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Pre-Season Testing and 2021 Predictions

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In this episode, we talk discuss about Pre-Season testing that was held on March 12-14 in Bahrain at The Bahrain International Circuit and share our predictions for F1 2021 Season.Topics included in this episode:What is Pre-Season Testing?Day 1Mercedes stay in garageMax Speed!Ferrari engine Issues continue..Alpha Tauri charging through the fieldDay 2Mercedes #1Red Flags Everywhere!Mick and Nikita playing dashing carsVettle sits in the garageAll teams riddled with issuesWilliams not being WilliamsHamilton pulls a VettleDay 3Max Speed!!YukiSmooth Operator smooth operatingEye catching Technical innovationsPredictions for 2021Wildcard Prediction

Hello and welcome back to a brand new episode with Fan Fiction. We are your hosts. I am a cash and I'm Sardam and we've got you a new episode on the preseason testing with Formula One, twenty and twenty one. We dive into this episode with what's Okay on the three days, any news coming out of press conferences and our thoughts on what these three days have been, if we formed any speculation. State tuned to see if we have, and you can listen to us on any of your favorite podcast dreaming APPs. Starting off, Sara, on what is what is preseason testing? Let's let's get some perspective there first. Okay, so all these teams have spent a lot of time in the last couple of months trying to develop the cars and bringing new innovations with air dynamics engine and try to improve their performance and improve their lap times round the various trucks that they're going to participate in. But overall, the only we for them to validate these invasions is by testing them on the track and there are a lot of limitations that FIA places in terms of how are the teams allowed to actually test their cars on track and most of this testing is done on simulators and these simulators are, you know, at the bleeding edge of technology, but still they don't give you the same results as actually testing things in real life. Usually what happens is they the testing is structured over two weeks and each of those sessions has four days. So these teams have, in all, eight days, which is a lot more than what they received this year. This year, since the last season ended so late, there was a very little time remaining for testing this year and essentially they will only three days of testing. So these teams had to scramble to fit in everything in those three days. As its really rights O, there is there is less time and I think everyone's scrambling to get most out of their attract time try and learn their new cars. I think it's going to be all the more challenging for a few new folks on that track right like if we've got quite a few new drivers on that track with new cars their first one up that that comes to mind is Yuki San know that coming in from carline motor racing in formula to Red Bulls sister team, or Red Bulls School, if you will. Filling in that second position at Alpha Toury, right, so big hopes from him. Has has got a brand new team as well. Yep, that's right. For a while Hass has had the same two drivers, grow Jean and what's Oh man, magnisin, magusine? Oh yeah, right, magusine. Yeah, once you leave fn people just forget you. So, yeah, yeah, anyways. So they have two new drivers. First is mix Schumacher, who's the son of the legendary Michael Schumacher, and there's another rookie that's joining the team this year. That's Niketamazepin, who will be partnering Mick Shuemaker. That's true. That's true.

And then we have another new driver, fairly old, I would say, not young. Some some guy named for Anando Alonzo. Never heard of him. I haven't seen him race much in F and last year. So it will be interesting to see how the rookie performs. A rookie. Hughes come back from his retirement, right, I hear? I got into some by bicycling racing and he's are okay there too, because apparently got into an accident as well. Oh yeah, well, that was a thing of concern for Alpine for a bid because I think he had been hit by a car while cycling and the rumors that he had structured his jaw or something, or I think he had probably just injured his job. But either ways, the old man gathered things up and appeared for testing and barring. So good for him. Yeah, it is good to see him back in form on that track in the car. Lovely new drivers on that track. Diving into a day one. A bit of a sandstorm happening on day one. Track conditions warm and windy. Everyone's trying to collect card data but struggling to get that grip on on that track board. Or some highlights, and what are your thoughts on Day One? Oh yes, so day one gently is when these teams are testing their cars pretty much for the first time on the track. That I mean they do get some time before testing to test out their cars for media days basically, but this is pretty much the first time that they're doing like rule laps on the track and really pushing their cars and like making sure that their innovations that they're working on hard actually bringing and results. Yeah, it's true, and we've seen. We've seen everyone struggling, not just from a driver's perspective but also from the engineering side of things, where we've seen a couple of gear box issues or powertrain issues. The first ones coming in from heavy lifters like mercedies itself, with Bot as only pitting what six laps and then setting out for the rest of the day. Make sure macca, who the greater part of the world's looking forward to see on that track, also ran into similar issues with has yeah, and did you know that morsities had actually foregone their media days and they basically lost the opportunity to, you know, fire up the engine and do some initial basic testing for the media days? What basically happened was it was raining really heavily it at Silverston and they decided that it's just not worth testing anything in this rain because the results are going to be all over the place. But essentially that came back to bite them because they wasted so much time on day one because of all the issues that that's right. Even Hamilton has been struggling on day one. We've seen him somewhat spin on day too, but we'll come today to on day one. It's just not being easy, even for heavy lifters. Like talking about how we lefters. Do you notice how many laps red bulleted Unday one. It was about one and sixty nine laps. Yeah, they've been showing quite some reliability there. It's a renewed red bull because I think they have got this good contention for the title this year after coming off of a...

