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MONTMELO, SPAIN - FEBRUARY 24:  Romain Grosjean of France and Haas F1 drives during day three of F1 winter testing at Circuit de Catalunya on February 24, 2016 in Montmelo, Spain.  (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)
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Haas confirms driver running order for Barcelona F1 tests

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The Haas Formula 1 team has confirmed its driver running order for the two upcoming collective tests in Barcelona, Spain.

Haas will unveil its new car for 2017, the VF-17, on Sunday ahead of the first day of pre-season testing in Barcelona on February 27.

New signing Kevin Magnussen will get the first run in the VF-17, having joined Haas from Renault during the winter.

Magnussen will take the first two days in Barcelona before handing the reins over to Romain Grosjean, who returns to Haas after an impressive year leading its charge in 2016, for days three and four.

Magnussen will once again open proceedings for Haas at the second test, starting on March 7, and is also due to run on March 9. Grosjean takes March 8 and March 10, the latter being the final day of testing before the first race of the season in Melbourne, Australia.

“In our first test of the season, you try to make sure everything works as you designed it,” Haas team principal Guenther Steiner said.

“You just prove out whatever you did, and in the second part of the test, you try to get performance out of the car. Or, better said, you try to get performance as quickly as possible.

“First of all, make sure everything works. Everything is new on the car. The first test is quite important just from a reliability factor.

“You try to learn as much as possible about the car. You get the baseline on the car and you work off that baseline the rest of the year.”

Haas F1 Team – Barcelona Test Schedule

Test 1
February 27 – Kevin Magnussen
February 28 – Kevin Magnussen
March 1 – Romain Grosjean
March 2 – Romain Grosjean

Test 2
March 7 – Kevin Magnussen
March 8 – Romain Grosjean
March 9 – Kevin Magnussen
March 10 – Romain Grosjean

Pascal Wehrlein to miss first F1 pre-season test through injury

AUSTIN, TX - OCTOBER 22:  Pascal Wehrlein of Germany and Manor Racing walks in the Pitlane during qualifying for the United States Formula One Grand Prix at Circuit of The Americas on October 22, 2016 in Austin, United States.  (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)
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Pascal Wehrlein has confirmed that he will miss the first collective Formula 1 pre-season test in Barcelona later this month through injury.

Wehrlein sustained a neck and back injury after rolling his car during the Race of Champions in Miami last month when he crashed after crossing the finish line at the end of a heat.

Doctors in Miami told Wehrlein to miss the second day of the event as a precaution, but the German is yet to fully recover and will now miss the first pre-season running in Barcelona, set to begin on February 27.

Wehrlein had been due to make his first public appearance for Sauber in Barcelona, having joined the team from Manor following his rookie campaign in 2016.

Sauber is yet to officially announce that Wehrlein will be missing the test, but is set to field Ferrari youngster Antonio Giovinazzi in its second car.

Giovinazzi finished second in the GP2 Series last year and enjoyed his first F1 test with a 2015-spec Ferrari earlier this month at Fiorano.

The Italian driver is likely to share the four days of running in Barcelona with full-season driver Marcus Ericsson, who returns for a third year with Sauber in 2017.

The second pre-season test in Barcelona will begin on March 7, giving Wehrlein almost three weeks to get fully fit in time to make his first appearance for Sauber.

Rare blip for Mercedes as Hamilton stalls on final test day

MONTMELO, SPAIN - MARCH 04:  Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and Mercedes GP drives during day four of F1 winter testing at Circuit de Catalunya on March 4, 2016 in Montmelo, Spain.  (Photo by Dan Istitene/Getty Images)
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BARCELONA, Spain (AP) The usually faultless Mercedes experienced a rare blip Friday on the final day of preseason testing when Lewis Hamilton stalled at the pit lane exit shortly before the end of the morning session.

While Sebastian Vettel clocked a leading time of 1 minute, 22.852 seconds in his smooth-running Ferrari, Hamilton’s car had a transmission problem and went back to the garage for further assessment.

The previous seven days of testing were incident-free for Mercedes, as Hamilton and teammate Nico Rosberg proved the ultra-reliability of the W07 car by logging considerably more laps than their rivals.

Hamilton was on medium tires when the incident happened, so the British driver did not get to test out the new ultra-soft option ahead of the Australian Grand Prix on March 20.

Valtteri Bottas leads on day two of second Barcelona F1 test

MONTMELO, SPAIN - MARCH 02:  Valtteri Bottas of Finland and Williams drives during day two of F1 winter testing at Circuit de Catalunya on March 2, 2016 in Montmelo, Spain.  (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)
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BARCELONA – Valtteri Bottas took his turn at the top of the timesheets on Wednesday as Formula 1 pre-season test continued in Barcelona.

Bottas finished quickest for Williams with a fastest lap of 1:23.261, set on the super-soft tire with less than two hours remaining in the day as the majority of the teams focused on race simulations.

It proved to be a relatively incident-free day of running at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, with just one red flag interrupting track time as all but three teams completed over 100 laps.

Bottas was followed in the final classification by defending champion Lewis Hamilton, who took the morning running for Mercedes as it once again split the day between its drivers.

Hamilton mirrored the programme of teammate Nico Rosberg from Monday morning, focusing on quick laps as opposed to race runs, and finished just three-tenths of a second shy of Bottas at the top despite posting his time on the soft compound.

