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There are two more days of testing left before the start of a new F1 season. An ideal time to get close to the action and look for indications and clues as to the season ahead.
The phoney war came to an end in Barcelona today, as Nico Rosberg topped the time sheets in emphatic style, while there was good news for McLaren and Force India. Just over an hour from the end of the tenth day of pre-season testing Mercedes bolted soft compound Pirellis on Nico Rosberg’s car for the first time this winter and the German promptly […]
The Williams team’s relatively anonymous path through winter preparation ended in Barcelona this afternoon as Felipe Massa ended the first day of the final pre-season test comfortably fastest by three quarters of a second. However, it was another tough day for McLaren who were forced to abandon the day’s sessions with just seven laps on the board, and […]
Lotus have announced that they have appointed GP3 racer Carmen Jordá as a development driver for the 2015 season. The role will see the Spanish racer drive the team’s current car at some point during the season, although the team did not specify if that would be at a test.
With speculating surrounding Fernando Alonso’s testing accident at last week’s Barcelona test continuing to swirl, McLaren CEO Ron Dennis has moved to further clarify the team’s explanation of the incident. At a press briefing in Barcelona today Dennis revealed that Alonso was knocked unconscious in the accident that ruled him out of this week’s final pre-season […]
Brad Hollinger, who has become a 10% shareholder in the Williams F1 team after acquiring shares from Toto Wolff, has said that he may consider buying up more shares in the team that finished third in last year’s F1 championship. The American, who runs the Vibra Healthcare business in the US, a network of private […]
The good news today is that McLaren Honda driver Fernando Alonso has left hospital and is now recovering at a family home in Spain after three days hospital observation following his testing accident in Barcelona. He will not be testing this week in Barcelona and we await an update on whether he will be fit […]
Will Stevens has signed to race with the Manor F1 squad which is on target to appear at the first round of the world championship in Melbourne in just over a fortnight. Stevens, 23, made his F1 race debut with Caterham at last year’s Abu Dhabi Grand Prix and is well known to the Manor team from his […]
McLaren have pinned the blames for Fernando Alonso’s heavy accident at the Circuit de Catalunya yesterday on strong winds, adding that the team “categorically state(s) that there is no evidence that indicates that Fernando’s car suffered mechanical failure of any kind”. Shortly before the lunch break during the final day of the second pre-season test, Alonso […]
Romain Grosjean went quickest for Lotus on the final day of testing in Barcelona, while local hero Fernando Alonso gave his fans a scare when he left the track in an air ambulance following a heavy impact with the barriers. Alonso’s difficult week for McLaren ended shortly before lunchtime when his Honda-powered machine left the track at turn three, making […]
Pastor Maldonado topped the times for the second time in three days as the Lotus squad completed a trouble-free day at Circuit de Catalunya. McLaren, meanwhile, hit more trouble as the replacement seal the team had banked on following Thursday’s issues failed in a similar manner, leading to severely curtailed running. 2012 Spanish Grand Prix winner Maldonado used Pirelli’s super […]
Daniel Ricciardo topped both the time sheets and the mileage stats as Red Bull enjoyed a welcome boost in the second day of pre-season testing at Barcelona. Ricciardo brought out the red flag when he stopped at pit lane exit early in the morning but thereafter his Red Bull ran trouble free to record 1m24.574s, […]
Pastor Maldonado gave the Lotus team a much needed tonic by topping the times at the end of the first day of testing in Barcelona. But there was drama for McLaren and Mercedes who endured problematic days with contrasting issues, while Susie Wolff and Felipe Nasr were delayed after colliding on track.
