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Sebastian Vettel Q&A: Mercedes the team to beat
March 12, 2015 (11:30) [ Indexed from Formula1.com ]
After a successful pre-season test programme with new team Ferrari, Sebastian Vettel arrived in Australia in an extremely positive frame of mind. However, the quadruple world champion is under no illusions that the Italian team are likely to be playing catch-up to Mercedes in Melbourne More...
FIA Thursday press conference - Australia
March 12, 2015 (11:30) [ Indexed from Formula1.com ]
Drivers - Max Verstappen (Toro Rosso), Kevin Magnussen (McLaren), Valtteri Bottas (Williams), Sebastian Vettel (Ferrari), Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes), Daniel Ricciardo (Red Bull Racing) More...
Australia preview - do Mercedes hold the ace cards?
March 11, 2015 (13:30) [ Indexed from Formula1.com ]
Everyone has been dealt a new hand of cards for 2015, but all of Mercedes' rivals arrive in Melbourne for the season opener convinced that the Silver Arrows will still be holding all the aces. Winter testing indicated that the new F1 W06 Hybrid has the speed to carry on where the W05 left off last year, but of course no one will really know if that's true until Saturday's qualifying session More...
FIA press conference schedule - Australia
March 11, 2015 (11:15) [ Indexed from Formula1.com ]
Amongst the drivers who will take part in the official FIA press conference in Melbourne on Thursday will be home favourite Daniel Ricciardo, reigning world champion Lewis Hamilton and new Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel. The line-ups in full More...
Sauber line-up uncertain after Van der Garde ruling
March 11, 2015 (10:45) [ Indexed from Formula1.com ]
Sauber's driver line-up for this weekend's season-opening round in Melbourne is in doubt after an Australian court ruled that the team's 2014 reserve driver Giedo van der Garde has a valid contract to race for them this year More...
Haas on schedule for 2016 debut
March 10, 2015 (17:30) [ Indexed from Formula1.com ]
Gene Haas's fledgling Formula One team say they are on target to be on the grid for the start of next season, following the recent procurement of a European factory and some key staff hirings. To augment Haas's United States home in Kannapolis, North Carolina, the team have bought Marussia's former UK base in Banbury More...
Merhi to race for Marussia in Australian season-opener
March 10, 2015 (01:30) [ Indexed from Formula1.com ]
Roberto Merhi will make his F1 race debut this weekend in Australia after being confirmed as Marussia's second driver for the 'opening rounds' of the 2015 season. Merhi has previous experience in Formula One racing, having driven for Caterham in three FP1 sessions during the 2014 season. Still only 23-years-old, he has enjoyed success in a number of disciplines More...
Force India head to Australia on the back foot - Mallya
March 09, 2015 (10:45) [ Indexed from Formula1.com ]
Vijay Mallya admits Force India are starting the 2015 season on the back foot following their disrupted pre-season. Various delays meant the team were only able to complete two and a half days of running in their 2015 car, the VJM08 - and while it proved reliable from the outset, team principal Mallya says there is no hiding the fact Force India are playing catch up with their rivals More...
Australia preview quotes - Red Bull & Lotus on Melbourne
March 06, 2015 (18:30) [ Indexed from Formula1.com ]
Testing is complete and the wait is almost over. Next weekend the new Formula One season finally kicks off in Melbourne with the 2015 Formula 1 Rolex Australian Grand Prix. Those involved look ahead to the eagerly-anticipated Albert Park event More...
Mercedes unveils new 2015 safety and medical cars
March 06, 2015 (16:15) [ Indexed from Formula1.com ]
Mercedes AMG have unveiled the two new models that will serve as Formula One racing's official safety and medical cars for the 2015 season More...
Everything to play for - 2015 Season Preview
March 06, 2015 (14:00) [ Indexed from Formula1.com ]
If it was the cars that attracted all the attention this time last year, this time it's most definitely the drivers, with wholesale change across the grid. Though he will miss the opening round, Fernando Alonso's return to McLaren, and Sebastian Vettel's move from Red Bull to Ferrari, provide two of the most intriguing storylines ahead of what promises to be another fascinating season of racing More...
