What we learned from 2018 F1 winter testing? – Exclusive performance analysis

Major publications’ paddock insiders regularly claim that despite not topping the charts in pre-season testing, Mercedes seems to be the runaway leader of the pack based on a deeper analysis of the laptimes from Barcelona. Here is how they have got to this conclusion – and why it might still turn out to be a false one.

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Red Bull, McLaren hit trouble – Barcelona test analysis (Part 1)

Under the guise of all-around inclement weather, two of the expected top 4 teams could not even take what little was on offer during the first F1 preseason test in Barcelona.

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Mercedes W09, Ferrari SF71H & McLaren MCL33 – Car Focus

We are taking a look at the key development areas on the new 2018 F1 cars and briefly describe the direction the various teams seem to have taken for the new Formula 1 season.

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Red Bull RB14, Renault R.S.18 & Sauber C37 – Car Focus (Updated)

We are taking a look at the key development areas on the new 2018 F1 cars and briefly describe the direction the various teams seem to have taken for the new Formula 1 season.

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Williams FW41 & Haas VF-18 – Car Focus

We are taking a look at the key development areas on the new 2018 F1 cars and briefly describe the direction the various teams seem to have taken for the new Formula 1 season.

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Hamilton vs Rosberg – Driver Focus Special

In a special edition of our Driver Focus series where we usually compare driver performances based on pure pace and mistakes, we delve into Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg’s dramatic 2016 title fight and run a “what if” analysis to filter out bad luck.

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2017 F1 mid-season driver rankings: Vettel leads, Verstappen shines

Just past the halfway point of the 2017 F1 season, we take a look at all the unique data we have amassed on driver performance so far and try to assess how well each driver has performed, irrespective of their machinery.

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2017 Spanish GP pecking order: The key breaks that went Hamilton’s way in Vettel fight

Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel’s opening stints during the 2017 Spanish Grand Prix revealed that Mercedes and Ferrari had the exact same race pace on Sunday – and even the advantages and disadvantages of going off-strategy should have largely equalled out by the end. So how come Hamilton simply sailed past Vettel for the win?

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2017 Russian GP pecking order: Was there an opportunity for Ferrari to catch Bottas after the start?

The Russian GP was another tightly-fought contest between Mercedes and Ferrari in which Valtteri Bottas slipstreamed the Ferraris into the first braking zone and built a gap during the first stint to avoid being undercut at the pitstops. This left Sebastian Vettel to go longer on his first set of tyres and try the overcut. Did they execute perfectly?

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Mercedes W08 v Ferrari SF70H – Car Focus

One of the most intriguing, if not the most intriguing storyline of the 2017 F1 season is the extremely close performance of the top 2 teams, Mercedes and Ferrari. He we analyse how these two completely different cars can reach roughly the same laptime from track to track.

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