The power unit problems vanished all Renault powered teams in four day test at Jerez. Mainly the world champion team Red Bull has problems with the new car, Mercedes and Ferrari units’ shows strong performance.
RED BULL – Renault: The defending champion team is in trouble during the Jerez four day test. The energy system of Renault makes problems mostly. Smoke rises frequently from the rear of new machine RB10, also the cooling system is not working properly.
Reigning world champion Sebastian Vettel managed only 11 laps over the first two days. As well as his new team mate Daniel Ricciardo just completed only 9 laps in the final two days. The world champions completed Less than 100 kilometres in four days.
Daniel Ricciardo says following the test, he is “confident” Red Bull can fix the reliability problems that caused a nightmare first pre-season test.
“Although we couldn’t solve the issues here at the track, we know what needs to be solved, we have the best team in the world and they will turn this around. We have time to get back any track time lost.” Ricciardo said
MERCEDES AMG: Mercedes F1 team were generally tilted to produce the best V6 power unit in 2014. The Mercedes powered cars set top mileage in Jerez test; trouble free four day test gives up positive expectations for Mercedes F1 and their four customers.
Mercedes V6 power units did a total of 855 laps around Circuito de Jerez. Also Mercedes AMG drivers did a total of 309 laps, and their speedy driver Nico Rosberg, who completed the most mileage in doing 188 laps.
Lewis Hamilton, who crashed his car on opening day of testing, and he managed only 18 laps after suffering a front wing failure. Finally he did some useful test time for Mercedes.
FERRARI: Only one unscheduled stop from four days test, returnee Kimi Raikkonen forced to stops on his first lap due to mechanical failure. Following he set fastest time on the first day.
Generally, Ferrari looks like to be in good form, with no major problems around their F14 T.
The Spaniard Fernando Alonso is satisfied with Jerez running and he racked up 173 laps.
Ferrari is targeting to grab their first constructors’ title since 2008 and first drivers’ title since 2007, with two strong champions.
“The technical parameters of the F14 T, as well as the aerodynamic validation we saw on track, match our expectations and provide a solid starting point, which we must now exploit as much as possible,” Team Principal Stefano Domenicali said.
“In Jerez, we concentrated our efforts on fine tuning the new systems to ensure that all the components that make up the new power unit were working as well as possible and the team was focused on its tasks. I was also very pleased to see, even if it was hardly a surprise, how our drivers worked in harmony and that they have already provided excellent feedback relating to the development of the car,” he added.
MCLAREN Mercedes: Last year they are too much struggled and ended campaign without a podium finish since 1980. They made a strong performance in four day Jerez test, and took fastest time in second and third test.
McLaren completed 245 laps in Jerez; Jenson Button completed 83 laps with no major problems and his new team-mate F1 rookie Kevin Magnussen done 162 laps as well as he made a serious rookie mistake final day, the Danish speedy spun at turn 10, hit his MP4-29 in the barriers.
“For our first day of actual running, we were able to get a good understanding of the car, and the way the engine and turbo behaves,” Button told reporters.
“It’s tricky, and very different to what we’re used to, but I feel that these cars will be enjoyable to drive.”
On last Wednesday, McLaren also announced former Lotus team Principal Eric Boullier as its new racing director as a restructure of the team continues.
FORCE INDIA – Mercedes: Regular drivers Sergio Perez and Nico Hulkenberg only completing 48 and 17 laps respectively, following some problems stick to the new VJM07.
Finally they fix the problem and reserve driver Daniel Juncadella, had racked up a total of 81 laps. Being in the Mercedes powered machine will also be seen as positive at this particular stage.
SAUBER – Ferrari: Ex- Force India ace Adrian Sutil moves to Sauber and his teammate Esteban Gutierrez completed just over 103 laps around Jerez; the Mexican only managed 60 laps with both Esteban Gutierrez and Adrian Sutil (twice) dropping the C33 and bringing out red flags.
“On the last one the tyres lost a lot of temperature, it caught me by surprise when I accelerated out of the corner, shifting up from third to fourth on a straight line, and suddenly the car snapped and I went off,” Adrian Sutil said about his strange accident.
TORO ROSSO – Renault: Toro Rosso also suffered from the problems which were consistent with all the Renault powered cars. That meant the Faenza based team only managed 54 laps around Jerez.
Daniil Kvyat didn’t complete a single lap on Wednesday due to a problem with the energy recovery system and on Friday, he managed just nine laps before his STR9 came to a halt.
“As a rookie with so much to learn, this week in Jerez has not been the start I would have wanted,” Kvyat said.
“However, I trust my team and I trust Renault, so with some hard work, I am sure we can be in better shape and start to catch up at the next test. There have been a few positives, because we have acquired some useful data, even with limited running. Some questions have therefore already been answered and I was able to get a feel for the car in wet conditions,” he went on.
WILLIAMS – Mercedes: New recruit Felipe Massa finishing the final test on top with 1m 23.700s. The team has switched to Mercedes engines.
“Overall I’m very happy,” says newcomer Felipe Massa, then all the leaves on Friday behind. The car with Mercedes drive train makes no major problems.
Valtteri Bottas completed 42 laps, but his running on the second day was limited by an issue with the rear suspension.
MARUSSIA – Ferrari: As other at least more or take a few a lot, the new car is only on the way to southern Spain. On test day three it has come: The MR03-01 is on track.
Max Chilton completed five laps on Thursday and Jules Bianchi added 25 more on Friday to take the team’s tally to a total of 30 laps. Ultimately they did more laps than Red Bull.
CATERHAM – Renault: On the first three days only 22 laps. On Friday Formula 1 returnee Kamui Kobayashi succeed but 54 rounds – also stops him before the “Power Unit” from Renault.