Exclusive analysis - McLaren-Honda power unit layout
March 05, 2015 (11:15) [ Indexed from Formula1.com ]
McLaren and Honda endured a fragmented pre-season test programme, with mechanical issues meaning they spent more time in the garage than they did on track. However, the newly-reunited partners are determined to get on top of their early problems, and once they do their unique power unit layout could pay dividends. We take an exclusive look under the skin of the MP4-30 More...
Marussia set to compete in Australia
March 04, 2015 (18:30) [ Indexed from Formula1.com ]
Marussia are set to return to the Formula One racing grid for the 2015 season-opener after confirming their car will be ready in time for Australia. The team say they will begin the season with an interim machine, built to comply fully with 2015 regulations, before introducing a new car later in the campaign, based on designs initiated last year More...
Pirelli reveal tyre choices for first four races
March 04, 2015 (16:00) [ Indexed from Formula1.com ]
Formula One racing's official tyre suppliers Pirelli have confirmed the tyre compounds that will be available for the first four Grands Prix of the 2015 season More...
Toro Rosso: Rookies ready for Melbourne race bow
March 04, 2015 (12:45) [ Indexed from Formula1.com ]
Toro Rosso say there is no doubt that rookies Max Verstappen and Carlos Sainz Junior are ready to make their Formula One racing debuts in the season-opener in Australia. At 17 and 20 years-old respectively, the duo will be the youngest driver pairing in F1 history when they compete in Melbourne - but team principal Franz Tost believes they have already proved they can handle the occasion More...
Alonso to miss Australian race on medical advice
March 03, 2015 (13:45) [ Indexed from Formula1.com ]
Fernando Alonso will miss the season-opening Grand Prix in Australia following his testing crash in Barcelona, McLaren confirmed on Tuesday. Although the team say Alonso is "entirely healthy from neurological and cardiac perspectives", doctors have advised the Spaniard, who sustained a concussion on February 22, not to compete in the race. Kevin Magnussen will take Alonso's place More...
Wolff to drive for Williams in FP1 in Britain and Spain
March 03, 2015 (10:45) [ Indexed from Formula1.com ]
Susie Wolff will take part in two Grand Prix sessions in 2015, after Williams confirmed her participation in FP1 at both Spain and Great Britain. Wolff will also drive on the opening day of the post-race tests in Spain and Austria, as well as completing an "extensive programme of work" in the Williams simulator More...
Ferrari met all test objectives - Arrivabene
March 02, 2015 (18:15) [ Indexed from Formula1.com ]
Ferrari enter the 2015 FIA Formula One World Championship having met all of their pre-season testing goals, according to team principal Maurizio Arrivabene More...
FIA clarifies new helmet design rules
March 02, 2015 (16:15) [ Indexed from Formula1.com ]
Formula One racing's governing body the FIA has published new helmet livery rules intended to make the drivers more recognisable while they are out on track More...
Red Bull reveal 'traditional' 2015 livery
March 02, 2015 (10:46) [ Indexed from Formula1.com ]
Having used a unique black and white 'camouflage' livery throughout testing, Red Bull have revealed the colour scheme that will adorn their RB11 car during the 2015 season proper. As expected, the Milton Keynes-based squad has retained its traditional dark blue livery, with purple highlights on the sidepods More...
Pre-season testing in numbers - who went fastest, and furthest
March 02, 2015 (10:46) [ Indexed from Formula1.com ]
On the basis of 12 days of pre-season testing, it is reigning champions Mercedes who enter the season on a high, having set the quickest times and completed the most laps. But who came closest to matching the Silver Arrows - and who might be struggling in Melbourne? We crunch the numbers for both the final test and the pre-season as a whole in order to shed some light on what the competitive order might look like when the season gets underway More...