...very strong season lasting that to considering that last year pretty much Max was the only driver contributing to this points consider what they could achieve with such a petters this time. Yeah, I mean, overall from testing I've been impressed with surgeous performance as well, not to overshadow Red Bulls B team, Alpha Taury. Although Yuki ran out of fuel and had to end testing early, I think it was still a good day for both of the teams, showing that Honda engine reliability and putting good, good number of laps. Ghastly sounded very positive after his day one. So yeah, I mean I have my fingers crossed for it will. Oh Yeah, red bull has been doing pretty good this year in terms of test sting. And another thing that I've heard is Honda basically has come out with the new engine this year and they say that this is based of a new platform entirely, and since this is pretty much their last year as engine manufacturer. They are kind of going all in with this year's engine and they claim this that this new engine is faster than the most of eases, two thousand and twenty engine, which would probably make things a lot interesting. I'd love to see that. I'd love to see that constructor champions Trophy go to a different team, although I don't mind seeing Hamilton on the podium, I'd love to see Max and Carlos be their way more than the men in black that I'm used to seeing last year and the previous years. Yes, certainly. I think pretty much almost all fans all around the world of F one are longing for the days when results become a little more unpredictable than what yeah currently are. So everyone's definitely routing for Honda and Red Bull, because I feel that through the past couple of years red bull has gained a lot of performance. They have covered a lot of ground as compared to most of these and having super consistent I would like Max and this year he has a teammate who would give him the support that he needs, so we can expect good things from red pull this year. That's true. Well, fingers cross. Well, actually, talking about engines, let's talk a little bit about the Ferrari engine. Considering all the issues that Ferrari had last year and all the power that they had lost last year because of the cheating and then the settlement that they did with a FIA and everything, Martia Beo to basically claims that they have made up all the power that they had lost and last year, and from what he claims, it seems like they will be more competitive, though probably not at the front, but still they'll be pretty close to be at the top of the you know, socalled Formula One point five series. That goes all right, right, right, right. Yeah, I mean I chuckled a bit there on their day one performance because Ferrari came in with the hopes of driving with their new power unit, in hopes of getting some redemption done, and then I started laughing because the immediate next movement was luckier coming to a hall Youtube Power Unit Issues. But nonetheless, I mean I joke here, but nonetheless I I agree with you that they do have that good shot, from what Martea says, of being at the top of the failed or so called one point five for Milawa. Yeah, let's hope for Ferrari's sake and for all the legacy that they have that they do make. You know, they do covers aground some ground this...

