David Croft Writes for Silverstone

Testing, testing, one-two, one-two, as they say. Well they do if they’re my mate Baggy for instance. He’s a sound engineer and probably says that quite a bit, but you might not have uttered that phrase ever, I really don’t know.

Either way, it’s all been about testing in the last couple of weeks in the world of F1. Eight days where the new cars were put through their paces and where the teams battled to find the sweet spot and try to put their car in a window of performance in time for the first Grand Prix.

In truth, most will have come back from Barcelona thinking that they’re sat on the ledge outside their required window of performance, whilst some will have gone back to base believing the window was still firmly shut. From what I could gather from the various conversations I had over the course of the four days I spent in Barcelona, nobody was completely happy.

Not even Ferrari who, for the second year running, posted the fastest two times. And, unlike last year, preferred to let their car do most of the talking, rather than make bold predictions. Information was scarce from the Scuderia, but the reliability was good and the times, at first glance, impressive.

Beware, though, of reading too much into the times. Some teams were definitely hiding their true pace, Ferrari may not have been hiding as much as some.

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