Ahead of the first Winter Test of the 2017 Formula One season, I posted five prediction polls on Twitter. How many predictions  did you get correct? Find out here!


1. WHICH TEAM WILL BE FASTEST?

Your Prediction: Mercedes

Correct Answer: Mercedes

Mercedes did indeed set the fastest time of the week, with Valtteri Bottas clocking in a 1:19.705 on the third day of the test. He set his time on the purple ultra-soft tyres. His closest challenger to the top spot was Sebastian Vettel, who set a 1:19.952 on the soft tyre. Expect the lap times to tumble further next week as the drivers push their new 2017 machinery even closer to the limit.

2. WILL IT RAIN ON ANY DAY OF THE TEST?

Your Prediction: No

Correct Answer: No

It stayed dry all week apart from on Thursday, though the dampness was artificial. The track was soaked by three tanks dispersing 250,000 litres of water over the track. The water was apparently taken from a nearby pig farm, and was not suitable for drinking.

3. WHICH ENGINE WILL FAIL FIRST?

Your Prediction: Honda

Correct Answer: Honda

Yes, somewhat predictably, it was Honda who suffered the most with engine problems throughout the first week of testing. Fernando Alonso managed just 29 laps on the first day of the winter test due to Honda engine issues.

4. WILL ANY DRIVER BE TOO FATIGUED TO DRIVE?

Your Prediction: No

Correct Answer: No

The drivers appeared to have done plenty of training over the winter, and have been fit enough to complete stints longer than race distances on each day of the test. Sebastian Vettel appeared to have the most stamina, completing 128 laps on the first day of the test, and 139 laps on the third day. Mercedes’ new driver Valtteri Bottas did the most laps in total over the four days, with 324 tours of the Catalunya circuit.

5. WHAT WILL THE FASTEST LAP TIME BE?

Your Prediction: 1:18.001 – 1:20.000

Correct Answer: 1:18.001 – 1:20.000

Ahead of the season, estimations were that the cars would be five seconds faster per lap than we have seen in recent years. The pole position time at Catalunya in 2016 was a 1:22.00 – Valtteri Bottas’ time of 1:19.705 on the third day of the test is over two seconds faster than that. Rumour has it that Mercedes haven’t even run in their highest engine mode yet, so the lap times could, and most likely will, tumble even further by the end of next week.


How many of your predictions for the first week of F1 Winter Testing were correct? Let me know in the comments below!

Nicky Haldenby is a 23 year old Formula One blogger from Scarborough, North Yorkshire. Having grown up with F1 often on the TV on Sunday afternoons, Nicky has been following the sport avidly since 2006. He graduated from the University of Hull in 2015 with a First Class degree in English Language and Literature. He founded the Lights Out F1 Blog in March 2016.

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