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vlagman    915

Daardie kar was 'n 2.4l V8 met EBD, ens in, en waarskynlik die beste een die afgelope vier jaar. Wonder hoekom het hulle hom nie in 'n 2013 muil of a 2014 donkie gesit nie. Seker bang hy hol onmiddelik weg Sauber toe of iewers ander heen.

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Owen Meany    552

Daardie kar was 'n 2.4l V8 met EBD, ens in, en waarskynlik die beste een die afgelope vier jaar. Wonder hoekom het hulle hom nie in 'n 2013 muil of a 2014 donkie gesit nie. Seker bang hy hol onmiddelik weg Sauber toe of iewers ander heen.

 

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vlagman    915

Ek lag nie eintlik vir die prentjie nie. Dit is meer 'n kwessie dat ek Owen se wanhopige poging, om weg te kom van sy vroeëre ge-rondtrappery af, snaaks vind.

 

Hy het gesien hy boer agteruit op die ander "thread" oor Ferrari en die Ferrari jaers, ens, toe begin hy maar 'n nuwe een in die hoop dat hy nie weer sy naam met 'n plank slaan nie.

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Mata Hari    483

Ek lag nie eintlik vir die prentjie nie. Dit is meer 'n kwessie dat ek Owen se wanhopige poging, om weg te kom van sy vroeëre ge-rondtrappery af, snaaks vind.

 

Hy het gesien hy boer agteruit op die ander "thread" oor Ferrari en die Ferrari jaers, ens, toe begin hy maar 'n nuwe een in die hoop dat hy nie weer sy naam met 'n plank slaan nie.

It's Ok Vlag I wasn't laughing at you/with you I was laughing at Owen, he really has a great sense of humour at times

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Owen Meany    552

Fastest lap times, day one of first pre-season test in Jerez

Sebastian Vettel (Ger) Ferrari 1:22.620

Marcus Ericsson (Swe) Sauber-Ferrari 1:22.777

Nico Rosberg (Ger) Mercedes 1:23.106

Daniel Ricciardo (Aus) Red Bull-Renault 1:23.338

Valtteri Bottas (Fin) Williams-Mercedes 1:23.906

Carlos Sainz Jr (Spa) Toro Rosso-Renault 1:25.327

Fernando Alonso (Spa) McLaren-Honda 1:40.738

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Owen Meany    552

Sebastian Vettel Q&A: ‘Yes, it was a good day’01 Feb 2015

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His first official day testing for new team Ferrari saw four-time world champion Sebastian Vettel topping the timesheets in Spain. Vettel admitted it was ‘a good feeling’, but the German is under no illusion as to its relevance to the season ahead - after all, this time last year team mate Kimi Raikkonen led the way for the Scuderia, only for the Italian squad to end 2014 winless…

Q: Sebastian, your first day in the Ferrari - doing so many more laps than at the same time last year in the Red Bull - and clocking the fastest time: is the car the ‘red goddess’ Michael Schumacher always referred to?

Sebastian Vettel: Yes, it was a good day. Of course we would have wanted to do more laps - you always do - but we opted for a thorough checking as we had some issues with the telemetry and it’s always better to eliminate any issues right away and not carry them with you into the next sessions. So yes, overall it was a good day.

Q: You look pretty different: the red overalls, the slightly sharper haircut, sitting down in a new car. And walking into a different garage and motorhome - how is that all?

SV: Yep, a lot is new! It’s a big change. And it is getting better with every day. I have been in Maranello a couple of times over the winter and it impressed me every time I was there. The potential is huge. True, there is a lot to do until every piece falls into place but the motivation is high in everyone including me to come back as soon as possible. 

Q: Ferrari always had the aura of being a ‘family’ Do you already feel part of that family?

SV: It goes step by step in that direction. Every team has its own culture - that was so with Toro Rosso and Red Bull and it is also true with Ferrari. Probably Ferrari is more a bit like Toro Rosso - also an Italian based team. I had a great time at Red Bull, but to sum it up: Ferrari is something special. They’ve made it very easy for me to blend in - they’ve welcomed me with open arms.

Q: You have always given your cars a name. Will you keep up that habit - and do you already have a name for your SF15-T?

