Weekly Wrap Up [Week 3]

F1 pundit Dane Hansen, writes for The Sport Space giving you weekly breakdowns of exclusive, need to know facts about the exciting and dynamic world that is Formula One. Find out what happened here…

Further developments in F1 as it begins and ends the second test at Barcelona.

15 February – 21 Feb

Bernie Ecclestone

Monday, 16th

  • Lotus man Gerard Lopez criticizes F1 Management, citing them for being “archaic”. “Why do these potential sponsors never make the leap when they are not really undaunted by the amounts requested in F1? What’s holding them back?” He is frustrated by the poor marketing in F1, and the lack of an official marketing group for the sport.
  • Force India have not confirmed Nico Hulkenberg and Sergio Perez as their driving pair for the second test in Barcelona, but confess both drivers will be involved. It seems as though there is still a window for opportunity for German young gun, Pascal Wehrlein.
  • McLaren gets up and running for a filming day in Barcelona.
  • McLaren’s difficulties have come with thanks to its extreme design and packaging, they have revealed.

Tuesday, 17th

  • Further developments are being put into place today on having more powerful engines, bigger tyres and wider chassis types. Ron Dennis says if F1 were to change, its changes would need to be revolutionary, saying “we should change it dramatically and therefore we should change it dramatically for 2017.”
  • Marussia has paid its entrance fee for the 2015 and is now running under the name of Manor. Rumour or truth ?

Wednesday, 18th

  • As an attempt to make driver identification easier, in-season helmet changes are now banned.
  • Wehrlein will test for Force India in the second test at Barcelona.
  • Rumours suggest that Aston Martin are in the running to save the stranded Manor race team. Aston Martins are believed to run Mercedes AMG V8 engines.
  • Adrian Sutil is reported to have links to get a drive for the Nissan LMP1 in the WEC.

Thursday, 19th  (TEST 2, Day 1)

  • Susie Wolff begins her day in a Williams during the second test at Barcelona.
  • Hamilton is unfit to test on day one due to illness and is replaced by Wehrlein, causing a call up for Sergio Perez.
  • Due to immense reliability issues, Honda has had to redesign an ERS component, and need to replace their power unit. Their day has ended after completing just 21 laps.
  • Felipe Nasr and Susie Wolff collide going into Turn 5. Both drivers are okay and telemetry seems to indicate that Nasr was at fault.
  • Marussia have come out of administration and may return to the grid this year as Manor Racing.
1. Pastor Maldonado Lotus 1:25.011s 69 Laps
2. Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1:25.167s+0.156 74 laps
3. Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull Racing 1:25.547s+0.536 59 laps
4. Sergio Perez Force India 1:26.636s+1.625 34 laps
5. Felipe Nasr Sauber 1:27.307s+2.296 79 laps
6. Max Verstappen Toro Rosso 1:27.900s+2.889 94 laps
7. Jenson Button McLaren 1:28.182s+3.171 21 laps
8. Pascal Wehrlein Force India 1:28.329s+3.318 32 laps
9. Pascal Wehrlein Mercedes 1:28.489s+3.478 48 laps
10. Susie Wolff Williams 1:28.906s+3.895 86 laps
11. Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:30.429s+5.418 11 laps

Susie Wolff

Friday, 20th  (TEST 2, Day 2)

  • The FIA declares that drivers will not be able to change their helmets during the season. Gone are the days when drivers celebrated special races like Monaco and Singapore.
  • Rumours have come up suggesting Renault are interested in buying out a current F1 team, and return to the grid as a full time constructor.
  • Ferrari has agreed to supply Manor racing with 2014 spec engines should the fighting team return to the grid this year.
1. Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull 1:24.574s 142 laps
2. Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1:24.584s + 0.010s 90 laps
3. Felipe Massa Williams 1:24.672s + 0.098s 88 laps
4. Sergio Perez Force India 1:24.702s + 0.128s 121 laps
5. Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:24.923s + 0.349s 89 laps
6. Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1:25.556s + 0.982s 66 laps
7. Fernando Alonso McLaren 1:25.961s + 1.387s 59 laps
8. Jolyon Palmer Lotus 1:26.280s + 1.706s 77 laps
9. Marcus Ericsson Sauber 1:27.344s + 2.770s 113 laps
10. Carlos Sainz Jr Toro Rosso 1:28.945s + 4.371s 100 laps

Saturday, 21st (TEST 2, Day 3)

1. Pastor Maldonado Lotus 1:24.348s 104 laps
2. Max Verstappen Toro Rosso 1:24.739s + 0.391s 129 laps
3. Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:26.076s + 1.728s 101 laps
4. Marcus Ericsson Sauber 1:26.340s + 1.992s 53 laps
5. Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1:26.407s + 2.059s 105 laps
6. Daniil Kvyat Red Bull Racing 1:26.589s + 2.241s 111 laps
7. Felipe Massa Williams 1:26.912s + 2.564s 55 laps
8. Pascal Wehrlein Force India 1:27.333s + 2.985s 81 laps
9. Valtteri Bottas Williams 1:27.556s + 3.208s 49 laps
10. Jenson Button McLaren 1:29.151s + 4.803s 24 laps

Sunday 22nd (TEST 2 Day 4)

  • Fernando Alonso tears of the track between turn 3 and 4 in a bazar accident. His car seems barely damaged besides the lost front wing and broken suspension on the right hand side. He was airlifted to hospital as a precaution.

Alonso Winter Test 2 Crash

1 Romain Grosjean Lotus 1:24.067s 111 laps
2 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1:24.321s + 0.254s 129 laps
3 Daniil Kvyat Red Bull Racing 1:24.941s + 0.874s 102 laps
4 Felipe Nasr Sauber 1:24.956s + 0.889s 73 laps
5 Valtteri Bottas Williams 1:25.345s + 1.278s 127 laps
6 Carlos Sainz Jr. Toro Rosso 1:25.604s + 1.537s 88 laps
7 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1:26.312s + 2.245s 74 laps
8 Nico Hulkenberg Force India 1:26.591s + 2.524s 36 laps
9 FernandoAlonso McLaren 1:27.956s + 3.889s 20 laps
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