Barcelona February testing II

Barcelona February testing II (2019)

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Pirelli dimisses F1 testing tyre shortage "rumours"

Pirelli Formula 1 boss Mario Isola has dismissed “rumours” of teams not being supplied enough tyres for Barcelona pre-season testing, saying good weather and reliability caused unusually high mileage.

F1 Testing: Week 2 in Barcelona by the numbers

Check out the best laptimes and mileage data from the second week of Formula 1 pre-season testing at Barcelona.

Ten things we learned in Week 2 of F1 testing

From Mercedes' ongoing to deficit to Raikkonen's sunny demeanour, plus the team that spared Williams's blushes, here are our reporters' key findings from week two of pre-season running.

Ferrari will investigate Vettel crash further

Ferrari will continue to investigate the rim failure that caused Sebastian Vettel to crash during the second day of this week's Formula 1 pre-season test in Barcelona.

Verstappen setback a legacy of Gasly crash

Max Verstappen's limited mileage on the final day of Formula 1 pre-season testing was a legacy of his Red Bull teammate Pierre Gasly's heavy crash.

Kubica says Williams just "lost another day"

Williams Formula 1 driver Robert Kubica feels the Grove-based team "lost another day" of pre-season testing on the final day of running in Barcelona, despite completing 90 laps.

Vettel outpaces Hamilton by 0.003s as F1 test ends

Sebastian Vettel ended Formula 1 pre-season testing at Barcelona with the fastest lap time, before Ferrari and Red Bull lost out on valuable track time in the afternoon session.

Russell accepts Williams slowest despite "big step"

George Russell believes Williams is the slowest Formula 1 team at the moment, but is optimistic that it has made a "big step" in pre-season testing this week.

Binotto: Completely wrong to think Ferrari's ahead

Mattia Binotto says it would be "completely wrong" to assume Ferrari is ahead of Mercedes, but is "happy" Lewis Hamilton believes Mercedes could be half a second behind its Formula 1 rival.

Hamilton: Ferrari may be 0.5s clear of Mercedes

Lewis Hamilton thinks Mercedes could trail Ferrari by as much as half a second as Formula 1 pre-season testing draws to a close.

Vettel sets fastest time so far in F1 testing

Sebastian Vettel beat Valtteri Bottas to the top of the timesheets on the final morning of F1's second pre-season Barcelona test with the fastest lap of the fortnight so far.

Red Bull reverts to older parts after Gasly crash

Red Bull has reverted to an older specification of bargeboard for Friday's Formula 1 test after an update was damaged in Pierre Gasly's crash.

Renault says 2019 F1 engine has hit "high targets"

Renault has hit the “high” initial target it set for its 2019 Formula 1 engine, according to its technical chief Remi Taffin.

Gasly admits Leclerc lap was out of reach

Red Bull Formula 1 driver Pierre Gasly admits the laptime set by the Ferrari of Charles Leclerc was out of reach for him on the penultimate day of pre-season testing in Barcelona.

Hamilton boosted by “one of the most positive days” for Mercedes

Lewis Hamilton called the penultimate day of testing in Barcelona a “positive day” for Mercedes after the team made progress on tyre management and understanding the W10.

Ferrari and Haas both hit by exhaust problems

Ferrari exhaust problems caused Charles Leclerc’s on-track stoppage and the delay to Haas driver Romain Grosjean’s running on the penultimate day of Formula 1 pre-season testing.

Leclerc quickest, Gasly crashes on penultimate test day

Charles Leclerc's morning benchmark stood unbeaten on the penultimate day of Formula 1's second pre-season test at Barcelona, as a hefty Pierre Gasly crash halted Red Bull's running.

Leclerc quickest in morning of Day 3 as times tumble

Ferrari's Charles Leclerc bounced back to top the morning session of the penultimate day of Formula 1 pre-season testing at Barcelona, as teams largely focussed on performance runs.

Vettel's F1 test crash caused by wheel rim issue

Ferrari has concluded that Sebastian Vettel’s crash in testing at Barcelona on Wednesday was caused by wheel rim damage.

Perez laments his "really limited" F1 test mileage

Racing Point Formula 1 driver Sergio Perez has rued a lack of mileage in the team's 2019 car in pre-season testing in Barcelona.

Ferrari changes testing plan after Vettel crash

Ferrari has re-jigged its plan for the final two days of Formula 1 pre-season testing in Barcelona after Sebastian Vettel’s accident on Wednesday morning cost it valuable track time.

Kubica: Time running out for key Williams test work

Robert Kubica says “time is running out” for Williams to complete the work it needs to be ready for the start of the 2019 Formula 1 season.

Sainz: Ferrari/Red Bull can go "much faster" than my benchmark

McLaren driver Carlos Sainz believes “teams like Ferrari and Red Bull“ are capable of lapping “much faster” than his own benchmark in the Barcelona Formula 1 test.

Vettel surprised by extent of Mercedes upgrades

Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel says he was "a bit surprised" to see Mercedes bring so many upgrades to the second Formula 1 pre-season test at Barcelona.

Sainz quickest as crash curtails Ferrari's day

McLaren's Carlos Sainz retained the fastest time in Formula 1's second week of pre-season testing at Barcelona, while Ferrari only managed one further lap after its morning crash.

Alonso would "feel bad" to drive McLaren in pre-season

Fernando Alonso says he would "feel bad" robbing one of McLaren's regular Formula 1 drivers of track time in pre-season testing in Barcelona.

Vettel says damage making it hard to find crash cause

Sebastian Vettel says it would be "a lot easier" to identify the cause of his Formula 1 pre-season testing crash at Barcelona without the damage his Ferrari has suffered.

Sainz tops second morning of F1 test as Vettel crashes

McLaren's Carlos Sainz set the fastest time of Formula 1 pre-season testing yet, as a Sebastian Vettel crash interrupted the start of day two of the second Barcelona test.

Albon: Steering wheel tools "the main area" for progress

Formula 1 rookie Alex Albon reckons there is potential for a good step forward in his form simply from making better use of his steering wheel settings.

What’s really happening with Mercedes’ so-called ‘crisis’

It might be tempting to think a revised aerodynamic package on the Mercedes means a team in turmoil over losing its long-held advantage, but is there really a reason for alarm bells to be ringing just yet?

Engine setback hurt Mercedes’ plans to evaluate new F1 aero parts

Mercedes' oil pressure problem in Barcelona Formula 1 testing hampered the team's chance to fully evaluate its new aerodynamic package.

Magnussen: New aero rules make a “big difference” following cars

Kevin Magnussen says Formula 1’s new aero rules have made a ‘big difference’ in allowing cars to better follow each other, judging by an experience he had in testing on Tuesday.

Russell: Williams mileage a "huge relief"

Williams Formula 1 rookie George Russell has described the team's productive start to the final Barcelona pre-season test as a "huge relief" after its dramas last week.

Norris sets F1 test pace as Mercedes hits trouble

McLaren driver Lando Norris headed the first day of Formula 1's second pre-season test despite stopping twice on track, beating long-time pacesetter Pierre Gasly by 0.006 seconds.

Giovinazzi quickest for Alfa as second F1 test begins

Alfa Romeo's Antonio Giovinazzi left it late to set the fastest time in the opening session of Formula 1's second week of pre-season testing.

Mercedes introduces revised aero package in testing

Mercedes has kicked off its running in the second Formula 1 pre-season test at Barcelona with a number of new aerodynamic components in the pursuit of extra performance.