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2017: Barcelona Pre-Season Test (1) Laps & Times

Times

Day 1

  1. Lewis Hamilton – Mercedes – 1:21.765
  2. Sebastian Vettel – Ferrari – 1:21.878 – +0.113
  3. Felipe Massa – Williams- 1:22.076 – +0.311
  4. Kevin Magnussen – Haas – 1:22.894 – +1.129
  5. Daniel Ricciardo – Red Bull – 1:22.926 – +1.161
  6. Valtteri Bottas – Mercedes – 1:23.169 – +1.404
  7. Sergio Perez – Force India – 1:23.709 – +1.944
  8. Carlos Sainz – Toro Rosso – 1:24.494 – +2.729
  9. Nico Hulkenberg – Renault – 1:24.784 – +3.019
  10. Fernando Alonso – McLaren – 1:24.852 – +3.087
  11. Marcus Ericsson – Sauber – 1:26.841 – +5.076

Day 2

  1. Kimi Raikkonen – Ferrari – 1:20.960
  2. Lewis Hamilton – Mercedes – 1:20.983 – +0.023
  3. Max Verstappen – Red Bull – 1:22.200 – +1.240
  4. Kevin Magnussen – Haas – 1:22.204 – +1.244
  5. Esteban Ocon – Force India – 1:22.509 – +1.549
  6. Daniil Kvyat – Toro Rosso – 1:22.956 – +1.996
  7. Valtteri Bottas – Mercedes – 1:22.986 – +2.026
  8. Jolyon Palmer – Renault – 1:24.139 – +3.179
  9. Antonio Giovinazzi – Sauber – 1:24.617 – +3.657
  10. Stoffel Vandoorne – McLaren – 1:25.600 – +4.640
  11. Lance Stroll – Williams – 1:26.040 – +5.080

Day 3

  1. Valtteri Bottas – Mercedes – 1:19.705
  2. Sebastian Vettel – Ferrari – 1:19.952 – +0.247
  3. Daniel Ricciardo – Red Bull – 1:21.153 – +1.448
  4. Jolyon Palmer – Renault – 1:21.396 – +1.691
  5. Nico Hulkenberg  – Renault – 1:21.791 – +2.086
  6. Marcus Ericsson – Sauber – 1:21.824 – +2.119
  7. Lewis Hamilton – Mercedes – 1:22.090 – +2.385
  8. Romain Grosjean – Haas – 1:22.118 – +2.413
  9. Lance Stroll – Williams – 1:22.351 – +2.646
  10. Fernando Alonso – McLaren – 1:22.598 – +2.893
  11. Carlos Sainz – Toro Rosso – 1:23.540 – +3.835
  12. Alfonso Celis – Force India – 1:23.568 – +3.863
  13. Daniil Kvyat – Toro Rosso – 1:23.952 – +4.247

Day 4

  1. Kimi Raikkonen – Ferrari – 1:20.872
  2. Max Verstappen – Red Bull – 1:21.769 – +0.897
  3. Jolyon Palmer – Renault – 1:21.778 – +0.906
  4. Romain Grosjean – Haas – 1:22.309 – +1.437
  5. Antonio Giovinazzi – Sauber – 1:22.401 – +1.529
  6. Sergio Perez – Force India – 1:22.534 – +1.662
  7. Stoffel Vandoorne – McLaren – 1:22.576 – +1.704
  8. Valtteri Bottas – Mercedes – 1:23.443 – +2.571
  9. Nico Hulkenberg – Renault – 1:24.974 – +4.102
  10. Daniil Kvyat – Toro Rosso – No Time Set

