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Formula One: Frentzen goes Electric

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Formula One legend Heinz Harald Frentzen became one of this first drivers to experience a race prepared Tesla in a test at the Paul Ricard circuit earlier this week.  Frentzen took part in the test as the Electric GT championship continues to prepare for its inaugural season in 2017.

“As a long time owner of this manufacturer it was great fun to drive one of the first race-prepared Teslas, It was a fantastic opportunity to experience the potential of E-racing performance cars. Mark [Gemmell, CEO] and his EGT team are definitely heading in the right.”

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The test showed a lot of promise, with the series’ organisers able to better understand the tyres, as well as get an idea of how the car itself will perform following the feedback from Frentzen.

“We were glad to have Heinz-Harald come to the track,” Electric Championship CEO Mark Gemmell said during the presentation of the race car at the Sportel TV fair in Monaco. “Other than the fact he’s a supremely talented driver, he is a fan of Tesla and owns two cars himself, which is great. We were able to meet up and talk him through the championship, before arranging a test drive for him later in the day. He gave us some great feedback.”

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The Electric GT Championship is set to get underway in 2017, with Stefan Wilson, Vittoria Piria, Dani Clos and Lellani Münter already confirmed as part of the Drivers’ Selection Club.

For more on the Electric GT Championship head to the series website here

Formula One: Rookies descend on Barcelona

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The Circuit de Barcelona – Catalunya will ,tomorrow, play host to the first in season test session of the 2016 Formula One Calender. The two day test session will be attended by all teams with the exception of the Sauber F1 Team, who confirmed ahead of the Grand Prix weekend they had been unable to put necessary plans in place to attend the test.

Under agreement with the FIA participating teams will use the event as an opportunity to place rookie drivers behind the wheel of 2016 F1 technology. Testing duties in most cases will be split between a rookie and existing driver. Teams are free to determine on which day a rookie participates.

As reported on this site last week, Esteban Ocon will test for both the Renault Sport F1 Team and Mercedes AMG Petronas during the test. Antonio Fuoco will get the chance to sample the Scuderia Ferrari SF16-H, Stoffel Vandoorne will continue his acclimatisation into the Mclaren fold with a single day of testing, whilst Alfonso Celis will take to the wheel of the Force India VJM09 for both days of the event. Jordan King will complete a single day of testing for the Manor Racing Team, with Pierre Gasly will run for Scuderia Toro Rosso. Alex Lynn will run on day one of the test for the Williams Martini Racing team.

With the Haas F1 team having no development / rookie driver formally announced they will run race drivers Romain Grosjean and Esteban Gutiérrez through the test. Intriguingly Red Bull Racing will also run race drivers Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen. Presumably the justification from Red Bull Racing not to run a rookie in the event may have been to allow Max Verstappen a period of familiarisation to the team and car, however after winning on Sunday this justification seems less plausible.

Driver nominations for this event were made well in advance of Sunday’s race. As a consequence the results of which have had no bearing on the choice of drivers not taking part in the event.

Lewis Hamilton, Fernando Alonso, Kimi Raikkonen, Valtteri Bottas, Sergio Perez, Nico Hulkenberg,  Carlos Sainz, Jolyon Palmer, & Rio Haryanto, will not be participating. It is unclear if they will be present.

Testing line up in full from the excellent MsportXtra:

Mercedes AMG Petronas have confirmed that for the second in season test, Lewis Hamilton will have the opportunity to take part in the test.

See below for a few social media updates from the rookie class of 2016:





Formula One: Mercedes complete 19 race distances on a single power unit

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MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS concluded the second pre-season test of the 2016 season today at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, with Lewis Hamilton at the wheel of the Mercedes-Benz F1 W07 Hybrid in the morning and Nico Rosberg in the cockpit during the afternoon.

In total the team have completed 1,,294 laps of the Circuit de Catalunya  during the 8 days of preseason testing which equates to 19 race distances. The team have confirmed all testing was completed using a single power unit.  Such reliability is fairly ominous for the season ahead, the competition can now realistically only hope to finish ahead of the silver arrows on performance.

Lewis Hamilton
It’s been an amazing two weeks for the team. The guys have done an amazing job to get the car to where it is especially given the fact we’ve done more mileage in pre-season than we’ve ever done before. I’m kind of glad I broke the car at the end of my final run today because it’s better to have found something now than in Melbourne! I’m looking forward to putting the car through its paces at the first race and will be preparing myself mentally over the next few weeks. The car feels good and I’m really excited to go racing in 2016.

Nico Rosberg
This afternoon was probably the best the car has felt for me all the way through winter testing, so that was a really positive way to end the week. We have done so many miles in the past two weeks, so we can feel well prepared for Melbourne, and the team has done an incredible job to build such a reliable car. Of course, we haven’t seen the full picture yet in terms of performance, and everybody will be excited to find that out in Australia. Before then, I will be in the factory working on more details in the simulator next week. But I feel ready to go for 2016!

Formula One: Lewis ” I’ve never seen anything like it”

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Mercedes AMG Petronas concluded the opening pre-season test of the 2016 season today at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, with Lewis Hamilton at the wheel of the Mercedes-Benz F1 W07 Hybrid in the morning and Nico Rosberg in the cockpit during the afternoon.

  • Lewis emerged for his first run at 09:05, completing 99 laps before the hour-long lunch break at 13:00. Nico completed a further 86 laps in the afternoon – finishing for the day at 17:50
  • Today’s programme focused on aero evaluation and race simulation work – including practice starts and pit stops
  • Mercedes-Benz Power Units today completed a total of 1,699 km
  • The team will now prepare the F1 W07 Hybrid for the second pre-season test of 2016 in Barcelona next week

Lewis Hamilton
After Monday I was a bit sore – but I didn’t break too much of a sweat today, so that’s good. The reliability of the car this week has been just incredible. It feels strong, it feels solid, it just keeps going and going… I’ve never seen anything like it. The guys and girls at Brackley and Brixworth have done an unbelievable job. After two titles in a row, it would be so easy to lose focus. But it’s clear that everyone is even more focused than before and have done an even better job of delivering an overall package with this car. In terms of today, the new front wing seems to be a step forward. It’s small increments here and there – but that’s what we’re looking for. There’s not much of a cliff with the tyres. They behave very similarly to last year’s in that respect. It’s been a gruelling week for the whole team – running between 150 and 190 laps every day. But I’d say it’s probably been the best test we’ve ever had. Certainly the best I’ve ever seen.

Nico Rosberg
It’s been a great start. Reliability is looking very, very good and the car feels quick. It’s great even to look at. You take a walk around it and there’s some real innovation there. You can really see how far we’ve come as a team these past few years – it’s very impressive. I can’t wait to see what it can do when we get to qualifying in Melbourne. Pounding round on mediums all day isn’t always so fun! Physically it’s actually been ok. I knew it would be an intense couple of weeks so I prepared for it. Of course, there’s a few bits that are sore – mostly from the seat as it’s solid carbon. But overall I’m really pleased with how it’s been. It’s useful to have done so much mileage, as we found a few small problems that maybe we wouldn’t have discovered with less track time. Nothing race ending – just small things – which could be very useful for Melbourne and beyond.