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Day 1 :The start of an important 4 day Sakhir test session at the site of the 2006 season opener on March 10th-12th in Bahrain .

hondaracingf1.com said:
The Honda Racing F1 Team's first test at the Bahrain International Circuit began on Monday morning in warm and sunny conditions with an ambient temperature of 25 degrees Celsius.

The team is sharing the circuit with Ferrari and Scuderia Toro Rosso as it prepares for the opening race of the season in just under four weeks time. This week is also a first for the Bahrain circuit, which is staging an F1 test for the very first time. The track surface continually improved over the course of the day as the amount of fresh rubber being laid down increased.

Anthony Davidson and 'Young Driver' James Rossiter performed the driving duties today in chassis RA106-01 and the brand new chassis RA106-03 respectively.

Anthony had a productive morning working on finding a good chassis balance and completing 53 laps. He continued to work on the set-up during the afternoon session, completing a tyre evaluation alongside an aero programme. Anthony completed 114 laps in total today and set the fastest time of the 2006 cars - a 01:32.571 - behind Badoer's V10 engined Ferrari.

James also focused on set-up work for the new chassis 03, alongside a short aero evaluation in the afternoon session. James completed 68 laps in total today and set competitive lap times in what was his first drive in the new RA106.

Jenson Button and Rubens Barrichello will take over the driving duties tomorrow.





Day 1 Mon Feb 13 Times:

01L. BadoerFerrari F2004 V10 1'32''297 --77 laps
02A. Davidson HondaRA1061'32''571 +0''274 114 laps
03J. Rossiter HondaRA1061'32''864 +0''567 68 laps

04F. MassaFerrari 248 F11'32''952 +0''655 51 laps
05S. SpeedToro R. RB1 1'34''280 +1''983 82 laps


RA106's kicking ass...

you think they may ditch the Ferrari 248 and just run the old F2004M wih a detuned V10 ? LOL

(Bahrain is here the Ferrar 248's new full aero package is to be debuted)
 

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Quote: This week is also a first for the Bahrain circuit, which is staging an F1 test for the very first time. Any honda brake trouble?
 

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hondaracingf1.com said:
Jenson Button and Rubens Barrichello joined the Honda Racing F1 Team in Bahrain on Tuesday morning for the second day of the Honda Racing F1 Team's current test at the Sahkir circuit.

It was another warm and sunny day with an ambient temperature of 27 degrees Celsius and a track temperature of 32 degrees Celsius.

In chassis RA106-01, Jenson spent his early laps completing familiarisation and set-up runs before completing a tyre evaluation programme. Jenson completed 88 laps and set the second fastest time of the day - a 01:31.451.

Rubens also concentrated on finding a good balance in the new chassis RA106-03 during his early runs. He then ran through an aero evaluation followed by a tyre programme. Rubens completed 105 laps today setting the third fastest time - a 01:31.483.

Jenson and Rubens will continue their driving responsibilities in Bahrain tomorrow.





not much separating Jensey & Rubino in this second day test session.

Quote: GreenGSR on Feb/14/06
When are the other teams scheduled to practice?




they're working on setup and collecting actual data to compare to their computer simulations for validation oftheir new parts to make adjustments in aero grip (downforce), mechanical grip (tires, suspension, braking), and engine development tuning....not practicing Cody.

they compare their predicted theoretical simulations for acceleration to the actual they get to identify areas of improvement to target & tweak/fine tune to get a little more out of the car.


McLaren,Williams, Red Bull, and Midland are at the high downforce twisty Valencia, Spain track testing this week.

Super Aguri just did their shakedown run in the UK before coming to Spain for testing.

Quote: CAPSIS International

The Super Aguri SA05 made a its first on-track appearance at Kemble airport in Gloucestershire, Great Britain.

According to Autosport, the team arrived with two trucks, one containing the car and the other – with Honda livery – carrying a supply of engines.

The car – which is based on the 2002 Arrows A23 – was driven by Takuma Sato and showed a white, sponsor-free livery.

This short shakedown session will be followed by the car’s first serious test next week in Barcelona, from 21-23 February. The team’s first in-house designed car, the SA06 is expected to debut later during the 2006 season, probably in time for the European events.

That leaves Toyota, BMW-Sauber, Renault by process of elimination. Sauber is scheduled to be at Catalunya, Spain for testing by themselves. Renault will join the group of teams at Valenci, Spain a later in the week. Toyota are doing their aero and race distance development testing at Vallelunga, Italy.
 