Best lap by driver

  1. Valtteri Bottas – Mercedes – 1:19.705 (Day 3)
  2. Sebastian Vettel – Ferrari – 1:19.952 (Day 3)
  3. Kimi Raikkonen – Ferrari – 1:20.872 (Day 4)
  4. Lewis Hamilton – Mercedes – 1:20.983 (Day 2)
  5. Daniel Ricciardo – Red Bull – 1:21.153 (Day 3)
  6. Jolyon Palmer – Renault – 1:21.396 (Day 3)
  7. Max Verstappen – Red Bull – 1:21.769 (Day 4)
  8. Nico Hulkenberg – Renault – 1:21.791 (Day 3)
  9. Marcus Ericsson – Sauber  – 1:21.824 (Day 3)
  10. Felipe Massa – Williams – 1:22.076 (Day 1)
  11. Romain Grosjean – Haas – 1:22.118 (Day 3)
  12. Kevin Magnussen – Haas – 1:22.204 (Day 2)
  13. Lance Stroll – Williams – 1:22.351 (Day 3)
  14. Antonio Giovanazzi – Sauber – 1:22.401 (Day 4)
  15. Esteban Ocon – Force India – 1:22.509 (Day 2)
  16. Sergio Perez – Force India – 1:22.534 (Day 4)
  17. Stoffel Vandoorne – McLaren – 1:22.576 (Day 4)
  18. Fernando Alonso – McLaren – 1:22.598 (Day 3)
  19. Daniil Kvyat – Toro Rosso – 1:22.956 (Day 2)
  20. Carlos Sainz – Toro Rosso – 1:23.540 (Day 3)
  21. Alfonso Celis – Force India – 1:23.568 (Day 3)

Best lap by team

  1. Mercedes – 1:19.705 (Day 3)
  2. Ferrari – 1:19.952 (Day 3)
  3. Red Bull – 1:21.153 (Day 3)
  4. Renault – 1:21.396 (Day 3)
  5. Sauber – 1:21.824 (Day 3)
  6. Williams – 1:22.076 (Day 1)
  7. Haas – 1:22.118 (Day 3)
  8. Force India – 1:22.509 (Day 2)
  9. McLaren – 1:22.576 (Day 4)
  10. Toro Rosso – 1:22.956 (Day 2)

Laps

Day 1

  1. Sebastian Vettel – Ferrari – 128
  2. Felipe Massa – Williams – 103
  3. Valtteri Bottas – Mercedes – 79
  4. Lewis Hamilton – Mercedes – 73
  5. Marcus Ericsson – Sauber – 72
  6. Nico Hulkenberg – Renault – 57
  7. Kevin Magnussen – Haas – 51
  8. Carlos Sainz – Toro Rosso – 51
  9. Daniel Ricciardo – Red Bull – 50
  10. Sergio Perez – Force India – 39
  11. Fernando Alonso – McLaren – 29

Total: 732

Day 2

  1. Kevin Magnussen – Haas – 118
  2. Kimi Raikkonen – Ferrari – 108
  3. Valtteri Bottas – Mercedes – 102
  4. Max Verstappen – Red Bull – 89
  5. Esteban Ocon – Force India – 86
  6. Daniil Kvyat – Toro Rosso – 68
  7. Antonio Giovinazzi – Sauber – 67
  8. Lewis Hamilton – Mercedes – 66
  9. Jolyon Palmer – Renault – 53
  10. Stoffel Vandoorne – McLaren – 40
  11. Lance Stroll – Williams – 12

Total: 809

Day 3

  1. Sebastian Vettel – Ferrari – 139
  2. Marcus Ericsson – Sauber – 126
  3. Lance Stroll – Williams – 98
  4. Lewis Hamilton – Mercedes – 95
  5. Valtteri Bottas – Mercedes – 75
  6. Fernando Alonso – McLaren – 72
  7. Alfonso Celis – Force India – 71
  8. Daniel Ricciardo – Red Bull – 70
  9. Romain Grosjean – Haas – 56
  10. Nico Hulkenberg – Renault – 42
  11. Carlos Sainz – Toro Rosso – 32
  12. Daniil Kvyat – Toro Rosso – 31

Total: 907

Day 4

  1. Romain Grosjean – Haas – 118
  2. Kimi Raikkonen – Ferrari – 93
  3. Max Verstappen – Red Bull – 85
  4. Antonio Giovinazzi – Sauber – 84
  5. Sergio Perez – Force India – 82
  6. Valtteri Bottas – Mercedes – 68
  7. Stoffel Vandoorne – McLaren – 67
  8. Nico Hulkenberg – Renault – 51
  9. Jolyon Palmer – Renault – 39
  10. Daniil Kvyat – Toro Rosso – 1