...year and I hate to see them at the sixth position that they are right now at. So yeah, speaking of Ferrari, let's also talk a little bit about their B team, which is Alpha Roomeo Alfa. Romeo. For a couple of years, except for the last year, actually was doing pretty good in the rest of, you know, the back of the field basically, but I think last year they lost a lot of ground and I'm looking at the performance that Juvenatzi pertain on the day one of testing, I have some renewed hopes for this team and considering that he put in around one hundred and thirty nine laps, that kind of also shows that they didn't have the liability that they need. So I'm hoping that Alpha does a lot better next year. And another good performance put in was by launch troll. He went fourth fastest on day one, which is quite good, though in in quite honesty, the timings that we see for testing are oftentimes not really comparable because a lot of these teams hard doing, you know, different simulations. Some are doing long high fuel run, some are doing qualification simulations. Some are, you know, trying to test their new Arrow innovation. So while stroll was the fourth fastest, we still have to kind of wait to see what kind of a performance this green mercedies dellavers this year. Right, yeah, yeah, right. It's been an interesting day one. I wouldn't want to also take away what Williams did on day one, where they only drove their test driver, Roy in Sonny. He could be that next driver for Williams, coming in from the dams team in F to. Williams surprisingly looks promising to me, on contrary to what their library had made me think about them. I'm hopeful. I'm hopeful to see what Williams does during the races. Is An interesting day nonetheless, with renewed hopes on day to my my two cents, there is if day one was all about gear box issues, day two was quite a lot about spinning, with science spinning, LA THIEF HE SPINNING. Hamilton's pulled a wetter and sort of almost beach this car bringing in their flags. What are your thoughts? Oh Yeah, there were a lot of fins. I think it's all got to do with day one being relatively being a short day and most teams having some of the other issues. And you know, all of these drivers are I mean, obviously they're practicing on their own simulators, but still, you know, driving these cars at the edge of the performance is a very difficult task and even if you have been practicing a lot on your simulators, it's still is a lot different to actually drive these cars on the track. It's been so long since they've driven these cars they're bound to make mistakes, and I feel it's better to make these mistakes right now than after the season starts. Yeah, and it was interesting to see Hamilton blaming the rare of the car not feeling right on regulation changes, although he may be right. But Hey, I I am an opinionated guy about Hamilton, although I like him as a driver now, since is is seven years streak. But Hands Hands Well, if you've noticed both US...

...was also kind of talking about something similar, that the rare and of the mercedies is not as stable as it earlier was, though I'm not entirely sure whether this is just some prescripted words that they're saying just because they want to show that they are not at the top of the game. I mean most of these always does this right. Like each year we see during testing they are not always the fastest and come Australia they are right there at the pole position, and not just the pole position, there at one, two and as like everybody loves calling this as sandbagging. Basically, just pretend that you don't have the performance and fool your competitors believing that, oh yeah, you're not at the top of the game. Another interesting thing that happened a day too is Paris is engine covered apparently was ripped off on a straight while he was coming off the back of Latifee and he was just trying to overtake Latifie and yeah, his engine coach just blew off and it was shattered into pieces and like it was all over the track. I think they had to red flag the session again to red flugs in the in one day, basically they had to hold the whole session clean up the track because these pieces, because most of the body of these cars is carbon fiber, and once carbon fibers charters, it creates season or tiny sharp like pieces which just destroy these stiles on the cars. So they have to like ensure that all of these pieces are removed from the road. Otherwise, you know, one of the piece could really harm one of these drivers. Speaking of incidents, I mean half so was not prevy to escaping it either. Nikita was, I guess, in in the zone for racing. I guess he was almost going to run off few folks off that track. Luckily he didn't. So yeah, that's well, it's positive. And in the pit lanes to house was having dramas with make probably being over excited starting off his car maybe just a second earlier and overrunning his front Jack in the pits. No harm done and no damage is done. So that's the good part. But it shows that, even if their team's not that ready, both the drivers are in full on action to show their metal on on their race track. But talking of issues, were there were issues with Aston Martin to Right Sor Oh yeah, that sort I was just about to say when you said that. You know, all drivers are trying to prove their worth on the track. Unfortunately, Sebastian wettel did not get the supportunity through the first two days because he constantly had issues. I think on DAP to he had gearbox issues and on day one I think he had some fuel related issues. If I'm not wrong. But for me a bigger controversy came from his ex teammate, Charles Claire. During one of the drivers conferences he was asked, do you think you are the new team leader for Ferrari? I mean it's an obvious question from press because he's got a new teammate, Carlos Science in there, who's also going to try to prove his metal. But his response, his first words were well, I have more time with Ferrari than Carlos, so it would be. But I don't think there is a leader. I mean I sort of see this...

