Jerez 2014 – French frustration, German satisfaction

The 2014 F1 season’s first testing week in Jerez had been much anticipated given the number of changes to the cars and the power units for the new season. And in terms of action, it certainly didn’t disappoint. The potential reliability issues we brought up when describing the rule changes for the new season (see here) hit especially the Renault power units with a vengeance, and none more than Red Bull. Engine cooling was the big issue, and RBR’s new car RB10 therefore spent most time off the track whilst rivals were collecting both laps and experience. At the end of the week, the three Renault teams had managed 151 laps, however of these RBR only managed 21. In contrast, the four Mercedes teams completed 875 laps and the three Ferrari teams 444.

You can leave the cover on, boys...

Too much should not be read in to the season’s first testing week, especially not to lap times, but it is fair to say that RBR has a lot of work to do before, and a lot to prove during the next testing week in Bahrain on February 19-22.

Judging by the drivers’ comments there was a lot of satisfaction with the new cars. The torque provided by the new engines make them feel very powerful and the new 8-speed gearbox along with thew new breaking system also contribute to making the experience different. Finally the number of buttons on the new steering wheel will take some getting used to, and the wheel was by many likened more to a smart phone.

Right, let’s see, was it the red one or, eerrr, the green, or…

Jerez was Swedish F1 rookie Marcus Ericsson’s first showing for Caterham, and at least Caterham was the Renault-powered team that managed most laps. It was however another Scandinavian who stole the attention; Mc Laren’s Danish rookie Kevin Magnussen clocked the fastest lap of the week!

Ferrari quickest on first day of F1 testing in Jerez

Räikkönen in the Ferrari F14-T was quickest on the first day of pre-season testing on tuesday.

Ferrari F14-T

Only eight cars set times in a session where some teams didn’t run at all and other teams had serious reliability problems. Lewis Hamilton crashed due to a front wing failure.

Unofficial Tuesday test times from Jerez:
1. Kimi Raikkonen, Ferrari, 1m 27.104s, 31 laps
2. Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes , 1m 27.820s, 18 laps
3. Valtteri Bottas, Williams, 1m 30.082s, 7 laps
4. Sergio Perez, Force India, 1m 33.161s, 11 laps
5. Jean-Eric Vergne, Toro Rosso, 1m 36.530s, 15 laps
6. Esteban Gutierrez, Sauber, 1m 42.257s, 7 laps
7. Sebastian Vettel , Red Bull, No time, 3 laps
8. Marcus Ericsson, Caterham, No time, 1 lap

Alonso snabbast sista dagen i Jerez

Igår fredag var sista dagen för F1-stallens tester i Jerez. Alonso var snabbast i sin Ferrari. Det var också den näst snabbast tiden (efter Lotus!) under hela testveckan.

Så här blev resultaten i fredags:
1. Fernando Alonso, Ferrari, 1:18.877, 39 varv
2. Jean-Eric Vergne, Toro Rosso, 1:19.597, 80 varv
3. Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull, 1:19.606, 50 varv
4. Lewis Hamilton, McLaren, 1:19.640, 86 varv
5. Romain Grosjean, Lotus, 1:19.729, 95 varv
6. Kamui Kobayashi, Sauber, 1:19.834, 76 varv
7. Nico Hulkenberg, Force India, 1:19.977, 90 varv
8. Bruno Senna, Williams, 1:20.132, 125 varv
9. Jarno Trulli, Caterham, 1:22.198, 117 varv

Och så här blev det för alla fyra testdagar:
1. Nico Rosberg, Mercedes*, 1:17.613, 174 varv
2. Romain Grosjean, Lotus, 1:18.419, 212 varv
3. Michael Schumacher, Mercedes*, 1:18.561, 173 varv
4. Fernando Alonso, Ferrari, 1:18.877, 106 varv
5. Mark Webber, Red Bull, 1:19.184, 150 varv
6. Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull, 1:19.297, 146 varv
7. Lewis Hamilton, McLaren, 1:19.464, 166 varv
8. Daniel Ricciardo, Toro Rosso, 1:19.587, 157 varv
9. Jean-Eric Vergne, Toro Rosso, 1:19.597, 159 varv
10. Kimi Raikkonen, Lotus, 1:19.670, 190 varv
11. Sergio Perez, Sauber, 1:19.770, 154 varv
12. Paul di Resta, Force India, 1:19.772, 170 varv
13. Kamui Kobayashi, Sauber, 1:19.834, 182 varv
14. Nico Hulkenberg, Force India, 1:19.977, 90 varv
15. Bruno Senna, Williams, 1:20.132, 250 varv
16. Jules Bianchi, Force India, 1:20.221, 48 varv
17. Felipe Massa, Ferrari, 1:20.454, 164 varv
18. Jenson Button, McLaren, 1:20.688, 135 varv
19. Pastor Maldonado, Williams, 1:21.197, 122 varv
20. Heikki Kovalainen, Caterham, 1:21.518, 157 varv
21. Pedro de la Rosa, HRT*, 1:22.128, 108 varv
22. Jarno Trulli, Caterham, 1:22.198, 117 varv
23. Giedo van der Garde, Caterham, 1:23.324, 74 varv
* 2011-års bil

Rosberg snabbast dag 3 i Jerez

Även idag är Mercedes snabbast under F1-testerna på Jerez-banan, med en modifierad fjolårsbil. Mercedes ska visa upp 2012-års bil den 20:e februari.

Intressant är att Grosjean är tvåa i en Lotus; snabbast bland 2012-års bilar. Kimi var snabbast i förrgår, även han i en Lotus.

Så här blev resultatlistan:
1. Nico Rosberg, Mercedes*, 1:17.613, 118 varv
2. Romain Grosjean, Lotus, 1:18.419, 117 varv
3. Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull, 1:19.297, 96 varv
4. Lewis Hamilton, McLaren, 1:19.464, 80 varv
5. Jean-Eric Vergne, Toro Rosso, 1:19.734, 79 varv
6. Sergio Perez, Sauber, 1:19.770, 48 varv
7. Fernando Alonso, Ferrari, 1:20.412, 67 varv
8. Bruno Senna, Williams, 1:21.293, 125 varv
9. Giedo van der Garde, Caterham, 1:23.324, 74 varv
10. Jules Bianchi, Force India, no time, 2 varv
* 2011-års bil

Kimi snabbast i F1-test!

Kimi Räikkönen var snabbast i dagens F1-test i Jerez i Spanien i sin Lotus (Renault)!
Kul att se klassiskt guld-svarta Lotus-bilar vara snabba igen.

Så här blev resultatlistan (inofficiell):
01 Raikkonen, Lotus, 1:19.670 – 75 varv
02 Di Resta, Force India, 1:19.772 – 101 varv
03 Rosberg, Mercedes GP, 1:20.219 – 56 varv
04 Webber, Red Bull, 1:20.496 – 54 varv
05 Ricciardo, Toro Rosso, 1:20.694 – 57 varv
06 Schumacher, Mercedes GP, 1:20.794 – 42 varv
07 Kobayashi, Sauber, 1:21.353 – 106 varv
08 Button, McLaren, 1:21.530 – 62 varv
09 Massa, Ferrari, 1:22.815 – 69 varv
10 Kovalainen, Caterham, 1:23.178 – 28 varv
11 Maldonado, Williams, 1:23.371 – 25 varv
12 De la Rosa, HRT, 1:23.676 – 44 varv

Testerna fortsätter fram till fredag.