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Day 3 Bahrain TestingWed. 15/02/06

hondaracingf1.com said:
The Honda pair of Rubens Barrichello and Jenson Button continued to rack up the laps and remained the fastest 2.4-litre cars seen at the circuit. (Ferrari F2004M & Toro Rosso had detuned V10's)

Race simulation exercises completed in Bahrain

The weather was warm and sunny in Bahrain on Wednesday morning for the start of the Honda Racing F1 Team's third day of testing at the Sahkir circuit, scene of the opening Grand Prix of 2006 Formula one season in little more than three weeks time.

Conditions were a little hotter than on Tuesday with ambient temperature of 28 degrees Celsius and a track temperature of 33 degrees Celsius.

Jenson Button and Rubens Barrichello continued their driving responsibilities in chassis RA106-01 and chassis RA106-03 respectively. Both drivers focused on tyre and aerodynamic evaluations in the morning session before completing race simulation exercises in the afternoon session, in conjunction with further tyre evaluations.

Jenson completed a very impressive 140 laps during the day, once again setting the second fastest time overall and the fastest time among the V8 runners. Rubens also completed more than 100 laps and was third fastest overall.










1. F. Massa - Ferrari F2004 V10 - 1'30"029 (+0"000) - 92 laps
2. J. Button - Honda RA106 - 1'31"278 (+1"249) - 140 laps
3. R. Barrichello - Honda RA106 -1'31"640 (+1"611) - 102 laps

4. M. Schumacher - Ferrari 248 F1 - 1'32"229 (+2"200) - 37 laps
5. N. Jani - Toro Rosso Cosworth RB1 - 1'33"028 (+2"999) - 76 laps


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Hisao Suganuma, Technical Manager, Bridgestone Motorsport said: “With the new season under way in under one month here at the Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix, we are finalizing our preparations and still need to test compounds and construction. It is far better to test at the venue of the first race rather than in Europe, particularly as it is so cold and last year’s track temperatures were 50 degrees.

“I have spoken with local Bahrainis and they think that today’s temperature - 35 degrees - is closer to what we will get this year, as the race is a month earlier. Possibly 40 degrees. Even more importantly the information we are building here means that we can also predict the tyre specifications for the second race in Malaysia and it is vital to have this information as early as possible.”





I remember in previous years, the Ferraris like to sandbag their performance in preseason and surprise people in the first race. I find it hard to believe that their 2006 F248 car with their new full aero package is slower than their F2004M 2005 car with a detuned v10 but if this is their genuine relative pace, they're about 0.6-0.9 second/lap off the Honda pace. if you don't think this is significant, consider that last year's BAR007 was consistently 0.5-0.9 sec/lap slower than the Renaults.
 

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How this year's new lower displacement V8 rule trickles down to us :

Allianz Press Release on F1 2006 New Engine Rules said:
With the new engine regulations, Formula 1 picks up on current challenges in passenger car production. “Of course, there are no restrictions on engine displacement, but rapidly increasing fuel prices and stringent emission standards call for highly efficient, low-consumption engines that also need to be as compactly designed as possible.

“So the keyword in standard production is also downsizing, meaning a comparatively low cubic capacity while retaining high power density. Gains in efficiency of this nature are necessary to reduce consumption and fulfil the political requirements in regard to ecological issues in the face of rising demands concerning safety and comfort,” says Dr. Christoph Lauterwasser from the Allianz Zentrum für Technik.
 

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it's like they're all cramming for spring exams in the last minute...before the first race in 3 weeks !!!!

BMW is testing in Barcelona, the world champions just joined the gaggle of teams at Valencia, and Honda's pounding the pavement at Bahrain on this the 4th day of testing.

cram cram cram...LOL


with regards to this post that I had put up earlier this week:

MichaelDelaney on Feb/11/06 said:
wow, honda engine is behind the Renault and Cosworth in preseason? any truth to this or are they lowballing it?

Quote: GMM
Although impressive on the test timesheets this winter, reports have identified Honda's V8 engine as a weak point of the RA106 package.

At Jerez on Thursday, Jenson Button continued the trend of recent track sessions, getting his off-white 2006 racer to within a few tenths of the leading Renault.

But Honda's engineering director, Shuhei Nakamoto, admitted in Spain that the Japanese element of the team has identified 'some issues' with the RA806E power plant this week.

"Overall we are in good shape," he said. "We will have some new improvements on the engine next week that we will be running in Bahrain."

