We’ve had the second test, at the race track that the teams have the most experience on, and therefore the teams have the best knowledge, of all the tracks on the Formula One schedule. Yet, there is scant information to predict comparative pace of the competitors.
What we know:
- The new tires behave and degrade in new patterns from their behaviours and degradation patterns of last season, which itself varied greatly over the course of the year; they are at least as sensitive and variable as last year; it looks like they are more sensitive, and more variable than last year. Therefore, prediction: tire management will be at least as important as it was last year.
That’s about it. That’s all I learned.
I did notice that one team did a race simulation; it seems to have been highly regarded by all on the pit lane, to have done one! That’s probably relevant for the first few races, anyhow.