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F1: Jerez Test Day 3: Nasr quickest as McLaren-Honda makes limited progress

The third day of pre-season testing in Jerez saw Sauber’s Felipe Nasr at the top of the timesheets, while McLaren made limited progress with its new Honda-powered MP4-30 and Red Bull were delayed by a lengthily Renault engine change.

Of more significance to Sauber will be the 108 laps completed by Nasr as his lap time was still 0.5s shy of the benchmark set by Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel on Monday. However, the quick lap will go some way to boosting his confidence after spinning into the gravel early in the session. The track was damp at the start of the morning but slowly dried under overcast skies to allow slick running for the majority of the day. Nasr’s nearest competitor was Kimi Raikkonen, who got his first taste of the Ferrari SF15-T. After two days of improvement with Vettel at the wheel, the Ferrari lap count increased again to 92 despite a slow start.

With the Mercedes W06’s Monday water leak fixed, Nico Rosberg added another 151 to his count on Tuesday to bring his combined total to 308 over two days in the car this week. The day was not quite faultless as the engine shutdown during one of his runs around lunch, but it did not keep the car in the pits for long. For what it’s worth, he set the third fastest time, 0.232s off Nasr’s time.


McLaren had a productive morning, with Fernando Alonso matching the lap count of the previous two days in the first two hours, eventually finishing the day on 31. However, a loss of cooling water pressure that required a lengthily investigation of the Honda power unit and ended the day early.

Following two unproductive days with engine issues and a broken wing on Monday, Red Bull had another frustrating session when, after five laps, it had to change the Renault power unit in the RB11. The car made it back on track to notch up 48 laps in total, and although it is an improvement on last year, the team will be hoping for plenty of problem-free laps with Daniil Kvyat at the wheel on Wednesday.

Felipe Massa got his first taste of F1 2015 with Williams as the team completed another solid day with 71 laps. Carlos Sainz had a very productive day in the Renault-powered Toro Rosso with 136 laps, the second most after Rosberg. Pastor Maldonado was back in the Lotus and notched up 96 laps before stopping on track on the final run of the day.

Day Three Times:
1. Felipe Nasr Sauber 1:21.545 108 laps 
2. Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1:21.750 92 laps 
3. Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1:21.982 151 laps 
4. Felipe Massa Williams 1:22.276 71 laps 
5. Pastor Maldonado Lotus 1:22.713 96 laps
6. Carlos Sainz Jr Toro Rosso 1:23.187 136 laps 
7. Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull 1:23.901 48 laps 
8. Fernando Alonso McLaren 1:35.553 32 laps

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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: Daniil Kvyat: I’m not afraid of Daniel Ricciardo

Daniil Kvyat says he is not scared of going up against Daniel Ricciardo at Red Bull next season

In his first year at Red Bull, Ricciardo had a stronger season than four-time F1 champion team-mateSebastian Vettel and won three grands prix.

Kvyat admits that Ricciardo’s performances have set a high benchmark, but does not expect to be outperformed on his graduation to Red Bull in only his second season in F1.

“He proved to be a driver of an extremely high level this year,” Kvyat said. “I will be at Red Bull not to watch him do well, but to do my best and be in front of him and everybody; that’s how it’s going to be.

“I wouldn’t go there if I was scared. I know what he can do, but I will also do my best and my best isn’t that bad.”

The 20-year-old Russian also shrugged off the significance of stepping into the shoes of a man who dominated F1 between 2010 and 2013.
“Vettel had the perfect shot with Red Bull and got four titles; he did a fantastic job,” said Kvyat. “What makes me so excited about going to the team is that the history is so big in the team already. People outside will look at one thing and draw comparisons, but I am only looking at what makes me go faster.

“I feel absolutely ready. It’s a challenge, but it’s an opportunity as well.”

He also has no concerns about racing with established world champions at the front of the field for the first time in 2015.

“I have been wheel-to-wheel with some of them this year as it’s been an up and down season for everyone, but next year is an opportunity to fight at a high level,” said Kvyat. “It’s never going to be easy for anyone and I am aware of this, but everyone started from where I started. I have to have confidence as there is no point doing it otherwise.”

