Having performed an exhaustive series of tests and scans – some of them as recently as yesterday evening – McLaren-Honda driver Fernando Alonso’s doctors have informed him that they find him asymptomatic of any medical issue; that they see no evidence whatsoever of any injury; and that they therefore describe him as entirely healthy from neurological and cardiac perspectives alike. However, Fernan…
Infiniti Red Bull Racing have revealed the livery for their 2015 Formula One world championship car. Powered by the Renault Energy F1-2015 engine, the Red Bull Racing RB11 will be driven by Daniel Ricciardo and Daniil Kvyat. The two drivers epitomise the success of Renault’s single-seater driver development programme.
Images from the final pre-season test, featuring the McLaren-Honda MP4-30 at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya. Jenson Button and Kevin Magnussen shared driver duties over the 4 test days. Next stop, Melbourne.
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Third winter test and second at Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya offered a final chance to prepare the Renault Energy-F1 2015 before Melbourne. Renault and its partner teams largely fulfilled their objectives with Infiniti Red Bull Racing and Scuderia Toro Rosso accumulating a combined total of 9,800km, the equivalent of 32 grands prix over the three tests.
Date Sunday March 1 2015 Driver Jenson Button  Location Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya (4.655km) Laps/km 39/182km Best laptime 1m25.225s Programme The curtain closes on McLaren-Honda’s pre-season preparations. It was a slow start to the morning, but Jenson managed to put some laps on the board during the day. While our test programme has been largely affected by unreliability, and by a lack of run…
Date Saturday February 28 2015 Driver Kevin Magnussen Location Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya (4.655km) Laps/km 39/182km Best laptime 1m25.225s Programme Test and reserve driver Kevin Magnussen deputised for Fernando Alonso in Barcelona today, completing a useful test programme – as well as providing an always-useful additional opinion on the car.  Kev quickly got to grips with the car, his first …
Mixed bag for Lewis Hamilton on day three in Barcelona
Date Friday February 27 2015 Driver Jenson Button Location Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya (4.655km) Laps/km 101/466km  Best laptime 1m25.590s Programme After yesterday’s disappointing start to the final pre-season test, today was our most productive and promising day of the winter. The team did a fantastic job to replace the power-unit ahead of today’s session, with the team ready to start when th…
Lewis Upbeat Despite Early Finish in Barcelona
Date Thursday February 26 2015 Driver Jenson Button Location Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya (4.655km) Laps/km 7/33km Best laptime 1m31.479s Programme The day kicked off with Jenson conducting some aerodynamic tests, which meant he only completed a single timed lap. After just seven laps, Jenson noted a vibration and brought the car back to the pits, where we discovered a hydraulic leak that requir…
Statement from McLaren-Honda Barcelona, February 25 Following his testing accident at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya last Sunday, we are pleased to confirm that Fernando Alonso has now left hospital. He has returned to his family’s home in Spain for further rest and recuperation. As a result, he will sit out this week’s final winter test, at which he was due to share driving duties with Jenson…
Born on 24 February 1955, Alain Prost turns 60 today. The relationship between Renault and the French legend stretches back more than 40 years, and in wishing him a happy birthday we have chosen to look back at the wonderful moments we have shared with him. Did you know, for example, that Alain Prost earned a drive with Elf in the 1976 Formula Renault National championship and won the European Formula Renault title a year later
Images from the second pre-season test, featuring the McLaren-Honda MP4-30 at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya. Fernando Alonso and Jenson Button shared driver duties over the 4 test days.
Development of the new Renault Energy-F1 2015 continues during the first of two tests at Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya in Spain. Renault satisfied with more than 3,800 kilometres covered over the four days, including several grand prix simulations and extensive work focusing on the Power Unit’s reliability and driveability. Near-Melbourne Power Unit specification benefits Infiniti Red Bull Racing and Scuderia Toro Rosso.
Statement from McLaren-Honda Barcelona, February 23rd We are pleased to confirm that, having been involved in an on-track incident at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya (Spain) on February 22nd, Fernando Alonso is making a solid recovery in hospital, and is chatting to family, friends and hospital staff. From the scene of the incident he was driven to the circuit’s medical centre, where he was giv…
Date Sunday February 22 2015 Driver Fernando Alonso  Location Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya (4.655km) Laps/km 20/93km Best laptime 1m27.956s Programme Given the running issues that affected us throughout the first three days, the decision was taken last night to split seat-time for the final day of the programme. The aim was for Fernando to run in the morning, with Jenson taking over after lunch …
Nico battles the breeze at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya
Today at 12:35 CET, while testing at the Circuit de Catalunya (Barcelona), during the fourth and final day of the current test, Fernando Alonso’s McLaren-Honda car left the track at Turn Three, causing the right-hand side of his car to strike the wall. Fernando was driven to the circuit’s Medical Centre where the circuit’s doctors gave him first aid. He was conscious and spoke with the doctors.
