Both McLaren and Ferrari suffered with heavy crashes damaging their new cars and poor weather interfering with their test regimes. Honda are ironing out bugs in the RA107 that caused Jenson Button to stop twice.
The test was hampered on Thursday when Hamilton crashed at over 165mph, after which McLaren curtailed the test on Friday due to heavy rain.
Ferrari are flying in the face of conventional wisdom regarding weight distribution. The 2007 Bridgestone apparently exhibited high rear tyre wear, impelling most teams to shift weight distribution forward.
But Ferrari have built a longer, heavier car, which will put more weight over the rear wheels. Are they onto something? Do they have an inside line on how the 2007 Bridgestone tyres will behave? Or have they made a great big cock-up?
Whatever, their cause will not be aided by the amount of time they lost to bad weather last week – or Felipe Massa shunting the only F2007 built so far, at Vallelunga.
New team mate Kimi Raikkonen had his first outing as a Ferrari driver, in last year’s 248 F1. Prior to Massa’s crash he spoke of how keen he was to test the new car.
But when Jenson Button got his hands on it the next day at Barcelona the new car failed on his first lap. He made shorter runs later that afternoon, but suffered another failure on Friday.
- The Hamilton hype starts here
- Official 2007 Red Bull RBR3 pictures
- Official 2007 Renault R27 pictures
- More spy shots: Williams FW27 livery
- Ferrari’s subtle Marlboro branding (and F1 car) revealed
- 2007 Renault R27 spy photos