F1 Technical

Pirelli once again saw teams at Barcelona use all of its 2015 tyres apart from the full wets, with the tyre supplier once again confirmed in its belief that the cars are considerably faster than in 2014.
As pre-season winter testing has come to an end, McLaren looks back on a troubled 12 days, admitting the team will face a difficult start to the season.
Having completed another 85 laps on the final day of winter testing, Scuderia Toro Rosso is confident it is entirely ready to go racing, starting with the Australian Grand Prix in 2 weeks time.
The final day of pre-season testing went well again for the Sauber F1 Team with Felipe Nasr driving the Sauber C34-Ferrari. In total the Brazilian completed 159 laps. Today the focus was once more on race preparation with short and long runs.
Lotus F1 Team ended the final day of pre-season testing early after a systems issue compromised Pastor Maldonado’s braking into turn four resulting in him making contact with the barriers.
The final day of winter testing in 2015 has started. Felipe Nasr is the first to leave the pits, followed by Nico Rosberg, Sebastian Vettel and Valtteri Bottas.
Ferrari's new team chef Maurizio Arrivabene hails the team's new driver pairing and expects the team to improve gradually as it faces an uphill battle against the likes of Mercedes.
The final day of winter testing in 2015 has started. Felipe Nasr is the first to leave the pits, followed by Nico Rosberg, Sebastian Vettel and Valtteri Bottas.
The third and penultimate day of testing at Barcelona has started under sunny skies, with Felipe Massa taking the honours to be the first man out on track today.
The third and penultimate day of testing at Barcelona has started under sunny skies, with Felipe Massa taking the honours to be the first man out on track today.
Formula 1 grandee team Ferrari recruited its staff with the former GP3 champion and Sauber driver, Esteban Gutierrez. The heavily-backed Mexican may drive the SF-15T on a few Fridays.
Sahara Force India enjoyed a fruitful day at Barcelona as the team got around building its new VJM08 car and giving it its first run with Nico Hulkenberg behind the wheel. Debuting at around 12:30, the team completed 77 laps.
Day 2 of this test week has started with Sebastian Vettel the first man out on track for Ferrari, followed by Nico Rosberg, Pastor Maldonado and Max Verstappen.
Day 2 of this test week has started with Sebastian Vettel the first man out on track for Ferrari, followed by Nico Rosberg, Pastor Maldonado and Max Verstappen.
Toro Rosso have introduced a big update to their STR10, including a brand new front wing and a shortened nose cone. It is understood that the car's longer nose cone was initially designed as a base to get through the crash tests and get testing, while the team subsequently focused on what is generally considered a better aerodynamic solution. Two technical heads have confirmed to me that the shorter nose is indeed a better solution, admitting that this has to do with the flow coming off the standardised central section of the front wing
Carmen Jordá today joined Lotus F1 Team, marking the second female driver currently related to Formula One. Carmen will attend Grands Prix and Formula 1 tests throughout 2015 for Lotus F1 Team as well as doing a simulator programme at Enstone. Carmen will drive the E23 Hybrid on track during the course of 2015.
Kimi Raikkonen kicked off the first day of the second testing session at Barcelona, going out at precisely 9 o'clock for an installation run. He was soon followed by Marcus Ericsson in the Sauber C34.
Kimi Raikkonen kicked off the first day of the second testing session at Barcelona, going out at precisely 9 o'clock for an installation run. He was soon followed by Marcus Ericsson in the Sauber C34.
Mercedes AMG have come out on track today at Barcelona with an updated nose cone, along with new mountings for the camera pods. Even though unconfirmed reports recently noted that the FIA asked Mercedes and Ferrari to revert to more traditional camera mountings, the team have now come up with small vertical carbon fibre supports to mount the cameras even higher above the nose cone. It moves the camera out of the airflow onto the front suspension, whereas the shape of the mounting's attachment to the nose will certainly generate a vortex that is likely flowing in between the upper and lower wishbones.
Kimi Raikkonen kicked off the first day of the second testing session at Barcelona, going out at precisely 9 o'clock for an installation run. He was soon followed by Marcus Ericsson in the Sauber C34.
The Manor Marussia F1 Team has announced the signing of Will Stevens as a racing driver for the 2015 Formula One season while noting it is on track to be present at the Australian Grand Prix in just 2 weeks time.
McLaren Honda have confirmed in a statement today that their driver Fernando Alonso has left the hospital but will not be driving at the final pre-season test at Barcelona, set to start tomorrow.
Pirelli has summarised the most recent 4-day test at Barcelona, indicating that teams were able to complete considerable mileage while trying out every single tyre of the range, apart from the full wets, but including a prototype medium compound.