Total: 688

Most laps by driver

  1. Valtteri Bottas – Mercedes – 324
  2. Sebastian Vettel – Ferrari – 267
  3. Lewis Hamilton – Mercedes- 234
  4. Kimi Raikkonen – Ferrari – 201
  5. Marcus Ericcson – Sauber – 198
  6. Max Verstappen – Red Bull – 174
  7. Romain Grosjean – Haas – 174
  8. Kevin Magnussen – Haas – 169
  9. Antonio Giovinazzi – Sauber – 151
  10. Nico Hulkenberg – Force India – 150
  11. Sergio Perez – Force India – 121
  12. Daniel Ricciardo – Red Bull – 120
  13. Lance Stroll – Williams – 110
  14. Stoffel Vandoorne – McLaren – 107
  15. Felipe Massa – Williams – 103
  16. Fernando Alonso – McLaren – 101
  17. Daniil Kvyat – Toro Rosso – 100
  18. Jolyon Palmer – Renault – 92
  19. Esteban Ocon – Force India – 86
  20. Carlos Sainz – Toro Rosso – 83
  21. Alfonso Celis – Force India – 71

Most laps by team

  1. Mercedes – 558
  2. Ferrari – 468
  3. Sauber – 349
  4. Haas – 343
  5. Red Bull – 294
  6. Force India – 278
  7. Renault – 242
  8. Williams – 213
  9. McLaren – 208
  10. Toro Rosso – 183

Stat Round-Up

  • Fastest lap: 1:19.705 – Valtteri Bottas Day 3
  • Most laps in a day: 139 – Sebastian Vettel Day 3
  • Fewest laps in a day: 1 – Daniil Kvyat Day 4
  • Most days in car: 4 Valtteri Bottas
  • Fewest days in car: 1 Alfonso Celis (Force India), Felipe Massa (Williams)
  • Most laps in a day overall: 907 Day 3
  • Fewest laps in a day overall: 688 Day 4
  • Laps completed overall: 3136
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Pirelli confirm tyre test schedule for 2017 spec tyres

From 2017 onwards Pirelli will be introducing a wider tyre in line with the new regulations.

Pirelli have already been carrying out tyre testing with Ferrari and Red Bull but using the current tyre widths with prototype materials and structures. The testing has been carried out at Fiorano and Paul Ricard, and three more circuits are set to join the testing calendar.

There will be ten sessions over 24 days in which the 2017 tyres will be tested, starting with a two day event at Fiorano with Ferrari. This will take place on 1st & 2nd of August on an artificially dampened track to test the intermediate and full wet tyres. On 3rd & 4th August Red Bull will test the slick tyres for the first time at Mugello. The testing will take place using modified 2015 specification cars. Three teams will initially take part in the testing – Ferrari and Red Bull being joined by Mercedes. They will be obliged to share all the data gathered during the tests with all other teams.

The testing schedule will be as follows:

  1. August 1st & 2nd – Ferrari – Fiorano – Wets
  2. August 3rd & 4th – Red Bull – Mugello – Slicks
  3. September 6th & 7th – Ferrari – Barcelona – Slicks
  4. September 6th – 8th – Mercedes – Paul Ricard – Slicks
  5. September 21st & 22nd – Mercedes – Paul Ricard – Wets
  6. October 12th & 13th – Mercedes – Barcelona – Slicks
  7. October 14th – 16th – Red Bull – Abu Dhabi – Slicks
  8. November 2nd & 3rd – Red Bull – Abu Dhabi – Wets
  9. November 14th – 16th – Ferrari – Abu Dhabi – Slicks
  10. November 29th – ALL TEAMS – Abu Dhabi – Both

The test day at Abu Dhabi at the end of the season will see all 11 teams get to trial the 2017 spec tyres – which will be 60mm wider for the front tyres and 80mm wider for the rear tyres – to validate the data from the previous tests.

 

As well as the aforementioned specific tyre test dates the following tests will also take place:

  1. 12th & 13th July – Mercedes – Silverstone – Slicks
  2. 16th July – Ferrari – Fiorano – Wets
  3. 18th & 19th July – Red Bull – Vallelunga – Slicks

These are with the prototype 2016 spec tyres, and not the 2017 tyres. Mercedes will carry out this testing during the official Silverstone test at which ten other teams will be present.

