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Analysis of Barcelona Friday: Did Aston Martin steal from Red Bull?

Analysis of Barcelona Friday: Did Aston Martin steal from Red Bull?
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9:29 p.m

The Friday in the analysis

The day is coming to an end, the paddock is emptying and we say goodbye at this point. The last info of the day: Albon was cleared of the charge of having stood in the way of Sainz in FT2.

So no punishment for the Williams driver, and of course we’ll be back for you tomorrow with a new ticker edition. Here are the most important dates on Saturday:

10:30 a.m.: Team Principal PK
1:00 p.m.: FT3
4:00 p.m.: Qualifying

Finally, the reference to our big video analysis for Friday follows again. Kevin Scheuren and Christian Nimmervoll talked about the following topics for about an hour:

– Summary of Friday training in Barcelona
– Aston Martin: Did Vettel’s team steal from Red Bull?
– “Show & Tell”: These are the team updates for Barcelona
– Alonso criticizes FIA race director Wittich and commissioners
– “Wimp” discussion: Alonso contradicts Sainz
– Vettel criticizes current Formula 1 engines as “exhaust gas”
– Long run analysis with Kevin Hermann
– DTM tickets Norisring: Sweepstakes for channel members

Have fun with it and see you tomorrow!


9:02 p.m

Leclerc: Race pace is not right yet

“Our qualifying runs don’t look so bad,” says the fastest of the day. At the same time, however, we still have to work “on our race pace and on tire management”, according to the Monegasque.

Local hero Sainz ended up in P4 behind the two Mercedes drivers and explains that FT1 was “positive”, FT2 was then a little more difficult, “because we were struggling a bit with the tires and the balance”, said Sainz.

So the changes they made for FT2 don’t seem to have worked. We want to correct that for tomorrow. “I’m sure we’ll find a more comfortable set-up,” said the Spaniard.

In any case, he hasn’t given up the dream of winning at home.


8:48 p.m

Williams just too slow today

Including the Friday drivers, 23 drivers started today. And if you exclude Vips, who was doing an alternative program for Red Bull, the three Williams drivers effectively finished in the last three places.

“We were very far away if we didn’t dress it up,” admits Latifi, who emphasizes that “there isn’t just one problem” at the moment. “There are many different problems that we need to tackle,” he muses.

“It felt like I was driving a completely different car,” he shrugs. Even reserve pilot de Vries was faster today, the Canadian was almost 0.7 seconds behind Albon.

“We’re not as fast as we’d like to be,” admits Albon. But at least he had his team-mate under control today – even though he missed a session.


8:36 p.m

Pirelli assumes two stops

According to their first analyses, the Italians expect two stops on Sunday. “The left front tire was the one that was used the most,” explains Mario Isola, who sees this as the “limiting factor” for the drivers.

He is therefore assuming a two-stop race. “The big question” is now which tires will be used. Especially since the difference between the three mixtures is “slightly larger than expected”.

The difference between soft and medium on paper is 1.1 seconds, and that between soft and hard is a full 2.4.


7:57 p.m

live stream

Don’t forget: In just over 30 minutes, Kevin Scheuren and Christian Nimmervoll will be reporting live on the Formel1.de YouTube channel with the big analysis of Barcelona Friday. Of course, the focus is on the “green Red Bull”. The following topics are planned:

– Summary of Friday training in Barcelona
– Aston Martin: Did Vettel’s team steal from Red Bull?
– “Show & Tell”: These are the team updates for Barcelona
– Alonso criticizes FIA race director Wittich and commissioners
– “Wimp” discussion: Alonso contradicts Sainz
– Vettel criticizes current Formula 1 engines as “exhaust gas”
– Long run analysis with Kevin Hermann
– DTM tickets Norisring: Sweepstakes for channel members


7:53 p.m

Schumacher optimistic: Q3 is in

Haas is the only team completely without updates this weekend. Nevertheless, Schumacher emphasizes: “The plan is still to hopefully get into Q3. And I think we’re on the right track to do that.”

He ended the day in P10, with teammate Magnussen in P12. In any case, it was “the right decision” to forgo a major update in Barcelona for the time being and to save the money, according to Schumacher.

The big package should come in France.


7:47 p.m

McLaren: Norris damage can be repaired

Sigh of relief at McLaren: “We can fix it overnight,” says Andrea Stella about the damage Norris got when driving over a curb. As a result, he was only able to complete six laps in FT2.

