Now, my colleague Peter has already updated everyone with some stats from the three tests in Jerez & Bahrain, which I think are enough to give a very rough idea of how things stand at the moment. It’s clear that the Mercedes powertrain seems the best to start with Ferrari behind and Renault playing the catch-up with others. But nothing can be certain until the race is over as we all know; it is only after the Australian GP, when we will actually know who is where and who is the best for starters. It’s good to get that all-important mileage under the belt and sort out all the problems that cropped up at testing but a race weekend is a different ball game altogether.
No matter how the team is doing, it always comes down to how the rivals are doing. Although SFI are likely to score well in the races, with good reliability and decent pace, there are few a teams who look a touch better than SFI at the moment. It is a no-brainer that both Mercedes and Williams did a massive number of laps with minimal issues and had some good outright pace. Though it’s not known what fuel load they were carrying and what set-up the cars had when they set those lap times but these two teams are looking really good for wins and podiums. To add to the list, McLaren were also not that bad in the scheme of things. And for the other teams, it was only Ferrari or maybe Sauber who looked slightly better with all the running they had. Although Red Bull were far from running decently, but with Newey leading the team and the resources they have, they could spring a surprise come Australia.
Keep calm, 2014 season is HERE. A new chapter begins, don’t dare to miss it.