Secret mechanic: What teams learn from F1 testing

Secret mechanic: What teams learn from F1 testing

With pre-season testing finished for the coming Formula 1 season everyone is trying to work out the pecking order. Our SECRET MECHANIC reveals how much the teams really know

This time of year in the life of a Formula 1 mechanic can be a difficult period. The amount of work that goes into simply getting your two cars to the first race can be soul destroying. Even more so is the realisation that the weeks and months of relentless effort and long hours may not necessarily correlate with the team's level of success, or lack of.

As the cars roll out in February no one really knows how good or bad they'll be. How reliable? How responsive to changes? How easy to work on? How easy to drive? How fast?

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