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Da Autosprint n.9 del 03/03/2015:

  

  

  

  



Barcellona fine dei test, bilancio


Ferrari: “Soddisfatti della simulazione, la SF15-T si comporta bene”

Gli ultimi due giorni di test rappresentano per i team il “Gran Premio Zero” della stagione, dove si provano veramente i limiti delle monoposto in vista dell’inizio della stagione. Dopo tanta attesa, finalmente il momento della verità è arrivato e in casa Ferrari si può archiviare con soddisfazione la prima simulazione dell’anno.

Kimi Raikkonen ha simulato la qualifica al mattino, effettuando dei giri secchi su gomma SuperSoft, e con il crono di 1:23.276 si è fermato a soli 14 centesimi da Felipe Massa, impegnato in contemporanea nello stesso lavoro. Il tempo non è stato ottenuto con serbatoio completamente scarico e nel muretto c’è soddisfazione perché il cronometro ha confermato che a livello di prestazione la Williams sembra essere ora sullo stesso piano, e questo è uno dei grandi obiettivi della stagione della Rossa.

Al pomeriggio il finlandese, che in tutta la giornata ha percorso ben 633 chilometri, ha poi effettuato la simulazione di gara, completando 66 giri inframezzati da due pit-stop. Ecco il dettaglio dei tempi fatti segnare da Iceman, raccolti per voi da FormulaPassion.it:

Gli uomini Ferrari sono apparsi molto contenti sia del passo gara sia per quanto riguarda l’utilizzo della gomma. A riguardo, possiamo confermarvi che la mescola media smarcata è una media normale, come ci ha riferito Mario Isola della Pirelli nel paddock del Circuit de Catalunya. Altra nota positiva l’affidabilità, nessun problema registrato nella giornata di oggi.

Le buone sensazioni di oggi sono confermate da James Allison, apparso come ieri di buonumore: “In questo inverno abbiamo percorso un gran numero di giri: ma fino a che non si tenta di simulare una gara, un giro dopo l’altro, fermandosi solo per cambiare le gomme, non si può dire di essere davvero pronti per fare sul serio a Melbourne. Per questo, siamo contenti di avere completato al primo tentativo la nostra simulazione sulla distanza, e dell’affidabilità dimostrata. Sono soddisfatto delle prove condotte negli ultimi due giorni, da cui appare chiaro che la vettura si comporta come ci aspettavamo. Provare in inverno in Europa dà riscontri leggermente diversi, per via del clima, da quello che potrebbero essere le prove in Bahrain: ma non cambia completamente le carte in gioco. Gran parte di quello che si vede qui è quello che vedremmo anche sulle altre piste del mondiale nel corso della stagione. E secondo me abbiamo visto una monoposto che… si sa comportare bene, una caratteristica che ci aspettiamo di veder riportata sulle piste di gara”.

Raikkonen liquida invece la sua ultima giornata di test invernali del 2015 con il record stagionale di loquacità: “Nel complesso il test è andato abbastanza bene, dato che oggi abbiamo simulato la distanza di gara. Ora aspettiamo di essere a Melbourne per renderci conto della realtà delle forze in campo”. La Ferrari domani con Sebastian Vettel ripeterà quanto fatto oggi e sarà un’altra giornata fondamentale. Riscontrando i risultati dei suoi due piloti, infatti, il team potrà farsi meglio un’idea del reale potenziale della SF15-T.

Non è stato un sabato importante solo per il lavoro in pista. Oggi si è tenuta infatti una riunione, svoltasi nel motorhome Mercedes e che ha coinvolto tutti i motoristi dell’attuale Formula 1. Per la Ferrari erano presenti il team principal Maurizio Arrivabene con Massimo Rivola e Mattia Binotto. A quanto trapela, l’esito dell’incontro è stato positivo: non c’è lontananza fra i costruttori per quanto riguarda le norme del 2017, quindi è in corso un dialogo per trovare un’intesa fra i quattro attori chiamati in causa.

Arrivabene, insieme a Esteban Gutierrez, Massimo Rivola e Michele Giraudo, ha anche stupito il pubblico presente a Barcellona, andando a sedersi sulle tribune durante i test (vedi photogallery sopra). A riguardo, simpatica la battuta del manager bresciano: “Ecclestone ha intenzione di ridurre i pass del personale, così ci stiamo preparando a quando non avremo più l’accesso al paddock“.

