First 2015 in-season test line-up confirmed

Nine of the ten Formula One teams will take part in the first in-season test on Tuesday and Wednesday.

In 2015 there will be two in-season tests – down from the four last season – and the first of these is due to take place in Spain following the Grand Prix at the weekend. Every team bar Manor will run on Tuesday and Wednesday at the Circuit de Catalunya. The Sporting Regulations have stipulated that each team must run a driver with less than two F1 race starts on two of the four test days.

The schedule for the two days in Barcelona is as follows:

  Tuesday Wednesday
Mercedes Nico Rosberg Pascal Wehrlein
Red Bull Daniil Kvyat Pierre Gasly
Ferrari Raffaele Marciello Esteban Gutierrez
Williams Felipe Massa Alex Lynn
McLaren Oliver Turvey Jenson Button
Force India Pascal Wehrlein Nick Yelloly
Toro Rosso Pierre Gasly Carlos Sainz
Lotus Pastor Maldonado Jolyon Palmer
Sauber Marcus Ericsson Raffaele Marciello

As well as seven current Formula One drivers, seven test and reserve drivers will also take the wheel. Pascal Wehrlein, Raffaele Marciello, and Pierre Gasly will be the busiest drivers as they split their running between two teams. Mercedes test driver Wehrlein who also tested for Force India during pre-season testing will continue to run for both teams, starting with Force India on Tuesday. Marciello is a member of the Ferrari Driver Academy and will run for the Scuderia on Tuesday before taking up his official Sauber test and reserve driver duties on Wednesday. Finally, Red Bull Junior driver Gasly will get running for both Toro Rosso and Red Bull over the two days.

Elsewhere Nico Rosberg, Daniil Kvyat, Felipe Massa, Pastor Maldonado, and Marcus Ericsson will kickstart the running for their respective teams. Jenson Button and Carlos Sainz will also be in action. Former Sauber driver Esteban Gutierrez will get his first running for Ferrari after joining the team as one of their test drivers for the 2015 season. Long-time McLaren test driver Oliver Turvey will get a days running as will Williams development driver Alex Lynn. Lotus reserve driver Jolyon Palmer will be in action on Wednesday with Nick Yelloly sharing the Force India with Wehrlein.

The second in-season test will take place following the Austrian Grand Prix in June.

2015: Second Barcelona Test Round-Up

The first race of the 2015 Formula One season is under two weeks away and teams have completed their pre-season testing. All nine teams were once again in action as Force India debuted their 2015 car, which took to the track for the first time on Friday. Here is a round-up of the action in the second Barcelona test including combined times and lap stats.

Day 1

Fastest lap: Felipe Massa 1:23.500

  • Felipe Massa’s time five tenths faster than the best time from the first Barcelona test
  • Mercedes running curtailed by MGU-K problem
  • McLaren’s woes continue with hydraulics problem leading to just seven laps
  • Marcus Ericsson completed a race simulation and most laps of anyone
  • Red flags caused by Daniil Kvyat and Carlos Sainz

Day 1 Report

Day 2

Fastest lap: Nico Rosberg 1:22.792

  • Nico Rosberg over a second faster than Valtteri Bottas on soft tyres
  • Ferrari enjoyed reliability and a race simulation for Sebastian Vettel
  • Jenson Button completed 101 laps for McLaren and set the fifth fastest time
  • Toro Rosso’s day brought to an early end by an electrical fault
  • The VJM08 made its debut with Nico Hulkenberg at the wheel

Day 2 Report

Day 3

Fastest lap: Lewis Hamilton 1:23.022

  • Kevin Magnussen makes testing debut but day shortened by oil leak
  • Kimi Raikkonen delayed in morning by electrical problem but significant running later in day
  • Lewis Hamilton’s soft tyre time two tenths faster than Felipe Massa’s super soft time
  • Carlos Sainz completes race simulation but day ended early by electrical problem
  • Daniel Ricciardo focused on medium tyre runs

Day 3 Report

Day 4

Fastest lap: Valtteri Bottas 1:23.063

  • Sergio Perez gets his first running in the VJM08
  • Mercedes switched their focus to medium and hard compound tyres
  • McLaren delayed in getting out and complete just 30 laps
  • Pastor Maldonado suffers a crash due to a brake issue
  • Red Bull had another ERS failure in the morning

Day 4 Report

Pirelli Report

463 sets of tyres brought to Barcelona:

