medium tyre, the best for a long run, whereas most other teams mixed compounds up, as they would be forced to at a grand prix, which compromises performance.

2018 F1 Pre-Season Test 1 Overall results

PosDriverTeamBest LapLapsCompound
1Lewis HamiltonMercedes1:19.33394
MEDIUM
2Sebastian VettelFerrari1:19.673218
SOFT
3Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren1:19.854147
HYPER SOFT
4Valtteri Bottas Mercedes1:19.976212
MEDIUM
5Daniel RicciardoRed Bull1:20.179107
MEDIUM
6Kevin Magnussen Haas F11:20.317132
SUPER SOFT
7Max Verstappen Red Bull1:20.326102
MEDIUM
8Kimi RaikkonenFerrari1:20.50680
SOFT
9Nico Hulkenberg Renault1:20.547122
MEDIUM
10Fernando AlonsoMcLaren1:20.929113
SUPER SOFT
11Carlos Sainz Renault1:20.940151
MEDIUM
12Lance Stroll Williams1:21.142101
SOFT
13Pierre Gasly Toro Rosso1:21.318229
SOFT
14Robert Kubica Williams1:21.49549
SOFT
15Sergey SirotkinWilliams1:21.822127
SOFT
16Esteban OconForce India1:21.84179
SOFT
17Sergio Perez Force India1:21.97365
SOFT
18Brendon Hartley Toro Rosso1:22.37195
SOFT
19Romain GrosjeanHaas F11:22.57855
SOFT
20Charles LeclercSauber1:22.721140
SOFT
21Marcus Ericsson Sauber1:23.408143
SOFT
22Nikita MazepinForce India1:25.62822
MEDIUM

As McLaren racing director Eric Boullier put it: “It’s difficult to understand because of the tyre situation, the temperatures, engine mode, fuel load – it’s more complex this year than ever.

“It looks to me like there are some teams who progressed well, like Haas and Renault. I think the fight at the front will still be between Mercedes, Ferrari and Red Bull. The pack got closer, and we believe we belong in the middle of this.”

2018 F1 Pre-Season Test 2 Overall results

PosDriverTeamBest LapLapsCompound
1Sebastian VettelFerrari1:17.182425
HYPER SOFT
2Kimi RaikkonenFerrari1:17.221206
HYPER SOFT
3Fernando AlonsoMcLaren1:17.784150
HYPER SOFT
4Daniel RicciardoRed Bull1:18.047257
HYPER SOFT
5Carlos Sainz Renault1:18.092293
HYPER SOFT
6Kevin Magnussen Haas F11:18.360249
SUPER SOFT
7Pierre Gasly Toro Rosso1:18.363223
HYPER SOFT
8Lewis HamiltonMercedes1:18.400362
ULTRA SOFT
9Romain GrosjeanHaas F11:18.412259
ULTRA SOFT
10Valtteri Bottas Mercedes1:18.560372
ULTRA SOFT
11Nico Hulkenberg Renault1:18.675229
HYPER SOFT
12Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren1:18.855189
HYPER SOFT
13Brendon Hartley Toro Rosso1:18.949275
HYPER SOFT
14Esteban OconForce India1:18.967293
HYPER SOFT
15Charles LeclercSauber1:19.118235
HYPER SOFT
16Sergey SirotkinWilliams1:19.189227
SOFT
17Marcus Ericsson Sauber1:19.244268
HYPER SOFT
18Robert Kubica Williams1:19.62973
SUPER SOFT
18Sergio Perez Force India1:19.634252
HYPER SOFT
19Max Verstappen Red Bull1:19.842317
SOFT
20Lance Stroll Williams1:19.954243
SOFT

Red Bull driver Daniel Ricciardo said: “I think we’re looking OK. I don’t think we’re fastest but I think we will be close enough to be in the hunt. We’re there or thereabouts.

“Mercedes are still quick. If everything was equal right now, they still have a little bit on the rest, but I don’t think we’re far behind. I think it’s positive.”

Pirelli – Mario Isola, Head of Car Racing – “After an uncertain start with bad weather last week, pre-season testing eventually turned out to be very productive with more representative conditions this week, just as we expected. The teams were able to comfortably complete more than 100 laps each per day, helping them to prepare for the season ahead and gather information on the 2018 tyre range.

Of the P Zero slick tyres, all the compounds were tried out from the hard to the new Pink hypersoft, with a new all-time lap record established on the hypersoft. During the final day of testing last week, wet conditions that eventually dried out enabled the teams to also assess the wet-weather tyres and crossover points. The biggest change was the fact that the track has been resurfaced this year, making it smoother with more grip. Most importantly of all though, the teams are satisfied with the data that they have collected.

From our side we now also have a good idea of the performance differences between the compounds at this point of the season, with around 0.7 seconds between the ultrasoft and the hypersoft, which corresponds to our expectations. The next stop is the Australian Grand Prix, which will give us our first look at the 2018 tyres in a competitive context.”

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