Formula 1 News

Exclusive analysis - McLaren-Honda power unit layout

McLaren and Honda endured a fragmented pre-season test programme, with mechanical issues meaning they spent more time in the garage than they did on track. However, the newly-reunited partners are determined to get on top of their early problems, and once they do their unique power unit layout could pay dividends. We take an exclusive look under the skin of the MP4-30

Marussia set to compete in Australia

Marussia are set to return to the Formula One racing grid for the 2015 season-opener after confirming their car will be ready in time for Australia. The team say they will begin the season with an interim machine, built to comply fully with 2015 regulations, before introducing a new car later in the campaign, based on designs initiated last year

Toro Rosso: Rookies ready for Melbourne race bow

Toro Rosso say there is no doubt that rookies Max Verstappen and Carlos Sainz Junior are ready to make their Formula One racing debuts in the season-opener in Australia. At 17 and 20 years-old respectively, the duo will be the youngest driver pairing in F1 history when they compete in Melbourne - but team principal Franz Tost believes they have already proved they can handle the occasion

Alonso to miss Australian race on medical advice

Fernando Alonso will miss the season-opening Grand Prix in Australia following his testing crash in Barcelona, McLaren confirmed on Tuesday. Although the team say Alonso is “entirely healthy from neurological and cardiac perspectives”, doctors have advised the Spaniard, who sustained a concussion on February 22, not to compete in the race. Kevin Magnussen will take Alonso's place

Wolff to drive for Williams in FP1 in Britain and Spain

Susie Wolff will take part in two Grand Prix sessions in 2015, after Williams confirmed her participation in FP1 at both Spain and Great Britain. Wolff will also drive on the opening day of the post-race tests in Spain and Austria, as well as completing an "extensive programme of work" in the Williams simulator

Red Bull reveal 'traditional' 2015 livery

Having used a unique black and white 'camouflage' livery throughout testing, Red Bull have revealed the colour scheme that will adorn their RB11 car during the 2015 season proper. As expected, the Milton Keynes-based squad has retained its traditional dark blue livery, with purple highlights on the sidepods

Pre-season testing in numbers - who went fastest, and furthest

On the basis of 12 days of pre-season testing, it is reigning champions Mercedes who enter the season on a high, having set the quickest times and completed the most laps. But who came closest to matching the Silver Arrows - and who might be struggling in Melbourne? We crunch the numbers for both the final test and the pre-season as a whole in order to shed some light on what the competitive order might look like when the season gets underway

Hamilton doubles up for Mercedes in Spain

For the second day running it was a Mercedes atop the timesheet on Saturday, as the Formula One teams carried out their penultimate day of pre-season testing in Barcelona. Felipe Massa set the morning pace for Williams on Pirelli's supersoft tyre, but it was Lewis Hamilton who clocked the ultimate benchmark - a 1m 23.022s, recorded on soft rubber

Bottas puts Williams on top on final day of pre-season testing

Valtteri Bottas signed off the 2015 pre-season in style by going fastest for Williams on the final day of testing at Barcelona on Sunday. The Finn hit the front early and was never deposed, as a qualifying simulation on Pirelli's supersoft tyre yielded a 1m 23.063s - which left him almost half a second clear of the chasing pack

Hamilton doubles up for Mercedes in Spain

For the second day running it was a Mercedes atop the timesheet on Saturday, as the Formula One teams carried out their penultimate day of pre-season testing in Barcelona. Felipe Massa set the morning pace for Williams on Pirelli's supersoft tyre, but it was Lewis Hamilton who clocked the ultimate benchmark - a 1m 23.022s, recorded on soft rubber

Sebastian Vettel Q&A: Ferrari should be a perfect fit

Fourth in the Barcelona test times on Friday, with almost 150 laps on the board - it looks like the combination of Sebastian Vettel and Ferrari is starting to gel. But how does the four-time world champion feel he is settling into his new home? Here's what he had to say after his latest session in the SF15-T

Rosberg and Mercedes fire ominous warning on day two

Mercedes finally hit the front in 2015 pre-season testing on Friday, as Nico Rosberg set an imperious new benchmark on day two in Barcelona. Elsewhere there was encouragement for McLaren, as Jenson Button completed more than 100 laps on the team's most successful day to date, and Force India, who rolled out their new car for the first time

Alonso says he is 'completely fine' following testing crash

Fernando Alonso says he is 'completely fine' following his crash during pre-season testing in Spain last weekend. Although he was ruled out of the final pre-season test on doctors' advice, he released a video message to reassure his followers about his physical condition

Force India's VJM08 makes belated track debut

After several delays, Force India's 2015 car made its long-awaited track debut on day two of the final pre-season test at Barcelona on Friday. The Mercedes-powered VJM08 left the garage just after midday local time with Nico Hulkenberg behind the wheel. The German will handle driving duties until Sunday when he'll hand over to team mate Sergio Perez for the last day of running

Massa fastest for Williams as McLaren toil on day one

Felipe Massa laid down an impressive marker for Williams on the opening day of the final pre-season test of 2015 in Spain, as McLaren were once again restricted by technical problems. Massa hit the front early on Thursday afternoon, bolting on Pirelli's soft-compound tyre and scything down to a 1m 23.500s - the fastest time seen so far this year in Barcelona

Jorda joins Lotus as development driver

Lotus have appointed Carmen Jorda as a development driver for the 2015 season. In her new role the 26-year-old Spaniard, who most recently raced in GP3, will attend Grands Prix and Formula One tests throughout the year, as well as undergoing a significant simulator programme at the team's base in Enstone

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