Industry analysts believe that Renault has probably done the best job with its 90-degree V8 for 2006, although Cosworth's engine - mounted in the FW28 Williams - is also so far surpassing expectations.










now check out the Renault PR press release today trying to deflect press and fan attention away from the Renault's leading pace in preseason testing...

do you think the world champ is low balling the Renault's advantage?

Quote: CAPSIS
Although some recent reports hinted at a weakness in the new Honda V8's design, world champion Fernando Alonso says it is the pick of the paddock at present.

Alonso's Renault team, and Honda - with Ferrari also in the mix - have been the standouts of the oft-called 'winter championship'.

But the 24-year-old Spaniard reckons it is Honda with the most powerful 2006 engine of all, and also suggested that Ferrari may be ahead of the Renault V8.

''We're pretty quick,'' Alonso told Spanish radio last week, ''but if we talk about horse power, Honda and Ferrari are now in front.''








look at the testing times...Renaults are topping the list every time.

everyone's trying to downplay their performance in preseason to lull people into a false sense of security. LOL

I was surprised how fast Renault got their V8/chassis combo up to speed considering they were delayed compared to the other teams in breaking out the 2006 R26 car.

But they are the favourites in my mind.

Honda can't get complacent.


Speaking of engines, good ole Mad Max (Mosely) is at it again pontificating or ?meddling in engine rules proposals for 2011:

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''All kinds of motors will be allowed,'' Max was quoted as saying by the Italian 'La Gazzetta dello Sport' newspaper, ''but every car will get an equal amount of fuel. So it will be based on (fuel) consumption. Who wins will be the one who uses (the fuel) best.''

ka ching ka ching...expense? what expense? cost savings? what cost savings?
 

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Day 4 Bahrain Testing - Thurs 16/02/06

hondaracingf1.com said:
Full report with driver feedback from Bahrain

The Honda Racing F1 Team moved to Bahrain this week for the first Formula one testing session to be held at the Sakhir circuit.

The team took the opportunity to test on the track which will host the opening race of the 2006 F1 season in just over three weeks time. Four consecutive days of testing on the technically demanding 5.417km circuit and in the warm climate of Bahrain has proved invaluable preparation for the new season with the team's four drivers completing 854 laps and covering 4638kms in total.

Anthony Davidson and Young Driver James Rossiter began the test on Monday as the brand new chassis RA106-03 was given its first outing. Anthony had a productive day working on the set-up of his car, alongside tyre and aero evaluations, completing 114 laps and setting the fastest time of the 2006 cars. James also focused on set-up work in the new chassis, alongside a short aero evaluation in the afternoon session. James completed 68 laps over the day, adapting very impressively to the new RA106 and quickly setting competitive lap times.

Jenson Button and Rubens Barrichello joined the team on Tuesday. Both drivers spent their early laps completing familiarisation and set-up runs in their respective cars before working on tyre and aero evaluation programmes in the afternoon. Jenson completed 88 laps, with Rubens totalling 105 laps, as the two race drivers set almost identical times to finish fastest of the 2006 cars.

The race drivers continued the test programme on Wednesday concentrating on tyre and aerodynamic evaluations, followed by a race simulation exercise in the afternoon session. Jenson completed a very impressive 140 laps, setting the second fastest time overall, with Rubens completing 104 laps.

Both Jenson and Rubens had a particularly productive final day on Thursday. Jenson spent the day focusing on a tyre evaluation programme, with live pitstops in the afternoon session, followed by a chassis set-up evaluation to conclude the day's running. Jenson completed 133 laps and set the fastest time of the V8 runners for the third day in succession. Rubens completed a second successful race simulation, along with a suspension and aero programme. He completed 101 laps in total.

Rubens Barrichello - Fastest lap: 01:31.483 (Tuesday)

“Testing in Bahrain has been very useful this week and I’m really pleased that we decided to come here. We did a lot of work on the tyres and the engine and covered many laps. We have had a few minor issues which was good because we could learn what the problems are and then fix them before the race. The tyres are competitive and once again I spent my time concentrating on race distance runs. I am definitely happy with the results this week and am looking forward to coming back in three weeks time.”


Jenson Button - Fastest lap: 01:31.248 (Thursday)

“The test has gone very well over the last few days. We have completed a lot of laps, mostly focusing on tyre testing, but also doing reliability work and finding a good set-up around the Bahrain circuit before the first race. It’s been nice to test in the hot conditions for a change which helps to prepare you physically. The car has been reliable and we’ve made a lot of progress with Michelin so overall a very positive week.”

