Weekly Wrap Up [Week 4]

F1 pundit Dane Hansen, writes for The Formula 1 Issue 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…

23rd – 28th February

TW5 1

  • Conspiracy theories are running like wild fire over Alonso’s mysterious accident in Barcelona. Some say he was made unconscious due to an electrical shock from the cars ERS system, others like McLaren and his manager defuse the situation by saying it was a totally normal testing accident and a gust of wind was to blame.
  • Alonso spends second night in hospital for observation. A concussion was the extent of his injuries.
  • Three mid-field teams have allegedly asked for a ‘semi-constructors’ tier in F1. This means they would all share the design, wind tunnel and manufacturing costs. After this they will go separate ways to further their own private development.
  • McLaren rules out the possibility of a technical failure for Fernando’s accident, but insist he is making a strong recovery.


  • Christian Horner confesses that Renault have made huge progress, but are still just not powerful enough.
  • Alonso may not make the second test due to his lack of fitness. He is recovering from a concussion.
  • Former team boss former team boss Flavio Briatore has suggested that Ferrari’s great turn around has been thanks to the Alonso – Vettel switch.
  • Saddened hearts around the world as Gérard Ducarouge, designer of the iconic Lotus 98T passes away.
  • Mark Webber believes his old nemesis and team mate Sebastien Vettel, will be in a better space at Ferrari.
  • Ferrari designed its concept F1 car to provoke FOM and the rule makers. They also have encouraged other teams to do so. They even said that their concept design would be achievable without too much rule tweaking.



  • Toto Wolff sells even more of his Williams shares.
  • The Italian Grand Prix appears to be in doubt of a new contracts after its 2016 event.
  • Nurbergring explains that the circuit is prepared to lose money over saving the German Grand Prix.
  • Fantastic news as Manor Racing announces it will attend the Australian GP. The car is in an advanced stage of build, and they have also announced that Will Stevens will be part of their driving pair.
  • Fernando Alonso has been released from hospital and has returned home. Kevin Magnussen will replace him at the third test.


  • Michael Schumacher’s family holiday home in Norway is sold for around 2 million euros.
  • Suggestions that Alonso could miss the season opener in Australia.
  • Marchionne hints at Alfa Romeo return to Formula 1.
  • FIA wishes to learn more about Alonso’s accident during the second test.
  • Hydraulic leak ends McLaren’s first day at the final test. Goodness…
  • Lotus has signed Carmen Jorda as their development driver. The cars aesthetics have improved this year, but she is definitely one of the prettier things on the grid.

Barcelona Test 2 – Day Three

1. Felipe Massa Williams 1:23.500s 103 laps
2. MarcusEricsson Sauber 1:24.276s +0.776s 122
3. Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:24.881s +1.381s 48
4.Daniil Kvyat Red Bull Racing 1:25.947s +2.447s 75
5.RomainGrosjean Lotus 1:26.177s +2.677s 75
6.KimiRaikkonen Ferrari 1:26.327s +2.827s 80
7.CarlosSainzJr. Toro Rosso 1:26.962s +3.462s 86
8. Jenson Button McLaren 1:31.479s +7.979s 7


  • Manor is expected to pay 1 million euros per race under the jurisdiction of their new Ferrari engine deal with the Scuderia.
  • Vettel confesses that this year’s Ferrari is leaps and Bounds ahead of his final Red Bull car in 2014.
  • Caterham team is finally, and officially, out of Formula One.

Barcelona Test 2 – Day Two

1. Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1:22.792s 106 laps
2. Valtteri Bottas Williams 1:23.995s +1.203 90
3. Felipe Nasr Sauber 1:24.071s +1.279 141
4. Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1:25.339s +2.547 143
5. Jenson Button McLaren 1:25.590s +2.798 101
6. Pastor Maldonado Lotus 1:26.705s +3.913 140
7. Max Verstappen Toro Rosso 1:26.766s +3.974 139
8. Daniil Kvyat Red Bull 1:26.965  +4.173 84
9. Nico Hulkenberg Force India 1:28.412s +5.620 77


Barcelona Test 2 – Day Three

1. Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:23.022s 76 laps
2. Felipe Massa Williams 1:23.262s +0.240 102
3.Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1:23.276s +0.254 136
4. Carlos Sainz Jr Toro Rosso 1:24.191s +1.169 132
5.Romain Grosjean Lotus 1:24.200s +1.178 116
6. Marcus Ericsson Sauber 1:24.477s +1.455 123
7.Nico Hulkenberg Force India 1:24.939s +1.917 158
8.Kevin Magnussen McLaren 1:25.225s +2.203 39
9.Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull 1:25.742s +2.720 128


Barcelona Test 2 – Day Four

1. Valtteri Bottas Williams 1:23.063s 88 laps
2. Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1:23.469s +0.406 129
3. Felipe Nasr Sauber 1:24.023s +0.960 159
4. Max Verstappen Toro Rosso 1:24.527s +1.464 85
5. Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull 1:24.638s +1.575 72
6. Sergio Perez Force India 1:25.113s +2.050 130
7. Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1:25.186s +2.123 148
8. Jenson Button McLaren 1:25.327s +2.264 30
9. Pastor Maldonado Lotus 1:28.272s +5.209 36

About dphansen24

I am an avid freelance Formula 1 writer and blogger. My writings are diverse and range from historical insights, to thorough and exciting analysis of the modern era and the topics that come with it. I am also able to take in requests from readers that wish to gain vision into particular stories. All are welcome. I encourage constructive criticism and conversation in comments or via email. My passion for the world’s fastest show consumes my daily efforts and I am always enthused to write about the sport I love most. Even as a pundit, I too have a curiosity and am always ready to learn more about an ever expanding sport.

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