#### narf

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So they have more torque which means you can accelerate out of corners faster

How? Were last year's gearboxes including ratios carried over?

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So they have more torque which means you can accelerate out of corners faster

How? Were last year's gearboxes including ratios carried over?

^i think ratio's are free to choose by the teams

but they have to declare 20 (?) at the beginning of the year and can only choose from those...

also, last year there were 7 speeds, now they have 8...

"accellerate out of a corner faster" is an iffy term if you ask me

they got more torque, so can't get on the power as soon as last year

but once they can, it will be a faster acceleration...

but they have to declare 20 (?) at the beginning of the year and can only choose from those...

also, last year there were 7 speeds, now they have 8...

"accellerate out of a corner faster" is an iffy term if you ask me

they got more torque, so can't get on the power as soon as last year

but once they can, it will be a faster acceleration...

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[laymen's type discussion] I wonder if they average the optimal gear ratios from each track or if they average the optimal gear ratio for the tracks where the team's driver's perform best, of course this is all with respect to the torque and power curves of the engine. [/laymen's type discussion]

[laymen's type discussion] I wonder if they average the optimal gear ratios from each track or if they average the optimal gear ratio for the tracks where the team's driver's perform best, of course this is all with respect to the torque and power curves of the engine. [/laymen's type discussion]

Not really, I suspect they'll only use 8th at places like Monza, and go only up to 4th or 5th gear at Monaco.

[laymen's type discussion] I wonder if they average the optimal gear ratios from each track or if they average the optimal gear ratio for the tracks where the team's driver's perform best, of course this is all with respect to the torque and power curves of the engine. [/laymen's type discussion]

From the explanation I've heard the concept of "optimal" ratios only arises cause the torque power curves have a maximum value at a certain RPM. But because of the fuel flow limits in place, those curves now look really weird and plateau off instead of having a single maximum value. So you can have several different ratios that still give you the "optimum" performance as the torque/power curves are almost flat at the top...

Not really, I suspect they'll only use 8th at places like Monza, and go only up to 4th or 5th gear at Monaco.

Ok, so what you're essentially saying is that the gear ratios should be tailored to work optimally with Monza and other high speed tracks?

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The main reason is they are trying to limit costs by making them use the transmissions for more and more races by only allowing for a certain number to be used during a season without penalty. Changing gears for every race would essentially negate that rule since it would have to be rebuilt every time. So in other words, they have to choose 5 sets of gears (20 races) that will work for any 4 given races. If they don't use them for 4 races, then they get penalized.

It is also why you saw some retirements last year. There are loop holes in the rules if you have a gearbox failure, you can start with over with that particular one without penalty if it forces a retirement. I don't know what the rule is this year or if it has changed, but it is definitely a strategy decision, and I honestly don't really have a problem with it. I guess I would prefer that they could make the exact car they wanted to for every race, but I also see how the challenge of making a specific set of equipment work well in different races is cool too.

Hi Team,

Here?s a statistical rundown after four days in Bahrain for the second of the three pre-season tests.

Fastest laps of Bahrain Test One

1. Nico Rosberg, Mercedes, 1:33.283, New Soft tyres, Day Four.

2. Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes, 1:34.263, New soft tyres, Day Three.

3. Kevin Magnussen, McLaren, 1:34.910, New supersoft tyres, Day Two.

4. Jenson Button, McLaren, 1:34.957, New soft tyres, Day Four.

5. Nico Hulkenberg, Force India, 1:36.445, New soft tyres, Day Two.

6. Fernando Alonso, Ferrari, 1:36.516, Used soft tyres, Day Two.

7. Kimi Raikkonen, Ferrari, 1:36.718, New soft tyres, Day Four.

8. Felipe Massa, Williams, 1:37.066, New soft tyres, Day Three.

9. Esteban Gutierrez, Sauber, 1:37.180, Unknown tyre compound, Day Three

10. Valtteri Bottas, Williams, 1:37.328, Unknown tyre compound, Day Two.

Most laps completed by a driver

1. Nico Rosberg, Mercedes, 174 laps; 2. Valtteri Bottas, Williams, 171.

Bahrain test, Day One timesheet:

