Driver quotes from the second and final day of #F1 testing in Abu Dhabi (order is fastest to slowest)

  1. Pascal Wehrlein, Mercedes: I really enjoyed today; it was a great day. The first time in this car and the second time in a Formula One car; I had a lot of fun. We completed our planned test programme and there were no problems. The change between a DTM car and a Formula One car is a big difference, so this was the biggest challenge today, particularly with the brakes. It’s a fantastic racing car; it’s good to see myself quickest but at the end of the day it doesn’t matter as everyone has a different test programme. The important thing was that I was able to improve a lot during the day and complete the full test programme. I’ve been in the simulator since the beginning of the year and I enjoy the work there, so I hope to continue that in 2015 to be able to learn even more. This test will certainly help with the feedback there too.
  2. Raffaele Marciello, Ferrari: Today was a dream come true. For an Italian, to jump into a Ferrari, at an official test no less, is a really strong emotion and I am grateful to the team for giving me this opportunity. You can really feel the difference, compared to a GP2 car, especially in terms of engine power and the braking force. This being my first time at the wheel of an F14 T, I had to gradually adapt my driving style, but in general, I felt comfortable and I hope I helped the team gather useful data. It was impossible not to think about Jules: he and I joined the Ferrari Driver Academy at the same time and if I am here today, it’s in part because he is not. Jules taught me to always push myself to the limit and here today, I tried to do that for him.
  3. Max Verstappen, Toro Rosso: We had a very good morning with a lot of running, which allowed us to test quite a few new things on the car in preparation for next year. We had the possibility to go through the intense programme that we had planned, to catch up from yesterday without delays or hitches. I really enjoyed spending four hours without getting out of the car; it was a great feeling. Unfortunately in the afternoon we had a Power Unit issue which stopped us for quite a while, but we managed to fix the problem in time to go out again before the end of the session, getting some more useful driving time. I want to thank the team for everything they have done to make these two days a great start to the new season together.
  4. Marcus Ericsson, Sauber: I have had two great testing days with just a few problems. We have completed a productive test programme over both days, and we have covered almost everything we had planned. I had a good time getting to know the people within the team, and starting to work with everyone. Starting to drive the C33, building my feeling for the car, and giving my input for next year’s car was important. Overall, we had two constructive test days. Today we continued to work on different set-ups, aero measurements and tire evolutions, which will be beneficial for next year. This was a good start. Now I am even more motivated to work extremely hard with the team over the winter to be prepared for the first test.
  5. Will Stevens, Caterham:
    Today’s been another very good day. We started to do our performance runs at the end of the day – I managed to get one run in and put a good lap time on the board, but we unfortunately had a small issue when I was on a better lap. Having said that, we cannot complain about the reliability here in Abu Dhabi, it’s been a trouble-free week. I’ve learned so much over the weekend and the past two days, I’ve got to the point where I now feel very comfortable in the car. Looking back, I wish I could have the race weekend beginning now, after these two days – I’ve definitely made the most of this test. I’ve had a great time and it’s very nice to be able to say that I’ve raced in my first F1 Grand Prix – I didn’t make any silly mistakes, learned a lot, enjoyed every second and did a good job. It’s been a great week and I want to thank both the team and the fans for giving me this opportunity. Now let’s wait and see what the future brings.
  6. Spike Goddard, Force India: I felt today went really well. The VJM07 is a massive step up from my Formula 3 car so the first part of the day was devoted to adjusting to the new machinery. The power and downforce of these cars is something on a completely different level; it was a massive shock to the system, but I got used to it fairly soon. We chipped away at the lap time in every run and in the end we got to a pretty good time and 89 laps, which is a fair bit of running. I am pretty happy about the work I did with the team and the way everyone worked with me. I’d love to keep a link with Sahara Force India: it’s a fantastic group of people and I’d like to contribute and help as much as I can.
  7. Daniel Ricciardo, Red Bull: Today was pretty good. Obviously we got cut short by a couple of hours and it would have been nice to finish the session, but we did a lot of laps and all of those were productive. There was a little bit of work with this year’s tires and a bit with next year’s, trying to understand how those behave. We also did quite a few things on starts, trying to understand what’s happening there, which was positive. I felt pretty good in the car. It’s a good way to end the season, we achieved a lot. Now that’s it, a bit of time off and look forward to next season.
  8. Felipe Nasr, Williams: Today was really good day; it’s always nice to drive the FW36 and to have the chance to drive it on the final day of 2014 was very enjoyable. The focus of the day was on the 2015 tyres and longer runs, and we learnt a lot about how the tyre wears over a long distance as we covered nearly a full race distance. I have to say a big thank you to the whole team for the opportunities they have given me this year and I wish them all the best for the future.
  9. Alex Lynn, Lotus: I am very grateful to Lotus F1 Team for giving me my first opportunity to drive a Formula 1 car and I’m glad I was able to deliver what they wanted from me today. It felt so good to be behind the wheel of the E22 as it reacts so well and does everything you want it to. It was an impressive programme we ran through with many different evaluations. The team were really helpful and it was a fantastic day all round. I can’t wait for my next opportunity to drive a Formula 1 car.
  10. Esteban Ocon, Lotus: The test session went well today. I have had more time to discover the limits of the car as I already knew the E22 having driven it in Free Practice 1 during the Grand Prix weekend. We ran through most of the planned programme, but unfortunately I didn’t get to test the 2015 tires which were planned for late in my session. We still achieved good mileage in the morning and I feel my understanding of the car is improving all the time. I received great feedback from the team, which is a great positive for me.
  11. Stoffel Vandoorne, McLaren: No comments.

