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Simona de Silvestro makes F1 test debut

The new Sauber star gets behind the wheel at Fiorano

Sidepodcast: Simona de Silvestro makes F1 test debut

by Christine

When Simona de Silvestro was announced as an affiliate driver, attached to the Sauber F1 team for the 2014 season, it wasn't entirely clear what her role was. There was talk of ambitions to get a race seat in Formula One next year, but there's a lot of work to be done before that. Simona got off to a great start this past weekend, participating in a two day private test for the team, at the Fiorano circuit in Italy.

Engine failures dominate final day of pre-season testing

Lewis Hamilton leads the last day as mechanical troubles loom large

Sidepodcast: Engine failures dominate final day of pre-season testing

by Christine

There were still mechanical problems aplenty in the final day of testing in Bahrain, as several drivers were forced to change their engine, and there were eight red flag periods. The stop start session drew to a close with Lewis Hamilton on top, as Mercedes continued to show how strong they were. The team were not without their problems, however, as a gearbox problem delayed Mercedes getting their day started.

Red Bull manage half a lap in penultimate Bahrain test day

Renault teams continue to struggle, as Massa goes fastest

Sidepodcast: Red Bull manage half a lap in penultimate Bahrain test day

by Christine

The story of Red Bull's fall from grace this pre-season took another turn for the worse today, with Sebastian Vettel climbing in the car after a three hour wait, only to find he couldn't complete the installation lap. On his next attempt, he didn't even make it out of the pitlane, so Red Bull gave up their plans for track time and concentrated their time spent in the garage.

Two days at the top for Sergio Pérez in Bahrain

Red Bull have a better day's running, as fires hit two teams

Sidepodcast: Two days at the top for Sergio Pérez in Bahrain

by Christine

Sergio Pérez made it two days in a row at the top of the timesheets, posting the fastest time early on and retaining the position throughout the day. Fernando Alonso was less than a tenth of a second behind him, but it was third place that caught most of the attention. Red Bull had a far better day, with Daniel Ricciardo completing 66 laps and finishing within two tenths of a second of Pérez.

Kimi brings down the curtain on second week of testing

Räikkönen crashes, Marussia are thwarted and Nasr makes his debut

Sidepodcast: Kimi brings down the curtain on second week of testing

by Christine

At this point, it feels like each testing post is just the same as the one before - Mercedes were strong, Renault are struggling and there are technical issues up and down the grid. On the final day of the first week of running in Bahrain, though, we did see a crash. I assume this hasn't happened too often so far because we haven't had enormous amounts of running, but it was Kimi Räikkönen who caught the kerbs at the wrong angle and ended up with his Ferrari in the wall.

Caterham validate Renault reliability on third day

Hamilton is fastest, Williams practice pit stops and Marussia fall behind

Sidepodcast: Caterham validate Renault reliability on third day

by Christine

The headlines were all about Red Bull again today, as the champions opted to call a halt to their day's running before the session was officially over. They're still finding and dealing with problems, but personally, I thought Marussia's day was far worse. Max Chilton was in the car but only managed four laps before returning to the garage. The team set about changing the engine, and the process is so involved now that they weren't done by the end of the day.

Magnussen leads the way with McLaren on day two in Bahrain

Eleven times on the board as Bottas hits the century

Sidepodcast: Magnussen leads the way with McLaren on day two in Bahrain

by Christine

For the first time since pre-season testing began, all eleven teams hit the track today and all drivers managed to set a time. Sebastian Vettel completed almost 60 laps, as Red Bull finally got themselves some meaningful running. Williams also had a far better day than yesterday, with Valtteri Bottas putting in the extra work to make up for Massa being kept in the garage due to a technical issue. The Finn completed over 100 laps around the Bahrain International Circuit today, and finished with the fifth fastest time.

Nico Hülkenberg heads to the top as Bahrain testing begins

Lotus make their 2014 debut as Renault teams remain quiet

Sidepodcast: Nico Hülkenberg heads to the top as Bahrain testing begins

by Christine

The second week of testing got underway at Bahrain today, and all eyes were fixed upon the Renault powered teams. After a tricky start to the pre-season testing in Jerez, Red Bull, Toro Rosso and Caterham were all behind in their schedules, whilst Lotus had yet to make an appearance. Some of those facts changed today, as Caterham managed to haul 66 laps out of their day's running, with Robin Frijns driving for the team.

Red Bull call it a day with continuing Renault problems

Teams work through the niggles in third day of testing at Jerez

Sidepodcast: Red Bull call it a day with continuing Renault problems

by Christine

Defending champions Red Bull have been struggling in testing so far this week, and the third day in Jerez saw them with just a couple of installation laps completed. Having brought their running to an early end yesterday, Sebastian Vettel handed over duties to Daniel Ricciardo before heading home. The Australian was due out on track first thing, but only appeared just before lunch. Halfway round his first installation lap, the car overheated, stopped and brought out the red flag.

Wet tyre testing takes precedence on second Jerez day

Engines suffer teething troubles and Marussia fail to arrive in time

Sidepodcast: Wet tyre testing takes precedence on second Jerez day

by Christine

The Formula One teams present in Jerez were always scheduled to complete a day of wet tyre testing for Pirelli, but instead of completing the running on Friday, a damp track meant the testing was moved forward to today. Tankers of water lapped the track at frequent intervals to keep the surface wet enough for accurate conditions in the morning, with dry running allowed to resume on slick tyres in the afternoon.

Kimi Räikkönen sets the pace on quiet first day in Jerez

Pre-season testing in Spain begins with six times on the board

Sidepodcast: Kimi Räikkönen sets the pace on quiet first day in Jerez

by Christine

The first day of testing was more of a shakedown for many of the teams as running was limited, there wasn't a lot of focus on out and out pace, and we didn't see several of the cars until halfway through the day. Eight drivers ventured out onto the track and only six of them set lap times, with both Sebastian Vettel and Marcus Ericsson completing only installation laps for Red Bull and Caterham respectively.

Who's in the hot seat in Jerez?

Confirmed drivers for the first week of testing

Sidepodcast: Who's in the hot seat in Jerez?

by Christine

The first pre-season test of 2014 gets underway on Tuesday, with ten teams heading to Jerez to test out their new machinery. The Spanish track will host four days of testing, with Bahrain in charge of the remaining two weeks, but the first appearance of the cars on track will be crucial. With so many changes throughout the designs, and plenty of concern about reliability, testing mileage will be very important. It's also a chance for the rookie drivers to get some practice, and the experienced drivers to adjust to their new rides.

The driver test at Silverstone 2013

Who is driving what around the British GP track?

Sidepodcast: The driver test at Silverstone 2013

by Christine

Step by step, this three day test at Silverstone has been getting more and more interesting. Firstly, they threw the doors open so that fans can actually turn up and see some cars for a slightly less than extortionate price. Then they opened it up to main drivers as well as the youngsters. And now, we get to see what Daniel Ricciardo can do in Mark Webber's machinery. Amazing.