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Well after a somewhat eventful time yesterday here in Barcelona, the dust has settled on day 1 and here were the highlights.
McLaren: Jenson Button’s running was curtailed to just 21 laps yesterday following a seal failure in the MGU-K. Alonso looks as though he will have similar day on track as the team revealed last night, “We’ll need to run a re-designed component to avoid a potential repeat of the problem. Unfortunately, we won’t be in possession of that updated part until Saturday, which means that we may face the same problem when we run again tomorrow.”
Williams/Suaber: Following the collision between Suzie Wolf and Sauber’s Felip Nasr, the knives were well and truly out.
Whilst there are few TV camera’s scattered around the circuit, mostly shooting clips for the evening news, Barcelona does have a CCTV suite of Camera’s which cover much of the circuit.
Suzie Wolff showed reporters the footage of her ‘incident’ with Felipe Nasr. It looks fairly clear from this evidence that Nasr misjudged where the slower Williams was on track, and left no room for Wolff, thus causing the collision.
Wolff told the media: “I went straight over to him and said ‘what the hell went on’? He was a bit speechless and to be honest with you I was also a bit speechless because it was one of those things that happened and you said to yourself ‘how the hell did that just happen?’ It’s stupid.”
Predictably, Felipe Nasr had a different version of events and blamed the Williams team for not informing their driver of where other cars were on track.
“In Formula 1 the teams are always trying to give you the best information about the cars that are around you and the cars that are coming behind and I think maybe that was something that she missed and it could have been avoided”.
Ferrari: Kimi Raikkonen’s feedback on the days running was minimilistic as usual. “Ferrari have a very nice car”, but the ice man declared he is refusing to get carried away.
Red Bull: For once Spice Boy Horner was strangely silent after day 5’s testing and it was left to Danny Ricciardo to perpetuate the attack from Milton Keynes on their quadruple world title winning partner Renault.
“We are still fine-tuning definitely, we are not where we want to be yet with engine and driveability,” explained the Australian.
Once again Toro Rosso using the same engine did close to double the mileage of the big Bull’s. Fans will form their own opinions.
Mercedes: Who turns up to drive today is anyone’s guess. Rosberg has a nerve problem in his neck, Lewis had flu – later reduced to – “he’s feeling much better” and could drive today – then again there’s Wehrlein ready to enjoy his chance.
However, we have been reporting during the closed season that Mercedes has enhanced its Bosch fuel injection system from 250 BAR to 500 BAR pressure, and yesterday the team had a problem with a fuel pump following Hamilton’s retirement for the day.
Anyway, to make sense of the times set yesterday, here is a chart showing who was on what tyre. Maldonado commented the soft tyre was worth at least 1.5 seconds per lap over the medium.
1. Maldonado Venezuela Lotus-Mercedes 69 laps 1m 25.011s – soft
2. Raikkonen Finland Ferrari-Ferrari 74 laps 1m 25.167s – medium
3. Ricciardo Australia Red Bull-Renault 59 laps 1m 25.547s – soft
4. Perez Mexico Force India-Mercedes 34 laps 1m 26.636s * – medium
5. Nasr Brazil Sauber-Ferrari 79 laps 1m 27.307s – medium
6. Verstappen Holland Toro Rosso-Renault 94 laps 1m 27.900s – medium
7. Button Britain McLaren-Honda 21 laps 1m 28.182s – medium
8. Wehrlein Germany Force India-Mercedes 32 laps 1m 28.329s * – hard
9. Wehrlein Germany Mercedes-Mercedes 48 laps 1m 28.489s *** – hard
10. Wolff Britain Williams-Mercedes 86 laps 1m 28.906s – medium
11. Hamilton Britain Mercedes-Mercedes 11 laps 1m 30.429s ** – medium
* Using 2014 specification VJM07
** Unwell, will miss remainder of the opening day
*** Wehrlein driving Mercedes, replacing Hamilton
Cloudier conditions here today and expected tomorrow too. Track temperature 10 degrees and a chilly 2 degrees in the air.
So we have driving today
Rosberg, Ricciardo, Massa, ALonso, Perez, Raikkonen, Palmer, Sainz, Ericsson.
Green light: Kimi and Massa are straight out, with Alonso, Perez and Palmer are not far behind. Sainz looks like he’s forgotten what time the start is.
Oh no. 8 minutes in and there’s something stuck in the pit lane… can’t quite make it out…. Oh yes, it’s the Red Bull in camouflage… stuck 500m metres from the garage…RED FLAG
The dodgy seal inside the Honda MGU-K has left them no choice but to get on with aero and balance work today. Whoops, schmokin….
Honda say they haven’t yet run their engine at full clack, so have no idea what it’s real pace is.
Sauber say their going to do some aero work and Rosberg is trundling around in over 2 minutes at present. Presumably thinking of baby girl names – Vivian is preggers. At least there was a respectable distance between the wedding and the appearance of Mrs. Rosberg’s bump – no shotgun there huh?
Looks like most of them are up for aero work this morning.
Red Bull have obviously now put some fuel in the car and off goes the Colgate Kid, completes an installation lap sucessfully and sets off again for what presumably will be a proper run.
Yesterday, Ricciardo appeared to have some kind of deficiency with the car which saw him only doing short bursts of 3-5 laps. Let’s see if Red Bull put in longer runs today.
Back in June 2014, TJ13 ran a piece about McLaren acquiring a ‘B’ team – though at the time Caterham were in the frame. Well the rumours are strengthening that Manor will be sponsored by McLaren – though wouldn’t it have been better if they’d sorted it out earlier and had a second car testing the Honda engine?