Renault had a rare day without issues as Kevin Magnussen racked up 126 laps in the R.S.16 car en route to third position, six-tenths down on Bottas at the top.

Sebastian Vettel followed in P4 for Ferrari as the Italian marque bounced back from a problematic Tuesday. However, the race simulation pace was notably slower than that of Mercedes, suggesting that the pecking order at the very head of the field will remain unchanged this year.

McLaren’s upturn in fortunes continued as Jenson Button finished the day fifth with 121 laps on the board. A small issue at the end of the morning session cost the team some time, but the new Honda power unit and Mobil 1 fuel update appear to both be working well.

Daniel Ricciardo ended the day sixth for Red Bull, again racking up over 100 laps after conducting a race simulation in the afternoon. Toro Rosso’s Carlos Sainz Jr. led the way in terms of laps though, completing more than 160 laps – Mercedes-esque mileage – as the STR11 car impressed once again, taking the Spaniard to seventh overall.

Sergio Perez finished eighth for Force India after some late improvements, while Rosberg came ninth for Mercedes. Together, he and Hamilton completed over 160 laps, marking another ominous showing from the defending champion team.

Pascal Wehrlein ended the day 10th for Manor, while Marcus Ericsson was 11th for Sauber and responsible for the only red flag of the day after beaching his car at Turn 4 with one hour remaining.

It proved to be another difficult day for Haas as Esteban Gutierrez completed just a single lap in the VF-16 car. The team confirmed to MotorSportsTalk that there had been an ‘anomaly’ with the engine, suspected to have been caused by over-revving on the outlap.

Testing continues in Barcelona on Thursday with the penultimate day of running.

First Barcelona F1 pre-season test: All posts, one place

MONTMELO, SPAIN - FEBRUARY 25:  Kevin Magnussen of Denmark and Renault Sport drives  during day four of F1 winter testing at Circuit de Catalunya on February 25, 2016 in Montmelo, Spain.  (Photo by Dan Istitene/Getty Images)
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The Formula 1 paddock come together for the first time in 2016 earlier this week in Barcelona as pre-season testing got underway.

All but one team arrived at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya with a new car for 2016, lifting the covers off in the pit lane before running began on Monday.

Although it is only testing, there were plenty of pointers to be taken out of the four days of running ahead of the first race of the year in Australia on March 20.

Find below all of the posts from Barcelona and coming out of the test on MotorSportsTalk over the past week.

MONDAY 2/22

Red Bull releases first pictures of 2016 RB12 F1 car
Sauber reveals 2016 F1 livery, announces new sponsor
New Renault R.S.16 unveiled in testing livery in Barcelona
Force India presents 2016 F1 car, the VJM09
Toro Rosso STR11 breaks cover in blue testing livery
New Manor Racing F1 car hits the track in Barcelona
Vettel leads, Haas debuts in morning session at Barcelona
Hamilton tests new Mercedes at F1 preseason tests in Spain
In closed cockpit debate, Hulkenberg says “it should be open”
Vettel leads, Hamilton banks 150-plus laps on Barcelona day one
Grosjean, Haas F1 Team happy after first day in Barcelona
F1 to consider reversing the grid to promote better races
Barcelona roundup: Notes, quotes from day one of 2016 F1 testing

TUESDAY 2/23

Honda replaces motorsport chief Yasuhisa Arai
Stefano Domenicali named new Lamborghini President/CEO
Gene Haas: Reliability key to success in debut F1 season
Sebastian Vettel quickest again on day two of Barcelona F1 test
Esteban Gutierrez: New Haas F1 car above expectations
F1 qualifying set for radical overhaul, adding quickfire eliminations
McLaren puts in overtime during Barcelona test to get things right for season
Component failure cuts short second day of testing for Renault’s Palmer

WEDNESDAY 2/24

FIA confirms new F1 qualifying system, postpones new technical regulation decision
Hulkenberg leads third day of Barcelona F1 test as Haas finishes P2
Gene Haas downplays irony of Ford vs. Ferrari in his NASCAR, F1 teams

THURSDAY 2/25

Romain Grosjean predicting continued struggles for Renault in 2016
Gene Haas aiming to attend half the F1 races in 2016
Fernando Alonso dismisses latest round of F1 quit rumors
Raikkonen ends Barcelona test on top as McLaren hits trouble
Stoffel Vandoorne sets sights on 2017 McLaren F1 seat
Steiner elated with ‘fantastic’ test debut for Haas F1 Team
Fernando Alonso limited to just three laps on Thursday in Barcelona
Lewis Hamilton: First Mercedes 2016 F1 test “the best I’ve ever seen”
Renault bounces back as Magnussen racks up the laps in Barcelona

FRIDAY 2/26

Nationalism not key to Gene Haas in Formula 1
Grosjean: Racing for Ferrari a dream, but Haas the focus right now
Mercedes’ first 2016 F1 test display was an ominous sign of things to come
Fernando Alonso: Mercedes stronger than ever in Formula 1
Hamilton, Grosjean doubt new F1 qualifying format will change much

SATURDAY 2/27

Ecclestone: New F1 qualifying format introduction delayed
Lewis Hamilton slams ‘ridiculous’ Formula 1 car weight
Gene Haas unconcerned about lack of sponsors on F1 car
Kevin Magnussen: Renault needs time to return to full strength
Hembery: Opening 2016 F1 test as expected for Pirelli