Lauda puts on red sweater for Ferrari ‘surprise’

The beleaguered Italian team has been playing down its prospects amid sweeping personnel changes, but newcomer Sebastian Vettel and the SF15-T car hit the Jerez test track with immediate pace this week. Continuing Ferrari driver Kimi Raikkonen got his first turn at the wheel on Tuesday and declared it a “completely different story” compared to 2014. He said the revolution behind closed … Keep reading Source: Motorsport.com – F1 – Stories

Nico Rosberg fearful over German Grand Prix crisis

Nico Rosberg believes it would be massively disappointing to lose the German Grand Prix, as he thinks it is a “fundamental” part of the Formula One calendar. Bernie Ecclestone said on Monday that the Hockenheim event, scheduled for July 19, looked unlikely as the circuit had a contract for 2016 but not for 2015, when the Nurburgring was scheduled to host it as part of the alternating … Keep reading Source: Motorsport.com – F1 – Stories

Raikkonen not worried if Ferrari doesn’t take up 2016 option

There were hints last year that Kimi would stop at the end of 2015, but clearly a good season could see him staying on if both parties are still happy. “There is an option in the contract,” he said. “It’s up to me and up to the team to do a good job this year. If it goes badly and they don’t sign it, they don’t sign it. It’s not the end of the world. The aim is to do well and there’s a … Keep reading Source: Motorsport.com – F1 – Stories

Jerez Day 3 testing notebook: Sauber grabs some glory

Ferrari Testing focus: Ensure the SF15-T can fight at the front Breakdown tally: 0 In today: Kimi Raikkonen In tomorrow: Kimi Raikkonen It was Kimi Raikkonen’s turn to get behind the wheel of the SF15-T in Jerez today, and the Finnish driver found the 2015 Ferrari to be an improvement on last year’s machine. After 92 laps, Raikkonen was pipped to the top of the timesheets by the … Keep reading Source: Motorsport.com – F1 – Stories

Boullier pleased with McLaren progress

Fernando Alonso ran 32 laps today, before he was sidelined by a completely different issue. “After the last laps of Jenson [yesterday] we believed we had fixed the issues,” he said. “But sometimes you just open the Pandora’s box and you pick up one [problem], and then another one is coming. This morning it was just a relief to see the car getting out of the garage at 9am and running … Keep reading Source: Motorsport.com – F1 – Stories

Report: Jerez Test Day Three

Car

 

DateTuesday February 03 2015DriverFernando AlonsoLocationCircuito de Jerez (4.428km)Laps/km32/142kmBest laptime1m35.553s


Programme

After two tricky days, the team turned a corner this morning, managing 32 trouble-free laps around Jerez, which enabled us to put our first serious miles on both the MP4-30 and the RA615H power unit.

Some fantastic work from the night-shift mechanics ensured Fernando was able to take to the track as soon as the session started; and, after a couple of exploratory installation laps and aero checks, we were able to ramp up his programme, extending the length of each run.

Despite only running on a damp track, and

McLaren forced to stop again despite Honda progress

McLaren and Honda enjoyed  a more encouraging day in Jerez today, despite engine issues bringing proceedings to a premature halt half way through. The car had run only six laps on Sunday and again on Monday – without recording a representative time – but this morning Fernando Alonso was able to log 32 laps before he was forced to stop. The track was damp for much of his running, so his … Keep reading Source: Motorsport.com – F1 – Stories

German GP demise ‘a disaster’ – Lauda

Amid the Nurburgring’s ownership troubles and Hockenheim not agreeing an alternative deal for 2015, the Rhein Zeitung newspaper on Monday quoted Bernie Ecclestone as saying: “I’m as sad as the fans that there will be no Formula One race in Germany.” The F1 supremo explained the likely demise of the event by saying that “as the attendance has been so low for the last few years, it is … Keep reading Source: Motorsport.com – F1 – Stories

Wolff not expecting driver ‘harmony’ in 2015

Last year, the relationship between teammates Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg deteriorated badly amid their two-horse duel for the 2014 title. But as soon as the final chequered flag waved in Abu Dhabi, German Rosberg congratulated the world champion Hamilton and peace and even the odd text message has now reigned through the winter. Team boss Wolff, however, warned: “I have no … Keep reading Source: Motorsport.com – F1 – Stories

Haas in no rush to sign 2016 drivers

Gene Haas says he is in no rush to sign a pair of drivers for his 2016 F1 team. Accompanied by his team principal Gunther Steiner, the Californian is this week visiting the Jerez test, even though his Ferrari-powered outfit will not go racing for more than a full 12 months from now. Haas told France’s F1i.com, however, that preparations for 2016 are “going well”. “We came here at the … Keep reading Source: Motorsport.com – F1 – Stories