Cumulative F1 test times from Jerez

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There’s not a need to draw too much in the way of conclusions after Formula One’s first test in Jerez last week, except these:

  • Mercedes powerplants ran hundreds of laps (875 total laps).
  • Renault powerplants did not (151).
  • Ferrari split the difference (444).
  • This marked the first time teams could get any sort of extended running on the 2014 Pirelli compounds.
  • Kevin Magnussen delivered as excellent a first impression as a confirmed Grand Prix driver as was possible.
  • Teams will still have a lot of work to do in the factories before the next test, Feb. 19-22 in Bahrain.

Here’s the cumulative test times, below. Meanwhile Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday daily recaps are linked in this sentence.

1.  Kevin Magnussen, McLaren-Mercedes, 1m 23.276s, 162 Laps
2.  Felipe Massa, Williams-Mercedes, 1m 23.700s, 133
3.  Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes, 1m 23.952s, 121
4.  Jenson Button, McLaren-Mercedes, 1m 24.165s, 83
5.  Kimi Raikkonen, Ferrari, 1m 24.812s, 78
6.  Valtteri Bottas, Williams-Mercedes, 1m 25.344s, 42
7.  Fernando Alonso, Ferrari, 1m 25.495s, 173
8.  Nico Rosberg, Mercedes, 1m 25.588s, 188 
9.  Nico Hulkenberg, Force India-Mercedes, 1m 26.096s, 17
10. Sergio Perez, Force India-Mercedes, 1m 28.376s, 48 
11. Daniel Juncadella, Force India-Mercedes, 1m 29.457s, 81
12. Jean-Eric Vergne, Toro Rosso-Renault, 1m 29.915s, 45 
13. Adrian Sutil, Sauber-Ferrari, 1m 30.161s, 103
14. Jules Bianchi, Marussia-Ferrari, 1m 32.222s, 25
15. Esteban Gutierrez, Sauber-Ferrari, 1m 33.270s, 60
16. Marcus Ericsson, Caterham-Renault, 1m 37.975s, 12 
17. Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull-Renault, 1m 38.320s, 11
18. Kamui Kobayashi, Caterham-Renault, 1m 43.193s, 54
19. Daniil Kvyat, Toro Rosso-Renault, 1m 44.016s, 9
20. Daniel Ricciardo, Red Bull-Renault, 1m 45.374s, 10
21. Robin Frijns, Caterham-Renault, No time, 10
22. Max Chilton, Marussia-Ferrari, No time, 5

Alonso would be ‘very happy’ to finish F1 career with McLaren

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Fernando Alonso says he would be “very happy” to see out his Formula 1 career with McLaren after signing a new multi-year contract with the British team, announced on Thursday.

Alonso, 36, ended speculation about his future by agreeing a new deal with McLaren, hopeful of returning to the front of the field next year when the team swaps Honda power for Renault engines.

Alonso admitted to considering options outside of F1 before agreeing to stay at McLaren, and was thought to only be chasing a one-year extension in order to be in a position to snap up a more attractive seat in the volatile 2019 market.

However, Alonso confirmed in an interview with the official F1 website that the deal with McLaren stretched beyond the end of next year, adding he would be content to see out his time in the sport with the team.

“I never talk about contracts, but one thing I can say is it is a long-term partnership,” Alonso said.

“I am very happy to finish my career at McLaren. So I don’t think it is going to be only one year.”

Alonso also revealed he had options with teams high up the field in F1 for 2018 just a couple of months ago, but was always leaning to staying at McLaren despite not scoring a podium with the team in almost three years.

“There were some other options in F1. In the summer there were still some options at the top teams, but my desire was to stay with McLaren,” Alonso said.

“But at that time they were in conversation with different engine suppliers, so I had to give them time to sort out their situation.

“Then McLaren opted for a Renault engine which delayed my decision, because I had to understand what Renault’s plans were for next years.

“But when I had everything on the table, everything was pretty clear.”