Bottas puts Williams on top on final day of pre-season testing
March 01, 2015 (18:15) [ Indexed from Formula1.com ]
Valtteri Bottas signed off the 2015 pre-season in style by going fastest for Williams on the final day of testing at Barcelona on Sunday. The Finn hit the front early and was never deposed, as a qualifying simulation on Pirelli's supersoft tyre yielded a 1m 23.063s - which left him almost half a second clear of the chasing pack More...
Hamilton doubles up for Mercedes in Spain
March 01, 2015 (10:00) [ Indexed from Formula1.com ]
For the second day running it was a Mercedes atop the timesheet on Saturday, as the Formula One teams carried out their penultimate day of pre-season testing in Barcelona. Felipe Massa set the morning pace for Williams on Pirelli's supersoft tyre, but it was Lewis Hamilton who clocked the ultimate benchmark - a 1m 23.022s, recorded on soft rubber More...
Hamilton doubles up for Mercedes in Spain
February 28, 2015 (18:15) [ Indexed from Formula1.com ]
For the second day running it was a Mercedes atop the timesheet on Saturday, as the Formula One teams carried out their penultimate day of pre-season testing in Barcelona. Felipe Massa set the morning pace for Williams on Pirelli's super-soft tyre, but it was Lewis Hamilton who clocked the ultimate benchmark - a 1m 23.022s, recorded on soft rubber More...
Sebastian Vettel Q&A: Ferrari should be a perfect fit
February 28, 2015 (11:00) [ Indexed from Formula1.com ]
Fourth in the Barcelona test times on Friday, with almost 150 laps on the board - it looks like the combination of Sebastian Vettel and Ferrari is starting to gel. But how does the four-time world champion feel he is settling into his new home? Here's what he had to say after his latest session in the SF15-T More...
Rosberg and Mercedes fire ominous warning on day two
February 27, 2015 (18:15) [ Indexed from Formula1.com ]
Mercedes finally hit the front in 2015 pre-season testing on Friday, as Nico Rosberg set an imperious new benchmark on day two in Barcelona. Elsewhere there was encouragement for McLaren, as Jenson Button completed more than 100 laps on the team's most successful day to date, and Force India, who rolled out their new car for the first time More...
Marussia included on official 2015 FIA entry list
February 27, 2015 (15:45) [ Indexed from Formula1.com ]
Marussia have moved another step closer to returning to Formula One racing after governing body the FIA approved their entry for the 2015 season More...
Alonso says he is 'completely fine' following testing crash
February 27, 2015 (14:30) [ Indexed from Formula1.com ]
Fernando Alonso says he is 'completely fine' following his crash during pre-season testing in Spain last weekend. Although he was ruled out of the final pre-season test on doctors' advice, he released a video message to reassure his followers about his physical condition More...
Force India's VJM08 makes belated track debut
February 27, 2015 (12:45) [ Indexed from Formula1.com ]
After several delays, Force India's 2015 car made its long-awaited track debut on day two of the final pre-season test at Barcelona on Friday. The Mercedes-powered VJM08 left the garage just after midday local time with Nico Hulkenberg behind the wheel. The German will handle driving duties until Sunday when he'll hand over to team mate Sergio Perez for the last day of running More...
Massa fastest for Williams as McLaren toil on day one
February 26, 2015 (18:15) [ Indexed from Formula1.com ]
Felipe Massa laid down an impressive marker for Williams on the opening day of the final pre-season test of 2015 in Spain, as McLaren were once again restricted by technical problems. Massa hit the front early on Thursday afternoon, bolting on Pirelli's soft-compound tyre and scything down to a 1m 23.500s - the fastest time seen so far this year in Barcelona More...
Jorda joins Lotus as development driver
February 26, 2015 (16:00) [ Indexed from Formula1.com ]
Lotus have appointed Carmen Jorda as a development driver for the 2015 season. In her new role the 26-year-old Spaniard, who most recently raced in GP3, will attend Grands Prix and Formula One tests throughout the year, as well as undergoing a significant simulator programme at the team's base in Enstone More...
