AstoriaisBACK wrote: Laura23 wrote:
Aldo Costa on Sky Italia - The W06 is an evolution of the W05, but still large parts of the layout have changed. We've been running the car with a full tank at all times so that no one can infer how fast we can run. We won't run with with light fuel or try to set up the car for performance until Barcelona, possibly the second test.
If he's telling the truth then it really is game over for the season as far as I'm concerned. The Merc's could be a couple of seconds quicker than the field in Oz...
I am sure the fuel loads are not totally heavy as they did long runs so it doesn't make sense to what he is saying. Ferrari also have said that the fuel loads they have been running is mostly heavy and no quail laps or low fuel laps at all, they also said it would be the last test when they open up and see what it really can do.
All those interviews are mind games and smoke screens. Not just by Merc, but all teams. They want to hide the developments and their potential. RedBull have gone one extra level and made a camouflage. None of the teams are displaying their full capacity. Most are concentrating on reliability. So it is really difficult to compare teams at this stage of the season.
Either ways, some things can be inferred quite clearly.
1. McLaren is way behind (which was expected) currently. They have definitely not stress tested their engines yet. Lot more failures coming up when that is done.
2. Ferrari is reliable and definitely better than last year. Kimi also said this in his review of Day 3 and if he says something he means it. But this does not mean that they will challenge Merc straight away. At the same time, you cannot say that they will not challenge Merc. Remember, they started working on the 2015 car much earlier than they normally would start on a next year's car. Brawn was able to do magic for 2009 with this approach. Lotus surprised a bit in 2012 with a similar approach. Ferrari guys are definitely capable of doing this.
3. Force India is also way way behind. And they seem set to go further back.
4. Lotus may also be lagging long to extreme long run testing.
5. Williams looks set to be the strong one in several races, like they did in 2014.
6. No idea about Torro Rosso and Sauber.