FELIPE MASSA PUTS HIS WILLIAMS ON THE TOP OF THE TIME SHEETS ON THE FINAL DAY OF TESTING—
Massa:It wasn’t a great day because it was raining, but we completed some laps in the wet conditions which was interesting to understand how the car behaves in wet, with the tyres and new power unit. We managed to do many more laps today than we have in the last three days which is important. Today we didn’t have any issues with the car which I think is also another step forward. We now need to concentrate and prepare with an aim to do more laps per day in Bahrain. Overall, I’m happy with my first days with Williams and I’m pleased with what I have seen in the team this week. For sure it is important to be competitive, but testing is testing, and we now need to look to prepare for Bahrain and then towards the first race, which is the most important thing.
Pos Driver Team Time Gap Laps
1. Felipe Massa Williams-Mercedes 1m28.229s 86
2. Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1m29.145s +0.916s 115
3. Daniel Juncadella Force India-Mercedes 1m29.457s +1.228s 81
4. Kevin Magnussen McLaren-Mercedes 1m30.806s +2.577s 110
5. Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m30.822s +2.593s 41
6. Jules Bianchi Marussia-Ferrari 1m32.222s +3.993s 25
7. Adrian Sutil Sauber-Ferrari 1m36.571s +8.342s 69
8. Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1m36.951s +8.722s 91
9. Kamui Kobayashi Caterham-Renault 1m43.193s +14.964s 54
10. Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso-Renault 1m44.016s +15.787s 9
11. Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull-Renault 1m45.374s +17.145s 7
STARS OF BRITISH MOTOR SPORT SCENE SET TO SHINE AT BARC CHAMPIONSHIP AWARDS GALA—
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RED BULL: Despite intense work overnight to correct the issues that caused the team to halt it’s programme early yesterday, Infiniti Red Bull Racing had to again cease track activities this afternoon. Daniel Ricciardo completed a handful of laps in the RB10 before issues similar to yesterday’s forced him to stop. The team will now spend the remainder of today investigating the causes in order to ready the RB10 for tomorrow.
Race Engineering Co-ordinator Andy Damerum: “We worked hard yesterday to make the changes it was felt were necessary to overcome the problems we identified and we were hopeful of a more successful day today. Unfortunately, the measures we took only partially solved the issue and, as with yesterday, it’s more sensible to stop and dig deeper into finding a solution. It’s obviously not where we want to be and naturally the whole team is frustrated by these issues. However, we’re pretty good at bouncing back from this type of thing. This is where the whole team pulls together and I’m sure we will get these problems fixed.”
Nico Hulkenberg: “It’s difficult to give a lot of feedback after my first day in the car because most of my time was spent doing mapping and data collection with some constant speed runs. So I’ve yet to really get a feel for the car. My first impressions are that the new era of Formula One feels very different to the car I drove in Brazil last year. It’s a very different sensation, but you have to remember this is very early days and there is a lot more to come. Things will evolve quickly over the next few weeks because the car is very much a work in progress and we still have lots to learn.”
Andrew Green, Technical Director
“We’ve definitely had more downtime that we would have liked today, but ironing out reliability issues is the priority during this first week of testing. We are still working through operational checks with the car and it’s a slow process with both physical inspection and data analysis every time the car runs. Each issue that we resolve represents progress and in that regard we’ve taken several more important steps on the road to getting the VJM07 ready for the first race of the season.”
WILLIAMS F1 TEAM:
Rod Nelson, Chief Test & Support Engineer: Today Felipe was in the car and he’s done quite a bit of work in the simulator at the factory, so it was good to get his comments on the real thing as opposed to the digital version. We got some really good feedback and have a clear direction to go in from both our drivers this week despite the slightly limited mileage. We are working through our system tests here in Jerez and are coming across a few issues which we are resolving. Overall, we are relatively happy with the progress we are making.