Anthony Davidson

“We had a good first day on Monday with the car proving very reliable enabling us to complete 114 laps. The circuit was in reasonably good condition for the first day of running so we were able to get some useful aero and tyre evaluations completed. The car was generally fast and on the pace which is good. I had only done 50 laps at the Bahrain circuit before this week on the Friday running of the 2004 season and turn 3 had changed slightly since I was last here. It was a refreshing change to be somewhere outside of Spain for testing and with the good weather, these were perfect conditions for testing.”

James Rossiter

“It was a great experience to drive the RA106 for the first time this week and my first impressions of the car were really good. I spent the day adapting to the car and running through some set-up work in the morning and an aero evaluation in the afternoon. I raced here in F3 at the end of 2004 but it was great to be able to drive an F1 car here.”


Mark Ellis, Chief Engineer Vehicle Performance

"It was good to be in Bahrain for our first test at this circuit, not only because it is the venue for the first Grand Prix of the year, but also because the circuit layout is technically very good to test the car and of course the weather is much warmer than in Europe! We have learnt a great deal about the car and the tyres this week to be really prepared for the first race of 2006."

Shuhei Nakamoto, Engineering Director, Honda Racing Development

“The Bahrain circuit is quite hard on the engine and we have had a couple of problems as we seek to run the engines for longer at higher revs. on the other hand, two engines have run over 1000kms without any problems, so we are heading in the right direction. We have more improvements to come for next week in Barcelona.”






1. F. Massa - Ferrari F2004 V10 - 1'30"578 (+0"000) - 90 laps
2. J. Button - Honda RA106 - 1'31"248 (+0"676) - 133 laps
3. V. Liuzzi - Toro Rosso Cosworth RB1 - 1'31"380 (+0"802) - 56 laps
4. R. Barrichello - Honda RA106 -1'31"590 (+1"012) - 101 laps
5. S. Speed - Toro Rosso Cosworth RB1 - 1'32"640 (+2"062) - 62 laps
6. M. Schumacher - Ferrari 248 F1 - 1'32"909 (+2"331) - 23 laps


Not to worry, the Torro Rosso's running on a detuned V10, although there was some controversy over the legality of the car and Red Bull's 4 car field.

Quote: CAPSIS
Loophole says 'Scuderia Toro Rosso 01' is legal


Despite the team's avowals to the contrary, paddock speculation is convinced that the 'new' STR01 Toro Rosso car is simply a reworked 2005 'RB1' Red Bull.

As energy drink mogul Dietrich Mateschitz's second team, the apparent STR approach is hardly surprising. But, to the letter of the Concorde agreement, it is actually illegal, because every team must either pen a unique car and its components, or buy them from a non-F1 entity.

Indeed, the clause moved Super Aguri to scrap plans to run the 2005 BAR in 2006, and instead revert to the four-year-old Arrows A23.

Red Bull, already under fire for running a limited V10 in the junior team's car, insist that 'STR01' is neither the RB1 or a development of last year's Minardi.

It cannot argue that copying the RB1 is legal because it was basically designed by defunct Jaguar/Ford, as Red Bull Racing acquired the team from Ford as a going concern.

It has emerged, however, that a 'loophole' may be in play, with claims that - on paper - the Jaguar R5 (RB1) was officially designed and built by a Ford subsidiary -- which is a non-F1 entity.

Furthermore, Scuderia Toro Rosso - testing the actual '05 Red Bull in Bahrain this week - now owns the intellectual property rights of the STR01 design, meaning that - in essence – the copy is legal.

It should, however, be pointed out that any rival team can protest the legality of the Toro Rosso car at any time once it has debuted.





Scott Speed seems to be holding is own among the big boys.

If Red Bull does well, expect a protest. LOL


When Honda got the setup right after Monday, they dropped a full second a lap from being in the 1 min. 32.5's on Monday to 1 min. 31.4's on Tuesday.


Looks like they found another 2-3 tenths/lap on top of that from the race distance testing & tuning on the track (at race fuel load and pace ?) . If you look at their times on Tuesday compared to their best times over the 3 days. 1 min. 31.4's-6's down to 1 min 31.2's-4's.
 

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I know the intention was to make switching a very, very attractive idea...as of right now I think they have failed.

EDIT: Oh and what happened to the RA106-02?? I thought that they debuted the 01 and 02 but are now running the 01 and 03?
 

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OPI-GSR on Feb/16/06 said:
what happened to the RA106-02?? I thought that they debuted the 01 and 02 but are now running the 01 and 03?



