Test finali a Barcellona, giorno 1–26/02/2015
Barcelona F1 test: Felipe Massa fastest on first day of final test
Felipe Massa set the pace for Williams on the first day of Formula 1’s final pre-season test at Barcelona as McLaren and Mercedes were hampered by mechanical issues.
Massa bolted on a set of soft tyres and completed a three-lap qualifying simulation run in the afternoon, clocking a 1m23.500s.
It’s the fastest time set in Barcelona testing so far, with the Brazilian eclipsing Lotus’s Romain Grosjean’s leading time from the last test by just over four tenths.
A late run on the supersoft tyres moved Sauber’s Marcus Ericsson up to second quickest with Lewis Hamilton, who set the pace in the morning session on the medium tyres, third.
However, Mercedes’ Hamilton did not complete a single lap after lunch following a failure with the MGU-K that the team could not fix in time to get the car back out on track.
McLaren’s afternoon was also curtailed with a hydraulics issue, meaning Jenson Button managed just seven laps, of which only one was timed.
Ericsson completed a race simulation in the afternoon, using the medium and hard tyres, and clocked 122 laps – the highest tally of the day.
Red Bull’s Daniil Kvyat, who brought the day’s first red flag when he stopped at the pit exit in the morning, only did 30 laps in the afternoon.
That brought the Russian’s tally to 75, as he finished fourth fastest, 2.4s off the pace.
Carlos Sainz Jr stopped at Turn 10 in the afternoon, bringing out the red flag for the second time.
The Toro Rosso driver completed 86 laps and ended up seventh, just ahead of Button who propped up the timing screens.
Elsewhere, Grosjean completed 75 laps and Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen 80 as they finished fifth and sixth respectively.
|4||Daniil Kvyat||Red Bull/Renault||1m25.947s||2.447s||75|
|7||Carlos Sainz Jr.||Toro Rosso/Renault||1m26.962s||3.462s||86|
Barcelona F1 test: Ferrari to try aero upgrades on Friday
Ferrari is set to introduce new aerodynamic components on Friday, as it gradually upgrades its aero package during Barcelona’s final pre-season test.
Kimi Raikkonen set the sixth-fastest time for the team on the opening day, having spent the bulk of his 80 laps on the hard and medium Pirellis.
While new components on the car for Thursday were minimal, Raikkonen is keen to run the updates on Saturday as he alternates days with Sebastian Vettel.
"More or less the car is the same," he said of developments compared to last week’s test. "We can get some, but not for today, hopefully for tomorrow.
"I think it’s not too bad, really, how the car behaves.
"There are certain things that we want to improve – and we want more grip obviously, always, to go faster – but sometimes it’s a bit tricky here with the conditions that we are having.
"If the tyres don’t work – one lap they work, next they don’t – it changes a lot."
Raikkonen is content with the visible progress Ferrari has made after enduring a troubled 2014 season, especially as he knows there is more to come.
"We’ve made a good step from last year. It’s hard to say from testing, but two weeks will tell us once we’re going in Australia," he said.
"Overall it’s a good a feeling and we still have one day to put all of the things we have learned together and hopefully we will be happy with everything.
"Obviously a laptime would be good, but we’ll see in a few weeks in the first race where we are.
"It’s not an issue, as long as you’ve got a good feeling on every fuel load you run it’s usually OK."