Vettel fastest for Ferrari on day one of Jerez test


Sebastian Vettel has begun life with Ferrari in the best possible fashion by finishing fastest on the first day pre-season testing in Jerez today.

The German driver was the first man out of the pit lane on Sunday morning in Spain, starting as he meant to go on. He ultimately finished with a best time of 1:22.620, one-tenth of a second clear of Sauber’s Marcus Ericsson.

Defending world champions Mercedes may not have topped the timesheets on the first day of testing, but Nico Rosberg undoubtedly put in the performance of the day. With a mammoth 157 laps to his name, the German proved that the quest to improve the reliability of the W06 Hybrid has been successful so far.

In fourth, Daniel Ricciardo gave the camouflage-liveried Red Bull a solid baptism in a far cry from the team’s performance last year. In the entirety of the test at Jerez last year, the former world champions completed just 21 laps; just today, the Australian managed 35, finishing with a best time of 1:23.338. However, his day was cut short when his car began emitting smoke during the afternoon, forcing him to pit.

Despite a late start, Valtteri Bottas managed to finish fifth for Williams, sixth tenths of a second behind Ricciardo. In his first test of the year, F1 rookie Carlos Sainz Jr. finished sixth for Toro Rosso.

The surprise name propping up the timesheets was Fernando Alonso, who in his first McLaren drive since November 2007 could complete just six laps in the Honda-powered MP4-30. However, the Spaniard was pleased with his day of running, tweeting that he felt proud of the team.

In a stark contrast to the test in Jerez last year, very few teams encountered major issues with their cars. Ferrari’s lap count may have been higher had it not been for a number of small problems on Vettel’s SF15-T, whilst McLaren is clearly still getting to grips with its new car. In total, there were only two red flags: one for Sainz and one for Ericsson. For starters though, F1 2015 is looking a great deal more reliable.

Testing resumes in Jerez tomorrow. You can see the full line-up here. Lotus will also be joining the test, with the E23 Hybrid not arriving in time to get out on track today.

Jerez Day 1 – Final Results

1. Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1:22.620 (60 laps)
2. Marcus Ericsson Sauber 1:22.777 (73)
3. Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1:23.106 (157)
4. Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull 1:23.338 (35)
5. Valtteri Bottas Williams 1:23.906 (73)
6. Carlos Sainz Jr. Toro Rosso 1:25.327 (46)
7. Fernando Alonso McLaren 1:40.738 (6)

IndyCar results, points after Detroit Grand Prix


DETROIT — Alex Palou topped the results of an NTT IndyCar Series race for the second time this season, extending his championship points lead with his victory in the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix.

The Chip Ganassi Racing driver, who also won the GMR Grand Prix (and the Indy 500 pole position) last month, holds a 51-point lead over teammate Marcus Ericsson (ninth at Detroit) through seven of 17 races this season.

Ganassi, which placed all four of its drivers in the top 10 at Detroit, has three of the top four in the championship standings with Scott Dixon ranked fourth after a fourth at Detroit.

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Indy 500 winner Josef Newgarden is third in the standings after taking a 10th at Detroit. Pato O’Ward slipped to fifth in the points after crashing and finishing 26th

Here are the IndyCar results and points standings after the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix:


Click here for the official box score from the 100-lap race on a nine-turn, 1.645-mile street course in downtown Detroit.

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Here is the finishing order in the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix with starting position in parentheses, driver, engine, laps completed and reason out (if any):

1. (1) Alex Palou, Honda, 100, Running
2. (7) Will Power, Chevrolet, 100, Running
3. (9) Felix Rosenqvist, Chevrolet, 100, Running
4. (4) Scott Dixon, Honda, 100, Running
5. (13) Alexander Rossi, Chevrolet, 100, Running
6. (12) Kyle Kirkwood, Honda, 100, Running
7. (2) Scott McLaughlin, Chevrolet, 100, Running
8. (11) Marcus Armstrong, Honda, 100, Running
9. (6) Marcus Ericsson, Honda, 100, Running
10. (5) Josef Newgarden, Chevrolet, 100, Running
11. (24) Colton Herta, Honda, 100, Running
12. (17) Devlin DeFrancesco, Honda, 100, Running
13. (8) Simon Pagenaud, Honda, 100, Running
14. (20) Agustin Canapino, Chevrolet, 100, Running
15. (15) Conor Daly, Chevrolet, 100, Running
16. (18) Christian Lundgaard, Honda, 100, Running
17. (25) Jack Harvey, Honda, 100, Running
18. (14) Rinus VeeKay, Chevrolet, 100, Running
19. (23) Helio Castroneves, Honda, 100, Running
20. (19) Benjamin Pedersen, Chevrolet, 97, Running
21. (22) Santino Ferrucci, Chevrolet, 97, Running
22. (26) Sting Ray Robb, Honda, 97, Running
23. (21) David Malukas, Honda, 85, Contact
24. (3) Romain Grosjean, Honda, 80, Contact
25. (27) Graham Rahal, Honda, 50, Contact
26. (10) Pato O’Ward, Chevrolet, 41, Contact
27. (16) Callum Ilott, Chevrolet, 1, Contact

Winner’s average speed: 80.922 mph; Time of Race: 02:01:58.1171; Margin of victory: 1.1843 seconds; Cautions: 7 for 32 laps; Lead changes: 10 among seven drivers. Lap Leaders: Palou 1-28; Power 29-33; O’Ward 34; Palou 35-55; Power 56-64; Palou 65; Rossi 66; Newgarden 67-68; Kirkwood 69; Ericsson 70-76; Palou 77-100.


Click here for the points tally in the race.

Here are the points standings after the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix:



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Pit stop performance

Top 10 in points: Palou 273, Ericsson 222, Newgarden 203, Dixon 194, O’Ward 191, Rossi 176, McLaughlin 175, Power 172, Herta 149, Rosenqvist 148.

Rest of the standings: Grosjean 145, Kirkwood 142, Lundgaard 136, Ilott 116, VeeKay 108, Ferrucci 105, Armstrong 101, Rahal 99, Malukas 91, Daly 88, DeFrancesco 81, Castroneves 80, Harvey 78, Canapino 77, Pagenaud 72, Pedersen 61, Robb 55, Takuma Sato 37, Ed Carpenter 27, Ryan Hunter-Reay 20, Tony Kanaan 18, Marco Andretti 13, RC Enerson 5, Katherine Legge 5.

Next race: IndyCar will head to Road America for the Sonsio Grand Prix, which will take place June 18 with coverage starting at 1 p.m. ET on NBC and Peacock.