F1: Ferrari (NYSE:RACE) Fastest on 1st Morning of In-season Testing
Ferrari’s (NYSE:RACE) Antonio Giovinazzi was fastest on the 1st morning of this week’s in-season test as the last F1 action got underway at the Hungaroring on the Summer break.
The 2-day test amounts to 50% of F1’s in-season testing allocation and saw nine of F1’s 10 teams take to the track just 2 days after Sunday’s Hungarian Grand Prix. Haas was the only team not to run as it had no new parts to test ahead of F1’s enforced Summer break through 26 August.
Under F1’s strict testing regulations, at least 2 of the 4 in-season test days have to be completed by a driver with less than 3 Grands Prix of experience, resulting in a mix of race and reserve drivers on track.
Mr. Giovinazzi a reserve for Ferrari and Sauber set the fastest time of the morning with a 1:19.648 and completed 66 laps in total. He drove for Sauber Wednesday and is in the running to drive for the Swiss team full-time next year.
The Ferrari was 0.318s clear of Lando Norris’ McLaren in 2nd place, although the Top 7 drivers were all split by just 0.656s.
With no rules on the specification of bodywork teams run at tests, Force India and Williams took the opportunity to trial Y 2019-specification front wings Tuesday morning. New rules for next year will see wider, simplified front wings with revised end-plates aimed at increasing the chances of overtaking.
The wings on the Force India and Williams were the 1st look at F1’s new look and the changes, which permit the wing be 2 metres in width, were clear to see.
Force India reverted to a Y 2018-spec wing by the end of the morning as Williams continued to run a series of aero tests on its 2019 wing, including dousing it in bright blue aero paint.
Toro Rosso was the only team running a 2nd car as part of Pirelli’s tire testing schedule for Y 2019. Brendon Hartley completed the team’s normal test program while F2 driver Sean Gelael drove the Pirelli test car with prototype tires fitted.
A Y 2019 prototype tre is also available to the other teams this week should they choose to use it, but only as a soft compound tire and without the definitive Y 2019 construction.
1. Giovinazzi – Ferrari – 1:19.648 – 66 laps
2. Norris – McLaren – 1:19.966 – 46 laps
3. Latifi – Force India – 1:19.994 – 66 laps
4. Ericsson – Sauber – 1:20.081 – 63 laps
5. Hartley – Toro Rosso – 1:20.151 – 94 laps
6. Russell – Mercedes – 1:20.231 – 21 laps
7. Ricciardo – Red Bull – 1:20.304 – 76 laps
8. Hulkenberg – Renault – 1:20.826 – 63 laps
9. Rowland – Williams – 1:21.594 – 43 laps
10. Gelael – Toro Rosso – 1:21.861 – 68 laps
Stay tuned…more to come later