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F1: Abiteboul hails Renault’s Illien tie-up

Renault’s F1 chief Cyril Abiteboul has hailed the new collaboration with engine expert Mario Illien.

“It is great that Renault are now working with Ilmor,” said Christian Horner, the boss of Renault’s works team Red Bull, who in 2014 failed to win the title for the first time since 2009.

Renault faltered badly at the start of the all-new turbo V6 era in 2014, as Mercedes utterly dominated.

So it was significant that, as the 2014 season ended in Abu Dhabi recently, a notable VIP in the Red Bull garage was the multiple title-winning former Mercedes F1 designer Illien.

“Ilmor is a strong company with extensive experience with simular engines used in other series,” Abiteboul told France’s Auto Hebdo.

He confirmed that Illien’s UK based company is now “performing some tasks” on behalf of the Renault F1 project.

“This is very useful in situations where it is necessary to analyse a set of solutions,” Abiteboul added.

Another key reason for the Illien alliance, he admitted, is that it is “not so easy to create such a very complex hybrid system in the centre of France”.

“We are not in the English ‘Motorsport Valley’, where in pubs every evening engineers from all over meet over Renault’s F1 chief Cyril Abiteboul has hailed the new collaboration with engine expert Mario Illien.a beer,” he added.

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F1: Kvyat has no fear of racing against Ricciardo

Daniil Kvyat insists he has no fear about going head-to-head with Daniel Ricciardo at Red Bull next year.

After just one season with Toro Rosso in F1, Kvyat got the call to join the championship-winning team when Sebastian Vettel decided to leave for Ferrari. Ricciardo was one of the revelations of the 2014 season, taking three victories and showing up Vettel in the points standings, but Kvyat is no worried about going up against him.

“No, no concerns,” he said. “I will do the job that I know I can do and we will see where we are. At the moment, anything to say where I will be would be guessing, so we will have to wait and see in Australia.

“But this is why I’m here and it’s a great opportunity [to race against Ricciardo]. He’s showing a great performance this year but it sets a challenge and I really like a challenge.”

Kvyat said it would be important to integrate himself with Red Bull over the winter.

“A team change is already quite a big change and it’s all about trying to get the best communication possible as early as possible. This will be a good help.”

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F1: 20 of stolen Red Bull trophies found in a Sandhurst lake

Trophies stolen from the Red Bull Racing factory in Milton Keynes have been found in a lake in Sandhurst, Thames Valley Police have confirmed.

About 20 of the 60 awards, which were taken 10 days ago when six men used a 4×4 to drive through the building’s entrance, have been recovered.

Many of the trophies are damaged.

A Thames Valley Police spokesperson told BBC Sport: “Some of the trophies were recovered from Horseshoe Lake near Sandhurst.”

They added: “We estimate about 20 trophies have been recovered, but we are liaising with Red Bull to establish the exact number as some of the trophies are damaged.”

The trophies taken do not include the F1 championship and constructors prizes, which were not at the factory, having been presented to Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes for winning the 2014 titles.

Thames Valley Police have asked that anyone with any information about the burglary, or who finds a trophy or trophy parts near the area of Horseshoe Lake near Yateley to contact them on 101.

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F1: Red Bull trophies stolen in factory break-in

Over 60 trophies were stolen from Red Bull’s factory on Friday night after a smash-and-grab break-in, in which a 4×4 was driven through the front entrance.

Police were called to the Red Bull factory in Milton Keynes at 01:30 on Saturday morning after night staff, who were unharmed, reported the burglary. A silver 4×4 was driven through the entrance doors to gain access to the building and once inside a group of six men stole over 60 trophies on display in the main entrance hall. A dark blue Mercedes estate car was also used in the burglary and the police believe both vehicles have foreign number plates.

“We are obviously devastated by this serious factory break in, which saw offenders drive a vehicle through our front entrance and steal more than 60 trophies which took years and hard work to accumulate,” team boss Christian Horner said. “The break-in caused significant damage and was very upsetting for our night officers who were on duty at the time. The offenders took items that not only did not belong to them, but which represented the efforts of a group of dedicated, hard-working individuals.