Wednesday’s #F1 test times from Abu Dhabi

  1. Pascal Wehrlein (Mercedes-Mercedes) Best time: 1:42.624 (96 laps)
  2. Raffaele Marciello (Ferrari-Ferrari) Best time: 1:43.208 (91 laps)
  3. Max Verstappen (Toro Rosso-Renault) Best time: 1:43.763 (78 laps)
  4. Marcus Ericsson (Sauber-Ferrari) Best time: 1:44.551 (112 laps)
  5. Will Stevens (Caterham-Renault) Best time: 1:44.888 (76 laps)
  6. Spike Goddard (Force India-Mercedes) Best time: 1:44.944 (89 laps)
  7. Daniel Ricciardo (Red Bull-Renault) Best time: 1:45.151 (88 laps)
  8. Felipe Nasr (Williams-Mercedes) Best time: 1:45.937 (83 laps)
  9. Alex Lynn (Lotus-Renault) Best time: 1:46.168 (52 laps)
  10. Esteban Ocon (Lotus-Renault) Best time: 1:47.013 (34 laps)
  11. Stoffel Vandoorne (McLaren-Honda) No Time (2 laps)

Driver quotes from the first day of #F1 testing in Abu Dhabi (order is fastest to slowest)

  1. Valtteri Bottas, Williams: It was a good day overall and I really enjoyed it. Everything went to plan and we completed the programme we had planned. It was interesting to try the new Pirelli tires against the old, we felt a few differences and that is knowledge that we will take forward for next year.The tire degradation is a lot more consistent so Pirelli has done a good job with the new compound. We got some positive results from the systems we are testing for next year as well. It was a fun way to end the season. The FW36 has been a great car and a really good platform to build next year’s car from. I have a lot of faith that we can continue to move forward and improve, I am looking forward to getting next season underway now.
  2. Kimi Räikkönen, Ferrari : “It was a normal day of testing. With more running time and more tires to work with, we managed to try various solutions without having any problems. Testing next season’s tires produced positive results, but will have to wait to try them on the new car in winter testing, to get an in depth understanding of their behaviour.
  3. Nico Rosberg, Mercedes : Today was good; we were looking at the tires for next year mainly. That was a useful experience, looking at a lot of the set up for the new tires as it could be quite different. It’s always interesting to test the car here in such great conditions so that worked well.It was great to get back into the car again today and to do as many laps as we did is positive. You can see we’re already testing parts for 2015, so I’m already looking forward to it. I will go away and reflect on a great season for the team with this incredible car and aim to come back even stronger for next year.
  4. Jolyon Palmer, Force India : I really enjoyed my first experience at the wheel of a Formula One car. I always had the ambition to drive a Formula One car: it was surreal when I first got out of the pits, but after the first moment I was just focusing on getting the job done for the team and doing my best.Despite a few technical issues early on, in the end we managed to get back on track and have a solid hour of running, getting up to speed fairly quickly. What really stood out for me is the power delivery of a Formula One car, compared to what I am used to in GP2: I heard lots about it all year, but to actually experience it first hand, feeling it as I drove was impressive. Knowing the track in advance helps only a little as you get to the various corners and drive through them at completely different speeds to what you are used to; but not having to get to know the layout made it possible to just concentrate on our testing programme. I have learnt a lot working with the team, seeing how everyone operates, and I am really happy about today’s experience. Sahara Force India is a team that gives young drivers good chances and I would love to get a role with them. They developed Paul Di Resta into a good racer, created a meaningful FP1 programme for Jules Bianchi and generally do a really good work with their reserve drivers.
  5. Carlos Sainz Jr., Red Bull Racing : For me it was an incredible day, a day that I’ve been thinking about since I started the Formula Renault 3.5 season, knowing that this was the prize. So it was always in my mind and to finally make it happen was an incredible feeling.It felt really good to be honest. Obviously I had a reference from the test at Silverstone last year in the RB9 and I could build up little by little, as it was a long day and I think I did 100 laps. From the first lap I felt comfortable and felt at home, so I was able to push. There were no problems at all even though it was an extensive programme. The morning was all about data gathering but in the afternoon I was able to push a bit more, so it was fun.
