The renamed Jordan team –
With rain pouring onto the track, he managed to be 1.1 seconds shy of the pace setting
The reason for this apparent change in form comes down to many reasons. For a start, it is unknown what fuel levels each car is running. Obviously more fuel in the car makes it heavier and has a knock-on effect to the lap time. For all we know, Webber may have been running with a full tank so the team can assess its handling with the extra weight. Monteiro may have been running light and thus would look quite competitive in comparison. But in reality of a Grand Prix, he would be miles away from Team Willy.
Another reason for a difference in testing and race form is the purpose of the test for each team. Williams may have been focusing on tyre development in Barcelona, and may have not been driving at full pace. They may have been recreating a typical race scenario where a driver may have to pace himself in order to preserve his boots. Monteiro may have been flat-out, trying to judge the cars qualifying speed, or even the tyre degredation that may occur during short bursts of fast laps.
I’m also a little wary of Midlands apparent pace because of the circuit conditions. It was raining in Barcelona yesterday, and the
Personally, I cannot see Midland challenging Red Bull or BMW Sauber. The teams I can see Midland competing with are Super Aguri and Scuderia Toro Rosso.
Am I wrong? Let me know what you think?