F1 2016: First pre-season test laps & times

Day One

  1. Sebastian Vettel – Ferrari – 1:24.939 – Medium
  2. Lewis Hamilton – Mercedes – 1:25.409 – Medium
  3. Daniel Ricciardo –  Red Bull – 1:26.044 – Medium
  4. Valtteri Bottas – Williams – 1:26.091 – Medium
  5. Alfonso Celis Jr – Force India – 1:26.298 – Soft
  6. Jenson Button – McLaren – 1:26.735 – Soft
  7. Carlos Sainz – Toro Rosso – 1:27.180 –  Medium
  8. Marcus Ericsson – Sauber – 1:27.555 – Medium – 2015 car
  9. Pascal Wehrlein – Manor – 1:28.292 – Medium
  10. Romain Grosjean – Haas – 1:28.399 – Medium
  11. Jolyon Palmer – Renault – 1:29.356 – Medium

 

  1. Lewis  Hamilton –  Mercedes – 156 laps
  2. Marcus Ericsson – Sauber – 88 laps
  3. Daniel Ricciardo – Red Bull – 87 laps
  4. Jenson Button – McLaren – 84 laps
  5. Valtteri Bottas – Williams – 80 laps
  6. Sebastian Vettel – Ferrari – 69 laps
  7. Alfonso Celis Jr – Force India – 58 laps
  8. Carlos Sainz – Toro Rosso – 55 laps
  9. Pascal Wehrlein – Manor – 54 laps
  10. Jolyon Palmer – Renault – 37 laps
  11. Romain Grosjean – Haas – 31 laps

Day Two

  1. Sebastian Vettel – Ferrari – 1:22.810 – Ultra Soft
  2. Daniel Ricciardo – Red Bull – 1:23.525 – Ultra Soft
  3. Sergio Perez – Force  India – 1:23.650 – Super  Soft
  4. Nico Rosberg – Mercedes – 1:24.867 – Medium
  5. Marcus Ericsson – Sauber – 1:25.237 – Medium
  6. Esteban Gutierrez – Haas – 1:25.524 – Medium
  7. Valtteri Bottas – Williams – 1:25.648 – Medium
  8. Pascal Wehrlein – Manor – 1:25.925 – Medium
  9. Fernando Alonso – McLaren – 1:26.082 – Medium
  10. Jolyon Palmer – Renault – 1:26.189 – Medium
  11. Max Verstappen – Toro Rosso – 1:26.539 – Medium

 

  1. Nico Rosberg – Mercedes – 172 laps
  2. Valtteri Bottas – Williams – 134 laps
  3. Sebastian Vettel – Ferrari – 126 laps
  4. Max Verstappen – Toro Rosso – 121 laps
  5. Fernando Alonso – McLaren – 119 laps
  6. Daniel Ricciardo – Red  Bull – 112 laps
  7. Marcus Ericsson – Sauber – 108 laps
  8. Sergio Perez – Force India – 101 laps
  9. Esteban Gutierrez – Haas – 79 laps
  10. Pascal Wehrlein – Manor – 71 laps
  11. Jolyon Palmer – Renault – 42 laps

Day Three

  1. Nico Hulkenberg – Force India – 1:23.110 – Super Soft
  2. Romain Grosjean – Haas – 1:25.874 – Soft
  3. Kimi Raikkonen –  Ferrari – 1:25.977 – Medium
  4. Kevin Magnussen – Renault – 1:26.014 – Soft
  5. Nico Rosberg – Mercedes – 1:26.084 – Medium
  6. Carlos Sainz – Toro Rosso – 1:26.239 – Medium
  7. Felipe Nasr – Sauber – 1:26.392 – Medium
  8. Lewis Hamilton – Mercedes – 1:26.421 – Medium
  9. Daniil Kvyat – Red Bull – 1:26.497 – Medium
  10. Felipe Massa – Williams – 1:26.712 – Medium
  11. Jenson Button – McLaren – 1:26.919 –  Medium
  12. Rio Haryanto – Manor – 1:28.249 – Medium

 

  1. Carlos Sainz – Toro Rosso – 161 laps
  2. Felipe Nasr – Sauber – 115 laps
  3. Kevin Magnussen – Renault – 111 laps
  4. Felipe Massa – Williams – 109 laps
  5. Nico Hulkenberg – Force India – 99 laps
  6. Lewis Hamilton –  Mercedes – 88 laps
  7. Romain Grosjean –  Haas – 82 laps
  8. Kimi Raikkonen – Ferrari – 78 laps
  9. Rio Haryanto – Manor – 78 laps
  10. Nico Rosberg – Mercedes – 74 laps
  11. Daniil  Kvyat – Red Bull – 74 laps
  12. Jenson Button – McLaren – 51 laps