McLaren Honda have shed some on the causes of Fernando Alonso's weird crash on Sunday at Barcelona, rejecting any mechanical failure caused the incident. The team however awaits to see Alonso's progress in hospital before deciding on his participation in the next winter test.
McLaren Honda endured another difficult day in testing with Fernando Alonso's crash brining an early end to today's running after completing just 20 laps.
The final day of the first test at Barcelona kicked off with good weather yet again, but that didn't stop one driver to beach his car early on in the session, following Sebastian Vettel's example from Saturday.
During the final day of testing, Fernando Alonso crashed at the Circuit de Catalunya near Barcelona. There is no official statement to what caused the crash, but rumours are reported that the Spaniard fainted due to an illness.
The final day of the first test at Barcelona kicked off with good weather yet again, but that didn't stop one driver to beach his car early on in the session, following Sebastian Vettel's example from Saturday.
Not only was it chilly on the morning for the third day of testing at Barcelona, light drops of rain expected throughout the day adds a bit of complexity as teams continue with their 2015 season preparations.
Not only was it chilly on the morning for the third day of testing at Barcelona, light drops of rain expected throughout the day adds a bit of complexity as teams continue with their 2015 season preparations.
As the 6th of 12 days of pre-season testing has come to an end, McLaren Honda has enjoyed a boost as the team managed to complete today's programme, despite having to take it easy with the power unit due to the seal that plagued the team on Thursday already.
Jolyon Palmer had his first taste of the Lotus F1 Team E23 Hybrid in his role as Third and Reserve Driver today. Over the course of 77 laps at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, the GP2 Champion ran through a programme of tyre and aero assessments, setting a best lap of 1min 26.280secs.
Ferrari team principal Maurizio Arrivabene expects the 2007 world champion Kimi Raikkönen in a completely new shape when the curtains fall at the season opener Australian GP.
This morning the second day of winter testing at the Circuit de Catalunya in Barcelona kicked off under a mix of clouds and sun. As the lights turned green, Kimi Raikkonen and Felipe Massa were the first men on track.
This morning the second day of winter testing at the Circuit de Catalunya in Barcelona kicked off under a mix of clouds and sun. As the lights turned green, Kimi Raikkonen and Felipe Massa were the first men on track.
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 problem that ended running for the day.
Testing at Barcelona kicked off this morning in chilly conditions but with clear skies and good predictions, it looked set to become a perfect day for the 5th day of pre-season testing.
Testing at Barcelona kicked off this morning in chilly conditions but with clear skies and good predictions, it looked set to become a perfect day for the 5th day of pre-season testing.
At the most recent meeting of the F1 commission it was agreed that there will be a ban on helmet design changes during the season in an attempt to make it easier for fans to recognise the drivers.
Sahara Force India has confirmed that Mercedes AMG test driver Pascal Wehrlein will drive for the team at the upcoming testing session in Barcelona, Spain beginning on 19 February. The 20-year-old German will spend two days behind the wheel of the team’s 2014 car, the VJM07.
Ferrari’s new team chef, Maurizio Arrivabene claimed that Sebastian Vettel makes him remember the great Michael Schumacher. Only a few weeks have gone since Vettel’s arrival in Maranello, the Italian has already been taken aback by the German’s commitment.
A meeting among Formula One teams, the FIA F1 commission and Bernie Ecclestone has resulted in a status quo for the sport, rejecting all major rule changes ahead of 2017.
Technical review of the Sauber C34 Ferrari as it debuted at Jerez
With both Marussia and Caterham going into administration last year, the F1 grid got reduced to a tiny 18 cars race. I personally find that an embarrassment for F1, acting as FIA’s most prestigious formula, yet also fielding almost the lowest car amount among the FIA open wheel series.
The remaining assets of the collapsed Caterham team will be put up for sale in several auctions if no buyer for the team can be found in the next coming weeks.
Pirelli proved pleased with the overall results of the first pre-season test at Jerez, seeing teams complete more mileage than last year, along with increased performance, despite fairly low tempartures in Southern Spain.
Analysis of McLaren's new Honda-powered MP4-30, a long stride ahead from its predecessor
The final day of pre-season testing at Jerez started extremely cool at around 6°C but clouds that wetted the track overnight started disappearing by the time running commenced.
McLaren's racing director Eric Boullier proved relieved to have seen the MP4-30 more than 30 laps today and is optimistic that when things go well, the team will be completely ready at the season opening Austrlian GP.
Former Caterham-racer Kamui Kobayashi will not participate in Formula 1 this year. The Japanese is going to race on home soil as he joins the Super Formula.