Date Saturday February 21 2015 Driver Jenson Button Location Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya (4.655km) Laps/km 24/111km Best laptime 1m29.151s Programme A disappointing day. The damp weather pushed the emphasis onto aerodynamic testing, but this was cut short by a failure of the revised seal introduced today in a bid to resolve the week’s MGU-K issues. To compound a tricky day, Jenson suffered a pu…
Lewis Hits a Century on Day Three in Barcelona!
Date Friday February 20 2015 Driver Fernando Alonso Location Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya (4.655km) Laps/km 59/275km  Best laptime 1m25.961s Programme The halfway point of the winter test season – six days completed; six remaining – and, in terms of laps completed, this was our most productive day so far. Nonetheless, there’s still plenty of work left to do to ready MP4-30 and the Honda power un…
Split Shift for Nico and Lewis on Day Two in Barcelona
Date Thursday February 19 2015 Driver Jenson Button Location Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya (4.655km) Laps/km 21/98km  Best laptime 1m28.182s Programme The team kicked off this week’s Barcelona test with a series of short runs to evaluate some mechanical balance changes. After concluding the third run of the morning, and with the team getting into the programme, a broken seal on the MGU-K caused a…
A number of drivers who have excelled in the World Series by Renault and major international competitions have been involved in the development of the Renault Sport R.S. 01, contributing their different driving styles and viewpoints in helping to perfect the car. Since making its first outing, the Renault Sport R.S.
Are there any particular areas of the power unit you have worked on to give performance? We have made lots of changes to the power unit across all areas from last year. We won’t go into specifics about each and every part we have changed, but we will arrive in Melbourne with a very different engine to last year.
The first test of 2015 in Jerez didn’t really tell us much, so all eyes are on Barcelona this week as we try to get a better feel for the state of play between the teams. There’s a special focus of course on the form of the McLaren-Honda MP4-30, given how few miles it has completed so far. Fifty years ago, February was very different for the top teams and drivers of the day, and instead of occupyi…
McLaren-Honda conducted its essential pre-season filming day at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya earlier this week. While the term ‘filming day’ has become a bit of an F1 euphemism, it’s an invaluable opportunity for the team and its partners to get as much footage as possible in the can for the year ahead Just don’t think of the filming day as a dressed-up test. In fact, there’s very little dri…
Pascal Wehrlein to test with Sahara Force India in Barcelona
It’s been a short winter break this year, but Renault Sport F1 has nevertheless made a lot of progress. Can you explain the areas where you have moved forward? In the short gap between seasons we have taken a number of steps forward.
What are the challenges going into the second year of the power units? Year two of a new engine is always difficult. The 2015 power unit project was started six months before the 2014 units took to the track, ie
McLaren-Honda test and development driver Oliver Turvey will dovetail his Formula 1 duties with a full racing season in the exciting Japanese Super GT sports car championship. Oliver has already cultivated a strong reputation in sports car racing – taking class victory at last year’s Le Man 24 Hours enduro classic. For 2015, he joins Drago Modulo Honda Racing, where he will partner 2010 champion T…
Renault changed tack at the start of the 1990s, replacing the Super 5 with a Clio that revealed a fresh sense of direction, with its sports version undergoing nothing short of a metamorphosis. Renault had already revolutionised motorsport by making the turbo engine a winner on the track, and the Clio’s arrival marked the beginning of a whole new era, with the marque’s little hot hatch being powered by a naturally aspirated 16-valve engine. Renault presented the track version of the Clio 16s (…) – News
Fernando Alonso and Jenson Button arrived at Honda’s headquarters in Tokyo today to officially mark Honda’s return to Formula 1. The drivers were joined on stage by McLaren Chairman, Ron Dennis and Takanobu Ito, President, and Representative Director of Honda Motor to formally introduce the McLaren-Honda MP4-30 to the media.
So… we are now well into the pre-season test programme, which is always one of the most hectic and important periods of the Formula 1 year. It is still hard work, of course it is, but, in my day, which is to say 1991 to 2001, we did a whole lot more testing than the guys do now. When I kicked off my Formula 1 career, with Lotus in 1991, testing was already a significant aspect of a team’s workload…