F1 2016 pre-season testing summary

Just a week remains until the racing gets underway in Melbourne.

Sebastian Vettel, Ferrari, Circuit de Catalunya, 2016
Have a look back at what happened in testing to see who are the teams to beat and who needs to find quick fixes before they arrive in Australia.
Test One- Barcelona
Day one- Sebastian Vettel got 2016 off to a good start for Ferrari by topping the timesheets at the opening day of pre-season testing.
Day two– Sebastian Vettel kept Ferrari on top of the time sheets for a second consecutive day by finishing fastest before his car stopped with just minutes to go.
Day three– Nico Hulkenberg planted his Force India at the top of the timesheets at the end of the third day of pre-season testing from Barcelona.
Day four– Kimi Raikkonen topped the timesheets in Barcelona to make it three out of four for Ferrari at the first pre-season test of the 2016 F1 season.
Test two- Barcelona

Day one & two- Mercedes showed their hand for the first time so far in 2016 as Nico Rosberg set blistering pace on the soft tyres.
Day three- Kimi Raikkonen bettered his team mates best time from last week to set the overall fastest time of 2016 pre-season testing.
Day four- Sebastian Vettel helped ensure that Ferrari finished fastest on five out of the eight days of pre-season testing.

Vettel fastest as 2016 pre-season testing ends

Sebastian Vettel helped ensure that Ferrari finished fastest on five out of the eight days of pre-season testing.

Sebastian Vettel, Ferrari, Circuit de Catalunya, 2016
Vettel started the day off in the same fashion as team mate Kimi Raikkonen had done the day before by completing a lap of the Barcelona circuit using the Halo head protection system.
Mercedes had another solid day apart from the first chink in their silver armour when Lewis Hamilton broke down just before the lunch break.
The team managed more than 6000km of testing over eight days, just shy of the 6097 they managed over twelve days in 2015.
After a difficult start to the second test, Haas managed more 91 laps on the final day which was shared between its two drivers.
The newcomers ended pre-season testing last on the times sheets but just three-tenths of a second off Manor.
Fastest times
1 Sebastian Vettel (Ger) Ferrari 1:22.852
2 Carlos Sainz (Spa) Toro Rosso 1:23.134
3 Felipe Massa (Brz) Williams 1:23.644
4 Sergio Perez (Mex) Force India 1:23.721
5 Lewis Hamilton (GB) Mercedes 1:24.133
6 Daniel Ricciardo (Rus) Red Bull 1:24.427
7 Jenson Button (GB) McLaren 1:24.714
8 Jolyon Palmer (GB) Renault 1:24.859
9 Marcus Ericsson (Swe) Sauber 1:25.031
10 Romain Grosjean (Fra) Haas 1:25.255
11 Esteban Gutierrez (Spa) Haas 1:25.422
12 Rio Haryanto (Idn) Manor 1:25.899
13 Nico Rosberg (Ger) Mercedes 1:26.140

Raikkonen sets fastest test time of 2016

Kimi Raikkonen, Ferrari, Circuit de Catalunya, 2016Kimi Raikkonen bettered his team mates best time from last week to set the overall fastest time of 2016 pre-season testing.

The Ferrari driver went out early on in the session to test the new halo head protection system before returning to the track without it.

Raikkonen topped the times with the ultrasoft tyres but the Williams of Felipe Massa was within half a second of the Finn on soft tyres.

A mammoth day of mileage saw almost all the teams cover well north of 100 laps. Haas, which only managed a single installation lap yesterday reached 77, but Romain Grosjean caused all three of the day’s red flags due to stoppages.

Once again Mercedes split the running between its two drivers but Verstappen did one more lap than the pair of them in his STR11.

One more day of testing remains before the season opening Australian Grand Prix in two weeks time.

Raikkonen tests halo head protection

Formula 1’s first ever head protection was given its debut during testing today.

Kimi Raikkonen, Ferrari, Circuit de Catalunya, 2016A halo design was used by Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen to mixed reactions.

The Finn said that there was little difference to visibility whilst out on track but not every driver was so neutral.

Nico Hulkenberg critcised the halo saying that danger would always be part of the sport.

However, Nico Rosberg was generally pleased saying that the design would no doubt change before it is finalised.

The designs were tested by the Global Institute for Motor Sport Safety by firing an F1 wheel from a cannon towards the structures at speeds of up to 225kph (139mph).

The Halo successfully guarded the helmet area from the wheel and performed well in other tests.

The halo tested by Ferrari adds around five kilograms to an F1 car.

Barcelona Test II- Day one & two

F1 teams have just two days left to hone their cars out on track before the racing begin in two weeks time at the Australian Grand Prix.

On day one of the second test, Mercedes showed their hand for the first time so far in 2016 as Nico Rosberg set blistering pace on the soft tyres.

What was all the more impressive was that the German finished more than two tenths ahead of Valtteri Bottas who was on the ultrasoft tyres, two compounds faster than Rosberg’s softs.

Ferrari had a tough day with problems hampering Kimi Raikkonen’s efforts to get used to the new SF16-H.

Fernando Alonso managed a solid day for McLaren after several technical problems hindered them during the first test.

Felipe Nasr had a very productive first day in the new Sauber C35, managing over 100 laps. But Haas suffered a trying day curtailed by a fuel system problem.

Today things didn’t get any better for F1’s newest team with Haas mustering up just one lap.

At the other end of the grid, Bottas took Williams to the top of the time sheets.

It was a high mileage day for most of the teams with Toro Rosso leading the way followed by Mercedes.

And Ferrari were left feeling more confident as Sebastian Vettel completed more than 150 laps following yesterday’s problems.

Marcus Ericsson caused the only red flag of the session after spinning off during his first day in the team’s new C35.

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