Feb 12

F1: Domenicali’s Reminder — Ferrari Team Always Comes Before Drivers

Fernando Alonso (R), Stefano Domenicali (C), and  Kimi Raikkonen (R) of the 2014 Ferrari F1 team. (Photo: Courtesy of Ferrari)

Driver Fernando Alonso (left), team boss Stefano Domenicali (center) and driver Kimi Raikkonen (right) stand with the 2014 Ferrari F1 car. (Photo: Courtesy of Ferrari)

Ferrari boss Stefano Domenicali says that the team will come first as the Italian outfit tries to manage the interests of Fernando Alonso and Kimi Raikkonen.

“It was a rational choice, based on the need to have an expert driver pairing,” said Domenicali. “With the one aim of it doing well for Ferrari. I hope the track will show that it was the right choice. How will we manage them? Decisions are always carefully considered, but they always have the same aim, which is that the sporting decisions are taken to reach the team’s goals, as the interest of the team always comes before all else. Decisions we have taken in the past have always been reached in this spirit.”

Feb 10

F1: Renault Makes Progress For Lotus At Jerez ‘Promotional’ Run

The 2014 Lotus E22. (Photo: Courtesy of Lotus F1)

The 2014 Lotus E22. (Photo: Courtesy of Lotus F1)

Renault took advantage of “promotional event” running by Lotus in Jerez to put some miles on the latest updates introduced since it had problems in the group test at the same venue.

Lotus had two 100kms days available under the FIA sporting regulations, although the first on Friday was wasted when the E22 did only one lap. However, the maximum mileage was achieved on Saturday.

Feb 10

F1: Horner Downplays Red Bull’s RB10 Problems

Daniel Ricciardo and Red Bull encountered problems at Jerez winter testing.(Photo: LAT Photographic)

Daniel Ricciardo and Red Bull encountered problems at Jerez winter testing.(Photo: LAT Photographic)

Christian Horner has downplayed the problems suffered by Red Bull at the recent Jerez test as the team tries to make up for lost time.

The new RB10 completed just 21 laps, due to a combination of Renault and car issues, leaving Adrian Newey and his men with a lot of catching up to do.

Feb 3

F1: Domenicali Believes Jerez Test Was A Good Start For Ferrari

Ferrari team principal Stefano Domenicali is pictured in the F1 paddock. (Photo: Getty Images)

Ferrari team principal Stefano Domenicali is pictured in the F1 paddock. (Photo: Getty Images)

Stefano Domenicali has pronounced himself pleased with the first outing of the Ferrari F14 T in Jerez last week.

After some early problems the car ran reliably, and while Mercedes powered rivals were ultimately faster, the team boss says that the aim was to put miles on the new machine and correlate its behavior with the wind tunnel.

Feb 2

F1: Rosberg Pleased With Mercedes Mileage In Jerez

JEREZ DE LA FRONTERA, SPAIN - JAN 31: Nico Rosberg of Germany and Mercedes GP drives during day four of Formula One Winter Testing at the Circuito de Jerez on Jan. 31, 2014 in Jerez de la Frontera, Spain. (Photo: Andrew Hone/Getty Images)

JEREZ DE LA FRONTERA, SPAIN – JAN 31: Nico Rosberg of Germany and Mercedes GP drives during day four of Formula One Winter Testing at the Circuito de Jerez on Jan. 31, 2014 in Jerez de la Frontera, Spain. (Photo: Andrew Hone/Getty Images)

Nico Rosberg has done more mileage than any other driver in a 2014 car thus far, having topped the laps completed charts at Jerez last week.

He already enjoyed a head start after he shook down the Mercedes at a filming day at Silverstone the previous Friday.

“Definitely I think it’s a surprise to do so many laps,” said Rosberg. “It’s such a mission with this new technology and everything, and really to get this reliability so early on is really a positive. But we’ve got no idea where we are in terms of pace and all that. So it’s really early days.