  • 36 super-soft
  • 85 soft
  • 137 medium
  • 72 hard
  • 66 intermediate
  • 47 full wet
  • 20 prototype medium

290 sets of tyres were used:

  • 30 super-soft
  • 74 soft
  • 122 medium
  • 42 hard
  • 4 intermediate
  • 0 full wet
  • 18 prototype medium

Longest run per tyre:

  • Super-soft: 5 laps (Marcus Ericsson; Sergio Perez; Felipe Nasr; Nico Hulkenberg)
  • Soft: 15 laps (Felipe Massa; Nico Rosberg)
  • Medium: 26 laps (Marcus Ericsson)
  • Hard: 27 laps (Felipe Nasr)
  • Intermediate: 6 laps (Lewis Hamilton; Daniil Kvyat)
  • Prototype Medium: 28 laps (Kimi Raikkonen)

Fastest lap tyre choices:

  • Day 1: Felipe Massa 1:23.500 – soft
  • Day 2: Nico Rosberg 1:22.792 – soft
  • Day 3: Lewis Hamilton 1:23.022 – soft
  • Day 4: Valtteri Bottas 1:23.063 – super-soft

Laps Completed

Total number of laps completed by driver

Felipe Nasr 300
Sebastian Vettel 272
Nico Rosberg 254
Marcus Ericsson 245
Nico Hulkenberg 235
Max Verstappen 224
Carlos Sainz 218
Kimi Raikkonen 216
Felipe Massa 205
Daniel Ricciardo 200
Romain Grosjean 191
Valtteri Bottas 179
Pastor Maldonado 176
Daniil Kvyat 159
Jenson Button 138
Sergio Perez 130
Lewis Hamilton 124
Kevin Magnussen 39

Total number of laps completed by team

Sauber 545
Ferrari 488
Toro Rosso 442
Williams 384
Mercedes 378
Lotus 367
Force India 365
Red Bull 359
McLaren 177

Total number of laps completed by engine manufacturer

Mercedes: Mercedes/Williams/Lotus/Force India: 1494
Ferrari: Ferrari/Sauber: 1033
Renault: Red Bull/Toro Rosso: 801
Honda: 177

Total number of laps completed by day

Day 2: 1021
Day 3: 1010
Day 4: 878
Day 1: 596

Combined Times

  1. Nico Rosberg 1:22.792 (Day 2)
  2. Lewis Hamilton 1:23.022 (Day 3)
  3. Valtteri Bottas 1:23.063 (Day 4)
  4. Felipe Massa 1:23.262 (Day 3)
  5. Kimi Räikkönen 1:23.276 (Day 3)
  6. Sebastian Vettel 1:23.469 (Day 4)
  7. Felipe Nasr 1:24.023 (Day 4)
  8. Carlos Sainz 1:24.191 (Day 3)
  9. Romain Grosjean 1:24.200 (Day 3)
  10. Marcus Ericsson 1:24.276 (Day 1)
  11. Max Verstappen 1:24.527 (Day 4)
  12. Daniel Ricciardo 1:24.638 (Day 4)
  13. Nico Hulkenberg 1:24.939 (Day 3)
  14. Sergio Perez 1:25.113 (Day 4)
  15. Kevin Magnussen 1:25.225 (Day 3)
  16. Jenson Button 1:25.327 (Day 4)
  17. Daniil Kvyat 1:25.947 (Day 1)
  18. Pastor Maldonado 1:26.705 (Day 1)
  1. Mercedes 1:22.792 (Day 2)
  2. Williams 1:23.063 (Day 4)
  3. Ferrari 1:23.276 (Day 3)
  4. Sauber 1:24.023 (Day 4)
  5. Toro Rosso 1:24.191 (Day 3)
  6. Lotus 1:24.200 (Day 3)
  7. Red Bull 1:24.638 (Day 4)
  8. Force India 1:24.939 (Day 3)
  9. McLaren 1:25.225 (Day 3)

The first race of the season is in under two weeks on Sunday 15th March.

Testing ends with Williams fastest on day four

Pre-season testing has concluded with Williams at the top of the timesheets.

Valtteri Bottas set the fastest time on the final day of testing with a 1:23.063, set on the super-soft tyre in the morning session. The team focused on performance with a mixture of long and short runs and completed 89 laps. They wrapped up their running early due to finishing their programme, with Bottas feeling confident about the upcoming Australian Grand Prix.

