Tag: 2015 F1 Car Launch

F1: New Lotus E23 breaks cover in Jerez

The new Lotus E23 broke cover for the first time on Monday morning in Jerez.

The team had to skip the opening day of the test while it waited for the recently-finished and crash tested chassis to arrive in Spain. The team put in a hard night’s work to get the car out on track in just the second hour of running and it completed an installation lap with Pastor Maldonado at the wheel.

The team admitted on Sunday that they were not likely to complete any meaningful running until Tuesday, so Monday’s early lap represents positive progress.

The E23 is the first Lotus to be powered by Mercedes after the team swapped from Renault following a torrid year at the back of the grid. The car features a sleek nose after the regulations forced the team to ditch its two-pronged nose of 2014.

Lotus is also confident it found and addressed a fundamental aerodynamic flaw on the car that caused it the handling to be unpredictable last year.

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F1: Red Bull unveils striking RB11

Red Bull launched the RB11 with a striking camouflaged livery ahead of the first Jerez test on Sunday morning.

The team launched the car in the minutes before the test commenced in Spain, with the new livery designed especially for pre-season testing. It is the first time in five seasons Red Bull starts a season without a reigning world champion at the helm, with the RB11 carrying the hopes of Daniel Ricciardo and new arrival Daniil Kvyat this season.

In line with the new regulations, Red Bul has opted for a lower nose box and front of the chassis which is the most notable change from the RB11’s predecessor.

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F1: Williams takes covers off FW37

Williams has officially unveiled the FW37 in the pit lane on the morning of the first Jerez test.

The FW37 was the first 2015 car to be revealed when Williams released rendered images earlier this month but Sunday morning was the first time it was seen in the flesh. Valtteri Bottas and Felipe Massa took the wraps off the car, with the former set to conduct the first test at the Spanish circuit.

Of interest is the nose, which technical chief Pat Symonds admitted had a big impact on Williams’ development, and stands out as one of the most unique interpretations of the new regulations.

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F1: Mercedes officially launches W06 Hybrid

Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg have officially unveiled the Mercedes W06 Hybrid in the Jerez pit lane on the morning of the first day of 2015 testing.

The new car is the one Mercedes hopes will successfully defend the drivers’ and constructors’ championships won in 2014. Glimpses of the car had been seen from a filming day in Silverstone earlier this week, but the Jerez launch came ahead of Rosberg’s day behind the wheel. He will alternate days with reigning world champion Hamilton for the remainder of the test.

The W06’s predecessor enjoyed record-breaking dominance last year, with Hamilton and Rosberg winning 16 of 19 races, and the team enters the 2015 as favourites to repeat their world championship success again.

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F1: Toro Rosso STR10 breaks cover in Jerez

Toro Rosso has unveiled its 2015 challenger, the STR10, in the Jerez pit lane a day before the first test of the season begins.

Toro Rosso released a teaser video of the STR10 from a filming day in Misano earlier this week, and on Saturday took the covers off the car which will carry the hopes of all-rookie line-up Max Verstappen and Carlos Sainz Jr, who start the year with a combined age of 37. The pair took the covers off in front of the assembled media in the Jerez pit lane.

Sainz will debut the car in Jerez on Sunday, alternating duties with Verstappen for the remaining days of the test.

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F1: Ferrari launches new SF15-T

Ferrari has unveiled its 2015 Formula One car, the SF15-T, from its headquarters in Maranello.

The car is a significant one for Formula One’s oldest and most prestigious team as it marks the start of a new era under new management as well as coinciding with the arrival of four-time world champion Sebastian Vettel. The SF15-T is the first Ferrari to be fully designed under technical director James Allison and is also the first to be launched by under the new management of Maurizio Arrivabene as team principal and Sergio Marchionne as president.

Both the car and the power unit will need to be a dramatic step forward if the Italian team is to close the gap to Mercedes at the front of the field, but the car looks certainly different to the 2014 with a new longer nose to conform to new regulations and tighter bodywork towards the rear.

“The back of the car is something which is noticeably different to the 2014 car because we’ve been successful in pulling the bodywork much tighter to all the stuff underneath the skin,” Allison said. “That’s been done through a lot of work not only in the wind tunnel but also in the design part of the company to find radiator designs that were fundamentally more efficient. So for every square centimetre of radiator we are able to extract more cooling this year than last and able to close the car down at the back as a consequence.”

However, one area that remains the same is Ferrari’s pull-rod front suspension, which is at odds with the rest of the field that (of the cars launched so far) run push-rod. It is a feature that is often picked up on in the media, but Allison said changing to push-rod suspension would not have provided any significant advantage and would have cost aero performance.

“Every year you set out which areas of the car you should put your effort into to try to improve them,” he explained. “These are decisions that need to be taken quite carefully because when you make a choice of working on one part of the car – because you don’t have infinite resources – you are effectively making a choice not to work on another part. When you decide what to work on you have to pick quite carefully the areas that are going to give maximum return for your effort.

“Push-rod or pull-rod on the front has pros and cons either side. A pull-rod is probably harder to get light and stiff, but it’s probably a bit easier to get aerodynamic performance from, so it’s swings and roundabouts. It’s an area of the car that wasn’t felt to be a problem on last year’s car and therefore wasn’t an area that merited investment of effort this time round on the SF15-T.”

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F1: Sauber launches new C34 and new livery

Sauber has become the latest team to launch its 2015 car, releasing images of the new C34 ahead of its first test in Jerez.

