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2015- car Launches and Pre Season Testing

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PRE-SEASON KEY DATES

Car launches

January 21 - Force India (livery reveal only)
January 29 - McLaren
January 30 - Ferrari
February 1 - Mercedes

Testing

February 1-4 Jerez
February 19-22 Barcelona
February 26-March 1 Barcelona

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Force India's new Formula 1 car will not appear until the second pre-season test that takes place at Barcelona.

Ahead of the team's new livery launch in Mexico on Wednesday, the Silverstone-based outfit has confirmed that it will use its 2014 car for the first test at Jerez in Spain that starts on February 1.

It means its Mercedes-powered VJM08 will not make its public debut until the Barcelona test that begins on February 19.

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Force India 2015 livery 

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Only Mercedes, Williams to test 2015 engine at Jerez

 

Williams and Force India have already revealed their new car designs, and now Lotus has shown images of its newly Mercedes-powered E23, sporting a more conventional front solution after the double-pronged nose of its uncompetitive predecessor.

"Improvements within our design, aero and simulation departments have all contributed to the development of a car which is a huge step forward," said team CEO Matthew Carter.

Germany's Auto Motor und Sport, however, claims that Lotus will have to make do with the 2014 version of Mercedes' turbo V6 engine for the Jerez test.

The publication said another Mercedes customer, Force India, will follow the same strategy, with only the works team and its most competitive customer Williams to run the German marque's 2015 specification at the first test.

Ferrari, meanwhile, finally announced on Monday the official name of its 2015 car, which until now was only referred to by its internal project code, 666.

The new red single seater, to be revealed on Friday, will be called SF15-T.

Insider Leo Turrini wrote on his Quotidiano blog that the nose of the 2015 car is "very different" to that of its disappointing predecessor, the F14-T.

And McLaren said its works Honda-powered 2015 car was fired up for the first time on Monday, before Fernando Alonso drives it at Jerez on Sunday.

 

Christian Horner has revealed Red Bull are yet to complete their 2015 car, the RB11, and that “there is still plenty to do before Sunday” when the first pre-season test starts in Jerez.

The Milton Keynes-based team were the only team other than Mercedes to win a race last year, but are determined to close the gap to the Silver Arrows this season after seeing their four years of dominance come to an end.

The team have opted not to have a public unveiling of the RB11 prior to Jerez to allow them to maximise production time and, just five days before the first test, their team principal says they are still yet to complete their new challenger.

 

 

Lotus ..... love the livery!

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Force India has now decided to skip entirely the first pre-season Formula 1 test at Jerez.

The team had originally intended to use its 2014 car in Spain when the first winter test begins on Sunday.

Its new car is not going to be ready until the second test at Barcelona, after the outfit elected to maximise the development time allowed on it.

But just days before the Jerez test begins, Force India has announced that it is not going to attend at all.

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Meanwhile back at Milton Keynes....

 

Red Bull has given itself the shortest build-time yet for a new Formula 1 car, after electing to lock down its final 2015 design as late as it possibly could.

With the first pre-season test kicking off at Jerez in Spain on Sunday, Red Bull's new Renault-powered challenger has only just begun construction at its Milton Keynes base.

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yoOT0NiydEA&feature=youtu.be

 

McLaren has unveiled its new Formula 1 car as it enters a fresh era with Japanese engine manufacturer Honda.

 

The MP4-30 has been heavily influenced by chief engineer Peter Prodromou, who arrived at McLaren from Red Bull last September.

The silver, red and black car features a low nose without the thumb extension seen on the Williams - and a tightly packaged rear end around the new power unit.

Honda is returning to F1 after a six-year absence, and is renewing a relationship with McLaren that delivered multiple wins and world titles from 1988 to 1992.

Honda's motorsport chief Yasuhira Arai said that the design of the new car was one of no-compromise as the Japanese manufacturer bid to make a success of its F1 return.

"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," he said.

"Yet, in the midst of the excitement, both myself and our engineers are 100 per cent focused in both Sakura and Milton Keynes to prepare for Jerez and beyond. We're confident that the technology is there, and I'm looking forward to see how it will perform.

"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."

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Some teams pushing the testing nê? Hope all cars ready for the first race!!!! It's not fun watching one or two teams race when the others havent completed their development to compete....Not the same now is it...want full strength competition....

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For all I care it can be pink with purple dots.... as long as its fast and reliable!

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Ferrari launched...

 

 

Dont see much difference?

 

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Ferrari seems fat when compared to Macca??