Da FormulaPassion.it


Rosberg, Bottas e Raikkonen: i "secondi" fanno sul serio

Nei top team non ci sono gerarchie ma il bilancio dei test di Montmeló appena conclusi ha visto Nico, Valtteri e Kimi più veloci dei più blasonati compagni di squadra Hamilton (già nervoso), Massa e Vettel. Indecifrabile la situazione Red Bull che svela la livrea 2015

Il vecchio detto per cui il compagno di squadra è il primo avversario da battere sarà pure abusato, ma è quanto mai attuale. Le prove invernali della F.1 hanno visto in un certo senso la rivincita delle “seconde guide” contro i capitani. D’accordo, nei top team di F.1 non c’è una gerarchia definita e i tempi dei test vanno presi sempre con prudenza, però è un fatto che Nico Rosberg sia stato più veloce del campione del mondo Lewis Hamiton con la Mercedes, che l’emergente Valtteri Bottas abbia battuto il veterano Felipe Massa con la Williams e che Kimi Raikkonen si ritrovi seppur di poco davanti al quattro volte iridato Sebastian Vettel, dopo una stagione con la Ferrari in cui tutti l’avevano dato per “bollito”.

confronto — È vero, le prestazioni al Montmeló sono state ottenute in giorni diversi, in condizioni e temperature non sempre identiche, ma i raffronti sono abbastanza realistici nei casi in cui i piloti seguivano gli stessi programmi utilizzando uguali mescole di gomme. Per esempio, l’ultimo giorno Bottas ha ottenuto 1’23”063 a fine mattinata con le mescole supersoft contro 1’23”262 stabilito il giorno prima di Massa (sempre al mattino) con gli stessi pneumatici. Mentre Vettel domenica si è fermato a 1’23”469 con le supersoft contro 1’23”276 segnato da Raikkonen a parità di gomme il sabato: per la cronaca entrambi i ferraristi dovevano provare la qualifica e poi la simulazione di gara ed entrambi hanno fatto un giro non perfetto. Per la cronaca sembra che Kimi sia stato leggermente più rapido anche sul ritmo del GP. Infine Hamilton sabato si è fermato a 1’23”022 con le gomme soft contro 1’22”792 (tempo record dell’inverno) tirato fuori venerdì da Rosberg. Peraltro i due piloti Mercedes erano ben distanti da una configurazione da qualifica…

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Da Gazzetta.it



Test finali a Barcellona, giorno 3–28/02/2015


Barcelona F1 test: Mercedes tops penultimate day with Hamilton

Mercedes flexed its muscle ahead of the new Formula 1 season again on Saturday, as Lewis Hamilton topped the times on the penultimate day of testing in Barcelona.

Having spent the first half of the afternoon in the garage as the team applied what it called an ‘experimental’ set-up, Hamilton finished with a soft tyre lap faster than Williams and Ferrari achieved on super-softs.

When he initially emerged on the medium tyre just before 3pm, the world champion lapped within a second of Felipe Massa and Kimi Raikkonen’s super-soft efforts, which were set amid a flurry of qualifying simulations before lunch.

Hamilton’s first taste of F1’s 2015 soft rubber yielded a 1m23.262s, just 0.386s shy of Massa’s morning time, but there was more to come.

On his second run, Hamilton leapt to the top with his 1m23.022s more than two-tenths clear of the super-soft benchmarks, and a similar margin slower than Nico Rosberg’s 1m22.792s from Friday.

Massa and Raikkonen spent the majority of the afternoon conducting longer runs on the medium and hard tyres, the Ferrari driver completing a race simulation.

Red Bull applied that strategy to its entire day, with Daniel Ricciardo finishing at the bottom of the times having focused on long runs on the medium rubber.

It was another busy day at Circuit de Catalunya, with Mercedes and McLaren the only outfits not to break the 100-lap barrier.

Kevin Magnussen’s outing in the McLaren-Honda ended almost three hours early due to an oil leak. Deputising for Fernando Alonso, the Dane only managed 39 laps.

Force India, meanwhile, enjoyed another promising day with its new VMJ08, which has completed 235 laps since breaking cover just before lunch on Friday.

Nico Hulkenberg was Saturday’s busiest driver with158 laps, and his time on the super-soft was eventually bumped down to seventh by Carlos Sainz Jr and Romain Grosjean’s late runs on the compound.

Sainz and Marcus Ericsson caused the day’s only red flags, both stopping on track during the final hour.