SV: I will keep that habit - and no, I don’t have a name yet. But today is only the first day of running and I always try to first figure out the character of the car and then discuss with my mechanics - and that is exactly the procedure I will keep. 

Q: You’ve done the best lap time of the day. Was that of any significance to you?

SV: Of course it’s nice, as the top spot of a time sheet is always nice, but lap times at tests - especially the first test - have very little significance. It’s more for the good feeling. We know that we still have a lot to do, as the reference is still Mercedes - and they did something over 150 laps today, which means that they start the season with a very reliable car. Hopefully they are not as quick as last year! (laughs)

Q: You mentioned that there are quite some differences to your car from last year. Was it good to handle?

SV: As I said before, the steering wheel layout and the steering wheel itself are pretty different to what I was used to up until now - and I haven’t driven the 2014 Ferrari so I have no reference - but speaking of my experiences today: yes, it was a very positive day. I have made sure over the winter that I’ve taken in all the different buttons and switches. We didn’t run that much today, but the track time we had was a good starting point. 

Q: Your team principal said that two wins this year would be very welcome…

SV: …and more wins would be even more welcome! But we have to give it time. 

Q: What is your goal for this season then?

SV: To close the gap to the frontrunner. Mercedes did a great job last season that left all others looking a bit pale - so yes, the priority is to get close the gap.

Q: It took Michael Schumacher five years to win the title with Ferrari. Are you also thinking that long term?

SV: It is a different situation. There are so many new things to come to terms with - and that includes me too. So it will take time. You take the current car and try to squeeze the maximum out of it, but the influence of the new people in the team will become visible with time. So the priority for this year: get the maximum out of the season and develop as a team

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Hawk_Eye    1,358

Fastest lap times, day one of first pre-season test in Jerez

Sebastian Vettel (Ger) Ferrari 1:22.620

Marcus Ericsson (Swe) Sauber-Ferrari 1:22.777

Nico Rosberg (Ger) Mercedes 1:23.106

Daniel Ricciardo (Aus) Red Bull-Renault 1:23.338

Valtteri Bottas (Fin) Williams-Mercedes 1:23.906

Carlos Sainz Jr (Spa) Toro Rosso-Renault 1:25.327

Fernando Alonso (Spa) McLaren-Honda 1:40.738

 

 

Goeie toetse.  Seker maar weer 'n vinnige kar...Ek hoor al die stories... shut-up-smiley-emoticon.gif  En die ander ou is finnig maar die kar is nuut en stadig... shut-up-smiley-emoticon.gif

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Mata Hari    483

Fastest lap times, day one of first pre-season test in Jerez

Sebastian Vettel (Ger) Ferrari 1:22.620

Marcus Ericsson (Swe) Sauber-Ferrari 1:22.777

Nico Rosberg (Ger) Mercedes 1:23.106

Daniel Ricciardo (Aus) Red Bull-Renault 1:23.338

Valtteri Bottas (Fin) Williams-Mercedes 1:23.906

Carlos Sainz Jr (Spa) Toro Rosso-Renault 1:25.327

Fernando Alonso (Spa) McLaren-Honda 1:40.738

 

Thanks I was wondering how the testing went, didnt have time to check

 

Good news but maybe McHonda sandbagging

 

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Further I wouldnt put too much reliance on these tests, but hey GOOD NEWS is GOOD NEWS

 

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Goeie toetse.  Seker maar weer 'n vinnige kar...Ek hoor al die stories... shut-up-smiley-emoticon.gif  En die ander ou is finnig maar die kar is nuut en stadig... shut-up-smiley-emoticon.gif&&0

 

Haha,.... ja ons ken al die stories.  

 

 

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Fruck! it looks fast! haha

 

 

Ek kan dit nie glo nie..... vir die eerste keer hoop ek Owen is reg!

 

 

Thanks I was wondering how the testing went, didnt have time to check

 

Good news but maybe McHonda sandbagging

 

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Further I wouldnt put too much reliance on these tests, but hey GOOD NEWS is GOOD NEWS

 

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haha .... difficult to sandbag if they have not done any real testing yet ... only 5 installation laps of which 1 was a timed lap!

 

Merc looking GREAT, Ferrari must be running on fumes haha, Williams looking good, Lotus slowly improving .... McHonda no-where at the moment, but rumors are they not running final engine apparently they running a version of a development engine.