Tyre choices thus far are, Kimi and Danny R on the soft, Palmer and Ericsson on the development tyre and the rest on medium’s.
Not many flying laps in the cold first hour here – but Massa leads on 1m27.9s
Perez, Sainz, Massa and Rosberg grace the track for the next 15 minutes, with times comparable to this time yesterday.
Mercedes are again quickly shrouding the read of their car each time it comes into the pits.
Alonso begins posting times, though the Honda engine is up to 5km slower through the speed traps than the 2014 Force India – which was a lot quicker here yesterday than at last years Barcelona GP weekend.
1. Rosberg, Mercedes, 1:27.242, 31 laps, 2. Perez, Force India, 1:27.424, 14 laps, 3. Massa, Williams, 1:27.445, 14 laps, 4. Alonso, McLaren, 1:27.978, 9 laps; 5. Ericsson, Sauber, 1:30.439, 22 laps; 6. Sainz, Toro Rosso, 1:30.536, 14 laps, 7. Ricciardo, Red Bull, No time, 21 laps; 8. Raikkonen, Ferrari, No time, 9 laps; 9. Palmer, Lotus, No time, 5 laps
The Red Bull, Ferrari and Lotus have been mainly doing aero runs, though once again the Lotus appears sleepy in the first two hours of the day with just 5 laps completed.
Lotus have announced, “We’re currently taking off one set of complicated air flow measuring kit and fitting some other measuring magic stuff to the car”.
As the hour ticks by, Alonso completes a short 6 lap run, but ups the pace of the McLaren Honda putting it second. 2 hours in and Rosberg is pumping in the laps – 34 in total
Lap count: Rosberg 34, Ericsson 22, Perez, 21, Ricciardo 21, Massa 19, Raikkonen 18, Alonso 14, Sainz, 14, Palmer 5
Ricciardo then sets his first time of the day with a 1:28.381 and keeping him company is just Massa and Ericsson during the first 15 minutes of this third hour.
Suzie Wolff looking chilled today following her on and off track spat with Felipe Nasr.
News on the helmet ban. The FIA had suggested the cars run a Le Mans style wing so the driver numbers could be easily identified. This was rejected – so we got the helmet ban.
Its all a bit after the Lord Mayor’s show in Barcelona this morning. Yesterday we had the drama over the fitness of the Mercedes drivers together with our first view of the 2015 cars on a representative circuit. There were 2 laps quicker than last years pole position during the GP weekend – and now its down to the nitty gritty of testing.
Quarter past the hour and Lotus are nearing completion on their ‘changeover’ of kit. It begs the question, why didn’t they do this before the start of the session?
Five minutes later and Palmer set’s his first time, though this is eclipsed by Rosberg who sets Mercedes quickest lap of the test on the medium tyre. Its a 1:25.556 and not far short of Maldonado’s top time of yesterday – though that was in warmer conditions and on the soft tyre.
Rosberg goes on to complete a 12 lap stint and then dives into the pits having completed a total of 46 laps to his name.
Half past the hour and the track gets busy with 8 of the 9 cars on show. Alonso pushes the MP4-30 quicker again and now has 20 laps under his belt – just one shy of Jenson’s total for yesterday.
Renault could return to team ownership is another story swirling around this morning. TJ13 reported during the winter break that Renault were considering this, though our speculation was it was brinksmanship in their dealings with the might of the fizzy drinks marketing empire.
Renault Sport F1’s managing director Cyril Abiteboul has said, “We are here for marketing. So if from a marketing perspective we need to do things a little bit differently, we are open minded.
“In effect we only have one customer. It is a situation where we are fully dependent on Red Bull. Is it sustainable for Renault? That is a question mark. I am not saying yes and I am not saying no.”
Previously, Renault had implied they would be saving up their tokens for developments later in the year to ensure the 2016 iteration of the PU was optimised – and presumably then attractive to other customers.
As previously reported, re-acquiring Lotus is an option Renault have explored, however, Toro Rosso may be on the table too.
It appears some members of the paddock are not convinced.
Here’s a helpful graphic from a friend of TJ13. Lorenzo de Luca which shows after 3 hours today – a 2014car is leading the way on lap times.
During the final hour before lunch we see times tumbling below yesterday’s. Something Red Bull’s camouflage won’t hide just before the half hour is Daniel Ricciardo – on his 50th lap of the day – dipping below the 1:25 mark setting the quickest lap of the test. 1:24.574 (soft). Perez follows suit (super soft) only for Raikkonen (soft) to jump in 2nd spot, just over 0.1 slower than the Red Bull.
Twitter questions are being raised as to how the 2014 car of Force India is so quick when compared to the rest of the 2015 cars.
And here is FOM heralding a new era for Formula One… Mmm
So 10 minutes to lunch. What’s happening?
Nico Rosberg has been out for the last 20 minutes on a run that has seen him putting in metronomic times of 1m27s. Despite rumours of a ‘pain in the neck’, Rosberg appears to be fine in the car.
Ericsson has done 10 minutes and now returns to the pits – a pretty good mornings running again for Sauber with 54 laps under their belts.
McLaren haven’t troubled the time sheets with their latent failure imminent from a didgy seal in the MGU-K.. but Alonso has put in 28 laps so far. Again the least number of laps from anyone.
Kimi starts a new stint on soft tyres and immediately goes quickest through the speed gun at over 280kph.
But once again Rosberg is on top of the lap count.
And Red Bull are giving Ferrari something to think about in terms of time – despite their put put Renault engine they complain about. (Coloured circles are tyre compounds). Rosberg is less than a second off the pace, on the harder tyre and the soft is worth 1.2-1.5s a lap.