Felipe Massa: It was a new experience for me today. The first day with a new car is always very exciting but adding to that changing teams, all the new faces and the new place, it made it even more exciting for me. Unfortunately we didn’t do the amount of laps we wanted to do today but it’s pretty acceptable for the first days of testing considering all the rule changes with the car. The car feels very different to what we used to have in many areas. You need to understand how to drive with the engine, the chassis, the tyres and the turbo, but it’s fun! There will be a lot of improvements we can make up before the first race and throughout the championship. Performance is important but I think reliability will be a key issue to think about for the first race. I’m happy with how I have been welcomed into the team as everyone has been very kind and professional. I’m really happy and I know we have a lot of work to do to fix the little issues we have, but I think we can have a good championship together. It’s also my first experience with a different engine manufacturer and it’s been really great working with Mercedes. I’m really happy with the new power unit and the way the team work so it’s going to be interesting. Overall, I’m very happy with my first day.
SEBASTIAN VETTEL FLIES BACK HOME AFTER ONLY EIGHT LAPS! RENAULT SPORT GOES INTO PANIC MODE—
Infiniti Red Bull Racing called an early halt to its second day of testing in Jerez after power unit partner Renault Sport F1 reported an energy store issue on the RB10. Focusing on tomorrow’s running, the team opted to suspend today’s outing in order to fully investigate the problem.
“Obviously we’ve not had a lot of running and have a few problems to sort out, but with such big rule changes it is usual to have some teething problems. That’s what tests are for, to sort those issues out. The next two days will be important to get some track time to prepare for the tests in Bahrain,” said Sebastian, who now hands the RB10 over to Daniel Ricciardo for the remaining days in Jerez.
Race Engineering Co-ordinator Andy Damerum added: “It’s obviously not ideal, but it’s better to take the time to get to the root of the issue, so the decision to stop early today is probably a good one. We did get some track time this morning, however. As I said yesterday, even though it looks brief, the amount of useful data we’re getting back is impressive. We cured the issue we had yesterday and ran that reliably this morning and it will be the same process this evening. It’s a massive learning curve for everyone and it’s simply a case of working through it step by step.”
RAIKKONEN PUTS THE FERRARI ON TOP DAY ONE OF TESTING AT JEREZ HERE ARE SOME DRIVER QUOTES—
Sergio Perez: “As expected it has been quite a slow day for everybody in Jerez. The main job was to learn as much as possible each time the car went out so that we could identify and solve any issues. It was not really possible to get a feeling for the car because we only did a small number of laps, but the important thing is that the car is up and running.”
Valtteri Bottas: It wasn’t an ideal start to the day but the positive thing is that the team did a great job to fix the problems we found overnight and we got the car working well to complete a few laps this afternoon. The car matched my expectations on track with more torque. It feels like a very different car compared to last year in the way it handles as well as the power. After only a few laps we found a few things we can improve which is also good, so we need to start working on those things tomorrow.
Pos Driver Team Time Gap Laps
1. Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m27.104s 31
2. Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m27.820s +0.716s 18
3. Valtteri Bottas Williams-Mercedes 1m30.082s +2.978s 7
4. Sergio Perez Force India-Mercedes 1m33.161s +6.057s 11
5. Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso-Renault 1m36.530s +9.426s 15
6. Esteban Gutierrez Sauber-Ferrari 1m42.257s +15.153s 7
7. Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault No time 3
8. Marcus Ericsson Caterham-Renault No time 1
RED BULL’S TENTH SEASON STARTS HERE: THE RB10 REVEALED
Infiniti Red Bull Racing today revealed the RB10, our challenger for the 2014 Formula One World Championship and our first interpretation of F1’s radical new technical regulations.
Unveiled in the pit lane this morning at the Jerez Circuit ahead of the first day of testing, the RB10 is powered by the Renault Energy F1-2014.
As a team we have enjoyed hard-fought success in recent years winning the last four Drivers’ and Constructors’ titles. Now the game changes and due to the new regulations, the RB10 has little in common with its predecessors.
We’ve loved the last nine seasons, our tenth starts here….