...as a beginning of a sort of relation, although he tried to cover it up, but he still went ahead saying that he's got more time, showing that mentally he's probably thinking he's a leader, even though the team doesn't have any of that stime. So overall, I think, an interesting, controversial fund fill day to I know. I think overall day too was a little better for everybody in the sense that teams were able to actually put in some good laps and they were actually able to gage the performances of their cars, and so yeah, I think overall day too was much better. Now and to think of it. Actually, most of these had a pretty good day on day two, after all the speculation that went on day one with all their gay box issues. Well, Trebot US was at the top of the charts on day two, so you know, there you have it, mercedies. You cannot underestimate them. They still our seven time world champion and you still have to give them their due respect. Another person who did really well on day two was Pierre Ghastly, as you have talked earlier as well. I think Pierre has really found his home at Alpha to yeah, somehow he has shelled up with the team so well. He is in tune with the car so well that I think we can expect great things from Pierre this year. You are second on the charts and yeah, I feel that Alpha towery would probably play a larger role than just being a B team at red bull this year if Pierre continues to deliver this performance. Agree don't? All right, so let's move on to the day three of testing. Day One, and day too, I think most teams were trying to work out all their issues. This was their first times trying to test out their cars and they were trying to make all the mistakes early on as they could, so that you know they don't make these mistakes when the season begins. So, relatively speaking, day three was a much better day, with a lot fewer incidents and most of these teams had quite smooth running, as you could see. Williams as well doing decently. Russell in particular doing good, and I think in one of the press conferences he mentioned that Williams would probably have a kind of a Yoyo effect this year where they might be quite quick on some tracks and really slow on the others. So that's something to look forward to. I'm kind of tired to see Williams and the nineteen and twenty eight position race after reefs. So I'm really hoping that they are at least able to score some points this season, because I think that itself would be a large step for them. Yeah, I'm hoping that Williams makes up ground this year. and talking about good performances, Yuki so no das another driver who really did well on day three. I think he came in second, right behind Max and and I think that's that's a great feat because Yuki is it's his rookie or Alpha toury is very competitive team with peer, ghastly as it as his teammate, and I think he has a lot to prove. I'm sure he's super excited for the supportunity because being an Alpha towry is pretty much an express ticket to get into red bull, and every junior driver wants to go to...

...red bull because I think red bull is one of the few teams, which one of the few top teams rather, which is always eager to pick up these young drivers, like teams like more cities and Ferrari, are oftentimes really reluctant to give their second seat to new drivers. And I mean even if we think about it right, like recently they have had all of the drivers have been so young. Even to think of Max. When Max joined Red Bull, he he was barely eighteen right. I think there was a point when he was driving fone cars and he didn't have a license to drive a regular car, which that week for itself. Yeah, and Max also had an amazing performance during this testing. He topped the chart until one as well as day three. I think that just comes to to how consistent Max has become these days. I think that Hamilton should be a little worried that if red bull does deliver a card with which Max can't fight Hamilton. I think he's going to have some problems, that's true. And it's not just going to be red bull is. I mean at least not twenty twenty one. But there is there is some good hopes coming in from Ferrari as well, kids with the with the driver's press conference towards the end, when we have ten principles talking, Matteo sounded very confident for the car, at least on this trades he was. He was self aware that they probably don't have a fight for the top this year, but they do see themselves contending good for that midfield and the Formula F one point five position. My concerns, though, are only with has, probably because they've openly said that they are not going to be concentrating on on two thousand and twenty one. I wish I could say that at my job they are looking already into two thousand and twenty two. The drivers are eager to prove themselves and we could see that in day three with Mas opin almost again running into what was a spun Louis on that track. But that just gives me hopes for Williams as well. Is. I can see then finishing at least a head of has in this season. So fingers crossed for that. Overall Day three. Yeah, drivers trying to get more relapsed in getting themselves comfortable with with their car. Wrapping thoughts on day three from you, Sarum? Yeah, I think overall day three was relatively a dull day from the perspective of audience. Teams must be really happy because there was no shenanigans. It was all, you know, all boring, as it should be. From their perspective, things should be as predictable as possible and that's how it was. So I think overall they must have gathered a lot of good data which they would be analyzing over the next couple of weeks tuning their cars, getting them ready for for the next race, which starts on twenty eight of March at Bardrain. So yeah, I think overall it was a successful day for all the teams. With three days of testing done. There was definitely some deck that stood doubt and some innovations that stood out right sun and the first one, for me at least, was Alpha towery's in courts fancy nose, which is interesting because what they've done is they've housed the camera in that fancy nose only to monitor this from doing flexing. I mean it's illegal to have front wing flexing, but it's also impossible to avoid it with high speeds, so they've dropped in a camera there.

