Fernando Alonso will miss the season-opening Grand Prix in Australia following his testing crash in Barcelona, McLaren confirmed on Tuesday. Although the team say Alonso is entirely healthy from neurological and cardiac perspectives, doctors have advised the Spaniard, who sustained a concussion on February 22, not to compete in the race. Kevin Magnussen will take Alonso’s place
Susie Wolff will take part in two Grand Prix sessions in 2015, after Williams confirmed her participation in FP1 at both Spain and Great Britain. Wolff will also drive on the opening day of the post-race tests in Spain and Austria, as well as completing an “extensive programme of work” in the Williams simulator
Having used a unique black and white ‘camouflage’ livery throughout testing, Red Bull have revealed the colour scheme that will adorn their RB11 car during the 2015 season proper. As expected, the Milton Keynes-based squad has retained its traditional dark blue livery, with purple highlights on the sidepods
On the basis of 12 days of pre-season testing, it is reigning champions Mercedes who enter the season on a high, having set the quickest times and completed the most laps. But who came closest to matching the Silver Arrows – and who might be struggling in Melbourne?
Valtteri Bottas signed off the 2015 pre-season in style by going fastest for Williams on the final day of testing at Barcelona on Sunday. The Finn hit the front early and was never deposed, as a qualifying simulation on Pirelli’s supersoft tyre yielded a 1m 23.063s – which left him almost half a second clear of the chasing pack
For the second day running it was a Mercedes atop the timesheet on Saturday, as the Formula One teams carried out their penultimate day of pre-season testing in Barcelona. Felipe Massa set the morning pace for Williams on Pirelli’s super-soft tyre, but it was Lewis Hamilton who clocked the ultimate benchmark – a 1m 23.022s, recorded on soft rubber
Fourth in the Barcelona test times on Friday, with almost 150 laps on the board – it looks like the combination of Sebastian Vettel and Ferrari is starting to gel. But how does the four-time world champion feel he is settling into his new home?
Mercedes finally hit the front in 2015 pre-season testing on Friday, as Nico Rosberg set an imperious new benchmark on day two in Barcelona. Elsewhere there was encouragement for McLaren, as Jenson Button completed more than 100 laps on the team’s most successful day to date, and Force India, who rolled out their new car for the first time
Fernando Alonso says he is ‘completely fine’ following his crash during pre-season testing in Spain last weekend. Although he was ruled out of the final pre-season test on doctors’ advice, he released a video message to reassure his followers about his physical condition
After several delays, Force India’s 2015 car made its long-awaited track debut on day two of the final pre-season test at Barcelona on Friday. The Mercedes-powered VJM08 left the garage just after midday local time with Nico Hulkenberg behind the wheel.
Felipe Massa laid down an impressive marker for Williams on the opening day of the final pre-season test of 2015 in Spain, as McLaren were once again restricted by technical problems. Massa hit the front early on Thursday afternoon, bolting on Pirelli’s soft-compound tyre and scything down to a 1m 23.500s – the fastest time seen so far this year in Barcelona
Lotus have appointed Carmen Jorda as a development driver for the 2015 season. In her new role the 26-year-old Spaniard, who most recently raced in GP3, will attend Grands Prix and Formula One tests throughout the year, as well as undergoing a significant simulator programme at the team’s base in Enstone
After the briefest of breaks, the teams and drivers return to action in Barcelona on Thursday for four final days of pre-season testing. With preparations for the season opener in Australia reaching fever pitch, and crucial mileage still to be accumulated, we take a team-by-team look at the current state of play
Fernando Alonso has been released from hospital, but McLaren have confirmed he will sit out this week’s final pre-season test at Barcelona. The Spaniard suffered concussion and was airlifted to hospital following a final-day crash during the second test.