Final preparations - Barcelona test preview
February 25, 2015 (21:00) [ Indexed from Formula1.com ]
After the briefest of breaks, the teams and drivers return to action in Barcelona on Thursday for four final days of pre-season testing. With preparations for the season opener in Australia reaching fever pitch, and crucial mileage still to be accumulated, we take a team-by-team look at the current state of play More...
Alonso leaves hospital but misses final test
February 25, 2015 (15:15) [ Indexed from Formula1.com ]
Fernando Alonso has been released from hospital, but McLaren have confirmed he will sit out this week's final pre-season test at Barcelona. The Spaniard suffered concussion and was airlifted to hospital following a final-day crash during the second test. McLaren say he will now continue his recuperation at his family's home in Spain More...
Marussia aiming to race in Melbourne; sign Stevens for 2015
February 25, 2015 (14:45) [ Indexed from Formula1.com ]
Marussia are hoping to be on the grid for the 2015 season-opener in Australia, and have announced Will Stevens as their first driver. The team say their 2015 car is in an "advanced stage of build", and are aiming to have it ready in time for it to be transported to Melbourne. Stevens said he is enthusiastic about the team's prospects More...
Force India reveal first image of delayed 2015 car
February 25, 2015 (14:00) [ Indexed from Formula1.com ]
Force India have revealed the first shot of their 2015 car, which they hope to run for the first time on day two of the final pre-season test at Barcelona. The team have suffered delays on the build of the new VJM08, opting to use their 2014 car at the most recent test at Barcelona. And while their new machine will not be ready for the start of the final test, it has completed its first fire-up and will now be transported to Spain More...
Franz Tost Q&A: Verstappen and Sainz will be evenly matched
February 24, 2015 (14:15) [ Indexed from Formula1.com ]
For his tenth season as team principal of Toro Rosso, Franz Tost will once again oversee a completely revised line-up as rookies Max Verstappen and Carlos Sainz form the youngest driver pairing in F1 history. In an exclusive interview, Tost discusses working with Red Bull's latest 'diamonds', explains why the concept of running a junior team is still feasible, and reveals Toro Rosso's ambitious targets for 2015 More...
McLaren: wind to blame for Alonso accident
February 23, 2015 (17:15) [ Indexed from Formula1.com ]
McLaren have said that 'unpredictably gusty winds' were to blame for the crash that hospitalised Fernando Alonso on the final day of the second pre-season test at Barcelona on Sunday. Alonso, who remains in hospital under observation, left the track at Turn 3 of the Catalan circuit, striking the inside concrete wall with a "significant lateral impact" More...
Felipe Massa Q&A: We need to keep 2014 momentum
February 23, 2015 (17:15) [ Indexed from Formula1.com ]
Having swapped Ferrari for Williams, Felipe Massa enjoyed something of a renaissance in 2014, scoring 134 points and three podiums, the last of which came at the season finale in Abu Dhabi. Now, after a brief winter break and an encouraging start to testing, the Brazilian is keen to keep up that momentum, as he explains in this exclusive interview More...
The Barcelona test in numbers - who went fastest, and furthest
February 23, 2015 (12:00) [ Indexed from Formula1.com ]
With four days of running at Jerez already under their belts, the teams were able to change focus slightly and begin discovering the true potential of their 2015 machines over the four-day pre-season test at Barcelona. But which teams have made a jump forward, and which are at risk of dropping down the order? We crunch the numbers to shed some light on whose preparations appear to be coming on strongest for the forthcoming season More...
Alonso uninjured, to stay in hospital overnight
February 22, 2015 (21:15) [ Indexed from Formula1.com ]
Fernando Alonso has escaped without injury from a crash on the final day of the second pre-season test at Barcelona, but will remain in hospital overnight. The two-time Formula One racing world champion suffered a concussion when he hit the wall exiting Turn 3 shortly after midday at the Spanish track More...
Grosjean fastest, Alonso crashes as Barcelona test concludes
February 22, 2015 (18:15) [ Indexed from Formula1.com ]
Romain Grosjean went fastest for Lotus as Fernando Alonso crashed and was taken to hospital as a precautionary measure on the final day of the second pre-season test at Barcelona. Grosjean leapt to the top of the timesheets in the afternoon when he bolted on Pirelli's supersoft compound and dropped down to a 1m 24.067s - the fastest time any driver managed over the four-day test in Spain More...