  6. Will Stevens, Caterham : Today’s been a really good day, I’m very pleased with myself. We got through everything we needed to do and we completed more than 100 laps, which is excellent not only for me to get more mileage under my belt but also to show that the car is reliable.Overall we got close to the pace we had in qualifying at the weekend. My last run got compromised a bit because of the red flag, but it’s been a very good day. I feel completely different in the car now – every time I leave the garage I know exactly what I need to do, where everything is and I’m much more confident than at the beginning of the race weekend. I feel very comfortable and I can now focus 100% on the driving side of things. It’s been a very useful day for me and the team and I can’t wait to do it all over again tomorrow.
  7. Charles Pic, Lotus: Of course it’s always fantastic to get back into a Formula 1 car and it was a good day today. We ran through the programme required and I could definitely feel the difference in the car compared to when I last drove it at Silverstone.It was interesting to get a taste of the 2015 tires. They don’t feel massively different from this year’s, but I did feel an improvement in terms of traction. I’m glad I was able to complete so many laps reliably and carry out the team’s planned programme fully.
  8. Marcus Ericsson, Sauber : It was a great day. I did a lot of laps which was the main thing to get used to the car and get to start to work with the team.I am really happy with that. It was a good first day. We focused mainly on aero work for 2015 and also on tire comparisons. I think everyone is satisfied, and I am also happy about my first laps in the C33.
  9. Max Verstappen, Toro Rosso : Unfortunately we didn’t get much running in the morning, but in the afternoon we carried out very useful long runs, which helped me with my understanding of how to manage the tires.To be able to run the car for a longer period than just an hour and a half, which is all I had done so far when running in the FP1 sessions, was definitely a good experience and lap by lap, I got more used to the car. I’m looking forward to getting another day in the car tomorrow, to go on with the programme we started today.
  10. Stoffel Vandoorne, McLaren : Firstly, I want to say that wearing Honda’s famous ‘H’ logo on the chest of my overalls and team kit makes me feel extremely proud.Before today, McLaren Honda had only existed to me as a chapter in F1 history – to actually become part of it is very exciting. We’d hoped to get a few more laps under our belts today, but we had a fuel data-logging issue that stopped the car a couple of times; however, the team are already analysing the situation and we’ll hopefully cure it ahead of tomorrow. Nevertheless, it’s been a very positive day for us. At this stage of development, any lap we complete has a benefit – and it’s better to be solving these initial teething problems in November rather than in Jerez next February. I’ve already given the team some useful feedback. The purpose of this test is to enable the engineers to deepen their knowledge of the McLaren and Honda collaboration. This is their first time working together at the track, and – operationally – it’s all a bit different. We’re still building up the power – we haven’t run the engine at full power yet – so it’s difficult to get a feeling for it, but it sounds absolutely fantastic! People often say that if an engine sounds good, then it usually has lots of power – so let’s hope that’s the case.

Tuesday’s #F1 test times from Abu Dhabi

  1. Valtteri Bottas (Williams-Mercedes) Best time: 1:43.396 (80 laps)
  2. Kimi Raikkonen (Ferrari-Ferrari) Best time: 1:43.888 (80 laps)
  3. Nico Rosberg (Mercedes-Mercedes) Best time: 1:44.512 (114 laps)
  4. Jolyon Palmer (Force India-Mercedes) Best time: 1:44.516 (19 laps)
  5. Carlos Sainz Jr (Red Bull-Renault) Best time: 1:45.339 (36 laps)
  6. Will Stevens (Caterham-Renault) Best time: 1:45.436 (99 laps)
  7. Charles Pic (Lotus-Renault) Best time: 1:46.167 (101 laps)
  8. Marcus Ericsson (Sauber-Ferrari) Best time: 1:46.253 (95 laps)
  9. Max Verstappen (Toro Rosso-Renault) Best time: 1:47.194 (55 laps)
  10. Stoffel Vandoorne (McLaren-Honda) No time (3 laps)

.@InsideFerrari appoints Maurizio Arrivabene to lead its #F1 team

Ferrari has announced that Maurizio Arrivabene will become managing director of Gestione Sportiva and Scuderia Ferrari team boss, replacing Marco Mattiacci who has only been on the job for seven months.

