Vettel fastest for Ferrari on day one of Jerez test

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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)

Formula E announces Portland, Oregon as US race in 2023

Formula E Portland 2023
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The American date for the 2023 Formula E schedule will move from Brooklyn, New York to Portland, Oregon on June 24, 2023, filling the calendar at 16 rounds. This will be the first time in the nine-year history of the series that they have raced on the West Coast in only the third different city in the United States. Miami hosted one Formula E race in 2015. The series has visited the United States every season except 2020 due to the COVID-1+9 pandemic.

The 2023 race will be Round 12.

“We are excited to bring the premier electric motorsport world championship to Portland for the first time in June next year,” said Alberto Longo, Co-Founder & Chief Championship Officer, Formula E in a press release. “There is a big, passionate fanbase for professional sports in the city, together with strong ecological credentials which makes Portland a perfect host for the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship.

“The USA remains an important market for Formula E. We are delighted to maintain that critical presence and engage a new audience in the Pacific Northwest region in all-electric motorsport.”

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Last year’s American round in Brooklyn was made up of two races with Nick Cassidy from Envision Racing winning Race 1 and António da Costa from DS Techeetah taking the second race.

Portland will host only one Formula E race in 2023.

The 2023 season will be highlighted by the new Gen 3 car, which features a battery capable of generating 350 kilowatts with regeneration capability from both the front and rear axles. This contributes to a top speed of 200 miles per hour (m.p.h.), an increase of about 25 m.p.h. from last year.

The 2023 season also marks the entry of two new iconic teams, Maserati and McLaren, who completed their roster of drivers in late November with the addition of Jake Hughes.

Season 9 Calendar

Round 1:  January 3, Mexico City, Mexico
Rounds 2 & 3: January 27-28, Diriyah, Saudi Arabia
Round 4: February 11, Hyderabad, India*
Round 5: February 6, Cape Town, South Africa*
Round 6: March 8, São Paulo, Brazil*
Rounds 7 & 8: April 22-23, Berlin, Germany
Round 9: May 6, Monaco
Rounds 10 & 11: June 3-4, Jakarta, Indonesia
Round 12: June 24, Portland, Oregon*
Rounds 13 & 14: July 15-16, Rome, Italy
Rounds 15 & 16: July 29-30, London

*subject to final FIA Safety and Technical checks,