 

n Beter begin as verlede jaar.

 

Ek neem aan jy verwys na Vettel... in daai geval ja dinge het maar oes gelyk vir hom en RBR by eerste toets

Praat jy van Ferrri.... wel Kimi het laas jaar die eerste dag se vinnigste tyd opgestel en ons almal (wel nie almal nie lol) weet wat met ferrari se perf gebeur het gedurende die seisoen.

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Owen Meany    552

Day two timesheet

1. Sebastian Vettel, Ferrari, 1:20.984, 89 laps

2. Felipe Nasr, Sauber, 1:21.867, 88 laps

3. Valtteri Bottas, Williams, 1:22.319, 61 laps

4. Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes, 1:22:490, 91 laps

5. Max Verstappen, Toro Rosso, 1:24.167, 73 laps

6. Pastor Maldonado, Lotus, 1:25.802 41 laps

7. Jenson Button, McLaren, 1:54.655, 6 laps

8. Daniil Kvyat, Red Bull, No time, 18 laps

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Owen Meany    552

Vettel keeps Ferrari on top on rain-hit second day02 Feb 2015

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Sebastian Vettel maintained his and Ferrari’s encouraging start to pre-season testing by going fastest on the second day of running at Jerez on Monday.

The four-time world champion, also quickest on the opening day, set a new overall benchmark of 1m 20.984s to finish almost one second clear of the chasing pack, despite a rain storm bringing a slightly early close to proceedings.

“It’s too soon to give a verdict on the true level of this car, especially as we can’t make a comparison with the other teams, who can be running different programmes," said Vettel. "However, I’d say we have a good basis to work from.

"We did a lot of running, even in the rain, when we tried the new intermediate tyres, which worked well, getting up to temperature despite the cold: that’s a definite step forward. The applause in the garage at the end of the session? Well, everyone was happy we’d even managed to run in the wet with nothing bad happening. The boys have got enough to do in the garage as it is…”.

Sauber’s Felipe Nasr and Toro Rosso’s Max Verstappen - both entering their first season in Formula One racing - were among the others who ventured out in the wet conditions.

It was Nasr who ultimately got closest to Vettel, putting Sauber second with a 1m 21.867s. That left him half a second clear of Williams’ Valtteri Bottas and the Mercedes of 2014 world champion Lewis Hamilton.

"It was a great day," Nasr reflected. "I was able to complete a lot of laps, and I was happy with everything I saw. I was getting used to the systems, the procedures and the characteristics of the car. Now we can start working on the details."

Hamilton was able to clock up 91 laps, the most of any driver, as Mercedes once again demonstrated impressive reliability - although a water leak from a failed component brought his day to a slightly premature finish.

"That was a satisfying day," said the reigning champion. "We did a lot of laps and I got a feel for the car quite quickly. We're in the first days of testing so it never feels that great as the car is at the worst it will be all season. But it feels the same as it did last year which is a good thing. A little more downforce maybe but otherwise it handles exactly the same.

"The balance obviously wasn't perfect as we're not working on set-up yet, so it could be a lot better. But the priority right now is to put in the laps, not set fast times, and there were lots of positives today. We got good mileage and hopefully we'll get even more in the next two days."

Verstappen was fifth fastest, 1.5s down on Hamilton, while Lotus’s Pastor Maldonado and McLaren’s Jenson Button rounded out the top seven.

"In the morning we had some difficulties in warming up the brakes, but we fixed that very quickly," Verstappen said. "After that, we managed to do some long runs that helped me to learn about the new car straight away. In the afternoon it rained a bit, but it was useful for me to experience the intermediate tyres. It feels good to finally start working for the upcoming season."

Lotus had initially played down their chances of running before the third day of the test as they finalised the build programme of their E23 Hybrid. They were able to join the fray early in the morning, however, with Maldonado eventually racking up 41 laps.

“It was fantastic to get behind the wheel for the first ever lap of this exciting new car," said Maldonado. "Even though it’s early days we achieved a lot today. It was already exciting to feel the potential of the car and I can’t wait to get back in the car tomorrow. The car certainly looks fantastic and I know we have a lot of potential for the season ahead.”

