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Posted on Friday, February 26, 2016

Mercedes pair hail 'incredible' start to 2016

Mercedes drivers Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg have hailed the outfit's start to the 2016 season after the W07 Hybrid completed four full days of running during the first test. Hamilton and Rosberg collaborated to complete over 10 Grands Prix worth of laps at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, conducting more running than any other team. While the pair never topped the times at the end of the day, Mercedes spent the test completing laps on the Medium compound tyres and focused on reliability and race […]

Posted on Thursday, February 25, 2016

Raikkonen heads final day of first test

Ferrari’s Kimi Räikkönen returned the team to the top of the time sheets on the final day of the first pre-season test at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya. Räikkönen set a time of 1:23.477 on the Ultra Soft tyres to ensure that Ferrari finished in front on three of the four days, with team-mate Sebastian Vettel having been quickest on Monday and Tuesday. However, once again it was Mercedes which racked up the mileage courtesy of Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg. Mercedes split running between the […]

Posted on Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Hulkenberg quickest on third test day

Force India’s Nico Hülkenberg posted the quickest time during a run on Super Soft tyres on the third day of pre-season testing at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya. Hülkenberg had been quickest on both the Medium tyres during the morning and the Soft rubber early in the afternoon session, before he improved further on the Super Soft compound. Hülkenberg’s time of 1:23.110 proved to be 2.764s faster than Haas’ Romain Grosjean, whose best time came on the Soft compound on another impressive day for the team. […]

Posted on Monday, February 22, 2016

Hamilton upbeat over Mercedes mileage

Lewis Hamilton expressed his optimism after racking up almost two Grands Prix distances during the opening day of testing at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya on Monday. Hamilton trailed Sebastian Vettel by 0.470s in the final standings but completed 156 laps, with none of his rivals passing the 100 lap marker. "The car has been great so far," he said. "It's very similar to last year's - which is a good thing, as it gives us a great foundation to work from. "The key is to […]

Posted on Monday, February 22, 2016

Vettel leads opening Barcelona test day

Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel posted the quickest time during the opening day of pre-season testing at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya. Vettel set his lap of 1:24.939 on the Medium tyre 20 minutes before the lunch break, with his time remaining unbeaten throughout the afternoon session. World Champion Lewis Hamilton was second, 0.470s behind Vettel, though was the most productive driver as he accumulated over two race distance worth of laps in his Mercedes W07 Hybrid. Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo recovered from a slow start to […]

Posted on Saturday, February 20, 2016

Preview: F1 gears up for 2016 testing

Formula 1 returns to action at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, with only eight days of running before the sport heads to Australia for the first round of the 2016 campaign. The traditional Spanish test venue once again plays host to all 11 Formula 1 teams as they look to understand as much of their 2016 machines as possible before the season begins in earnest in just one month. The Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya is perceived to be the best testing venue available; data from previous years […]

Posted on Saturday, January 2, 2016

Barcelona faces slash in state funding

The Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, home of the Spanish Grand Prix, is facing a reduction in its funding from the city council. The circuit receives in the region of €4 million annually for holding Formula 1 races, but that figure is set to be cut to €2 million this year. Barcelona elected a new council in May last year, just two weeks after officials at the circuit signed a new deal to keep Formula 1 until at least 2019. The Barcelona-in-Common party were elected and have […]

Posted on Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Barcelona confirms 2016 pre-season dates

Officials at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya have confirmed the dates for 2016 Formula 1 pre-season testing. The sport has cut the number of tests from three to two and both sessions will take place at the home of the Spanish Grand Prix. The first batch of group sessions will take place from February 22 to 25, with a four-day gap before the next running from March 1 to 4. The first round of the 2016 season will take place in Australia from March 18 to […]

Posted on Thursday, May 14, 2015

Lynn pleased with Williams test outing

Alex Lynn was left satisfied after receiving his first test outing with Williams at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya on Wednesday. GP2 driver Lynn, who occupies a development role with the squad, completed 52 laps in the Mercedes-powered FW37 and ended running with the fifth quickest time. "I think it’s been extremely special, really pleased with how it went, I got through the whole programme, got a nice feeling for the car, it was very positive," he said. Lynn added that it took him a while […]

Posted on Thursday, May 14, 2015

Marciello cops blame for testing accident

Raffaele Marciello accepted responsibility for a testing accident which compromised Sauber's programme at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya on Wednesday. Marciello, who had tested for Ferrari on the previous day, lost control of the Sauber C34 at Turn 3 early in the day and skated into the gravel, before making light contact with the barriers. "I lost the car and crashed," he admitted. "Luckily it was not big, just the front wing. We were doing some constant speed tests so the tyre temperatures were going down […]

Posted on Thursday, May 14, 2015

Red Bull/Toro Rosso 'very similar' - Gasly

Red Bull junior Pierre Gasly explained that there is little difference between the Red Bull RB11 and Toro Rosso STR10 after the French driver tested both cars at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya. Gasly sampled the Toro Rosso on Tuesday - his first experience in a Formula 1 car - before moving to the senior squad for Wednesday's running, during which he posted to third best time. "To be honest, the difference is really small," he said when asked to compare the two Renault-powered outfits. "In […]

Posted on Thursday, May 14, 2015

Gutierrez upbeat over productive test

Esteban Gutierrez hailed a productive test for Ferrari as the Mexican made his public debut for the squad at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya. Gutierrez, who raced for Sauber in 2013 and 2014, occupies a third driver position with Ferrari this year and received a day's running in the SF15-T in Spain on Wednesday. Gutierrez was seventh quickest, having completed 119 laps. "Our work was aimed at the upcoming races, looking at various aspects, such as driveability, aerodynamics and set-up," he said. "We managed to complete […]