Infiniti Red Bull Racing’s 2015 challenger, the RB11, made an eye-catching debut at the first pre-season test of 2015 in Jerez on Sunday 1 February, with the team’s new car taking to the track in a striking black and white “dazzle” livery, similar to those used to camouflage prototype road cars.
After starting testing bang on 9am, there was a sense of achievement felt among the team at the end of the day as a solid set of sessions saw Daniel Ricciardo rack up 35 laps and the day’s fourth best time.
“We got going pretty well this morning and I got a few laps under my belt,” said Daniel. “So the first impressions are good. We’ll get a few more laps over the next few days, but so far everything seems pretty encouraging. I can feel a step forward. I won’t go into too much detail but it’s there. We didn’t do a whole lot of laps but definitely more than at this test last year! In general everything is behaving as it should. Obviously we had a couple of issues, but once the car is running it’s all going pretty normally. A good first day, there are some positive signs there.”
Commenting on the interim livery Daniel added: “The livery’s cool. It’s a testing specification for us but I think it looks really good. Maybe I need a matching helmet.”
Head of Race Engineering Guillaume Rocquelin added: “It’s no exaggeration to say that today represented a good day for the team and for the RB11. The car preparation has been good, the day’s running was by and large excellent and we’ve already gathered a lot of information. The day generally went according to plan, starting cautiously, building up the length of the runs and learning all the time. We had a small issue with the brake controls system around lunchtime but you’re always going to have little niggles like that on day’s like this. We stopped running late in the afternoon with a technical issue, but it wasn’t too serious. An alarm went off on the engine and at that stage of the day, knowing that an investigation would take time we chose to stop. Aside from that, everything went pretty as we hoped.”
Toro Rosso launched its 2015 STR10 in the Jerez pit-lane.
The STR10 was revealed today at the Jerez de la Frontera circuit in southern Spain. As the car’s codename implies, 2015 will be Scuderia Toro Rosso’s tenth year in Formula 1 and CEPSA, who hosted today’s launch, has sponsored the team for the past 4 years.
The drivers Max Verstappen and Carlos Sainz whipped the sheets off Scuderia Toro Rosso’s challenger for the 2015 Formula 1 World Championship in the Jerez pit lane, the day before the serious business of testing gets underway with four days of track action.
The STR10 has been produced under the technical directorship of James Key, Chief Designers Paolo Marabini (Chief Designer – Composites & Structures) and Matteo Piraccini (Chief Designer – Mechanical & Systems.) Built by the team in Faenza, Italy, it owes its shape to the efforts of our Wind Tunnel staff in Bicester, UK.
Carlos Sainz, will have the honour of being the first to drive the new car tomorrow, here in his native Spain. Our other rookie Max Verstappen will drive on Monday and Wednesday, with Sainz back in on the Tuesday.
Scuderia Ferrari has officially unveiled its new car for the 2015 Formula 1 season, the SF15-T.
In an online launch called “The Revelation”, the team released a video profiling the new car, which once again runs in the traditional red that the team is famous for.
Ferrari enters the 2015 season as a very different team to the one that raced in 2014. A gradual revolution at Maranello saw marque president Luca di Montezemolo, team principal Stefano Domenicali and his replacement Marco Mattiacci all leave, with lead driver Fernando Alonso also departing in favor of a move to McLaren.
Now, the team is under the management of new president Sergio Marchionne and team principal Mauricio Arrivabene, whilst four-time world champion Sebastian Vettel joins from Red Bull to partner Kimi Raikkonen.
“I said a long time ago the best car is the winning car,” Arrivabene said. “Last year we had an ugly car and it was a non-winning car. On top of this, I like the car of this year in terms of aesthetics. I don’t know about performance, but it looks really sexy.”
In spite of the changes, Arrivabene does not feel that the philosophy of Ferrari has been changed, and is instead looking to restore the spirit that can take the team back to the top of F1.
“It doesn’t affect the philosophy of Ferrari,” he said. “The philosophy of Ferrari was dictated by the founder, Enzo Ferrari.
“The work to do is to enhance the team spirit and the passion that was a little bit lost in the past few years, and to look to work together very hard with one objective: to win as much as possible.”