The surprise decision by the FIA to limit drivers to one helmet livery per season has sparked debate throughout the world of F1 with opinions divided on whether it’s a good development, an infringement of personal liberty or of limited importance. The decision, made by the F1 commission in Geneva this week and due to […]
Mercedes have confirmed that its reserve driver Pascal Wehrlein will drive Force India’s 2014 car for two days of this week’s four-day test in Barcelona, with race drivers Nico Hulkenberg and Sergio Perez restricted to a day each behind the wheel of the VJM07. Force India’s pre-season preparations have suffered a series of setbacks with […]
As the new F1 season approaches, nine of the ten teams on the entry list for the 2015 F1 championship are in Barcelona this week for the second of three pre-season tests, which run from tomorrow (Thursday) to Sunday. There will be much to digest from this test; Mercedes worked on reliability at the opening test […]
As the Formula One Commission meets in Geneva to discuss possible directions the sport may head in over the coming years, Ferrari has unveiled a vision of how future F1 cars might look, courtesy of its Ferrari Design concepting department. Revealed on a micro-site within the Ferrari web portal and with an invitation to fans to comment on the concept, […]
Mercedes engine boss Andy Cowell says that his team’s 2015 power unit represents a significant change from the all conquering 2014 machine and is looking forward to further significant developments through the season. Cowell emphasised that his team would be running a full 2015 power unit from the start of the season with the ‘token’ system offering teams […]
Drivers racing the 2015 season will still be subject to the same radio message restrictions imposed by the FIA last year, with the governing body adding that a “a few more” may be included before the start of the season. Last year, in response to a belief that information being relayed to drivers by engineers […]
Behind the scenes in F1 at the moment there is a lot of work going on to consider a fresh approach to the cars and the appearance of the sport, with some measures possibly coming for 2016, but some weightier ones for 2017. The appearance of the cars is fundamental to this. Discussions have been […]
Force India Deputy Team Principal Bob Fernley has placed some of the blame for the team’s delayed preparations for the 2015 season at the feet of collapsed rivals Caterham and Marussia. At the weekend Fernley told the BBC that after sitting out 2015′s opening test in Jerez, the Silvestone outfit will also not have its new car […]
Four prominent motor sport figures are on a leaked list of more than 100,000 accounts held with Swiss division of the HSBC Bank, which represented more than $100 billion. Fernando Alonso, Flavio Briatore, Heikki Kovalainen and Valentino Rossi are reported today to have been customers of HSBC’s Swiss division from 2006 to 2007.
The head of the Qatar motorsport federation has confirmed this weekend that a deal is in place for Qatar to host the Middle East’s third F1 Grand Prix race, indicating that F1 commercial boss Bernie Ecclestone’s tactic of letting the Gulf states iron out difficulties between them, has paid off. Nasser bin Khalifa Al Attiyah, […]
Darren Heath is arguably F1′s best photographer and we have regularly featured his work here over the years on JA on F1. Now you have the chance to win a giant wall-covering of one of his F1 images for your home, thanks to Wallsauce the company that manufactures the coverings.
Yesterday’s meeting of the F1 Strategy Group appears to have resolved not to allow the Justin King-led coalition, which is seeking to rescue the Marussia team, to run 2014 cars. The team’s hopes rested on unanimous acceptance of the proposal, as an appearance on this year’s grid would amount to a rule change for 2015.
Yesterday’s meeting of the F1 Strategy Group appears to have resolved not to allow the Justin King-led coalition, which is seeking to rescue the Marussia team, to run 2014 cars. The team’s hopes rested on unanimous acceptance of the proposal, as an appearance on this year’s grid would amount to a rule change for 2015. Force India, now admitted to […]
Red Bull has had a troubled start to its testing campaign with the RB11, not able to show its potential, but internally the team seem to feel that initial signs are positive from the car, which is more or less what they expected it to be. The car did 734km, nothing like the mileage that […]
The first test of the new F1 season has thrown up many exciting questions about all the teams which were running. Here we will focus on three specific questions: is the Ferrari as quick as it seems? The Mercedes is reliable already, but is it still well ahead of the field?