Next up was Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel who completed 129 laps while doing a race simulation. Felipe Nasr was another driver to complete a race simulation as he racked up an impressive 159 laps for Sauber. Max Verstappen took the opportunity to work on some final set-up ahead of the Australian Grand Prix in two weeks. Daniel Ricciardo’s day got off to a difficult start when he stopped at the end of the pit-lane – bringing out a red flag – due to an ERS problem. He soon got running again and completed some low fuel runs with soft tyres and longer runs.

Sergio Perez got his first time out in the 2015 Force India, taking over from Nico Hulkenberg who drove yesterday and on Friday. After 158 laps yesterday, the VJM08 once again covered significant mileage with Perez completing 130 laps. They also ran a mix of performance runs and longer runs. Day two pacesetter Nico Rosberg completed 148 laps and focused on medium and hard compound tyre runs, setting the seventh fastest time of the day.

McLaren described their day as having a “slow start” but they made “steady progress”. They were delayed getting out due to system checks following  an oil leak yesterday. Jenson Button eventually completed 30 laps and set the eighth fastest lap. Pastor Maldonado completed aero assessments in the morning before his running came to an early end in the afternoon. A braking issue resulted in a crash in the barriers and the team decided that, due to the fact they’ve enjoyed reliable testing up so far, there was no need to rush repairs on the car to get it out again.

Times from the fourth and final day of testing were as follows:

  1. Valtteri Bottas – 1:23.063 – 89 laps
  2. Sebastian Vettel – 1:23.469 – 129 laps
  3. Felipe Nasr – 1:24.023 – 159 laps
  4. Max Verstappen – 1:24.527 – 85 laps
  5. Daniel Ricciardo – 1:24.638 – 72 laps
  6. Sergio Perez – 1:25.113 – 130 laps
  7. Nico Rosberg – 1:25.186 – 148 laps
  8. Jenson Button – 1:25.327 – 30 laps
  9. Pastor Maldonado – 1:28.272 – 36 laps

The Australian Grand Prix takes place on the the 15th March.

Lewis Hamilton fastest on penultimate day of pre-season testing

Reigning world champion Lewis Hamilton continued team-mate Nico Rosberg’s form from yesterday by keeping Mercedes at the top of the time-sheets.

Hamilton’s time of 1:23.022 was seven tenths off Rosberg’s pace from yesterday but it was still a clear sign from the world champions. He ended the day two tenths clear of Williams driver Felipe Massa who set his fastest lap-time on the super soft tyres, while Hamilton’s was on the soft. After initial runs on the medium tyre, Hamilton returned to the garage for, what the team described as, experimental set-up changes. He put a set of the soft tyres on late in the day and moved to the top of the times.

Today brought Massa’s pre-season testing to a close as Valtteri Bottas returns to the car tomorrow. The Brazilian spent the day completing chassis and aero work along with longer runs on scrubbed tyres. Kimi Raikkonen ended the day third for Ferrari and he is another driver who has wrapped up his winter running. After an early delay due to an electrical problem Raikkonen had a highly productive day, completing 136 laps. He completed a consistent race simulation in the afternoon.

Carlos Sainz got the opportunity to fine-tune the set-up of the car and completed a race simulation in the afternoon. He will make his Formula One racing debut in just two weeks time at the Australian Grand Prix. Unfortunately an electrical problem late in the day caused a red flag and brought an early end to Sainz’s running, just after he had set his best lap of the day. Romain Grosjean set the fifth fastest lap of the day for Lotus. As was the case with most other drivers, his day included aero work and a race simulation in the afternoon. Sauber’s Marcus Ericsson completed 123 laps and set the sixth fastest time of the day. He caused the first of two red flags when his car came to a stop out on track in the afternoon.

Nico Hulkenberg continued Force India’s positive start to testing by completing 158 laps. The team’s 2015 car made its debut yesterday and has been showing good signs in terms of reliability with Hulkenberg being able to complete a substantial amount of laps. He will hand over the car to Sergio Perez tomorrow for the fourth and final day of pre-season testing.

Kevin Magnussen was in the car for McLaren and he managed just 39 laps before his day was curtailed by an oil leak. After the highs of yesterday, when the team completed 101 laps, it was back to the usual scene for the team as they continue to try and get to grips with their new car and engine. Rounding out the times was Daniel Ricciardo in the Red Bull after he spent the day focusing on long runs on the medium tyre and not chasing the ultimate lap time.