Since its domination of F1 came to an end in 2005, Ferrari has entered something of a dry spell, winning just one drivers’ championship in the past 10 years. Fernando Alonso’s arrival in 2010 was meant to take the team back to the top, but he was forced out at the end of last season after five unsuccessful seasons.
The arrival of Sebastian Vettel is set to rejuvenate the team, bringing with him the experience of four straight world titles between 2010 and 2013. However, he too has critics to answer after a disappointing campaign in 2014, whilst Kimi Raikkonen’s motivation has come into question in recent years.
Ferrari is not expecting to be fighting for the world championship immediately under this new regime. Arrivabene has instead chosen to remain realistic, targeting two grand prix wins in 2015. Much like McLaren, Ferrari’s revival is a long-term project.
McLaren has unveiled its new-look car for the 2015 Formula 1 season, the MP4-30, that marks the beginning of a new era in association with engine supplier Honda.
In a small online launch, the British team released a video called “Time to Make History” that reveals a digital render of the new car, boasting a new-look livery that features a smart red trim and some new sponsors.
Honda previously powered McLaren between 1988 and 1992, enjoying one of the most dominant partnerships in F1 history as Ayrton Senna and Alain Prost won four drivers championships and the team claimed four constructors’ titles.
After almost 20 years with Mercedes, McLaren announced back in 2013 that it would be switching to Honda power for the 2015 F1 season, with the Japanese manufacturer exclusively powering the team this year.
“Although our renewed alliance began again many months ago, the launch of the McLaren-Honda MP4-30 marks the start of a lengthy journey,” McLaren CEO Ron Dennis said in a statement.
“We’ve come a long way already and, although there’s a lot of work to do before we can expect to repeat the level of success we enjoyed together 25-or-so years ago, it’s already clear that there’s enormous synergy and potential in our partnership.
“I’m positive that, together, we’ll get to where we want to be: winning Grands Prix and eventually world championships as McLaren-Honda.”
Honda motorsport boss Yasuhisa Arai was similarly enthusiastic about the renewed partnership, bolding stating that no compromises have been made in designing and producing the new car.
“Today is obviously a very exciting day for me and for Honda,” Arai said. “It’s not every day that you’re involved in a launch of a new Formula 1 car and a start-up of a new partnership.As you can see with the new MP4-30, we’ve dedicated ourselves as one team with McLaren to creating a new car that compromises on nothing – either power or aerodynamics.
“As you can see with the new MP4-30, we’ve dedicated ourselves as one team with McLaren to creating a new car that compromises on nothing – either power or aerodynamics.
“We’re about to commence a long season, with numerous challenges, but Honda is determined to face them head-on. After all, we’re here to drive Formula 1’s technology forward and give our fans a thrilling ride.”
The MP4-30 features a new nose for the 2015 season, breaking away from the protruding extension that the MP4-29 boasted. Besides the red trim, the car also incorporates more black into the chrome design.
Today’s launch marks the beginning of a new era for McLaren as it looks to bounce back from a number of disappointing campaigns of the past few years. Having not won a race since 2012, the team finished fifth in last year’s constructors’ championship, but is hoping that the move to Honda power will take it to the head of the field once again.
McLaren’s cause has also been aided by the return of Fernando Alonso, who returns to Woking after five years with Ferrari. The Spaniard spent one controversial year with the team back in 2007 that saw the team get embroiled in a spying scandal, ultimately ending its exclusion from the constructors’ championship and a $100m fine.
However, Alonso and McLaren have put their past differences to one side (at least on the surface) to work together again in 2015, and the Spaniard is joined by Jenson Button, who enters his 16th season in Formula 1 in 2015.
WILLIAMS MARTINI RACING is pleased to announce that British racing driver Alex Lynn will be joining the team as Development Driver for the 2015 Formula One World Championship season.
In this role Alex will become fully immersed in the race team and gain a full understanding of its various functions. As Development Driver his primary role will be using the team’s simulation tools to help with the ongoing development of the Williams Mercedes FW37 and assisting the race engineers in setting up the car for each Grand Prix. Alex will also get behind the wheel of the FW37 for one day’s testing in Barcelona following this season’s Spanish Grand Prix in May.