After a disappointing season in 2014 without a single point, Sauber is hoping it can move back up the pecking order this year. The team has two new drivers in Marcus Ericsson and Felipe Nasr, and the impact of the pair can already be seen in the sponsors adorning the C34. Nasr brings backing from Banco do Brasil, which has prominent advertising space on the sidepod.

The car itself sees yet another treatment for the new nose regulations this year, with a bulbous front nose section extending long and low to meet the requirements of the rules. The team said the changes to the nose have had a significant impact on the aerodynamic design of the rest of the car.

The engineering team has focused on three main areas with the C34: performance in slow corners, weight reduction, as well as braking stability in an attempt to right the wrongs of the C34 that often ran over the minimum weight limit for car and driver last year.

“We were able to gain a lot of experience during the course of the 2014 season, which will have an influence on the Sauber C34,” chief designer Eric Gandelin said. Parts will be added to the new car ahead of its race debut in Melbourne in mid March. “We will use the time up to Melbourne to ensure we’re as competitive as possible when we line up on the grid for the season opener,” Gandelin added.

“We have to improve, and be able to fight for championship points,” team principal Monisha Kaltenborn said. “I am delighted about our two new drivers who bring a breath of fresh air. Both are young, talented and highly motivated. On their way to Formula 1 both stood out through victories in Formula BMW and Formula 3. Both then finished this career progression off in the GP2-Series. While Marcus looks back to one season in Formula One, Felipe will have his rookie year in which he comes fully prepared due to his role as test and reserve driver at Williams last year. I feel confident with regard to our drivers.”

Once again, the Sauber will be powered by a Ferrari engine but the team said there had been significant chances to the architecture of the power unit for 2015. “The aim has been not only to increase the power from the turbocharged engine, but above all to optimise the car’s energy recovery and energy storage capability,” the statement said. “In terms of its concept, the engine is very much comparable with last year’s, but its architecture has changed significantly, necessitating numerous adjustments to the chassis.”

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F1: Mercedes completes shakedown of 2015 car

Mercedes has offered a glimpse its new car, the W06, during its track debut at a filming day at Silverstone.

The car is not set to be officially launched until the morning of the first day of testing on Sunday, but the team offered a series of teaser videos via its Twitter feed before publishing photos of the new car.

The W06 will be the car to beat this year after Mercedes dominated the championship in 2014. It hit the track at 13:13 and completed 18 laps before a blizzard cut the running short. Nico Rosberg went first but world champion Lewis Hamilton also got his first taste of the new car before the weather came in.

Both drivers will be back in action next week in Jerez, with Rosberg kicking off the test on Sunday and driving again on Tuesday while Hamilton will drive on Monday and Wednesday.

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F1: McLaren launches new Honda powered MP4-30

McLaren-Honda’s hotly-anticipated MP4-30 was revealed to the world via an online launch ahead of the new car’s first test in Jerez next week.

The MP4-30 marks a new era for McLaren as it returns to Honda power and welcomes Fernando Alonso back to the team. The exclusive engine deal will see McLaren go its own way with Honda power after 20 years of working with Mercedes and carries the hopes of future championship success for both Alonso and Jenson Button.

The MP4-30 features an elegant solution to F1’s new nose regulations rather than the stubby ‘thumb’ interpretation seen on the latest Williams and Force India. The team claims the rear of the car is more tightly packaged, especially around the gearbox, although cooling remains one of the biggest challenges for all teams under the current engine regulations.

Little is known about the new Honda power unit and it has only completed very limited mileage at a filming day and during a two-day post-season test in Abu Dhabi last year. However, team boss Ron Dennis is confident the Honda partnership will bring the team back to the front of the grid.

“McLaren Technology Group is driven by the relentless pursuit of technological perfection, and, perhaps more than any other element of our portfolio, Formula One, which is the remit and responsibility of McLaren Racing, and now McLaren-Honda, most famously epitomises that,” Dennis said.

“McLaren-Honda is a partnership focused on performance, technology and innovation, and there’s no better example of that than the results achieved in our first collaboration in the 1980s and 1990s. I was Team Principal all those years ago and, while I don’t tend to like looking back to the past, our previous record of sustained success was certainly instrumental in creating the confidence to make the decision to partner with Honda again. Now, there’s real hunger to demonstrate the capabilities of the huge talent pool we share between us, and I’m totally committed to driving progress and achieving further success.

“Although our renewed alliance began again many months ago, the launch of the McLaren-Honda MP4-30 marks the start of a lengthy journey. We’ve come a long way already and, although there’s a lot of work to do before we can expect to repeat the level of success we enjoyed together 25-or-so years ago, it’s already clear that there’s enormous synergy and potential in our partnership, and I’m positive that, together, we’ll get to where we want to be: winning Grands Prix and eventually World Championships as McLaren-Honda.”

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F1: Sauber to unveil 2015 challenger on January 30

Sauber will unveil the C34 with an online launch on January 30, two days day before 2015 testing begins in Jerez.

Sauber was one of the few teams to confirm its launch plans and will join Ferrari by breaking cover on Friday, which will take place at 10am Swiss time. The schedule for the Jerez test has also been confirmed by the team, with Marcus Ericsson in the car on Sunday and Wednesday and Felipe Nasr taking over in between.

Ericsson and rookie Nasr form a new-look line-up for Sauber this season, with reports suggesting the latter’s Banco do Brasil sponsors will have a big impact on the team’s livery. Nasr competed in a blue and yellow Carlin, the colours of the bank, in GP2 last year.

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