FASTEST AT CATALUNYA: Williams is apparently the fastest car on the F1 grid following pre-season testing at at Catalunya racetrack in Spain. Image: AP/ Manu Fernandez
CATALUNYA CIRCUIT, Spain - Williams has the fastest Formula 1 car in 2015, according to speed-trap data during testing in Barcelona, Spain earlier in February.
Valtteri Bottas' recorded 337.5km/h at the Catalunya circuit. This demonstrated not only the power of the Mercedes engine but also the low drag of Williams' FW37 car.
Just one click behind was the new Lotus, now also powered by Mercedes, after struggling in 2014 with Renault power. Romain Grosjean set the fastest lap at Catalunya.
'WE'RE AT THE FRONT'
Lotus' Pastor Maldonado told Auto Motor and Sport: "In 2014 we were the slowest on the straight. Now we're at the front - we have a completely different car!"
Ferrari, however, has also made progress in the power department since 2014 with customer-team Sauber third-quickest in a straight line at 335.4km/h.
Renault, however, might still be struggling despite Speed Week reporting that a 44kW-55kW power deficit in 2014 might have been cut in half. The fastest Renault-powered car during testing was a Toro Rosso at 330km/h, while Red Bull was last at 325km/h.
RED BULL SLOWEST?
Red Bull team advisor Helmut Marko said: "Measure us in the slow corners and we are the best."
In top speed, however, Red Bull was beaten by F1 newcomer McLaren-Honda, whose top speed of 326km/h was a surprise compared to Mercedes' 327km/h, putting it behind Ferrari.
Speed Week reports: "Either Mercedes is not yet at full power or its engineers have put everything into downforce."
Indeed, Sauber is not necessarily celebrating its 'podium' placing on the top-speed charts, with an engineer admitting: "It could mean that we are missing some downforce."Stay with Wheels24 for the 2015 F1 season – fresh reports every day.