Aged 21 and born in Essex, Alex began his single-seater career in Formula Renault UK, dominating the 2011 championship with a record 12 wins from 20 race starts. He was subsequently named British Club Driver of the Year at the 2011 Autosport Awards. Alex moved up to British F3 the following year and finished fourth before progressing to the prestigious FIA European F3 Championship in 2013 where he claimed third in the standings as the highest placed rookie. Alex ended the season with a dominant victory in the coveted Macau F3 Grand Prix. In 2014, Alex wrapped up the GP3 title with a record points margin, also becoming the first Englishman to claim this title. As well as his Development Driver duties for WILLIAMS MARTINI RACING in 2015, Alex will also be competing in GP2 for the Championship winning DAMS racing team.
Claire Williams, Deputy Team Principal and Commercial Director of Williams, said; “Williams has a strong track record in bringing young talent though the ranks and our Development Driver position is designed to fully immerse new recruits into the inner workings of a Formula One team. As a British team we are always on the lookout for emerging home-grown talent and Alex has caught our eye with his impressive performances in GP3. He has been chosen on merit and we are confident that alongside Felipe, Valtteri and Susie, Alex will help play an important role in making sure that the FW37 shows continuous improvement over the course of the 2015 season.”
Speaking about his appointment, Alex Lynn, added: “I am extremely excited to be joining Williams, a team with such incredible history and amazing potential. Over the past year the team has made huge strides forward and it’s clear to see their determination to fight for more success in the future. I hope that with a strong year in GP2, while also helping to develop the F1 car throughout this season, I can follow in the footsteps of Valtteri Bottas who joined the Williams team in exactly the same Development Driver role. Through hard work and determination, he has gone from winning the GP3 title to earning his place as a Williams F1 race driver. Working with people like Sir Frank Williams and Pat Symonds is an incredible opportunity for me. There is so much experience here at Williams and I hope to be able to use the knowledge gained from these people to further develop my skills as a racing driver and respected member of this team. Everyone has been incredibly welcoming from the outset, we have hit the ground running and I am very excited about the challenges this role offers – particularly my on track activities driving the FW37 in a few months time.”
Lotus F1 Team is proud to present its 2015 challenger; the E23 Hybrid.
Matthew Carter, Lotus F1 Team CEO: “The E23 Hybrid represents a new era for Lotus F1 Team, not only in the change to a Mercedes Benz Power Unit, but also it is the fruition of a busy winter behind the scenes. Improvements within our Design, Aero and Simulation departments have all contributed to the development of a car which is a huge step forward. As a team we are confident that the new car coupled with additions to the Race team will enable a huge leap forward and we are full of optimism going into the new season. It is time to put the disappointment of last season behind us and benefit from 12 months of hard work; we are ready to return to our rightful place at the pinnacle of the sport.”
Nick Chester, Lotus F1 Team Technical Director: “The E23 Hybrid represents a massive step forward for us. It’s no secret that we struggled with last year’s car so we’ve targeted every area that caused us an issue. We’ve made strong progress in the wind tunnel as well as in areas such as packaging and cooling. We expect the E23 to perform far, far better than its predecessor. In terms of what’s new, obviously a massive change for us is a new Power Unit supplier. We made this change as it looked and looks to be the one area of the car which could bring us the greatest performance gain. It’s not just performance, but reliability and driveability as well as packaging and cooling too. The E22 did deliver good figures in the wind tunnel, even if it was difficult to unlock its potential, so we’ve paid more attention to making the characteristics of the car more adaptable. In terms of the suspension, we were delivered something of a blow last year when the front-rear interconnected suspension was outlawed mid-season. The E23’s suspension design is specific to the updated regulations so we’re not trying to update a system originally intended to work a different way. We learnt a lot in many areas of the car over the course of 2014 so there are many lessons which have been applied. We know we’ve made a big step. We won’t know how our car will fare in relative terms until we’re out in action at a Grand Prix, but we certainly expect to be much more competitive than last year.”