Bahrain final test – day 4


How they finished on day four:

1) Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) 1:33.278

2) Valtteri Bottas (Williams) 1:33.987

3) Fernando Alonso (Ferrari) 1:34.280

4) Nico Hulkenberg (Force India) 1:35.577

5) Jean-Eric Vergne (Toro Rosso) 1:35.701

6) Adrian Sutil (Sauber) 1:36.467

7) Max Chilton (Marussia) 1:36.835

8) Esteban Gutierrez (Sauber) 1:37.303

9) Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull) 1:37.468

10) Jenson Button (McLaren) 1:38.111

11) Kamui Kobayashi (Caterham) 1:38.391

12) Romain Grosjean (Lotus) 1:39.302


Bahrain final test – day 2


How they finished on day two:

1) Sergio Perez (Force India) 1:35.570

2) Fernando Alonso (Ferrari) 1:35.634

3) Daniel Ricciardo (Red Bull) 1:35.743

4) Felipe Massa (Williams) 1:36.507

5) Jenson Button (McLaren) 1:36.901

6) Jules Bianchi (Marussia) 1:38.092

7) Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) 1:39.041

8) Jean-Eric Vergne (Toro Rosso) 1:39.636

9) Esteban Gutierrez (Sauber) 1:39.976

10) Pastor Maldonado (Lotus) 1:41.613

11) Marcus Ericsson (Caterham) 1:42.516


Bahrain test – day 3


1) Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) 1:34.263

2) Jenson Button (McLaren) 1:34.976

3) Felipe Massa (Williams) 1:37.066

4) Esteban Gutierrez (Sauber) 1:37.180

5) Sergio Perez (Force India) 1:37.367

6) Kimi Raikkonen (Ferrari) 1:37.476

7) Daniil Kvyat (Toro Rosso) 1:38.974

8) Pastor Maldonado (Lotus) 1:39.642

9) Daniel Ricciardo (Red Bull) 1:40.781

10) Marcus Ericsson (Caterham) 1:42.130

11) Max Chilton (Marussia) 1:46.672

12) Valtteri Bottas (Williams) no time


Testing in Jerez (Day Three)

CHEQUERED FLAG: McLaren’s Kevin Magnussen finishes fastest on the third day of pre-season testing at Jerez:

1. Kevin Magnussen (McLaren) 1:23.2

2. Felipe Massa (Williams) 1:23.7

3. Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) 1:23.9

4. Jenson Button (McLaren) 1:25.0

5. Fernando Alonso (Ferrari) 1:25.4

6. Nico Hulkenberg (Force India) 1:26.096

7. Jean-Eric Vergne (Toro Rosso) 1:29.915

8. Adrian Sutil (Sauber) 1:30.161

No time: Robin Frijns (Caterham); Max Chilton (Marussia); Daniel Ricciardo (Red Bull)

McLaren to race with Honda engines in 2015


McLaren are to use Honda engines as the Japanese company returns to Formula 1 for the first time since 2008. Honda pulled out of F1 after years of poor results with its own team, which subsequently won the championship as Brawn in 2009 and is now Mercedes. But the engine manufacturer has decided to return because of next year’s introduction of turbo engines featuring energy recovery technology. McLaren are first expected to race with Honda engines in 2015.


‘The Fastest Woman in the World’ to give rare glimpse into the world of F1

Scots Formula One driver Susie Wolff revealed that she will appear in a BBC documentary, THE FASTEST WOMAN IN THE WORLD, about her life and career as the only woman currently in F1.

Susie, 30, who is a development driver for Williams, made the announcement yesterday in Barcelona, Spain – where Williams unveiled the new FW35 car, by team mates Pastor Maldonado and Valtteri Bottas. In her role as development driver, Susie was the first to run the car last week ahead of the start of the season.

Directed by her award winning, BAFTA-nominated brother David Stoddart, 31, the no-holds-barred film will be broadcast as part of BBC Scotland’s spring schedule, and features appearances from Formula One race ace Lewis Hamilton and racing legend David Coulthard.


Lewis Hamilton becomes the seventh winner of 2012 in Canada

McLaren’s Lewis Hamilton became the seventh different winner in as many races in a slow-burn Canadian Grand Prix that came alive in the final laps. Hamilton fought up from third place past Fernando Alonso and Sebastian Vettel in the closing laps. Alonso’s one-stop strategy, Hamilton did two, failed – he dropped from the lead to fifth as his tyres faded. He was passed by Romain Grosjean’s Lotus, Sauber’s Sergio Perez and Vettel, who made a late second stop.

Read the full report on the BBC here.

Fire in the Williams Garage!

As many as four Formula 1 personnel have been taken to the circuit medical centre, or local hospital in Barcelona, for medical checks after a major fire broke out in the Williams garage late on Sunday afternoon at the Circuit de Catalunya.

Sky Sports F1’s Ted Kravitz, standing in the pit lane at the time of the fire, reported that he saw a “huge ploom of orange flame” erupt from behind the divider in the Williams garage, where the team had congregated to celebrate Pastor Maldonado’s earlier victory in the race.

The team members were then seen evacuating into the pit lane as huge plooms of dark smoke began billowing out of the garage and up the pit lane. Mechanics from other teams went in to help put out the flames with the fire put out within several minutes.

Read the full story here.