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
- 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|
|3. Lewis Hamilton||Mercedes||1:24.881s||+1.381s||48|
|4.Daniil Kvyat||Red Bull Racing||1:25.947s||+2.447s||75|
|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|
|4. Carlos Sainz Jr||Toro Rosso||1:24.191s||+1.169||132|
|6. Marcus Ericsson||Sauber||1:24.477s||+1.455||123|
|7.Nico Hulkenberg||Force India||1:24.939s||+1.917||158|
|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|
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