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Posted on Thursday, February 26, 2015

Sainz pleased by Toro Rosso upgrades

Toro Rosso rookie Carlos Sainz Jr. says he is encouraged by the extensive upgrade package which the team has brought to the final pre-season test at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya. Toro Rosso's STR10 features a modified front wing, along with updates to the aerodynamics, cooling and suspension of the car, compared to the car which was used at the first two tests. Sainz Jr. ended the day in seventh place, having stopped out on track during the afternoon session. "It was very nice to drive […]

Posted on Thursday, February 26, 2015

Massa fastest as final Barcelona test begins

Williams driver Felipe Massa set the quickest time on the first day of the final pre-season test at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya. Massa took the mantle from World Champion Lewis Hamilton during the afternoon session on Medium tyres and promptly lowered his quickest time to a 1:23.500 on the yellow-banded Soft tyres. Massa’s time was significantly quicker than anyone achieved during last week’s test as he ended a day partially affected by rain significantly faster than Sauber's Marcus Ericsson. The Swede moved up the table […]

Posted on Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Final pre-season test: Barcelona line-up

The final pre-season test at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya will begin on Thursday morning. Nine teams will be present, with Force India set to introduce its 2015 car in time for running on Friday. Fernando Alonso will miss the test in order to recuperate, following his accident at last week's test. Alonso will be replaced by McLaren's test and reserve driver, Kevin Magnussen.

Posted on Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Alonso discharged from Barcelona hospital

Fernando Alonso has been discharged from a Spanish hospital following his crash during pre-season testing in Spain. Alonso's McLaren left the circuit at Turn 3 early on Sunday afternoon and he struck the wall on the inside of the corner. Alonso was transferred to hospital by helicopter, having initially been taken to the circuit's Medical Centre by ambulance. McLaren confirmed on Monday that it suspected Alonso's crash had been caused by the windy conditions on Sunday and dismissed other speculation. Alonso will sit out this […]

Posted on Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Force India aiming for Friday debut with VJM08

Force India has published a computerised image of its 2015 car, the VJM08, and is hopeful that it will make its track debut in Spain on Friday. The team skipped the opening test and used its 2014 machine at last week's second test, but the VJM08 will arrive at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya on Friday morning. "The VJM08 will arrive in Barcelona on Friday morning and the final set up will take place in the garage at the track," said Chief Operating Officer Otmar Szafnauer. […]

Posted on Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Second pre-season test round-up

The pre-season campaign is well over the halfway mark following the second test at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya. We take a look back at how each team fared at the running in Spain. Mercedes The team’s test started in tricky fashion as an unwell Lewis Hamilton abandoned Thursday’s running after just 11 laps, while Nico Rosberg was unable to drive due to a minor neck injury, caused by trialling a different seating position. Consequently, Mercedes had to call up Pascal Wehrlein, though the German youngster […]

Posted on Monday, February 23, 2015

McLaren pins Alonso crash on windy conditions

McLaren says that they believe Fernando Alonso's crash during pre-season testing at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya was caused by the windy conditions affecting the track on Sunday. Alonso crashed at Turn 3 shortly before the lunch break and was airlifted to hospital after being taken by ambulance to the circuit's Medical Centre. McLaren confirmed that Alonso had suffered a concussion but is in good spirits in hospital. "We are pleased to confirm that, having been involved in an on-track incident at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya […]

Posted on Sunday, February 22, 2015

Concussed Alonso to remain in hospital overnight

McLaren says that Fernando Alonso will remain in hospital overnight for observations, having suffered a concussion during a pre-season testing accident at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya on Sunday. Alonso hit the wall on the inside of Turn 3 and was transferred to the circuit Medical Centre before being airlifted to a nearby hospital. "Fernando’s accident was just one of those things that happens in testing," said McLaren Racing Director Eric Boullier. "Fortunately, he’s fine, but was concussed during the accident, which therefore required an overnight […]

Posted on Sunday, February 22, 2015

Grosjean optimistic over Lotus mileage

Romain Grosjean says he is pleased with Lotus' progress after setting the quickest time on the final day of the second pre-season test at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya. Grosjean set a time of 1:24.067 on the red-banded Super Soft tyres to ensure that Lotus topped the times on three of the four days of running at the Spanish venue. The French driver was also able to rack up 111 laps without a major technical problem. "It was great to get behind the wheel of the […]

Posted on Sunday, February 22, 2015

Grosjean quickest on dramatic final day

Romain Grosjean topped a dramatic final day of the second pre-season test at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, as Fernando Alonso was airlifted to hospital. Alonso’s McLaren hit the wall on the inside of Turn 3 and after being transported to the circuit’s Medical Centre by ambulance he was transferred by helicopter to hospital. After an anxious wait McLaren confirmed to the gathered press that Alonso had undertaken a CT scan and that he was ‘uninjured and fine’. Grosjean’s best time of the day came during […]

Posted on Sunday, February 22, 2015

Alonso 'fine' after Barcelona crash

McLaren has confirmed that Fernando Alonso is 'uninjured and fine' following a testing crash at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya on Sunday. Alonso's car hit the wall on the inside of the long right-hander at Turn 3 and the Spaniard was taken to the track's Medical Centre, before being airlifted to hospital. A McLaren spokesperson told assembled media at the track that a CT scan came back normal. The squad also confirmed that Alonso's crash brought the team's running at this test to a premature end.

Posted on Saturday, February 21, 2015

Button adamant of McLaren improvements

Jenson Button insists that McLaren will resolve the issues currently affecting the MP4-30 after the Briton endured another frustrating day of pre-season testing. Button was only able to complete 24 laps, the fastest of which was 4.8s off the pace, and stopped on track during the morning session, which put him out of action for much of the remainder of the day. "We’re not in for another tough season, but whether we’re ready for the first race or not, that’s something I can't answer right […]