Day Four

  1. Kimi Raikkonen – Ferrari – 1:23.477 – Ultra Soft
  2. Daniil Kvyat – Red Bull – 1:24.293 – Ultra Soft
  3. Alfonso Celis Jr – Force India – 1:24.840 – Super Soft
  4. Kevin Magnussen – Renault – 1:25.263 – Soft
  5. Max Verstappen – Toro Rosso – 1:25.393 – Medium
  6. Felipe Nasr – Sauber – 1:26.053 – Soft
  7. Nico Rosberg – Mercedes – 1:26.187 – Medium
  8. Lewis Hamilton – Mercedes – 1:26.295 – Medium
  9. Felipe Massa – Williams – 1:26.483 – Soft
  10. Esteban Gutierrez – Haas – 1:27.802 – Medium
  11. Rio Haryanto – Manor – 1:28.266 – Soft
  12. Fernando Alonso – McLaren – No Time Set

 

  1. Kevin Magnussen – Renault – 153 laps
  2. Felipe Nasr –  Sauber – 121 laps
  3. Max Verstappen – Toro Rosso – 110 laps
  4. Lewis Hamilton – Mercedes – 99 laps
  5. Daniil Kvyat – Red Bull – 96 laps
  6. Esteban Gutierrez – Haas – 89 laps
  7. Nico Rosberg – Mercedes – 86 laps
  8. Kimi Raikkonen – Ferrari – 80 laps
  9. Alfonso Celis Jr – Force India – 75 laps
  10. Felipe Massa – Williams – 54 laps
  11. Rio Haryanto – Manor – 51 laps
  12. Fernando Alonso – McLaren – 3 laps

 

F1 2016: First pre-season test round-up

Ahead of a 21 race season, Formula One testing started in earnest last week at the Circuit de Catalunya in Barcelona. The Spanish track will play host to both of this year’s pre-season tests with the second of these set to start on Tuesday.

All eleven teams – including new team Haas F1 – were present with only Sauber running their 2015 car. The C35 is due to break cover ahead of the second test this week.

During the four days of testing it was Ferrari who set the headline times topping three of four days. They ran with Pirelli’s new Ultra Soft tyre compound and Sebastian Vettel’s 1:22.810 on day three was the fastest lap of the week. He was also fastest on day one with team-mate Kimi Raikkonen ending the test on top. Force India’s Nico Hulkenberg was fastest on day three.

While Ferrari were putting in the fast laps, reigning world champions Mercedes were concentrating on the mileage – completing significantly more laps than any other team. They also used the medium compound tyre.

Elsewhere Haas F1 enjoyed a reliable start to their Formula One career. Bar a front wing failure on the first day of testing, the American team suffered no real issues and completed a number of laps. Force  India were another team putting in low fuel runs on the Supersoft tyre. They also split their running between their two race drivers and their reserve driver Alfonso Celis.

McLaren’s first two days of running saw them eclipse the number of laps they managed in the whole of the first pre-season test last year. It looked like a much better start for the beleaguered team however a few issues crept in on the third and fourth day. A hydraulic leap hampered Jenson Button’s running on day three while Fernando Alonso failed to set a lap-time and managed just three laps due to a coolant leak on the fourth and final day.

Toro Rosso – who were running an interim livery – went for mileage over fast laps, coming second to only Mercedes in terms of laps completed. They will officially launch their 2016 car ahead of the second test this week. Red Bull and Williams had understated starts to testing, getting on with their own programmes. Renault made their return to Formula One as a works team and Jolyon Palmer and Kevin Magnussen got their first tastes of the new car. Renault has described their week as a “solid start”.

For Manor rookies Pascal Wehrlen and Rio Haryanto it was an opportunity to get some mileage under their belts. The MRT05 is powered by Mercedes this year having previously run with Ferrari power. The team also has a technical partnership with Williams and hope to make big steps forward this year. Although the team completed the fewest laps of the test they were satisfied with their work as they look to move on to more significant set up work next week.

Red Bull Racing launch RB12 at Barcelona test

Following a livery launch in London last week, where the team revealed a new matte black design, Red Bull has rolled out the RB12 in the Barcelona pit-lane.

 

Red Bull will continue to run with Daniel Ricciardo and Daniil Kvyat while they will race with a new Power Unit partnership with TAG Heuer. 2015 was a difficult season for Red Bull, not enjoying any of the success of winning they have experienced over the past five years.