Ferrari had a dismal season in 2014, ending the year without a win fore the first time since 1993. It finished fourth overall in the constructors standings, behind Mercedes, Red Bull and Williams. It also had a falling out with two-time world champion Fernando Alonso, who leaves the team after five years and will be replaced by Sebastian Vettel, who has four F1 titles in his pocket.

Arrivabene arrives from Philip Morris, which he joined in 1997 and was most recently the vice -president of consumer channel strategy and event marketing. Through his work at Marlboro he has been closely involved in the partnership with Ferrari both in Maranello and on the world’s racing circuits.

He has also represented all Formula One sponsors on the F1 Commission since 2010.

“We decided to appoint Maurizio Arrivabene because, at this historic moment in time for the Scuderia and for Formula 1, we need a person with a thorough understanding not just of Ferrari but also of the governance mechanisms and requirements of the sport,” said Ferrari Chairman Sergio Marchionne.

“Maurizio has a unique wealth of knowledge: he has been extremely close to the Scuderia for years and, as a member of the F1 Commission, is also keenly aware of the challenges we are facing. He has been a constant source of innovative ideas focused on revitalisation of Formula One. His managerial experience on a highly complex and closely regulated market is also of great importance, and will help him manage and motivate the team. I am delighted to have been able to secure his leadership for our racing activities”.

It is not known what is next for 15-year Ferrari veteran Mattiacci.

Both @redbullracing cars excluded from qualifying by stewards with team statement. #AbuDhabiGP #F1

Red Bull drivers Daniel Ricciardo and Sebastian Vettel will start from the back of the grid in Abu Dhabi after both cars failed a front wing deflection test.

Ricciardo had qualified fifth just ahead of Vettel.

“Following the decision of the Stewards regarding the front wings on both our cars (Car 1 and Car 3), we are disappointed that we have been singled out for a front wing deflection test when it is clear that other teams are interpreting the rules in a similar fashion,” Red Bull said in a written statement.

“The team accepts the decision of the Stewards and will start the race from the back of the grid.”

The disqualification moves Danill Kvyat up to fifth, matching the Toro Rosso driver’s best performance in F1 qualifying (he also qualaified fifth in Russia), with McLaren’s Jenson Button beside him on the grid in sixth.

McLaren’s Kevin Magnussen and Toro Rosso’s Jean-Eric Vergne move into the top-10.

Here’s @ctmpofficial’s major event schedule for 2015.

May 15-17: Castrol presents Victoria Day SpeedFest Weekend

NASCAR Canadian Tire Series; Pirelli World Challenge (GT/GT-A/GT Cup, GTS, TC/TCA/TCB); Ultra 94 Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Canada by Michelin; Canadian Touring Car Championship presented by Continental Tire; Canadian SuperCar Series

June 19-21: Canadian Historic Grand Prix

Historic Formula Ford; MG & Triumph Challenge; Regular classes include Historic & Vintage Production; Sports Racers; Group 70+; Open Wheel

July 9-12: Mobil 1 SportsCar Grand Prix presented by Hawk Performance

TUDOR United SportsCar Championship; Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge; Cooper Tires Prototype Lites; Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama; Battery Tender Mazda MX-5 Cup presented by BFGoodrich

Aug. 14-16: Superbike Doubleheader Weekend

Mopar Pro Superbike; Pro Sport Bike; Amateur Superbike; Amateur Sport Bike; Honda CBR250R Series; BMW Motorrad Days

Aug. 28-30: Chevrolet Silverado 250

NASCAR Camping World Truck Series; NASCAR Canadian Tire Series; Ultra 94 Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Canada by Michelin; Canadian Touring Car Championship presented by Continental Tire

Schumacher’s personal website to mark his first world championship. #F1

Statement from Sabine Kehm, manager Michael Schumacher

November 13, 1994, is a special day in the sporting life of Michael Schumacher – 20 years ago he was the first german to ever win the Formula One world championship title, his first of seven titles.

To mark the 20th anniversary of his first world champion title we will reactivate Michael’s homepage. We hope to thus give the many fans from all over the world, whose sympathy is still unbroken after his accident, a home.

The newly designed homepage features many pictures and stories of Michael’s unparalleled career, all races, data and facts. There is also a fan-area where fans can send their twitter-messages to.
will be online from Thursday 13 November 09:00 o’clock MEZ onwards.