“It was a difficult day for me,” admits Norris, who hopes to turn things around tomorrow. He ended the day P14 on the combined timesheets, teammate Ricciardo only P16 – without the update.

“We tried a few different settings in both sessions,” he reports, admitting: “Obviously we’re not where we want to be on the timesheets.” But the top 10 will be there tomorrow. Let’s see.


7:40 p.m

Aston Martin with handbrake on

At least that’s what Lance Stroll says, who speaks of a “positive first day” and explains: “We approached it a little cautiously today, because understandably we’re a bit short on spare parts.”

The update was definitely “a step in the right direction”. “The car felt good for one lap,” he reports. In terms of balance, however, one could certainly make a step forward.

With P8 and P13 in the combined time sheet, things didn’t go too badly for Aston Martin today. Let’s see whether Q3 is possible for both drivers tomorrow.


7:32 p.m

Fresh technology pictures

Our photographers have been busy and, as promised, we have once again filled our technology photo series with fresh snapshots. Click through, it’s worth it!


Photo gallery: Formula 1 technology: detailed photos at the Spanish Grand Prix 2022


7:18 p.m

It doesn’t fit with AlphaTauri yet

P11 and P15 on the combined timesheets for Gasly and Tsunoda. “Today wasn’t our best Friday. It was extremely difficult. We can’t seem to get the car where we want it to be,” reports the Frenchman.

“The conditions don’t help either,” he shrugs his shoulders and explains: “It won’t be an easy race for anyone. The car has never liked these super hot temperatures.” At least you are “not too far” away from the top 10.

Teammate Tsunoda is also “not so happy” with the car so far. “We have a lot of work ahead of us tomorrow if we want to aim for Q3 in qualifying,” said the Japanese. “But I think it’s possible,” he says combatively.


7:08 p.m

Hamilton “super happy” with P3

We have never seen the record champion so satisfied in the whole season! He rates Friday “positively” and states that he is “super happy with the progress” that Mercedes has made.

“We’re not the fastest yet,” he clarified. But you are on the right track. It was the first time that Mercedes had almost no bouncing on the straights.

“It’s much better,” he reports, explaining that with a little fine-tuning, you could be even faster tomorrow. We are excited!


7:00 p.m

Mercedes at the front? Wolff is also skeptical

“We were also pretty strong in Miami on Friday and I think that if the grip level builds up, then maybe we’ll return to our old weakness,” says the Mercedes team boss, slowing down expectations at ‘Sky’ after P2 and P3.

The bouncing could return – as it did recently in Miami. “But solid for a Friday,” he sums up, adding: “I think we might have had a bit more motor than Ferrari and Red Bull.”

“But at least we’re not as far away as we were before,” said Wolff.


6:53 p.m

Bottas confirms: It was probably an engine failure

“I could see and smell the smoke,” he says after his defect in FT2, adding: “Before that, I heard a noise that didn’t sound good. We still haven’t got the car back, so we don’t know for sure.”

But he assumes that something broke on the engine. After all: “I’m sure we can fight back,” he says optimistically. Because the car actually looked “pretty good” today.

“At least Zhou had some long runs. I think we can still have a strong weekend,” said Bottas, who had previously finished FT1 in P17. But you only collected data and didn’t set a fast time.


6:46 p.m

Vettel: “Definitely not stepping back”

The Aston Martin driver is cautiously optimistic and explains with regard to the update on ‘Sky’: “It’s still difficult to compare at the moment because the conditions are not completely transparent. But it’s definitely not a step backwards. “

“I think we’re good for the first day […] can be quite satisfied”, he sums up and explains: “It was a good day for us because the car is practically new and with so many new parts it was important to get a lot of laps.”

With regard to the similarity to the Red Bull, he explains: “There are always similarities between the cars.” Right from the start, the option of switching to a different concept was kept open.

You have now done that. “We kept the door open because we weren’t quite clear,” said Vettel.


6:40 p.m

Verstappen after P5 unconcerned

Both Ferrari and Mercedes drivers were faster today. Nevertheless, the world champion is relatively relaxed after P5. “It was a bit difficult to find the right balance in the heat,” he reports.

So you “clearly” still have some work to do on a fast lap. “At least the long runs looked decent. I’m happy with that. It’s just about finding a middle ground,” he explains.

He doesn’t sound overly concerned.


6:32 p.m

The most important thing for Friday…

… we have of course summarized them again today in our own photo series. Take a look when you get a chance. The fastest way to get up to date!


Photo gallery: Formula 1 2022 Spain: The most important thing about Friday

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