Ferrari cautious on prospects despite solid start in Jerez

Ferrari topped the times in Jerez testing but the team are well aware that there is still a long way to go in 2015, and we have yet to see the true potential of the opposition. Technical director James Allison was keen to stress that despite the SF15-T showing respectable reliability more mileage would have been welcome. “When you bring a new car to the track, you’re always excited and … Keep reading Source: Motorsport.com – F1 – Stories

McLaren say test positive despite problems

The MP4-30 ran only six laps on each of the first two days, but extended mileage on the third and fourth days did at least allow the team to do some homework. Despite a total for the week of only 79 laps, the team insist that they have learned a lot. “Unfortunately, we’ve had a few issues this week – all of which have been pretty small – but cumulatively they meant we were stuck in the … Keep reading Source: Motorsport.com – F1 – Stories

Mixed feelings for Red Bull after Jerez test

The Jerez Formula One test brought mixed fortunes for the Red Bull team, with the knowledge that Renault has made a step forward tempered by the fact that a series of problems restricted running. Aside from power unit issues, day two of the test was wasted after Daniil Kvyat damaged the only front wing the team had available for that day. The final afternoon of work on Wednesday did at … Keep reading Source: Motorsport.com – F1 – Stories

UK businessman King key to Marussia survival bid

The former CEO of British supermarket chain Sainsbury’s, Justin King, is understood to be behind the rescue deal of the Marussia Formula One team. Marussia, who went into administration at the end of last year, moved closer to salvation on Wednesday after administrators FRP Advisory said they were in talks a possible buyer. A statement said the team were hoping to compete during the … Keep reading Source: Motorsport.com – F1 – Stories

Jerez Day 4 testing notebook: Kimi sets fastest time of the week

Ferrari Testing focus: Ensure the SF15-T can fight at the front Breakdown tally: 0 In today: Kimi Raikkonen Total laps in Jerez: 349 over four days Kimi Raikkonen concluded a successful week of testing in Jerez by setting the fastest lap of the test, a 1m20.841s effort that saw the Ferrari 1.2s ahead of the nearest challenger on day four. The Finnish driver had a smooth and … Keep reading Source: Motorsport.com – F1 – Stories

The feel-good factor has returned at Ferrari, says Raikkonen

Kimi Raikkonen ended the first Formula One test of the 2015 season at Jerez in Spain with the quickest time of the week, and says that Ferrari has improved so much over the winter that he’s feeling confident about the season ahead. Raikkonen lapped the track in 1m20.841s, a tenth quicker than new team-mate Sebastian Vettel achieved earlier in the test. “I think the whole package is … Keep reading Source: Motorsport.com – F1 – Stories

Report: Jerez Test Day Four

Car

 

DateWednesday February 04 2015DriverJenson Button LocationCircuito de Jerez (4.428km)Laps/km35/155kmBest laptime1m27.660s (Jenson on Friday)

Programme

The final day of a tricky but promising week of testing in Jerez, Spain.

Despite a number of frustrating issues, the team still managed a number of long runs today, and was able to incorporate a compressed programme of aerodynamic testing into the day.

After the installation lap, Jenson had a small oil-level problem, which sidelined the car for an hour; in the afternoon, the team ended the day early after encountering an issue that was initially attributed to a fuel-pump. We later discovered it to be

Marussia set to exit administration, hope to race in 2015

The team formerly known as Marussia have taken the first steps towards being on the Formula One grid in 2015, and they are set to come out of administration later this month. It is understood that confirmation that the team will receive their payment for finishing ninth in the world championship last year has been the key factor in the rescue deal. The FIA’s World Motor Sport Council … Keep reading Source: Motorsport.com – F1 – Stories

Nasr plays down Sauber’s top test pace

The new C34, bearing the blue and yellow of Brazilian rookie Nasr’s Banco do Brasil backing, has been at or near the ultimate pace ever since the first test of the 2015 pre-season began at Jerez. But Nasr, while earlier admitting that engine supplier Ferrari has obviously improved its turbo V6, played down Sauber’s leap from zero points in 2014 to head-turner in 2015. “The fastest time … Keep reading Source: Motorsport.com – F1 – Stories

F1 to discuss 1,000hp engines on Thursday

On Thursday, the sport’s powerful strategy group is set to meet in Paris, and the big-ticket item for discussion will be Bernie Ecclestone’s desire for 1,000 horse power by 2017. The F1 supremo has confirmed to Forbes that the so-called new engine ‘unfreeze’, allowing manufacturers to more freely develop their turbo V6s throughout the season, will not be enough. “(It’s a) good power … Keep reading Source: Motorsport.com – F1 – Stories