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."
Da Autosprint n.7 del 17/02/2015
Ferrari boss says F1 should expect a new, happier Kimi Raikkonen
Ferrari team principal Maurizio Arrivabene believes Formula 1 will see a new, happier Kimi Raikkonen this year.
The 35-year-old endured the worst season of his F1 career in 2014 with a solitary fourth place in Belgium his best result.
The Finn, who was Ferrari’s last world champion back in 2007, was well-beaten by team-mate Fernando Alonso, finishing 106 points and six places adrift in the drivers’ standings.
He struggled with the handling of the Ferrari, which did not suit his style of being heavy on the front tyres and gentle on the rear.
But Raikkonen seemed happier during 2015’s opening test at Jerez and has said that he is feeling more comfortable with the car.
And Arrivabene says he has noticed a change in Raikkonen’s typically uncommunicative persona, joking that the Finn must be feeling "sick" because he’s smiling so much.
"He had his problems [last year]," said Arrivabene. "Problems because he was not feeling the car, especially the front.
"It was not a car that was adapted to the style of Kimi.
"He is demonstrating that these days, he is feeling the car better and he is smiling.
"This is very, very strange. It is the real scoop of the weekend."
Arrivabene added that Raikkonen’s behaviour in the garage has also been different to 2014 so far during testing.
"Kimi was also on the ground to move the car and try to adjust something," he said.
"I asked him: ‘What are you doing?’ He said ‘I was a mechanic’.
"This is the atmosphere in the team, all the guys around him were surprised to look at him and to hear him talking and talking and talking.
"I thought he was sick but he is not. It is just enthusiasm and I am sure this year Kimi can demonstrate his level.
"Kimi is very motivated and he is getting very, very well with [new team-mate] Seb [Vettel] and this is great."
Circuit: Montmelò circuit – 4.655 km
Driver: Kimi Raikkonen
Car: Ferrari SF15-T
Weather: Air temperature 4/14 °C, track temperature 9/20. Sunny
Laps/Km completed: 90/419
Fastest time: 1:24.584
Tyres used: Soft, Medium, Hard,
Programme: System checks, long runs, set-up work and tyre testing.
Kimi Raikkonen: “Today was not ideal, we had some small issues which prevented us from running as much as we wanted, but still we managed to do other stuff, try things and learn. We are going in the right direction in all areas and the team did a good job over the winter. Of course, racing is a different story from testing, but so far it has been good. The team bosses have managed to put the right people in the right places. It’s still early days, but everybody seems to enjoy it more. For the next test we’ll try to put the right things into the car”.
Barcelona F1 test: Daniel Ricciardo fastest on day two for Red Bull
Daniel Ricciardo’s morning time kept Red Bull on top at the end of the second day of Barcelona Formula 1 testing, as teams began race simulations in earnest.
Ricciardo lapped in 1m24.574s on soft tyres before the lunch break, and that stood for the rest of the day, giving him the top spot by 0.010s over Kimi Raikkonen’s Ferrari, which also did its best run in the morning.
"It was definitely better than yesterday," Ricciardo told reporters at the track as the day’s running ended.
"We’ve been trying to get a day with 100 laps and it was good we did that today.
"It’s just testing, but it’s encouraging seeing us on the top, or at least in that front group."
World champion Lewis Hamilton reclaimed the Mercedes from Nico Rosberg for the afternoon – having recovered sufficiently from the fever that sidelined him on Thursday – while Rosberg needed to rest his back as a precaution following a trapped nerve earlier in the week.
Hamilton and Ricciardo both embarked on race simulations, with the Briton’s top time of 1m24.923s – set on medium tyres – putting him fifth overall.
Both simulations were interrupted by a red flag for Carlos Sainz Jr putting the Toro Rosso in the gravel at the fast Turn 9 right-hander at the back of the circuit.
That was one of two afternoon red flags, with Marcus Ericsson causing the other when he stopped on the pits straight in the final half-hour.
Felipe Massa made progress up the timesheet to put Williams third, vaulting forward with two short runs on soft tyres after a competitive longer run on mediums.
That put him ahead of Sergio Perez – who got up to 121 laps in the 2014 Force India – and Hamilton, with just 0.349s covering the top five.
Rosberg’s morning time left him sixth.
Fernando Alonso was seventh for McLaren, getting up to a best-yet tally of 59 laps despite some concerns over the engine following Thursday’s seal problem.