“Obviously the late engine decision last year was a challenge but we found a solution in time and the whole team has worked incredibly hard to recover over the winter,” Team Principal Christian Horner explained. “Therefore, we’re looking to build on the significant progress we made in the second half of 2015 and to carry the momentum into the early races of this season.”

“My hopes for this season are that we genuinely make progress from where we were last year,” he continued. “[I hope] that we get our heads down and we really develop the car well and hopefully with some performance coming on the power unit side as well that will allow us to get closer to some of our immediate rivals.”

As has been the case with other teams, 2016 has been a year of evolution rather than revolution in terms of design due to the stable regulations. “What we’ve really tried to concentrate on with this car is getting a cohesive package for all the parts – the suspension, the chassis dynamics, aerodynamics  – that they all work together in harmony,” Chief Technical Officer Adrian Newey explained. “I think we’ve managed to build on the lessons of last year and all the indications from our simulations suggest that this year’s chassis should be strong.”

Manor Racing reveal the MRT05 – the “best car” they’ve ever launched

On the morning of the first pre-season test of 2016, Manor Racing became the latest team to reveal their challenger for the year ahead.

John McQuillam, the team’s Technical Director, has high hopes for the MRT05. “Even at this early stage of the game, we can easily say this is the best car we’ve ever launched,” he revealed. “[It’s] certainly the most developed, the most ambitious and the most aggressive. The overall package is a very significant step forward, not just from last year, but from any of the cars from our stable. So yes, we have a long way to go from here in terms of developing the MRT05, but it’s already a dream package for the 154 Manor Racing people who’ve worked so hard to design and build it. In a small team like ours, every single individual has played their part.”

“It’s all new,” he continued. “As it should be of course, but we had to ‘make do’ last year and that’s not what we’re here for. We build fast race cars for a living and it’s great to get back to doing what we love. We’re also pretty good at it, when we have the right tools for the job. So that in itself is quite special. Better still, the MRT05 is a contender. We really believe that. The design team have focused almost exclusively on it since the middle of last season and it’s just a whole different ball game to any of its predecessors. We haven’t left any performance on the table and right now I can say there’s not a single part of the car we’d have designed differently.”

Manor will race with a Mercedes Power Unit this season, having previously used Ferrari power. As well as that they have a technical partnership with Williams who will be supplying their gearbox and other components. As well as new partnerships, Manor will run with an all new line-up in 2016 – fielding Formula One rookies Pascal Wehrlein and Rio Haryanto. Wehrlein is reigning DTM champion and has strong links with  Mercedes while Haryanto is coming off the back of his best ever season in GP2.

“We are done with just turning up just to make everyone else look good,” Team Principal Dave Ryan explained. “Every single person in this team is looking forward to the first race in Melbourne in a few weeks. We know we have to improve in every area and in no way do we underestimate the opposition, but we have assemble a great group of people. We have a fantastic technical partnership with Mercedes-Benz and Williams Advanced Engineering and now it’s up to us to deliver.”

VJM09 breaks cover in the Barcelona pit-lane

This year’s  Force India has broken cover in the Barcelona pit-lane, ahead of the start of the first pre-season test.

The VJM09 is an evolution of its predecessor – the car which took the team to fifth place in last year’s championship, including a podium finish at the Russian Grand Prix. As well as stable regulations, the team has chosen to stick with its line-up with Sergio Perez and Nico Hulkenberg on hand to help reveal the car. They were joined by Alfonso Celis Jr who will be the team’s test and reserve driver this year. He is in the car for two days during the first pre-season test.

“You can say the b-spec car from last year formed a basis on which to build our 2016 one,” Technical Director Andrew Green explained. “We were in a situation in which the performance on track was very good, and in which the data we were getting correlated well to what we were expecting, so we knew we could continue to develop on a solid platform. With the regulations likely to change for 2017, it didn’t really seem like an efficient use of our resources to start from scratch on a project that would have such a limited lifetime.”

The team’s colours remain the same for the season ahead. “The colours reflect our partners and heritage,” Team Principal Vijay Mallya revealed. “Although  I’m biased, I think our car is one of the best looking on the grid and that’s why I wanted to keep a consistent look for 2016. As they say – ‘if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it’.”

“I want us to begin 2016 in the same way we ended 2015,” he continued. “Our technical team is excited about the progress we have made over the winter and there’s every reason to believe we can stay at the front of the midfield battle.”

For the season ahead the team has aero updates planned in time for the first race of the season along with another step for the start of the European season.