McLaren’s progress with their new Honda-powered car was more limited, as a recurring problem confined Button to the garage for much of the day. The team did emerge in the final minutes, but only for a sedate out-lap. Button therefore ended the day with six laps - matching what 2015 team mate Fernando Alonso managed on day one - and an unrepresentative best time of 1m 54.655s, more than 30s down on Vettel.

“Today was another tricky day, but we feel like we’ve overcome the main issue that affected our running during the first two days of the test," said Yasuhisa Arai, Honda's chief motorsport officer. “For tomorrow, we’re hopeful that we’ve moved on, and that we can get some more laps completed.”

Daniil Kvyat was the eighth and final runner for Red Bull, although the Russian did not set a time on his first day in the RB11 after damaging the front wing in an early spin. With no replacement, Kvyat had the unusual task of completing several installation runs with no front wing.

"Sometimes mistakes happen and there's nothing you can do about them," Kvyat said. "After that we tried to maximise our day, not having spare parts to replace the wing. We still maximised our running with what we had and hopefully we can recover from that."

The only team absent from the timesheet were Force India, who have opted to skip the first test completely whilst they develop their new car.

Testing continues at Jerez on Tuesday.

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Owen Meany    552

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Sebastian Vettel has played down the significance of his two days at the top of the timesheets during testing in Jerez, saying Mercedes will remain favourites no matter what happens in the pre-season.

For the second consecutive day Vettel set the fastest lap at Jerez with a time of 1:20.984 in the Ferrari. He completed a total of 147 laps over the two days, 101 short of reigning champions Mercedes who he thinks are aiming for long runs rather than lap times.

"I think generally we had a different approach today than Mercedes," he said. "They didn't do as many laps as yesterday, but even without any running here they would still go in as the favourites. We have to remember where we are coming from. There is a lot of change going on, new things and a lot of stuff that we learned. In that regard it was good to run and it's important to keep running, to learn the car, understand all the numbers and make sure we improve at the next test.

"It's still very early to tell [how competitive we are] because in the end it always depends how you compare to other people. Some people didn't show much, others, if you look at Mercedes, are running a slightly different approach with more longer runs and extreme long runs. In that regard it's difficult, but speaking about the feeling inside the car, I'm quite happy and I think we definitely have a good platform to start working from and move on to, so that's the target in the next couple of weeks."

Compared to last year when Vettel completed very limited mileage with Red Bull, he said he was happy with Ferrari's start.

"Certainly it could be worse and if you compare it to last year at this stage it's looking quite a bit better. We did a lot of laps, especially today, and in winter testing if you see anything running a bit hot you take your time to have a look. Unfortunately it takes time but we got some running on the new inters which seemed to work even in these conditions. Overall I think we can be fairly pleased."

Vettel received a round of applauds from the Ferrari garage when he returned to the pits after his final run in wet conditions.

"Everyone was happy - especially towards the end with the wet running - that I kept the car on the track. They have a long night anyway and I didn't make it any longer. Winter testing is always critical for spares, so in that regard it's important. I hope that tomorrow and the day after Kimi finds at least the same reliability or even better compared to what I had

Read more at http://en.espnf1.com/ferrari/motorsport/story/190381.html#WTMAAhP5ocwVcCDd.99

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Owen Meany    552

Vettel received a round of applauds from the Ferrari garage when he returned to the pits after his final run in wet conditions.

 

Vettel het klaar die spangees in die Ferrari kamp drasties verbeter, iets wat Alonso nie kon regkry nie. 

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Vettel received a round of applauds from the Ferrari garage when he returned to the pits after his final run in wet conditions.

 

Vettel het klaar die spangees in die Ferrari kamp drasties verbeter, iets wat Alonso nie kon regkry nie. 

 

Dis nou maar een ding van ons Duitsers - Goeie motivators en mense verhoudings.... Go Figure!

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Vivie en Vlaggie is maar stil. Hulle was so spraaksamig hierdie tyd verlede jaar.

 

Nee daar is net party posts wat doodeenvoudig net nie replys werd is nie .

 

die seisoen nog lank.... kyk of jy langer kan vasbyt die jaar

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Owen Meany    552

Nee daar is net party posts wat doodeenvoudig net nie replys werd is nie .

 

die seisoen nog lank.... kyk of jy langer kan vasbyt die jaar

 

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