World champions lead the laps charts in the pre-season tests, but unlike last year, the advantage is not so big and Ferrari are not far behind the Brackley team.
Number of laps in testing is the number one priority because teams want to go through predefined programs to test and develop their new cars as fast as possible.
Mercedes leads the team list with 558 laps, despite the poor last day when they missed the morning part due to problems with the electronics and by the end of the day Bottas clocked “only” 68 laps.
Ferrari took advantage and closed the gap to 90 laps after four days and to 83.87% of Mercedes’ number of laps. Sauber, with 2016. Ferrari engine are the third team on laps list with 349 laps or 62.54% of Mercedes’ effect.
Haas had a very strong second winter in Formula 1 with very reliable and pretty fast VF-17 that uses the new specification of Ferrari engine – the US team completed only six laps less than Sauber (61.47%).
Red Bull didn’t have the best first test because they were constantly interrupted by minor problems and completed only 294 laps(52.69%). Renault, with the same power unit, drove the only one lap less (52.50%), and Force India after a very bad first day have 278 laps in total, a little less than half the number of Mercedes laps (49.82%).
Lance Stroll took almost two full days from his Williams team after his first day was limited to 12 laps and his incident in the third day prevented his team to compete on the final day. Therefore, Williams is only eighth on the number of laps list (223), with only 39.96% of Mercedes laps.
McLaren Honda still managed to gather 208 laps during the four days (37.28%) after a disastrous first two days, and Toro Rosso is last after they completed only one lap on the final day (32.80%).
NUMBER OF LAPS – TEAMS
|3.||Sauber (Ferrari 2016.)||72||67||126||84||349|
|5.||Red Bull Renault||50||89||70||85||294|
|7.||Force India Mercedes||39||86||71||82||278|
|10.||Toro Rosso Renault||51||68||63||1||183|
NUMBER OF LAPS – ENGINES
Mercedes leads the engine list too, but Ferrari drove 61 laps more on the final day, not counting last year’s engine in the Sauber. Mercedes is the new power unit gathered 1049 laps with three cars (an average of 349.67 per car) and Ferrari completed 811 laps with the two cars (an average of 405.5 per car).
Renault had a solid first test with an all new power unit with 770 laps from Renault, Red Bull and Toro Rosso. (average 256.67 per car) while Ferrari engine from 2016. was also very productive because Sauber completed 349 laps, only slightly below the average of the Mercedes engine.
Honda is dead last, no matter if we look at the absolute amount of laps (only 19.83% of Mercedes’ number) or number of laps per car (208 or 51.29% of Ferrari’s average).