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How useful are pre-season testing lap times and lap counts for predicting in-season performance?
Ordering teams by the fastest lap they did overall in testing and comparing them to their final ordering in the constructor’s championship shows a surprisingly good correlation. This is very crude as I’m ignoring factors such as drivers and tyres and only comparing team performance, so take the results with a pinch of salt. The main outlier is RB, who did very poorly in pre-season testing with loads of engine and cooling gremlins, but ended up second in the championship in 2014. NB: In 2014 there were three tests: two in Bahrain and one in Jerez. I’ve used an aggregate of only the Bahrain times, as obviously the Jerez times aren’t comparable. Also note that I’ve used consistent names for teams across all years for simplicity (eg Renault=Lotus, Manor F1=Marrusia etc).
A bit more information from McLaren after Vandoorne stopped this morning. As he entered the pits, the Belgian suggested stopping the car as a precaution because he felt something unusual and the team agreed. The team does not believe it was a reliability problem. After seven laps, none of them timed, he’s in the garage now but expected out again shortly.