While fellow minnows Marussia continue to push for an improbable recovery, the Caterham team looks to have reached the end of the road with the announcement of the impending sale of team assets. Administrators Smith & Williamson have instructed auctioneers Wyles Hardy & Co to realise the assets of the Caterham Formula One team via a series of auctions […]
Kimi Raikkonen posted the fastest time of the first pre-season test as four days of running came to a close in Jerez. The Finn’s time of 1:20.841 came on the soft tyre late in the afternoon after he had spent much of the day heading the field on medium and hard tyres. His soft tyre […]
The embattled Marussia team is closing in on a return to the Formula One grid with the outfit reportedly having paid its 2015 entry fee. JAonF1 understands that the third party rescue discussions that brought a halt to a planned auction of team assets last months have reach the stage where the team has received the funding […]
The embattled Marussia team is closing in on a return to the Formula One grid with the outfit reportedly having paid its 2015 entry fee. JAonF1 understands that the third part rescue discussions that brought a halt to a planned auction of team assets last months have reach the stage where the team has sourced the financial […]
It may not have set the fastest time yet in testing in Jerez, but the new Mercedes W06 has certainly covered the most laps, hitting 1,500km after just two and a half days running. There is a lot of confidence in this car, from a team which is clearly working on improving reliability and has […]
Nico Rosberg has voiced his concerns over the lack of news concerning the German Grand Prix, with the Mercedes driver saying that it’s “sad that nothing is confirmed”. Bernie Ecclestone has made increasingly serious statements about the prospects for a race taking place this season, the most recent being last night. The race is due […]
Nico Rosberg has voice his concerns over the lack of news concerning the German Grand Prix, with the Mercedes driver saying that it’s “sad that nothing is confirmed”. Speaking after his second day at the wheel of Mercedes W06 2015 challenger, Rosberg, who racked up a massive total of 308 laps across his two outings […]
Sauber’s Felipe Nasr climbed to the top of the Jerez timesheets on the third day of testing with a soft-tyre lap of 1:21.545 to eclipse the previous best of Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen, who had recorded a time two tenths slower on medium tyres. On a day when early morning rain left the track greasy and […]
Sauber’s Felipe Nasr climbed to the top of the Jerez timesheets on the third day of testing with a soft-tyre lap of 1:21.545 to eclipse the previous best of Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen, who had recorded a time two tenths slower on medium tyres. On a day when early morning rain left the track greasy and […]
With the sound of his mechanics’ applause ringing in his ears as he climbed from his car, Sebastian Vettel left Jerez yesterday evening after two days of testing, to fly to Maranello to get back to work on the simulator. Like his chairman Sergio Marchionne, Vettel is a man in a hurry. By his side, […]
Sebastian Vettel kept Ferrari at the top of the day two timesheets in Jerez with the four-time champion lowering his day one benchmark by almost two seconds before rain disrupted the final hour of the session. McLaren, meanwhile, continued to struggle, with Jenson Button completing just six laps as the team puzzled over its new […]
Sebastian Vettel kept Ferrari at the top of the day two timesheets in Jerez with the four-time champion lowering his day one benchmark by almost two seconds before rain disrupted the final hour of the session. McLaren, meanwhile, continued to struggle, with Jenson Button completing just six laps as the team puzzled over its new […]
It has certainly caught the eye of the younger generation and it effectively masks the lines and details of the new chassis, but Red Bull will not be retaining the patterned livery on display in this week’s Jerez test. Team boss Christian Horner has explained that it was a ruse dreamed up for a variety […]
Sebastian Vettel topped the timesheet for Ferrari as pre-season testing ahead of the 2015 campaign got underway in Jerez but it was Mercedes who once again sent out the strongest message – with Nico Rosberg quickest for large part of the day and with the German putting in a huge total of 157 trouble-free laps […]
The world champions formally unveiled their Mercedes W06 car in Jerez Spain today as they launch the defence of their Constructors’ and Drivers’ crowns. Nico Rosberg, the loser in 2014 and again the challenger this year, was the first to take it on track for the opening day of the four day Jerez test. Two […]
This post could not be called “notes from the Ferrari launch” because no-one was invited to a launch for the first time in living memory. Instead we had a series of videos and statements. It’s a hands-off approach, common among all F1 teams now as it gives them more time to develop the car, gets […]
Ferrari has revealed its 2015 challenger the SF15-T, the car which it hopes will return respectability to its performance after a winless 2014 season that saw only two podiums and massive upheaval among staff with the departure of the chairman, two changes of team principal, the removal of both the engine boss and chassis design […]
A new-look Sauber team sought to put the past behind it and head into what it hopes will be a more confident future today as it launched its latest F1 challenger for 2015, the C34 Ferrari and three new drivers: Marcus Ericsson, Felipe Nasr and Ferrari protege Raffaele Marciello. Last year was a watershed for […]
Today saw the launch of the new McLaren Honda MP4/30, the first Honda powered McLaren car since 1992. The tone of the messaging tells its own story; expectations are very much under control.
Mercedes did a shakedown test today at Silverstone, at times in hailstones and rain, of it’s new 2015 challenger the W06. Both drivers were in the UK today, with Rosberg on hand to drive the first few kilometres at a cold Silverstone, a few miles from the team’s Bracklet headquarters.
With team boss Ron Dennis branding McLaren’s new MP4-30 “the start of a lengthy journey”, Fernando Alonso insisting that the team is ready for a “steep learning curve” and Jenson Button “under no illusion that it will be easy”, the launch of the team’s new era of Honda power got off to a carefully managed start […]
With team boss Ron Dennis branding McLaren’s new MP4-30 “the start of a lengthy journey”, Fernando Alonso insisting that the team is ready for a “steep learning curve” and Jenson Button “under no illusion that it will be easy”, the launch of the team’s new era of Honda power got off to a carefully managed start […]