 

 By comparison to the 2015 McLaren, its definitely looking overly chunky, long and wide. 

 

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And again when compared to last years car.... not much different?

If Im a Ferrari fan Ill be worried....

 

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Macca looks very streamlined yip.

 

Why does Macca have a space (gat) between what, the tail and the rear of the car and Ferrari don't? Is there advantage etc etc? Or at least from pic Ferrari have that white thingy? (sorry for the bad  terminology hope you understand?  :sorry-and-blushed: )

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Ferrari have the same number of sponsors on the SF15-T rear wing as Sauber have on their entire C34 car... Ouch

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Never mind individual preferences of cars or racing drivers, let's hop for a really good season of RACING and not a round-and-round procession of fast cars.  May the best TEAM win the most races.  Maybe the engineers of the red-Fiat will put the simulator engine in the race car... it may just improve the chances a little bit.  That simulator looks really impressive.

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Agree Hawk!

 

This is my wish every year that we have a great competitive year.... the last thing I want to see is 1 team dominating for years having such an big advantage that its a given who will win races and the WDC WCC half way thru the season.

 

Merc has been rewarded for the excellent job they did last year we now need 2 or more teams challenging them. (I still think they will win this year) 

My hope is on Williams and Honda to be the one challenging ..... but ill settle for any other team also. (except maybe Ferrari haha) 

 

For the record Im really excited about the McLaren Honda... for a number of reasons... one of them being that Peter Prodomou seemed to have worked his magic (with the help of honda's engine design) and designed a TIGHT and seemingly very earo friendly car... the rear of that honda is TIIIIIGHT!!.. (camel toe tight) lol

 

This part of the F1 year ( pre season testing and new car launches) is the bit I love!!

Looking at the cars performance during testing, reliability and learning more about what different teams did better or worse than others. 

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More delays for new Force India car http://

 

There is more bad news for Force India fans with the team admitting their new car is unlikely to run at the next test.

deputy team principal Bob Fernley has now conceded that their new challenger will in all likelihood only be ready for the final test in Barcelona from February 26.

 

 

Hope for McLaren as they complete decent mileage

McLaren appeared to have turned a corner, managing 32 trouble-free laps around Jerez, which enabled them to put the first serious miles on both the MP4-30 and the Honda RA615H power unit. Fernando Alonso was able to take to the track as soon as the session started; and, after a couple of exploratory installation laps and aero checks, they were able to ramp up his programme, extending the length of each run.

Despite only running on a damp track, and using Pirelli’s intermediate tyres, Alonso racked up a decent number of laps until he was side-lined before lunch.”

He had just begun a timed run when he felt something awry with the car – he returned the car to the garage, where the team discovered a loss of cooling water pressure. Fixing the issue required the removal of the power unit – a lengthy change that we couldn’t have completed in time for the car to return to the track

Frustrating day of mixed fortunes for Ricciardo

Red Bull’s third day of testing at the Circuit de Jerez in Spain got off to a slow start when the team detected an issue and elected to change the power unit in Daniel Ricciardo’s RB11.

 

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Positive start for Nasr in the top flight http://

 

 

Massa says FW37 is another step forward for Williams (this is a team to watch this year! ... Vlag your team looking good!)

Massa said, “I am happy after a good first day in the car. The FW37 is another step forward from where we left the FW36, which is promising. I am also confident in the car set-up.”

 

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Lotus progressing well with Mercedes powered E23

Lotus F1 Team enjoyed a productive day of testing at the Circuito de Jerez with Pastor Maldonado completing 96 laps, setting a best time of 1:22.713,as the team continued with installation and functionality checks with the E23 Hybrid as well as initial performance assessments.

Maldonado reviewed his day behind the wheel, “It was a good day and we’ve learnt a lot more about the E23. The car feels strong and we know there’s more to come. 

 

 

This is scary ..

Aldo Costa on Sky Italia - The W06 is an evolution of the W05, but still large parts of the layout have changed. We've been running the car with a full tank at all times so that no one can infer how fast we can run. We won't run with with light fuel or try to set up the car for performance until Barcelona, possibly the second test.

 

Ominous....

 

1 min 21's with a full tank, medium tyres and no emphasis on performance tuning...  eek.gif

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Interesting looking at last years 4th day testing times and number of laps...keeping in mind where the McHonda is at this moment with half a day to go..