Button nuked a motor in chassis 02 at Jerez on Feb 9 last week after taking it to race distance mileage (see the 7th testing session in a "F1 Honda 2006" term search) ...chassis 02 may be back at Brackley being repaired or is the backup on this fly away test?
 

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Thanks for taking the time to title the threads so we can find them later in the year btw. If I ever go to Canada, I will buy you a beer.
Cody
 

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no problem.

I figure it's better organized and fans can more easily keep track of the details for comparison to get a real sense of how they are progressing in developing the car as the race season evolves.

They're trying hard this year if you haven't noticed:


GMM said:
Honda has topped a list of the biggest winter testers in formula one, with a staggering tally of nearly 22 thousand kms (14K miles).

The Japan-owned, Brackley based outfit - with Jenson Button and Rubens Barrichello also impressing on the near-daily time sheets - appear a full four thousand kms clear of McLaren, in the list of total mileage tallied up since late November 2005.

Renault is third (17,200km), ahead of Toyota (15,000km), Williams (13,000km), BMW Sauber (11,600km), Red Bull (7100km), MF1 (6600km) and Toro Rosso (5000km).

The list's two omissions, compiled by Sir Frank Williams' Grove based team, is Ferrari - the only team resisting a new voluntary test limit - and Super Aguri, who make their proper track debut in Spain next week.

While some drivers who wear scarlet might have figured in the running, then, it is nonetheless Honda's Button (8700km or 5394 miles) on top of the list of drivers who have had the busiest winter, followed by Pedro de la Rosa (7500km) of McLaren.




I may take you up on that offer Cody.

Cheers
 

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Interesting tire discussions on the F1 boards across the net regarding the new tire rule and it's impact on how the teams will practice and qualify under the new format to control their limit of 7 sets per car per race AND the improvement of Bridgestone relative to Michelin:


Interview with Pat Symonds, Renault's Technical Director on Tire Management Under the New Rule

Q: Pat, the tyre regulations have changed significantly for 2006. What will be the impact?

Pat Symonds: The most interesting change comes in how we use the tyres through the weekend. Unlike last year, we are now totally free and more importantly, we do not have to make our tyre choice until qualifying starts. In previous, years, we had to do so by Saturday morning. We can even start the race on new tyres and fit new tyres all the way through the race, if we choose to. The key thing is that we only have seven sets in total. Managing tyre usage is now a key strategic choice during the weekend.

Q: What compromises will this involve?

PS: We need to balance the performance advantage that a new set of tyres can bring in the race, against getting all our set-up work done in practice. So first we have to decide how many sets we use in practice. We then need to decide how many sets of new tyres you want to use in qualifying – one, two or three? Ideally, we will use as few as possible, to keep them for the race, but will we be quick enough to get to the final qualifying session without them? How much advantage can we gain from fitting new tyres at a pit-stop in the race? The strategic benefit of this varies from circuit to circuit, so in some places we will want a new set in every stint – which could be up to four sets. There are many factors to consider in planning the structure of our weekend.



Q: You will be using softer tyres throughout the race weekend – what does this change for the set-up, and strategies?

PS: The use of shorter life tyres requires a fundamental change to tyre development. We will be less worried about tyre wear in 2006, but factors like graining will become an issue once again. The car will be configured to use the tyres differently – we can be more aggressive in our set-ups if the tyres don't have to last for the whole race. Finally, it has an impact on strategy. Last year, everything converged to a standard "rearward biased" two-stop strategy, with longer opening stints. In 2006, I think we will see more pit-stops and more strategic variation, to take advantage of the performance gain from fitting new tyres.



Q: The weekend format has also changed – will that affect the amount of running you do?

PS: The most significant change is that we no longer have to make our tyre choice on Friday evening. Track conditions are not generally at their best on Friday, but last year we had to run in order to understand the tyre behaviour and make an informed choice. That is no longer the case, as we only have to make our decision before qualifying, allowing us to run when track conditions are most representative.


Q: Does that mean we will see less running on Friday?

PS: I think it almost certainly will. Those teams with the advantage of the third car will run a lot, but for the top four teams, there will be much less activity. The tyre situation is one reason, but we also have a longer qualifying procedure – which will use up engine mileage. We will be managing engine life very carefully once again in 2006, especially at the beginning of the year when all the teams will have brand new units. Everybody will look to save their running on Friday.



Q: But presumably, you still have to run to establish a good set-up for the car...

PS: Of course, so what we are talking about is a change in the timetable of how we run the car. With a dry weather forecast, I expect we will do very little on Friday morning, a little more in the afternoon, and the majority of our work on Saturday morning, when track conditions will be at their best. That one hour session will be very busy!