1. Nico Hulkenberg, Force India, 1:36.880, 78 laps

2. Fernando Alonso, Ferrari, 1:37.879, 64 laps

3. Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes, 1:37.908, 74 laps

4. Kevin Magnussen, McLaren, 1:38.295, 81 laps

5. Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull, 1:40.224, 14 laps

6. Adrian Sutil, Sauber, 1:40.443, 82 laps

7. Robin Frijns, Caterham, 1:42.534, 68 laps

8. Daniil Kvyat, Toro Rosso, 1:44.346, 5 laps

9. Romain Grosjean, Lotus, 1:44.832, 8 laps

10. Felipe Massa, Williams, No time, 5 laps

11. Jules Bianchi, Marussia, No time, 3 laps.

Bahrain Test, Day Two timesheet:

1. Kevin Magnussen, McLaren, 1:34.910, 46 laps

2. Nico Hulkenberg, Force India, 1:36.445, 59 laps

3. Fernando Alonso, Ferrari, 1:36.516, 97 laps

4. Nico Rosberg, Mercedes, 1:36.965, 85 laps

5. Valtteri Bottas, Williams, 1:37.328, 116 laps

6. Kamui Kobayashi, Caterham, 1:39.855, 66 laps

7. Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull, 1:40.340, 59 laps

8. Jean-Eric Vergne, Toro Rosso, 1:40.609, 58 laps

9. Esteban Gutierrez, Sauber, 1:40.717, 55 laps

10. Romain Grosjean, Lotus, 1:41.670, 18 laps

11. Max Chilton, Marussia, 1:42.511, 17 laps.

Bahrain Test, Day Three timesheet:

1. Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes, 1:34.263, 67 laps

2. Jenson Button, McLaren, 1:34.976, 103 laps

3. Felipe Massa, Williams, 1:37.066, 60 laps

4. Esteban Gutierrez, Sauber, 1:37.180, 96 laps

5. Sergio Perez, Force India, 1:37.367, 57 laps

6. Kimi Raikkonen, Ferrari, 1:37.467, 44 laps

7. Daniil Kvyat, Toro Rosso, 1:38.974, 57 laps

8. Pastor Maldonado, Lotus, 1:39.642, 26 laps

9. Daniel Ricciardo, Red Bull, 1:40.781, 28 laps

10. Marcus Ericsson, Caterham, 1:42.130, 98 laps

11. Max Chilton, Marussia, 1:46.672, 4 laps

12. Valtteri Bottas, Williams, No time, 55 laps.

Bahrain Test, Day Four timesheet

1. Rosberg, Mercedes, 1:33.283, 89 laps.

2. Button, McLaren, 1:34.957, 66 laps.

3. Raikkonen, Ferrari, 1:36.718, 81 laps.

4. Nasr, Williams, 1:37.569, 87 laps.

5. Maldonado, Lotus, 1:38.707, 59 laps.

6. Perez, Force India, 1:39.258, 19 laps.

7. Ricciardo, Red Bull, 1:39.837, 15 laps.

8. Vergne, Toro Rosso, 1:40.472 19 laps.

9. Kobayashi, Caterham, 1:43.027, 17 laps.

10. Ericsson, Caterham, 1:45.094, 4 laps.

11. Sutil, Sauber, No time, 7 laps.

12. Bianchi, Marussia, No time, 5 laps.

Total number of tyre sets used:

199 (5 sets of the supersofts; 37 of the softs; 89 of the mediums; 51 of the hards; 17 of the winters).

Longest runs completed:

16 laps on the supersofts; 16 laps on the softs; 22 laps on the mediums; 22 laps on the hards; 9 laps on the winters).

Total laps in Bahrain Test One:

Williams - 323

Mercedes - 315

McLaren - 296

Ferrari - 286

Caterham - 249

Sauber - 240

Force India - 213

Toro Rosso - 139

Red Bull - 116

Lotus - 111

Marussia - 29.

Total laps by each team during pre-season

Mercedes - 624

McLaren - 541

Ferrari - 538

Williams - 498

Sauber - 403

Force India - 359

Caterham - 329

Toro Rosso - 193

Red Bull - 137

Lotus - 111

Marussia - 59

Total laps by each engine manufacturer during pre-season

Mercedes - 2002

Ferrari - 1000

Renault - 770

Approximate kilometres by each team during pre-season

Mercedes - 2935 km

McLaren - 2564 km

Ferrari - 2544 km

Williams - 2403 km

Sauber - 1926 km

Force India - 1715 km

Caterham - 1621 km

Toro Rosso - 943km

Red Bull - 684 km

Lotus - 568

Marussia - 277.

Approximate kilometres by each engine manufacturer during pre-season

Mercedes - 9618 km

Ferrari - 4747 km

Renault - 3816 km.