Times from the third day were as follows:

  1. Lewis Hamilton – 1:23.022 – 76 laps
  2. Felipe Massa – 1:23.262 – 102 laps
  3. Kimi Raikkonen – 1:23.276 – 136 laps
  4. Carlos Sainz – 1:24.191 – 132 laps
  5. Romain Grosjean – 1:24.200 – 116 laps
  6. Marcus Ericsson – 1:24.477 – 123 laps
  7. Nico Hulkenberg – 1:24.939 – 158 laps
  8. Kevin Magnussen – 1:25.225 – 39 laps
  9. Daniel Ricciardo – 1:25.742 – 128 laps

Pre-season testing concludes tomorrow.

Mercedes fastest on day two in Barcelona

Nico Rosberg has set the fastest time of Barcelona pre-season testing so far with a blistering 1:22.792 on soft tyres. It was eight tenths faster than Felipe Massa’s time from yesterday.

It was a more positive day of running for Mercedes who were forced to end their day at lunch-time yesterday due to an MGU-K problem. They spent their day completing aero analysis and set-up evaluation during which Rosberg completed over 100 laps. The German driver revealed after the day of running that he had struggled with handling and oversteer but the soft tyres had helped. It was also a solid day of running for yesterday’s fastest team Williams who completed 90 laps with Valtteri Bottas. They also completed some aero work before moving to some longer runs and grid simulation in the afternoon.

Sauber driver Felipe Nasr topped the times in the morning and moved onto race simulations in the afternoon. Sebastian Vettel returned to action for Ferrari and completed 143 laps, including a race simulation. Ferrari enjoyed better reliability than they have recently and also took the opportunity to complete a lot of set-up work.

In fifth place was McLaren’s Jenson Button on their most productive day of testing so far. They completed just over 100 laps before the car came to a stop on track in the afternoon. It was a new power unit for Button and, as was the case with most other teams, it was a mixture of long runs and aero and set-up work. The team completed less than 100 laps over four days in Jerez so it was certainly a much better day than they have been enjoying of late.

First Barcelona test pacesetters Lotus ended the day sixth fastest as Pastor Maldonado focused on long runs. He completed more than two race distances – like Vettel – and was assessing front suspension and aero assessments. Toro Rosso’s day may have stopped early due to an electrical problem but the team were pleased with the work they did achieve, including aero work. Daniil Kvyat’s Red Bull had a number of aero rakes attached to the car in the morning. He caused a red flag due to him stopping on track. It was a precautionary stop to check a hydraulic system and he soon got running again.

Force India made the long awaited debut of their 2015 car with Nico Hulkenberg driving. Having run the 2014 car in Barcelona, and missing Jerez completely, the team have completed significantly less testing than everyone else. They completed a solid 77 laps on their first day of running, however, as they started to learn about the car.

Times from day two were as follows:

  1. Nico Rosberg – 1:22.792 – 106 laps
  2. Valtteri Bottas – 1:23.995 – 90 laps
  3. Felipe Nasr – 1:24.071 – 141 laps
  4. Sebastian Vettel – 1:25.339 – 143 laps
  5. Jenson Button – 1:25.590 – 101 laps
  6. Pastor Maldonado – 1:26.705 – 140 laps
  7. Max Verstappen – 1:26.766 – 139 laps
  8. Daniil Kvyat – 1:26.965 – 84 laps
  9. Nico Hulkenberg – 1:28.412 – 77 laps

Testing continues tomorrow.

Felipe Massa tops first day of final pre-season test

With the Australian Grand Prix just a mere two weeks away, pre-season testing has reached a crucial stage as teams have just four days to get everything done. The day started off with some rain but that eventually cleared up allowing teams to get some solid running under their belts.

Williams driver Felipe Massa got off to the best possible start by setting the fastest time – a lap that was considerably faster than the times from last week. Massa’s best effort was five tenths faster than the fastest time from the first Barcelona test which was a 1:24.067 by Romain Grosjean on super soft tyres, while Massa’s was on a soft tyre. The team were completing some aero work and making some chassis changes.

Behind him was Marcus Ericsson in the Sauber with Lewis Hamilton’s morning time was enough for him to be the third fastest by the end of the day. Mercedes’ running was curtailed by an MGU-K problem which meant that he did not take part in any of the afternoon session. It was also another miserable day for McLaren who were sidelined by a hydraulics issue. This meant that they had to change the engine resulting in Jenson Button completing just seven laps. He will be back in the car tomorrow hoping to get some more running.