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Bridgestone Closing the Gap on Michelin


No longer relying solely on feedback from long-time partners Ferrari, the Japanese tyre manufacturers are reportedly making rapid advances having added the Cologne and Grove outfits to their stable for the 2006 season.

"Toyota, Williams, Ferrari and Midland have agreed to share all our data," Ferrari technical director Ross Brawn told F1-Racing magazine, "which gives Bridgestone more confidence in the results they get."

The magazine claims that, having been one second a lap slower than Michelin's dry tyre in November, Bridgestone's new dry is now only 0.3 to 0.4 seconds slower.

Much of the improvement, it seems, is due to the work of Williams in recent testing.

Bridgestone's latest - and fastest - compound was apparently intitaly rejected by Michael Schumacher, but was then 'revived after a Williams test at Jerez during which first Alex Wurz and then Nico Rosberg used it to post Bridgestone’s best long run lap times of the winter in their interim FW27.'

Since then, Midland, Toyota and, most significantly of all, Ferrari have re-adopted the tyre - incontrovertible proof, it would appear, of the benefits to be gained from Bridgestone opening up its house.
 

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MichaelDelaney on Feb/16/06 said:
Quote: MichaelDelaney on Feb/11/06

wow, honda engine is behind the Renault and Cosworth in preseason? any truth to this or are they lowballing it?

Quote: GMM Although impressive on the test timesheets this winter, reports have identified Honda's V8 engine as a weak point of the RA106 package.

At Jerez on Thursday, Jenson Button continued the trend of recent track sessions, getting his off-white 2006 racer to within a few tenths of the leading Renault.

But Honda's engineering director, Shuhei Nakamoto, admitted in Spain that the Japanese element of the team has identified 'some issues' with the RA806E power plant this week.

"Overall we are in good shape," he said. "We will have some new improvements on the engine next week that we will be running in Bahrain."

Industry analysts believe that Renault has probably done the best job with its 90-degree V8 for 2006, although Cosworth's engine - mounted in the FW28 Williams - is also so far surpassing expectations.












now check out the Renault PR press release today trying to deflect press and fan attention away from the Renault's leading pace in preseason testing...

do you think the world champ is low balling the Renault's advantage?

Quote: CAPSIS Although some recent reports hinted at a weakness in the new Honda V8's design, world champion Fernando Alonso says it is the pick of the paddock at present.

Alonso's Renault team, and Honda - with Ferrari also in the mix - have been the standouts of the oft-called 'winter championship'.

But the 24-year-old Spaniard reckons it is Honda with the most powerful 2006 engine of all, and also suggested that Ferrari may be ahead of the Renault V8.

''We're pretty quick,'' Alonso told Spanish radio last week, ''but if we talk about horse power, Honda and Ferrari are now in front.''









look at the testing times...Renaults are topping the list every time.

everyone's trying to downplay their performance in preseason to lull people into a false sense of security. LOL

I was surprised how fast Renault got their V8/chassis combo up to speed considering they were delayed compared to the other teams in breaking out the 2006 R26 car.

But they are the favourites in my mind.

Honda can't get complacent.






to back this notion, Mike Gascoyne, Toyota's Technical Director in a German magazine interview last week, agrees that Renault are the pace setters and Honda is playing catch up :

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Mike Gascoyne, technical director at Toyota, says he expects 2005 Champions, Renault, to be at the front of the grid come the start of the 2006 season in Bahrain and should in fact be favourites to win the opening race.

Renault have been in impressive form during the winter testing and Gascoyne believes they are in a great position to repeat their great 2005 success.

"They look like they want to start 2006 like they finished 2005," Gacoyne told Germany's 'Express' newspaper.

"They can go to Bahrain as favourites.

The Toyota man believes though that it would be silly to write off unimpressive testers, McLaren, as they have shown n ability to come through when doubted.

"We've seen it time and time again that McLaren can turn things around very, very quickly," he warned.

Many are touting the impressive Honda for glory in 2006 following some impressive testing but Gascoyne believes they will not be able to match the speed of Renault when it comes down to it.

"I don't think they are quite on Renault's pace," he added.
 

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wouldnt it have just been cheaper for all the teams to used dettuned v10's,they would all be faster, they wouldnt have spent money developing the 8's,and it might have sent a msg that they dont want the 8's in the first place.I swear to god if those 8's dont sound like fighter jets on the straightaways f-1 will loose a cool point in my book.
 
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