Jolyon Palmer edged closer to the pace on his debut for Lotus and ended up eighth overall ahead of Ericsson and Sainz.
DAY TWO TIMES
|1||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull/Renault||1m24.574s||-||143|
|4||Sergio Perez||Force India/Mercedes||1m24.702s||0.128s||121|
|10||Carlos Sainz Jr.||Toro Rosso/Renault||1m28.945s||4.371s||100|
Barcelona F1 test: Maldonado fastest, Wolff and Nasr collide
Pastor Maldonado used soft tyres to go fastest for Lotus-Mercedes on a Barcelona Formula 1 test day disrupted by a collision between Felipe Nasr and Susie Wolff.
The Williams and Sauber came together early in the afternoon session, when Wolff was on an out-lap and morning pacesetter Nasr was at full speed.
Contact between the Williams’s left front and Sauber’s right-rear sent Nasr into the Turn 5 barriers, with Wolff also coming to rest in the gravel.
Prior to the long red flag the collision prompted, Kimi Raikkonen had established Ferrari on top, initially on Pirelli’s ‘winter hard’ and then using mediums to do a 1m25.167s.
He stayed there until a flurry of soft-tyre runs in mid-afternoon, during which both Maldonado and Red Bull-Renault’s Daniel Ricciardo went out for short bursts on the faster rubber.
While Ricciardo could only get within 0.380 seconds of Raikkonen, Maldonado pipped the Ferrari by 0.156s to set an unbeatable benchmark in a Lotus he felt was showing encouraging progress.
"I can say it is a better car than last year," he said. "It’s a huge step, but it’s still very early days.
"It will not be easy because we do not have much time left and we have a new engine, but for now, it looks good."
Sergio Perez took over the 2014 Force India from on-loan Pascal Wehrlein after the German was recalled to Mercedes and the Mexican quickly moved up the order, fitting in 34 laps and going fourth on medium rubber.
Both Nasr and Wolff managed to get back on track in their repaired cars late on, although the Sauber triggered a red flag in the last few minutes when it stopped on the approach to Turn 9.
Nasr still held on to fifth in the standings with his morning time.
While Red Bull stuck to short runs, Toro Rosso hinted at reliability improvements for Renault as Max Verstappen topped the lap count on 94, eight more than second-best Wolff. Verstappen went sixth quickest during a very long afternoon run.
Jenson Button remained seventh on his morning time, despite the McLaren-Honda being sidelined while its engine was changed.
McLaren is set to be compromised by the same problems on Friday, as it waits for a faulty part to be updated in time for the weekend’s running.
Pascal Wehrlein occupied both eighth and ninth places in the results. His best time from relatively long runs on hard tyres for Mercedes was a tenth adrift of his morning pace for Force India.
The German had been summoned back to Mercedes duties because Lewis Hamilton had to stop after 11 laps in the morning due to a fever, and his team-mate Nico Rosberg was unable to step in due to pain from a trapped nerve in his neck.
DAY ONE TIMES
|3||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull/Renault||1m25.547s||0.536s||59|
|4||Sergio Perez||Force India/Mercedes||1m26.636s||1.625s||34|
|6||Max Verstappen||Toro Rosso/Renault||1m27.900s||2.889s||94|
|8||Pascal Wehrlein||Force India/Mercedes||1m28.329s||3.318s||32|
Vettel e Raikkonen sulla rossa… 500X
I piloti del Cavallino approfittano della neve caduta a Maranello per divertirsi a bordo del crossover che la Casa italiana ha da poco lanciato sul mercato
La stagione della Formula 1 deve ancora iniziare, per cui i piloti della Ferrari nel frattempo hanno trovato un’altra “rossa” su cui divertirsi un po’. Si tratta della 500X, il nuovo crossover Fiat che è protagonista di una grande campagna di lancio sul mercato da parte della Casa italiana.
divagazione — Sebastian Vettel e Kimi Raikkonen hanno approfittato della neve caduta in questi giorni a Maranello per mettere alla prova la stabilità e le capacità da tuttoterreno della nuova vettura, che è disponibile in quattro motorizzazioni: il 1.4 Turbo MultiAir II da 140 Cv, 1.6 “E-torQ” da 110 Cv, 1.6 MultiJet II da 120 Cv e 2.0 MultiJet II da 140 Cv, abbinabili a tre tipi di trasmissione (manuale a cinque marce, manuale a sei marce e automatico a nove marce) e con tre trazioni (anteriore, anteriore con sistema “Traction Plus” e trazione integrale).