With just two weeks to go, all the F1 teams were in Barcelona last week fine-tuning their new tyres and sorting out last minute glitches in the last test before the 2009 season gets under way.
And with all the rule changes, including the arrival back on the scene of slick tyres, it should mean that each team will start in Melbourne with a clean sheet – effectively putting them on a more level playing field.
But the commentators agree testing times should be taken with a pinch of salt and we won’t know how the pecking order is really going to shape up until the first Grand Prix gets under way on Sunday 29th March.
That said, the team with the biggest question mark hanging over it is McLaren – they have been near the bottom of the timesheets for most of last week.
All eyes will be on the reigning world champion Lewis Hamilton, but at the moment they are focused on the rear of the car, which might explain the regular use of the 2008 wing during testing.
Race commentators are speculating that it appears that the figures from the wind tunnel don’t match with what the car is doing on the track or, put another way, the car is not doing what Mclaren’s technology told them it should be doing.
Fixing the problem is far from esy Mclaren will have to use all their genius if they are going to be contenders in Melbourne.
Alex Kapadia, etyres Operations Director