“Beyond the aggressive nature of this break-in, we are perplexed why anyone would take these trophies. The value to the team is of course extraordinarily high due to the sheer hard work and effort that went into winning each and every one. But their intrinsic value is low; they would be of little benefit to those outside of the team and, in addition to that, many of the trophies on display were replicas.

“The actions of these men mean it’s likely that we will have to make our site less accessible in the future, which will be unfair on the hundreds of fans that travel to visit our factory each year to see our trophies and our Formula One car. We would like to appeal to anyone who knows any information on the whereabouts of these trophies or the offenders involved to contact Thames Valley Police.”

A police statement added: “There is no description of the offenders available at this time, although they are all believed to be men, wearing dark clothing.”

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F1: Abu Dhabi: Red Bull excluded from qualifying for illegal front wing

Both Daniel Ricciardo and Sebastian Vettel have been excluded from qualifying and sent to the back of the grid at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix after the stewards declared Red Bull’s front wing illegal.

FIA technical delegate Jo Bauer reported the team to the stewards when he discovered that the front wing flaps had been designed to flex under aerodynamic load. After meeting with Red Bull representatives, the stewards agreed that the flaps were in breach of Article 3.15, which bans moveable aerodynamics designed to give an advantage.

The Red Bulls will be allowed to start from the back of the grid. The team accepted its punishment but believes it has been singled out.

“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, ” read a short statement. “The team accepts the decision of the stewards and will start the race from the back of the grid.”

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F1: Horner calls for new F1 engines in 2016

Red Bull boss Christian Horner has called for an overhaul of the engine regulations in 2016 in order to simplify the current V6 turbos and cut costs.

The new power units have been the source of much debate this year after Mercedes gained a big advantage under the new regulations and spiralling costs forced two teams into administration. Renault, Ferrari and Honda want to alter the development freeze next year to allow another opportunity to close the gap, but such a change would require unanimous agreement and Mercedes has baulked at the extra cost of lifting the freeze.

However, the regulations for 2016 will not be set until next year and therefore do not require unanimous agreement from all F1 teams. Horner, whose team has struggled with uncompetitive Renault engines since the switch to V6 turbos, is keen to simplify the engines to reduce costs.

“The costs are too high and I think one of the crucial aspects in those costs is the power unit and that’s something the Strategy Group, as well as the other players within Formula One have a duty of care to look at very carefully. I think, whilst probably not a lot can be done for 2015, I think an awful lot can be done for 2016 and maybe we need to even go as far as looking at a different engine, a new engine.

“Maybe still a V6 but maybe a more simplified V6 that controls the cost. Cost of development, cost of supply to a team and to the privateer teams. I think that’s something we need to have a serious discussion about during the next strategy group.”

The FIA initially proposed a four-cylinder engine when F1 first started thinking about replacing the V8s used between 2006 and 2013, but Horner said the development of the regulations was given to engineers who came up with more costly designs.

“If you roll back the clock for when this engine was thought about, you go back to Max [Mosley’s FIA] rule, we’re talking about a four-cylinder engine and it was quite different. Those regulations were given to engineers, engineers then discussed them and there was a compromise sought because a four cylinder was felt to be wrong for Formula One. The four-cylinder at the time was supposed to bring in more manufacturers into Formula One and the compromise was to go to a V6. And then, unfortunately when a bunch of engine engineers are left on their own to come up with a set of regulations, they’ve come up with something tremendously complicated and tremendously expensive.

“The engines that we have today are incredible bits of machinery, incredible bits of engineering but the cost to the collective manufacturers has probably been close to a billion euros in developing these engines, and then the burden of costs has been passed on, unfortunately, to the customer teams so unfortunately, I think we have to recognise what’s been done from an engineering point of view and now look to simplify things, potentially retaining the V6 philosophy, perhaps going to a twin turbo that would address the sound issues that we’ve had this year and maybe even a standard energy recovery system would dramatically reduce the costs, dramatically reduce development and therefore the supply price to the customer teams also. So I think that’s something that the strategy group need to discuss and look at.”

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