Pos Driver Car Time Gap Laps
1 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m23.022s 76
2 Felipe Massa Williams/Mercedes 1m23.262s 0.240s 102
3 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m23.276s 0.254s 136
4 Carlos Sainz Jr. Toro Rosso/Renault 1m24.191s 1.169s 132
5 Romain Grosjean Lotus/Mercedes 1m24.200s 1.178s 116
6 Marcus Ericsson Sauber/Ferrari 1m24.477s 1.455s 123
7 Nico Hulkenberg Force India/Mercedes 1m24.939s 1.917s 158
8 Kevin Magnussen McLaren/Honda 1m25.225s 2.203s 39
9 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull/Renault 1m25.742s 2.720s 128

Da Autosport.com


Circuit: Montmelò circuit – 4.655 km
Driver: Kimi Raikkonen
Car: Ferrari SF15-T
Weather: Air temperature 10/17°C, track temperature 10/30°C. Sunny.
Laps/Km completed: 136/633
Fastest time: 1:23.276
Tyres used: Soft, Medium.
Programme: aerodynamic test, set up and race simulation.

Kimi Raikkonen: “Overall it hasn’t been a bad test since we covered a race distance today. Now we wait to go to Melbourne to see how we stand compared to the others. I wish to thank the Team for the work it has done during the winter”.

James Allison: “We’ve got a lot of laps under our belt in this winter testing; but until you actually go out and do the laps for a race, one after the other, and not stopping except to change tyres, you really can’t claim that you’re ready to go to Melbourne and do it for real. So we’re happy to get our first race distance of the winter done, happy to have achieved at the first attempt, and with the reliability that we showed. So I’m pleased with the testing we did over the last two days, which shows clearly that the car works as we expected. Winter testing in Europe always asks slightly different questions from the car than you get when you’re in Bahrain: but it doesn’t turn night into day. Most of what the car really is is revealed here as much as on the other Grand Prix circuits during the year. And I think what we see is a well-mannered car, so we expect these characteristics to be broadly carried over to the other races”.

Da Ferrari.it

 

 


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.

Pos Driver Car Time Gap Laps
1 Felipe Massa Williams/Mercedes 1m23.500s 103
2 Marcus Ericsson Sauber/Ferrari 1m24.276s 0.776s 122
3 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m24.881s 1.381s 48
4 Daniil Kvyat Red Bull/Renault 1m25.947s 2.447s 75
5 Romain Grosjean Lotus/Mercedes 1m26.177s 2.677s 75
6 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m26.327s 2.827s 80
7 Carlos Sainz Jr. Toro Rosso/Renault 1m26.962s 3.462s 86
8 Jenson Button McLaren/Honda 1m31.479s 7.979s 7

Da Autosport.com


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 Autosport.com


Test a Barcellona Ferrari, rassegna stampa–21/02/2015




Da Autosprint n.7 del 17/02/2015

 

 


Test a Barcellona 2° giornata–20/02/2015


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

Pos Driver Car Time Gap Laps
1 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull/Renault 1m24.574s 143
2 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m24.584s 0.010s 90
3 Felipe Massa Williams/Mercedes 1m24.672s 0.098s 88
4 Sergio Perez Force India/Mercedes 1m24.702s 0.128s 121
5 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m24.923s 0.349s 89
6 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1m25.556s 0.982s 66
7 Fernando Alonso McLaren/Honda 1m25.961s 1.387s 59
8 Jolyon Palmer Lotus/Mercedes 1m26.280s 1.706s 77
9 Marcus Ericsson Sauber/Ferrari 1m27.344s 2.770s 113
10 Carlos Sainz Jr. Toro Rosso/Renault 1m28.945s 4.371s 100

Da Autosport.com


Test a Barcellona, prima giornata–19/02/2015


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

Pos Driver Car Time Gap Laps
1 Pastor Maldonado Lotus/Mercedes 1m25.011s 69
2 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m25.167s 0.156s 74
3 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull/Renault 1m25.547s 0.536s 59
4 Sergio Perez Force India/Mercedes 1m26.636s 1.625s 34
5 Felipe Nasr Sauber/Ferrari 1m27.307s 2.296s 79
6 Max Verstappen Toro Rosso/Renault 1m27.900s 2.889s 94
7 Jenson Button McLaren/Honda 1m28.182s 3.171s 21
8 Pascal Wehrlein Force India/Mercedes 1m28.329s 3.318s 32
9 Pascal Wehrlein Mercedes 1m28.489s 3.478s 48
10 Susie Wolff Williams/Mercedes 1m28.906s 3.895s 86
11 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m30.429s 5.418s 11

Da Autosport.com




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