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Some drivers need to practice more than others. You would also think certain teams *cough* Mclaren *cough*, would be utilizing FP1-3 to do as much testing as possible. Well, lets see how the numbers stack up.
The rookies over at Toro Rosso seem to have been using their time wisely.
Chili has covered nearly 4400 Km in practice, making him the all time leader. Verstappen is #2 amongst all drivers, with just under 4000 Km.
This of course makes TR the team with the most practice mileage, just about 8400 Km.
Interestingly, Rosberg is #3. He too has covered just about 4000 Km in practice, about 500 Km more than Lewis. Nico is either putting a lot of work into improving, or Mercedes are using him to test parts more than Lewis. The reasons as to why there is such a disparity between their practice distance is a topic we can easily debate.
The bottom end of the scale has Grosjean, Alonso and Ricciardo, covering 2600, 2500, and 2800 Km respectively. Romain doesn’t really count though, as Joylon Palmer has run FP1 in over half the weekends so far, severely limiting Grosjeans running.
So if we throw out Ro Gro, that puts Button into the bottom 3, with just 2900 Km
That means Mclaren has covered just 5400 Km in FP1-3, compared to Toro Rosso’s 8400 Km.
Most surprising of the bottom three is Ricciardo. He has only covered 2800 Km, mostly because of failures with the Renault PU. It is quite a contrast to Toro Rosso, and further supports the theory that Red Bull has packaging problems with their engine/chassis, because the PU seems to be less prone to failure in TR’s car.
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