Marussia are hoping to be on the grid for the 2015 season-opener in Australia, and have announced Will Stevens as their first driver. The team say their 2015 car is in an “advanced stage of build”, and are aiming to have it ready in time for it to be transported to Melbourne. Stevens said he is enthusiastic about the team’s prospects
Force India have revealed the first shot of their 2015 car, which they hope to run for the first time on day two of the final pre-season test at Barcelona. The team have suffered delays on the build of the new VJM08, opting to use their 2014 car at the most recent test at Barcelona. And while their new machine will not be ready for the start of the final test, it has completed its first fire-up and will now be transported to Spain
For his tenth season as team principal of Toro Rosso, Franz Tost will once again oversee a completely revised line-up as rookies Max Verstappen and Carlos Sainz form the youngest driver pairing in F1 history. In an exclusive interview, Tost discusses working with Red Bull’s latest ‘diamonds’, explains why the concept of running a junior team is still feasible, and reveals Toro Rosso’s ambitious targets for 2015
McLaren have said that ‘unpredictably gusty winds’ were to blame for the crash that hospitalised Fernando Alonso on the final day of the second pre-season test at Barcelona on Sunday. Alonso, who remains in hospital under observation, left the track at Turn 3 of the Catalan circuit, striking the inside concrete wall with a “significant lateral impact”
Having swapped Ferrari for Williams, Felipe Massa enjoyed something of a renaissance in 2014, scoring 134 points and three podiums, the last of which came at the season finale in Abu Dhabi. Now, after a brief winter break and an encouraging start to testing, the Brazilian is keen to keep up that momentum, as he explains in this exclusive interview
With four days of running at Jerez already under their belts, the teams were able to change focus slightly and begin discovering the true potential of their 2015 machines over the four-day pre-season test at Barcelona. But which teams have made a jump forward, and which are at risk of dropping down the order?
Fernando Alonso has escaped without injury from a crash on the final day of the second pre-season test at Barcelona, but will remain in hospital overnight. The two-time Formula One racing world champion suffered a concussion when he hit the wall exiting Turn 3 shortly after midday at the Spanish track
Romain Grosjean went fastest for Lotus as Fernando Alonso crashed and was taken to hospital as a precautionary measure on the final day of the second pre-season test at Barcelona. Grosjean leapt to the top of the timesheets in the afternoon when he bolted on Pirelli’s supersoft compound and dropped down to a 1m 24.067s – the fastest time any driver managed over the four-day test in Spain
Fernando Alonso has been airlifted to hospital after crashing on the final morning of pre-season testing at Barcelona. The Spaniard hit the wall on the inside of the track between Turns 3 and 4 shortly before the midday lunch break. Red flags were triggered as a result, with an ambulance also dispatched to the scene
Pastor Maldonado topped the timesheets for the second time in three days as Lotus continued their encouraging pre-season testing form in Barcelona on Saturday. The Venezuelan driver, quickest on the opening day of the test on Thursday, lapped the Catalan circuit in 1m 24.348s to finish just under four tenths of a second clear of Toro Rosso rookie Max Verstappen
After scoring six podiums and 132 points in 2013, Romain Grosjean came back down to earth with a bump last season, scoring just 8 points as Lotus struggled for performance. But after an encouraging start to testing with the new E23 Hybrid, the Frenchman is feeling much more positive about his chances in 2015, not least because he now has Mercedes power at his disposal
Having caused a stir when he topped the timesheets at the opening pre-season test of the year in Jerez, Felipe Nasr was back in the headlines on the first day of running in Barcelona when he was involved in a rare on-track clash with Williams’ Susie Wolff. In an exclusive interview, the Brazilian explains the incident, discusses Sauber’s promising early form, and reveals why returning the Swiss team to the points is his primary target in 201
Daniel Ricciardo handed Red Bull a welcome boost by going fastest on this week’s second day of pre-season testing in Barcelona. It was incredibly tight at the top of the timesheet, however, with less than a tenth of a second covering Ricciardo, Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen and the Williams of Felipe Massa
Lotus’s Pastor Maldonado took advantage of a late soft-tyre run to top an incident-filled first day of testing at Barcelona on Thursday. The Venezuelan clocked a lap of 1m 25.011s with just under an hour of the session remaining to eclipse long-time pacesetter Kimi Raikkonen, who ended just 0.156s back for Ferrari
McLaren have been forced to abandon running on the first day of the second pre-season test in Spain because of a faulty seal on the MGU-K part of Honda’s new power unit. The problem, which necessitates a full replacement of the power unit, occurred midway through the morning session after Jenson Button had completed 21 laps and run as high as second quickest in the MP4-30
Lewis Hamilton has been forced to withdraw from the first day of testing in Barcelona because of illness. The world champion completed 11 laps for Mercedes on the opening morning of the four-day Spanish test before deciding to abandon driving for the day
After an intriguing opening session at Jerez which saw a host of new cars take to the track for the first time, this week sees the teams decamp to a different part of Spain for the second pre-season test of the year. Ahead of four more days of running, we investigate several key questions that should be answered as the action ramps up in Barcelona
