The question is, was it just a fluke? That is what you have to think about the almost strangely high position of McLaren yesterday.
Yes, the team did bring a new version of the Honda engine, which they hope to race in Melbourne, but it is still a quite a leap from the back of the of field speed they were even showing at the end of last season in Abu Dhabi.
Today will be the test, will it all just be testing hype, or is this pace real – there are many which hope this will be the case.
So far it has been easy, or at least it has looked like that for Haas. Testing has been going remarkably well for the new American team, but it did fall apart for them yesterday, a fuel system problem ruled them out for the afternoon session, their first failure on what has been an outstanding start to their season.
Manor also had their issues yesterday, although Rio Haryanto did get some running on his third day of testing as a ‘race seat’ driver.
Mercedes still do tell their own story, with them looking well ahead of the field and with amazing reliabilty. Even a stop along the pitlane for Lewis Hamilton didn’t stop him. The team (Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg), hit nearly 200 laps – the split duties looking to be the right call.
Mercedes – Lewis Hamilton / Nico Rosberg
Ferrari – Sebastian Vettel
Williams – Valtteri Bottas
Red Bull – Daniel Ricciardo
Force India – Sergio Perez
Renault – Kevin Magnussen
Toro Rosso – Carlos Sainz
Sauber – Marcus Ericsson
McLaren – Jenson Button
Haas – Esteban Gutierrez
Manor – Pascal Wehrlein