Ericsson completed a race simulation in the afternoon, clocking up 122 laps overall – the most of anyone today. Red Bull’s Daniil Kvyat had a relatively quiet day after bringing out an early red flag due to stopping at the end of the pit-lane just ten minutes into the morning session. He quickly got going again and completed 75 laps on his way to the fourth fastest time. Last week’s pace setters Lotus also completed 75 laps with Romain Grosjean on driving duties. The team were focusing on performance simulations and set-up evaluations.

With Fernando Alonso out of action due to the accident he had on Sunday on the final day of the first Barcelona test, Carlos Sainz was the Spanish interest. He stopped out on track in the afternoon and caused the second red flag of the day but completed 86 laps for Toro Rosso. Ferrari suffered from reliability problems but were still able to complete some significant mileage with Jerez pace-setter Kimi Raikkonen behind the wheel.

As is always the case with pre-season testing, flat out fast laps are not important. Instead teams will be fine tuning their cars and making sure they have ironed out the issues ahead of the first race. Here are the lap-times from today:

  1. Felipe Massa – 1:23.500 – 103 laps
  2. Marcus Ericsson – 1:24.276 – 122 laps
  3. Lewis Hamilton – 1:24.881 – 48 laps
  4. Daniil Kvyat – 1:25.947 – 75 laps
  5. Romain Grosjean – 1:26.177 – 75 laps
  6. Kimi Raikkonen – 1:26.327 – 80 laps
  7. Carlos Sainz – 1:26.962 – 85 laps
  8. Jenson Button – 1:31.479 – 7 laps

Testing resumes tomorrow with Force India joining the rest of the teams with their 2015 car.

F1 2015: Barcelona Test Preview 2 – 26th February – 1st March

After eight days of pre-season testing so far – four in Jerez and four in Barcelona – it has come down to the final four days of preparation for the season opening Australian Grand Prix.

Jerez saw Ferrari dominate the time sheets as they went fastest on three days and Sauber – who they supply engines to – went fastest on the other day. It was Lotus who moved to the top at the first Barcelona test, as Pastor Maldonado went fastest on days one and three and Romain Grosjean set the fastest time on his one and only appearance. Daniel Ricciardo topped day two for Red Bull. Reigning champions Mercedes have completed most laps so far while McLaren have struggled with reliability issues to do with their new engine.

Here is the line-up for the third and final pre-season test:

TEAM DAY 1 DAY 2 DAY 3 DAY 4
Mercedes Lewis Hamilton Nico Rosberg Lewis Hamilton Nico Rosberg
Red Bull Daniil Kvyat Daniil Kvyat  Daniel Ricciardo  Daniel Ricciardo
Williams Felipe Massa Valtteri Bottas Felipe Massa Valtteri Bottas
Ferrari Kimi Raikkonen Sebastian Vettel Kimi Raikkonen Sebastian Vettel
McLaren Jenson Button TBC TBC TBC
Force India N/A Nico Hulkenberg Nico Hulkenberg Sergio Perez
Toro Rosso Carlos Sainz Max Verstappen Carlos Sainz Max Verstappen
Lotus Romain Grosjean Pastor Maldonado Romain Grosjean Pastor Maldonado
Sauber Marcus Ericsson Felipe Nasr Marcus Ericsson Felipe Nasr

Force India will finally debuted their 2015 car on track at this test although it will not be ready until Friday. Nico Hulkenberg will get two days of running in the car, with Sergio Perez finishing the test for them. Force India was at the first Barcelona test but they were using their 2014 car.

A number of test drivers got outings at the first Barcelona test but it is back to business for the teams now as they give their race drivers some crucial running ahead of the first race. The only team running a test driver at this test are McLaren, although that is out of necessity. The main talking point after Barcelona was Fernando Alonso’s crash which left him hospitalised. He has since left hospital and has gone home to rest and recuperate meaning that McLaren have called up reserve driver Kevin Magnussen to split the testing with Jenson Button. The team have not yet confirmed the running for after the first day.

The other big news this week is that Manor F1 Team are working ‘around the clock’ to be ready for the Australian Grand Prix. The team, formerly known as Marussia, went into administration last year but recently exited it. They have announced that Will Stevens will drive for them. They will not be present at the test in Barcelona, however.