We monitor the airflow and a friend doing flexing for Alpha Try. What are some other innovations that should out for you, Sou Yeah, I think red pool really stood out this time. I think there has been a lot of talk this year that, with the changes in the regulations for the floor, a lot of chatter going on that red bull is probably going to gain some advantage here because the way red will cars are designed, they generally have a higher rake. Basically, what that means is that they have the rere on red end of the car higher as compared to the front of the car, which gives them a little bit of a ground effect. Ground effect is nothing but drag that are produces when it goes under the car, which creates a kind of a suction effect and that really helps the cart stick to the ground. And at the speeds at which these cars are going, this ground effect is really important because it gives them good traction without actually adding any AER dynamic drag, so that way they can go faster and they can take the cottners faster, which basically translates into faster lap times, and also do something to add something similar to their benefit there. Oh yeah, there's as there has been a lot of talk about this. So McLaren has basically come up with kind of a red diffuser and that also kind of creates this ground effect which again kind of really would help them to carry speeds through these corners and that definitely is going to shave off some few seconds of their lap times. And with the new macla MOSSIES engine that the housing in their car, I think they are going to have this extra performance which they would have to compensate with having better Ed Anamic so that they can actually use that extra performance to gain some lap time. Talking about ground effect, you can see that the field is kind of divided a little in terms of reek angles and you can see that the cars which are more similar to Mer cities type designs have a lower recanngle, and this was actually advantageous for all of these cars in the older regulations where you were allowed to have slits in your floor, which is now banned this year. And with that change on the floor, the cars which have a higher recangle, like Red Pool, are going to gain some advantage, or at least that is what every speculating. But one interesting thing which I saw was that most bees has actually come up with an innovation to counter the lower rating angle that they have. So, since a slits were banned on the floor, they have come up with this new design where they actually mold the floor into peaks and valleys so that it simulates the effect of slits on the floor without actually having slits on the floor. Oh Wow. Oh Yeah, we see these innovations coming in from Mercedes every year and it's just I mean it, it makes me go this blows your mind rate. See, I am out of words and my brain just slows down. Yeah, but also talking about unusual concepts, there is Alpin's massive are box on top of their car, which is stood out with me. They what they've done is sort of taken a concept of Central Line Cooling. What that essentially...

...means is they've taken all their radiators and as such and put it on top of their car with that center air flow duct. I'LL BET it raises their center of gravity and it may be a bad thing, but experts say that it also in increases and gives them a best aero performance. So only times going to tell how that car is going to perform. Is it going to be performing as good as it looks? Oh Yeah, and did you also notice that Alpine was actually testing out two different rerends of the car, or rather two different engine covers of the car, where one was pretty sleek instant covered with a larger back fin and one was much chunkier engine covered. So I'm I guess. I guess that they kind of know about the higher set of gravity that they have with this larger herer intake, and I think they are trying out different solutions to make sure that this does not affect their error performance. Agree. Agree, but well, Saren after all of this exciting three days innovations and fingers crossed on orders, going to happen throughout the rest of the year? What I want to ask you is a different form of our episode ending tradition, which is, what are your top three predictions from drivers, and what are your top three predictions from constructors? Well, predictions, this is going to be interesting. Let me think, all right. Number one for me would be Pierre Ghastly gets number eight on the Drivers Championship. I feel that Pierre has been getting a lot of momentum with his race win last year and overall strong performances throughout the season, with Alpha toery improving their performance, him jelling so well with the team, as well as Honda coming up with entirely new design for their engine. I think all these factors might really help Pierre to beat the other folks and get that eighth position. The second prediction for me is for is for Daniel Ricardo. I would predict, with him going to McLaren, that's just going to probably improve his confidence. Last year we saw Daniel at the fifth position at drivers championship, but since he's changing teams, I think he'll continue to hold that position and I think he might have a couple of not so good races at the start of the season, but he'll soon get in tune with the car and bring the fight to Aston Martin, as will as Alpine, and I think he'll maintenance positionists as fifth on the board. The third prediction for me would be for George Russell. I predict that he will finally get his point in the Williams and I hope this is the year for him. And Yeah, so he probably will end up not at the nineteen position and somewhere a little about, probably seventeen or eating. Well. So for me the driver predictions go,...