Alonso taken to hospital after crash on day four
February 22, 2015 (14:00) [ Indexed from Formula1.com ]
Fernando Alonso has been airlifted to hospital after crashing on the final morning of pre-season testing at Barcelona. The Spaniard hit the wall on the inside of the track between Turns 3 and 4 shortly before the midday lunch break. Red flags were triggered as a result, with an ambulance also dispatched to the scene More...
Maldonado puts Lotus back on top in Barcelona
February 21, 2015 (18:30) [ Indexed from Formula1.com ]
Pastor Maldonado topped the timesheets for the second time in three days as Lotus continued their encouraging pre-season testing form in Barcelona on Saturday. The Venezuelan driver, quickest on the opening day of the test on Thursday, lapped the Catalan circuit in 1m 24.348s to finish just under four tenths of a second clear of Toro Rosso rookie Max Verstappen More...
Romain Grosjean Q&A: Things look much better than last year
February 21, 2015 (15:00) [ Indexed from Formula1.com ]
After scoring six podiums and 132 points in 2013, Romain Grosjean came back down to earth with a bump last season, scoring just 8 points as Lotus struggled for performance. But after an encouraging start to testing with the new E23 Hybrid, the Frenchman is feeling much more positive about his chances in 2015, not least because he now has Mercedes power at his disposal More...
Felipe Nasr Q&A: I want to get Sauber back in the points
February 20, 2015 (18:45) [ Indexed from Formula1.com ]
Having caused a stir when he topped the timesheets at the opening pre-season test of the year in Jerez, Felipe Nasr was back in the headlines on the first day of running in Barcelona when he was involved in a rare on-track clash with Williams' Susie Wolff. In an exclusive interview, the Brazilian explains the incident, discusses Sauber's promising early form, and reveals why returning the Swiss team to the points is his primary target in 201 More...
Ricciardo edges Raikkonen on day two in Spain
February 20, 2015 (18:15) [ Indexed from Formula1.com ]
Daniel Ricciardo handed Red Bull a welcome boost by going fastest on this week's second day of pre-season testing in Barcelona. It was incredibly tight at the top of the timesheet, however, with less than a tenth of a second covering Ricciardo, Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen and the Williams of Felipe Massa More...
Maldonado quickest for Lotus on first day of second test
February 19, 2015 (18:30) [ Indexed from Formula1.com ]
Lotus's Pastor Maldonado took advantage of a late soft-tyre run to top an incident-filled first day of testing at Barcelona on Thursday. The Venezuelan clocked a lap of 1m 25.011s with just under an hour of the session remaining to eclipse long-time pacesetter Kimi Raikkonen, who ended just 0.156s back for Ferrari More...
Early day-one exit for McLaren after power unit issue
February 19, 2015 (14:15) [ Indexed from Formula1.com ]
McLaren have been forced to abandon running on the first day of the second pre-season test in Spain because of a faulty seal on the MGU-K part of Honda's new power unit. The problem, which necessitates a full replacement of the power unit, occurred midway through the morning session after Jenson Button had completed 21 laps and run as high as second quickest in the MP4-30 More...
Unwell Hamilton withdraws from opening day of testing
February 19, 2015 (11:30) [ Indexed from Formula1.com ]
Lewis Hamilton has been forced to withdraw from the first day of testing in Barcelona because of illness. The world champion completed 11 laps for Mercedes on the opening morning of the four-day Spanish test before deciding to abandon driving for the day More...
Testing topics: the key questions heading to Barcelona
February 18, 2015 (19:15) [ Indexed from Formula1.com ]
After an intriguing opening session at Jerez which saw a host of new cars take to the track for the first time, this week sees the teams decamp to a different part of Spain for the second pre-season test of the year. Ahead of four more days of running, we investigate several key questions that should be answered as the action ramps up in Barcelona More...

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