Mercedes’ reserve driver Pascal Wehrlein will drive for Force India on two days of the forthcoming four-day pre-season test at Barcelona. The deal is part of an increased association between Wehrlein and Force India, with the 20-year-old also slated to drive for the team in both of this year’s in-season tests
Jolyon Palmer will make his first appearance for Lotus during this week’s pre-season test at Barcelona. The reigning GP2 champion, who joined the team as their third driver for 2015, will get behind the wheel of the Mercedes-powered E23 on day two of the four-day test. Pastor Maldonado and Romain Grosjean will share the other three days
Renault are on course to make substantial gains with their 2015 Formula One power unit before the season-opening race in Australia, according to chief technical officer Rob White. Having made sweeping changes to their power unit over the winter in a push to reduce a 2014 performance deficit to Mercedes, Renault are confident that big strides will be made before the season gets underway
Looking at his targets for 2015, Nico Hulkenberg might deem it essential that he scores more points than Force India team mate Sergio Perez. But what about the other essentials in his life? In the first of a new series of interviews, Hulkenberg reveals the essential elements of his pre-race routine, the essential ingredients of a good night out, and more
As striking as Red Bull’s ‘camouflage’ livery was at Jerez, it is by no means the first time a team has opted to run a unique colour scheme during winter testing. We look back through the archives at some of the most unusual and memorable liveries to have appeared over recent years
After a decade spent fighting decline, Williams staged a stunning turnaround in 2014 to claim nine podiums and finish third in the constructors’ standings. In an exclusive interview, Pat Symonds – key to the resurrection – outlines the plans laid to ensure such success is not fleeting, why he believes Williams can return once more to the F1 summit, and why Valtteri Bottas has all the hallmarks of a potential great
After an intense period of development, a new crop of Formula One cars made their highly anticipated on-track debuts at Jerez this week. From rookie debuts to surprise performances, and from reliability issues to promising early pace, we take a team-by-team look at all of the action from an intriguing opening session in Spain
The 2014 season was a special one for Valtteri Bottas – not only did the talented Finn notch up his first F1 podium finish (and five more to boot), he also proved a consistent threat to the dominant Mercedes duo, eventually finishing an impressive fourth in the drivers’ standings. In an exclusive interview, Bottas discusses reprising his fight with the Silver Arrows in 2015, Williams’ pre-season form, the prospect of winning his first Grand Prix, and rumoured interest from Ferrari
As ever with pre-season testing, reading too much into the timesheets – particularly after just four days of running at Jerez – can often be misleading, as differing objectives and priorities blur the picture of which teams have hit the ground running in 2015. But while there is still an awful lot to learn, a close inspection of the data from the first four days of the new season does make for interesting reading
Ferrari team principal Maurizio Arrivabene said there are “encouraging signs” that his team have made real progress with their 2015 car, but also cautioned that their rivals were masking their true pace. Ferrari finished quickest in three of the first four days of pre-season testing at Jerez, with Kimi Raikkonen and Sebastian Vettel emerging with the fastest two times overall
Daniil Kvyat’s career progression has been nothing short of meteoric of late. Just 12 months ago the Russian youngster was preparing for his debut season in F1 racing with Toro Rosso; now he’s settling in at Red Bull as Sebastian Vettel’s replacement.
Kimi Raikkonen ensured Ferrari ended the first pre-season test of 2015 on top by going fastest on the fourth and final day at Jerez. The Scuderia’s new SF15-T had already topped the first and second days in the hands of Sebastian Vettel, and Raikkonen carried on that momentum by setting the best time of the test on Wednesday, dipping down to a 1m 20.841s to finish comfortably clear of the chasing pack
Force India have confirmed that it is unlikely their 2015 Formula One car will be ready in time for the second pre-season test in Spain on February 19-22. “Although everybody is working towards getting the VJM08 to the next test session in Barcelona, it’s more likely the new car will appear at the final Barcelona test
While Toro Rosso have helped a number of drivers break into Formula One racing in recent years, not all have been able to secure long-term drives at the sport’s highest level. But while that dynamic only adds to the pressure on Carlos Sainz Junior’s shoulders ahead of his rookie season, the Spaniard insists that he has the mentality, ability and expertise to flourish
Musical superstars Pharrell Williams and Maroon 5 will be the headline acts for the 2015 Formula 1 Singapore Airlines Singapore Grand Prix race concerts. The multi award-winning performers will entertain the crowds on the Marina Bay Street Circuit’s Padang Stage
After the first three days of pre-season testing at Jerez, McLaren-Honda’s 2015 car has managed just 44 laps in total – in stark contrast to the likes of Mercedes, who have clocked up almost ten times that amount. But McLaren racing director Eric Boullier insists there is no sense of worry within the camp – particularly as the issues are also a symptom of just how pioneering the team have tried to be in order to catch the world champions