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Posted on Friday, February 7, 2014

Ferrari race ahead with consumption and cooling

Mercedes is being touted as the early 2014 favourite, but Ferrari is reportedly also ahead of the game as F1's new V6 era dawns. The German-language Speed Week reports that, when Ferrari-powered cars decelerated at the recent Jerez test, they sounded "very different" to their Mercedes and Renault-equipped counterparts. Rumours in Italy say engine designer Luca Marmorini has devised an unique system that stops the flow of fuel when the driver is not accelerating, improving not only fuel consumption but also the effect of engine-braking. […]

Posted on Thursday, February 6, 2014

Wolff tips Red Bull to bounce back

With Mercedes already cast as the early title favourite, boss Toto Wolff is tipping reigning champions Red Bull to bounce back from an early crisis. Red Bull and engine partner Renault struggled simply to run the title-defending new RB10 at Jerez, causing Bernie Ecclestone to single out Mercedes as the new 2014 favourite. "Anything can happen under the new regulations," the F1 chief executive told the Indo-Asian News Service this week. "So I would not want to comment much on what could happen this season. […]

Posted on Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Magnussen determined to justify McLaren's faith

Kevin Magnussen says he is determined to justify the faith shown by McLaren as he approaches his rookie season in the sport. Magnussen has replaced Sergio Perez for this season and topped the timesheets at the first test at Jerez last week. "I’m incredibly grateful for the opportunity I’ve been given, and in a way it still hasn’t really sunk in yet," he told The Official F1 website. "When I got into the car for the first time at Jerez last Thursday, in fact, it […]

Posted on Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Ericsson up for the challenge of Formula 1

Formula 1’s driver market rarely remains static and the sport has been typically fluid in that respect over the winter break. Down at Caterham they had a complete overhaul as Charles Pic and Giedo van der Garde exited the team in favour of Japanese fans favourite Kamui Kobayashi and Swedish rookie Marcus Ericsson. The appointment of Ericsson to a Formula 1 seat had been rumoured since last year’s Brazilian Grand Prix and the team duly confirmed the news in the run-up to the first test […]

Posted on Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Sauber satisfied with first test

Sauber team principal Monisha Kaltenborn says she is satisfied with her team's progress during the first test at Jerez last week. Adrian Sutil and Esteban Gutierrez completed 163 laps across four days in the Sauber C33 at the Spanish circuit. "We are satisfied with the first test" said Kaltenborn. "Our car was ready just in time. The fact that the C33 functioned from the first day on track is a remarkable achievement by the team. A big compliment to everyone involved." "We wanted to see […]

Posted on Sunday, February 2, 2014

Jerez test round-up

After four days of testing at Jerez, teams will head back to their respective factories with a differing opinion of how they fared in southern Spain. There is, of course, the caveat that testing is what it says on the tin: a chance to trial the cars before the first race. No-one was hugely hung up on the lap times as teams focused on mileage, with the cars and power units not pushed to the maximum, while Jerez’s atypical track surface was exacerbated by cold […]

Posted on Saturday, February 1, 2014

Renault admits Jerez performance not acceptable

Renault's technical deputy managing director Rob White has conceded that the French's company's performance at the Jerez test was not acceptable. The three teams powered by Renault at Jerez managed just 151 laps, compared to the 444 completed by rivals Ferrari and 875 by Mercedes powered outfits. Renault's cars were also significantly off the pace, with Jean-Eric Vergne's time of 1.29.915s being their fastest time of the week, some 6.6s slower than Thursday pacesetter Kevin Magnussen. "We have not run enough laps, and when we […]

Posted on Friday, January 31, 2014

Massa ends Jerez test fastest

Reigning double Formula One world champions Red Bull rounded off a terrible opening week of pre-season testing as they ended the fourth and final day in Jerez having completed a total of just 21 laps. Williams' Felipe Massa was fastest on Friday with a lap of 1min 29.023 mins as the teams powered by Mercedes engines continued to make a strong start. Ferrari's Fernando Alonso was second after logging a mammoth 114 laps, whilst Force India's test driver Daniel Juncadella was third. The headline story […]

Posted on Friday, January 31, 2014

Red Bull forced to end fourth day of testing early

Red Bull has ended its time in Jerez early today, a mechanical issue on the RB10 leading the team to pull out of the afternoon session and instead focus its attention on the next test in Bahrain. “It's been a very difficult test,” said Team Principal Christian Horner. “We have had numerous Renault issues as well as chassis cooling issues, which have affected our progress. However, despite the lack of mileage, what we have managed to learn shows that the problems should be solvable for […]

Posted on Thursday, January 30, 2014

Massa pleased after 'very special day'

Felipe Massa said that his first day of running with Williams was a 'special' experience. Massa has switched to Williams after eight years with Ferrari and set the second fastest time, having completed 47 laps at Jerez. "It was a very special day, the first day I drove with a different engine in Formula 1," he said after his first experience of the Williams FW36. "We didn’t do as many laps as we expected to do. Unfortunately many times you have a little issue and […]

Posted on Thursday, January 30, 2014

Ricciardo not worried despite Red Bull problems

Daniel Ricciardo says that he is not worried about Red Bull's lack of running at the first pre-season test at Jerez. Ricciardo completed just three laps on Thursday to take Red Bull's running for the week in the new RB10 to just 14 laps. "The break before Bahrain will help," he said, referring to the second test next month. "Even if tomorrow doesn’t go to plan then we’re not worried. We’ve got two weeks there then there’s Melbourne. It’s a long year, [I'm] definitely not […]

Posted on Thursday, January 30, 2014

Magnussen sets pace on day three at Jerez

Kevin Magnussen set the fastest time for McLaren on the third day of action at Jerez. The Dane's time of 1:23.276, set late in the day, was enough to pip Williams's Felipe Massa. Magnussen only ran during the afternoon but completed 51 laps, to add to the 40 managed by team-mate Jenson Button during the morning session. The 2009 world champion ended the day with the fourth fastest time. Lewis Hamilton ended up with the third fastest time, having completed 62 laps in the Mercedes […]