I mean I want to start off with my favorite driver on that track who's back, Fernando Longso it's going to be interesting seeing him, but I still think he's gonna have a good Rayer, just bringing that good experience for him, bringing that good experience from him. I think is gonna be seven on the grid or driver's champions next up for me as pere as. He's going to give that good fight on that top leader board and I see him as before and signs, although the car's not going to perform as good as fans hope, but I think he's going to get that point, is going to finish above like clerk. Well, that's a bold prediction. But how about constructors sor? Well, for me I think red bull. I think red bull would finally bring the fight to mercedies. I still don't I'm not confident that they will win the constructors championship, but I think finally there would be some fight at the constructors championship with Sergeer Paris joining the team and, as I talked about earlier, the new engine from Honda, and also considering all the talk that's been going around about red bull having an advantage in terms of having a car that's more suited to the new regulations. If Red Bull are able to remove all their reliability issues, I think that this year would finally be the year when we actually see our title fight. The second prediction for me would be for Alpine. I think Alpine has been doing good. They are slowly gaining that momentum ear over ear last year they were fifth on the driver's champion on the constructors championship, and they were actually quite close to raising point. So I think that they'll continue to hold the fifth position that they had last year, but this year they probably will be closer to Aston Martin and McLaren as compared to the last year, so probably this is going to be a stronger for them as well. The third team that I'm want to talk about is Alpha Romeo. Alfa Romeo has always been a small team which punches a lot above their weight. Last year was probably an exception, and I would say it was not entirely their fault. Pretty much everybody knows what happened with the Ferrari engine and that directly translated into terrible results for all the frady customer teams, and Alfa Romeo was obviously a victim of the same issue. If what Mattia has been talking about the improvements in the Ferrari engine true, I think Alpha would do a lot better this year. Last year they were eight and I'm hoping that they I don't think that they will be seventh on the board because Alpha Tory has been doing really good, but I feel that they would not be a hundred points behind the seventh position as they were last year. I think they would be a lot closer and I think that they would be the clear winners at the end of the constructors table. Yeah, for me, I think Aston Martin's going to have a good season. I think it's going to either, well, let's say fourth, fourth on the table. I was going to say either third or four, but let's...

...say fourth on the table. Mark is gonna bore me and they are going to continue winning that constructed title. So I think star and you and I are going to have good contention if red bill keeps winning versus, to my want from the championship more keeps winning. My third prediction is for Williams because I'm excited for them having a new technical director, Jensen Button as their technical advisor. I think they're gonna not finish last on their table this year and it's going to be p nine for them on the table with probably has, but I don't know who's going to be because them, but I think it's going to be hospital of them. Hey, ah Kash, how about this? I have an idea. Let's do something different. Let's through in a wild card prediction. What I mean do I that US give me the wildest prediction that you can make and let's see if that comes true. That's interesting. You know what? I'm going to continue with my optimism on Williams and I say that out of that twenty drivers, Russell finishes fourteen or fifteen. That high up out of the twenty drivers. What's yours? For me, I think it would be kind of a continuation of last year. I think we are going to see the super substitute that Nico Hulkenberg, back on the track, briefless, somehody, for sure, again this seas. Oh Wow. Yeah, and considering all the Covid we are still going on over the world. There is still a high chance of some drivate catching it and Nico being in the right position to come and substrute for them. I'd love to see that. I love to see that. Well, folks, with that you have it. This was another episode from Fan Fiction on our thoughts about the pretesting season. Coming forward, we'll dive into the race weeks. It's going to be so exciting with these new colors and the unpredictableness from the pretesting that we take into these weekends. So tune into here more about these weekends and our banter and our thoughts on those races, and you can again listen us on any of your favorite streaming platforms. Until next time, by folks, bye, bye.

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