BARCELONA, February 20 -- Williams’ FW42 has finally made its on-track debut in Formula 1 pre-season testing at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya.
Williams, which finished a distant last in the 2018 Constructors’ Championship, endured delays in readying its FW42. It cancelled a planned shakedown before missing both of Monday and Tuesday’s test days, leaving it on the back foot compared to its rivals. The FW42 arrived in Barcelona early on Wednesday morning and it was fired up during the first four-hour session, but was not yet ready to join the action. Russell brought the car out for an installation lap shortly before 14:30, following a post-lunch red-flag period caused by Haas’ Romain Grosjean stopping on track. Williams has yet to communicate its intended run plan for Thursday.
Current lap time results [3pm] for day three of the first Formula 1 pre-season test at Circuit de Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain:
1. Kimi Raikkonen FIN Alfa Romeo Racing C38 1m 17.762s 94 laps
2. Sebastian Vettel GER Scuderia Ferrari Mission Winnow SF90 1m 18.350s 99 laps
3. Nico Hulkenberg GER Renault F1 Team R.S.19 1m 18.800s 63 laps*
4. Daniil Kvyat RUS Red Bull Toro Rosso Honda STR14 1m 18.897s 65 laps
5. Max Verstappen NED Aston Martin Red Bull Racing Honda RB15 1m 18.899s 52 laps
6. Pietro Fittipaldi BRA Rich Energy Haas F1 Team VF-19 1m 19.249s 48 laps*
7. Carlos Sainz Jr. ESP McLaren F1 Team MCL34 1m 19.354s 33 laps
8. Romain Grosjean FRA Rich Energy Haas F1 Team VF-19 1m 19.358s 8 laps**
9. Sergio Perez MEX SportPesa Racing Point F1 Team RP19 1m 20.102s 48 laps
10. Valtteri Bottas FIN Mercedes AMG Petronas Motorsport W10 1m 20.693s 88 laps*
11. Lewis Hamilton GBR Mercedes AMG Petronas Motorsport W10 1m 20.818s 11 laps**
12. Daniel Ricciardo AUS Renault F1 Team R.S.19 1m 20.885s 17 laps**
13. George Russell GBR ROKiT Williams Racing FW42 No time set 1 laps
BARCELONA, February 20 -- All eyes are on the Williams garage ahead of the third day of testing in Barcelona.
The struggling British team missed the first two days of 2019 running, amid rumours of design flaws and the potential departure of technical boss Paddy Lowe. One Williams mechanic said it would be “a miracle” if the FW42 made its test debut on Wednesday. Rookie driver George Russell, though, said he was “confident” Williams’ predictions of running on Wednesday are accurate. “Everyone is working as hard as possible to get it sorted,” the reigning F2 champion added.
A team spokesman said running before lunch on Wednesday was “unlikely”, amid speculation the car is finally en route from Oxfordshire to Spain. It is an alarming situation for the once-great team’s fans, including those of returning F1 driver Robert Kubica. “As this goes on, surely someone will lose their job,” correspondent Krystian Sobierajski, of the Polish broadcaster Polsat Sport, said. Former F1 driver Marc Surer told Speed Week: “If the new car is again bad, I honestly do not know what will become of Paddy Lowe.
“This is his last chance.”
BARCELONA, February 18 -- Current lap time results [5pm] for day one of the first Formula 1 pre-season test at Circuit de Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain.
Current lap time results [5pm] for day one of the first Formula 1 pre-season test at Circuit de Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain.
Williams missing the first day of pre-season testing.
1. Sebastian Vettel GER Scuderia Ferrari Mission Winnow SF90 1m18.161s 149 laps
2. Romain Grosjean FRA Rich Energy Haas F1 Team VF-19 1m19.320s 47 laps
3. Kimi Raikkonen FIN Alfa Romeo Racing C38 1m19.462s 95 laps
4. Max Verstappen NED Aston Martin Red Bull Racing Honda RB15 1m19.600s 101 laps
5. Daniil Kvyat RUS Red Bull Toro Rosso Honda STR14 1m19.635s 58 laps
6. Sergio Perez MEX SportPesa Racing Point F1 Team RP19 1m19.944s 30 laps
7. Valtteri Bottas FIN Mercedes AMG Petronas Motorsport W10 1m20.127s 69 laps*
8. Lewis Hamilton GBR Mercedes AMG Petronas Motorsport W10 1m20.135s 57 laps**
9. Carlos Sainz Jr. ESP McLaren F1 Team MCL34 1m20.430s 100 laps
10. Nico Hulkenberg GER Renault F1 Team R.S.19 1m20.980s 65 laps*
11. Daniel Ricciardo AUS Renault F1 Team R.S.19 1m20.983s 41 laps**
BARCEONA, February 18 -- Red Bull has revealed its 2019 Formula 1 car in its usual colours following the RB15’s launch in a one-off livery last week.
The team had unveiled its first Honda-powered F1 car in a new colour scheme with a lot of red and a different pattern. However, the four-time constructors' championship-winning team was always expected to return to its usual matte blue, red and yellow livery. Unveiling the RB15 in its official 2019 livery, Red Bull said the colours are “part of our identity and our heritage”. Its chief partner branding appears in the same place as its launch livery. Honda replaces the Tag Heuer logos where the engine cover meets the back of the sidepods.
Tag Heuer continues to support Red Bull despite the changed engine deal though, and has a prominent logo in front of the cockpit. Aston Martin logos remain on the nose cone, outside of the cockpit and rear wing.