 

Jenson Button ..... McLaren ...... 1m27,872s ....20 30 odd laps (edited)

 

Unofficial Friday test times from Jerez:
1. Felipe Massa, Williams, 1m 28.229s, 86 laps
2. Fernando Alonso, Ferrari, 1m 29.145s, 115 laps
3. Daniel Juncadella, Force India, 1m 29.457s, 81 laps
4. Kevin Magnussen, McLaren, 1m 30.806s, 110 laps
5. Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes, 1m 30.822s, 41 laps
6. Jules Bianchi, Marussia, 1m 32.222s, 25 laps
7. Adrian Sutil, Sauber, 1m 36.571s, 69 laps
8. Nico Rosberg, Mercedes, 1m 36.951s 91 laps
9. Kamui Kobayashi, Caterham, 1m 43.193s, 54 laps
10. Daniil Kvyat, Toro Rosso, 1m 44.016s, 9 laps
11. Daniel Ricciardo, Red Bull, 1m 45.374s, 7 laps

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Nico Rosberg admits Ferrari's performances on the first couple of days of testing have been "an eye-opener" for Mercedes.
 
While Merc have dominated lap sheets on the first three days in Jerez with Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton completing more than 400 laps between them, Ferrari posted the fastest times on the first two days through Sebastian Vettel while Kimi Raikkonen was P2 on day three.
 
"The general feeling is a feeling that we've come a long way as a team, we're a strong team," Rosberg said. "We're keeping an eye on the opposition and especially Ferrari has been an eye-opener for us in the last couple of days. But still, we're confident we can start the season well and in terms of development be strong."
 
After 157 laps on the opening day, Rosberg produced 151 more on Tuesday and he believes it is important they iron out issues when it comes to reliability.
 
"Our goals here are to do mileage, because last year our weakness was reliability so we have a big focus on that and to have a really reliable car this year because it cost us points and things like that last year," he said. "That's been the goal because it's important to see the problems now when you still have time before Melbourne. The problems you see in Barcelona, there's a shorter time to Melbourne so it's more difficult to solve them. Anything you find here is going to be easy to solve, or much easier.
 
There was some concern for Mercedes though as his car shut down in the afternoon due to an engine issue, but he insists things going according to plan.
 
"We did find some weaknesses on the car already but they are going to be easy to fix, so we're on the right track," he said.

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Yes... If Im honest.. Ill admit Im surprised to see them up there on the timing sheets, would however like to see how much they improved during the off season in relation to Merc ... as Merc is currently not even trying to set times.

 

I hope (though I hate them for not having a decent car in 5 years) that they will be more competitve than last year! 

I would firstly like to see the inter team mate fight and then seeing them hopefully fighting higher up than before.

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McLaren's Matt Morris has reported that although the team suffered from serious problems in the two-day Abu Dhabi which immediately followed on the back of the 2014 season, this week's issues have been relatively minor. According to Morris, the MP4-30 hasn't suffered from any 'major issues' in Jerez.

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13:56 ‏@Sriharsha03 asks: "#askautosport What do you make of McLaren and Ferrari, as they both said about change of design philosophy?"

CRAIG SCARBOROUGH: "Ferrari has turned a corner, it just needs to catch up the last stretch to Mercedes. The car looks a lot more stable, improved engine power and drivability is helping balance in the turns and the aero looks far more sorted than last year. 

"An image of the diffuser covered in flow-viz showed really good flow lines, compared to the disturbed air passing through last year's underbody.

"McLaren is harder to predict as it hasn't run as much. But if its 'size zero' rear end cools as well as it looks aerodynamically, then it could be a similar position to Ferrari after a half a season of on-track development."

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Only two teams –Mercedes and Red Bull - successfully resolved both those challenges with their 2014 cars. They each did it in different ways and in the new McLaren MP4-30 we see an almost straight copy of the Red Bull philosophy. Visually, in the way that its body surfaces flow, the MP4-30 has more in common with the Red Bull RB10 and 11 than it does with the MP4-29. In a way, this is unsurprising, given the recruitment to McLaren of Red Bull’s former aero chief Peter Prodromou. Essentially, he seems to have designed McLaren a Honda-powered Red Bull.

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In essence Ferrari has surrendered some easy front downforce for more rear and McLaren has done the opposite.

 

Dit behoort Sebastian te help. 

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Summary

  1.  Raikkonen sets pace in the Ferrari
  2.  Hamilton stops out on track
  3.  Force India 'will be in Melbourne' for F1 season start
  4.  Marussia hopes of F1 return boosted
  5.  McLaren & Honda's problems continue

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