F1 Jerez Testing 1st – 4th February 2015

The first round of testing has now finished up the teams have had their chance to run the cars over the course of 4 days. It won’t be for another 2 weeks before the second round of testing opens up again this will give teams time to take in all the information that they have learnt over the past few days about their cars. So what happened during the 4 days of testing at Jerez in Spain?

Day One

Timing Sheet

1. Sebastian Vettel, Ferrari, 1.22.620, 60 laps
2. Marcus Ericsson, Sauber, 1.22.777, 73 laps
3. Nico Rosberg, Mercedes, 1.23.106, 157 laps
4. Daniel Ricciardo, Red Bull, 1.23.338, 35 laps
5. Valtteri Bottas, Williams, 1.23.906, 73 laps
6. Carlos Sainz Jr, Toro Rosso, 1.25.327, 46 laps
7. Fernando Alonso, McLaren, 1.40.738, 6 laps

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Sebastian Vettel started the testing off well by spending a total of 60 laps with his new car and team Ferrari. Second was Marcus Ericsson with his Sauber who was said to be happy and no major problems occurred during his 73 laps. In third place is Nico Rosberg who completed an amazing 157 laps in the Mercedes more than any other team and he said it was great to know the car has good reliability.

F1 Jerez Testing

Next in fourth Daniel Riccardo took the new Red Bull out and while it did only manage 35 laps he said the car felt like a step forward from last years. In fifth Valtteri Bottas drove the Williams car for 73 laps he said the car has made progress but feels there is room for improvement. New driver for Toro Rosso Carlos Sainz Junior had a good session of 46 laps until his car came to a halt on the track ending the testing for Toro Rosso on day one earlier than they had hoped.

F1 Jerez Testing

Lastly Fernando Alonso completed just 6 laps with the new McLaren Honda. The car ran into several problems ending their day of testing very early. Force India have decided to skip the first round of testing and Lotus were late on arriving to Jerez and did not run their car.

Day Two

Timing Sheet

1. Sebastian Vettel, Ferrari, 1.20.984, 88 laps
2. Felipe Nasr, Sauber, 1.21.867, 89 laps
3. Valtteri Bottas, Williams, 1.22.319, 61 laps
4. Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes, 1.22.490, 91 laps
5. Max Verstappen, Toro Rosso, 1.24.167, 73 laps
6. Pastor Maldonado, Lotus, 1.25.802, 41 laps
7. Jenson Button, McLaren, 1.54.655, 6 laps
8. Daniil Kvyat, Red Bull, No time, 18 laps

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Sebastian Vettel remained at the top of the time sheets for Ferrari and completed 88 laps. He said while its good the car seems to be doing well its too early to say how fast it actually is yet. Felipe Nasr completed 89 laps in his Sauber and said everything went really well and to plan. Valtteri Bottas drove the Willaims to third overall and Mercedes Lewis Hamilton came fourth after completing 91 laps he said the car feels good and that he’s happy with it.

F1 Jerez Testing

Max Verstappen took the Toro Rosso out after the problems it had yesterday it posted the fifth fastest time of the day, the car was still having small issues though nothing major and managed to do 73 laps. Lotus arrived on the scene with Pastor Maldonado who done 51 laps and came sixth overall he said the car feels good and has a lot of potential. In seventh Jenson Button only managed 6 laps in the McLaren with a recurring problem that troubled the team for the entire day. Lastly Red Bull driver Daniil Kvyat lost his front wing early on with no replacement available he done a few untimed laps with no front wing making it a troubled day for Red Bull.

Day Three

Timing Sheet

1. Felipe Nasr, Sauber, 1.21.545, 109 laps
2. Kimi Raikkonen, Ferrari, 1.21.750, 94 laps
3. Nico Rosberg, Mercedes, 1.21.982, 151 laps
4. Felipe Massa, Williams, 1.22.276, 71 laps
5. Pastor Maldonado, Lotus, 1.22.713, 96 laps
6. Carlos Sainz Jr, Toro Rosso, 1.23.187, 137 laps
7. Daniel Ricciardo, Red Bull, 1.23.901, 49 laps
8. Fernando Alonso, McLaren, 1.35.553, 32 laps

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Felipe Nasr took his Sauber to the top of the time sheets and completed a good number of laps 109 in total. In second place Kimi Raikkonen continued to show that the new Ferrari was performing well and completed 94 laps. Nico Rosberg came third in the Mercedes and completed another large number of laps 151 in total. Felipe Massa who drove the Williams for the first time this year said the car felt very good and that he was pleased with the progress. Pastor Maldonado came fifth for Lotus after completing 96 laps the team did however have some telemetry problems which held them back a bit.

F1 Jerez Testing 2015

Carlos Sainz Jr came sixth and managed to finally give the Toro Rosso a good number of laps. Daniel Ricciardo came seventh but the Red Bull had another bad day by running into engine problems meaning they only managed 49 laps. Fernando Alonso came last again in the McLaren but for the first time yet the car was able to do a decent number of laps.

Day Four

1. Kimi Raikkonen, Ferrari, 1.20.841, 106 laps
2. Felipe Nasr, Sauber, 1.22.019, 112 laps
3. Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes, 1.22.172, 117 laps
4. Max Verstappen, Toro Rosso, 1.22.553, 97 laps
5. Felipe Massa, Williams, 1.23.116, 73 laps
6. Romain Grosjean, Lotus, 1.23.802, 53 laps
7. Daniil Kvyat, Red Bull, 1.23.975, 64 laps
8. Jenson Button, McLaren, 1.27.660, 35 laps

F1 Jerez Testing 2015

Once again it was Ferrari at the top of the timings Kimi Raikkonen said the car overall has made progress but feels there is still room for improvement. Sauber continued to stay positive as well by coming second. In third Lewis Hamilton took the Mercedes around for 117 laps once again showing their good reliability. Max Verstappen came fourth for Toro Rosso one of the team managers said the testing they have done has all been about reliability and not much on performance yet. Felipe Massa for Williams came fifth and Romain Grosjean for Lotus came sixth both teams managed a good number of laps for the last day of testing.

F1 Jerez Testing 2015

The Red Bull driven by Daniil Kvyat was once again hit by problems this time the ERS. The team managed 64 laps though which is good enough. Jenson Button for McLaren managed 35 laps the car still has some problems the team say and will be working now to fix them for the next round of testing in 2 weeks.

Overall Analysis

It’s important never to read too much into the timings of the testing as the teams are running different fuel loads, tyre types and some don’t even have the correct set up for the track. What we have learnt is that the Ferrari, Sauber, Mercedes and Williams seem to be very reliable with little to no problems being reported after 4 days of testing and plenty of laps. Toro Rosso and Lotus have had a few small problems but seem to be doing okay. Red Bull and McLaren each day had issues some serious and some not.

One Response to F1 Jerez Testing 1st – 4th February 2015

  1. redmoth says:

    great article!

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