SILVERSTONE, February 1 -- Williams have been forced to withdraw from the opening day of Formula One pre-season testing because their car is not ready.
The British team were due to be among the sport's 10 outfits to hit the track at Barcelona's Circuit de Catalunya on Monday for the opening winter running. But in a blow to the team, which last year finished rooted to the foot of the constructors' championship, Claire Williams has revealed they will only be watching from the sidelines. The Williams deputy team principal said: "Unfortunately, we have had to delay the start of our pre-season Barcelona test to Tuesday morning. "We have had an incredibly busy winter at Grove getting the FW42 prepared for the season ahead and, despite everyone's best efforts, we need some more time before it will be ready to run.
"Our absolute priority is to always ensure we bring a car to the track that is the best that it can be and sometimes that takes longer than you'd anticipate or like. It's clearly not ideal, but equally it's not the end of the world. "We will obviously have our work cut out to recover the time lost but we still have seven days of testing left and we will be maximising that time to prepare the car for the first race."
British rookie George Russell, who celebrated his 21st birthday on Friday, and the returning Robert Kubica will now be playing catch-up for a team bidding to bounce back from last season's miserable campaign. The first pre-season takes place over four days before a second four-day test the following week. The new campaign starts in Melbourne on March 17.
MARANELLO, February 15 -- Ferrari unveiled its 2019 Prancing Horse on Friday in Maranello, a car which has been denominated as the SF90 in reference to the creation of the Scuderia by Enzo Ferrari in 1929.
Ferrari's 2019-spec car sports a distinctive matte red tone livery this year, with a dark grey "Mission Winnow" logo emblazoned on its rear bodywork. "The car embodies the latest state of the art technology, reflects the new regulations for the coming season and is the fruit of the combined enormous work and talent of everyone in the Scuderia," said Ferrari CEO Louis Camilleri.
SILVERSTONE, February 14 -- McLaren has revealed its new car for the 2019 F1 season, the Renault-powered MCL34.
It will be driven by an all-new driver line-up. Carlos Sainz Jnr has joined the team from Renault, while last year’s Formula 2 runner-up Lando Norris will make his Formula 1 debut. “I think the car is ready,” said Sainz. “We could go testing today if we wanted. Now it’s time to find the strong points and the weak points and get started with the season.” Sporting director Gil de Ferran said the team is going into the new season with high spirits. “The feeling within the team is incredible, a lot of excitement and anticipation,” he said. “Now seeing the car here in its full glory it’s really an incredible feeling. It’s a beautiful piece of art.” The team has also announced new sponsorship deals with British American Tobacco and Huski Chocolate.
BARCELONA, February 13 -- Sport Pesa Racing Point have revealed their new livery for the 2019 season. Here are all of the angles of the new look.
The team have stuck with the pink colour but new title sponsor Sport Pesa now features heavily on the car. Sergio Perez believes that his team are able to finish on the podium and might even win a few races in the 2019 season. This new look obviously represents the new goals and mindset at the team.
BARCELONA, February 13 -- Red Bull has offered the first glimpse of its 2019 F1 car, the RB15, in an eye-catching one-off livery.
The car was launched in a striking dark blue and red livery, which the team confirmed was just for the RB15's first shakedown at Silverstone on Wednesday. A more traditional Red Bull livery is expected for the opening day of testing in Barcelona on Monday. After five years without championship success, Red Bull is switching from Renault power to Honda this year. Honda supplied Red Bull junior team Toro Rosso last year, but in a Red Bull chassis it could have its first shot at a race victory since returning to F1 in 2015.
Red Bull has a history of claiming headlines with testing liveries, which are designed not just to create publicity around the launch but also hide some of its less obvious aerodynamic features. However, the press images still show how tightly Red Bull has managed to package its new Honda engine behind the driver. Red Bull finished third in the constructors' championship behind Mercedes and Ferrari last year, but despite the change in engine supplier and the potential disruption that could bring, team boss Christian Horner is confident the team can challenge for victories more often.
"Progress is obviously our target," Horner said. "We've sat in the void between Ferrari and Mercedes and the rest of the field for the last two seasons now. We've obviously been able to strike at venues that have suited the characteristics of our car, winning four races last year -- should have been five -- and three races the year before. "So our objective very much is to try and be more consistent across all of the circuits, and hopefully with more horsepower than we had last year will only help to lessen that gap. So our target is very much to put up a more consistent challenge across a whole variance of circuits, rather than just shining and circuits that were power-limited."
The car will be driven by Max Verstappen and Pierre Gasly this year after Daniel Ricciardo opted to leave the team to join Renault over the winter.
SILVERSTONE, February 13 -- Reigning World Champions Mercedes has unveiled its 2019 challenger, the W10, as it bids to win both Formula 1 titles for a sixth successive season.
Mercedes has swept up in Formula 1’s hybrid era, emerging as a dominant force for the first three seasons, though has faced renewed pressure from Ferrari since 2017. Mercedes ultimately pulled clear through the second half of 2018 to secure a fifth straight Drivers’ and Constructors’ double, with Lewis Hamilton again getting the better of Sebastian Vettel. Hamilton, having signed a new two-year deal, is set for his seventh campaign with Mercedes and he will again be joined by Valtteri Bottas. Hamilton claimed 11 wins en route to his fifth world title in 2018 while Bottas took a low-key fifth in the standings, having failed to pick up a single victory. Ex-Force India racer Esteban Ocon will act as back-up to the pair after missing out on a 2019 race seat. Mercedes is to run its W10 on track later today (Wednesday) at Silverstone for a shakedown that is being held behind closed doors.