Ferrari flips running order for second test in Barcelona

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Scuderia Ferrari has confirmed its schedule for the upcoming F1 pre-season test in Barcelona, flipping the running order from Jerez for next week’s sessions.

The Italian marque made an impressive start to pre-season by finishing as the fastest team on three of the four days in Jerez. Sebastian Vettel’s first public running as a Ferrari driver saw him top days one and two of the test and finish second in the cumulative standings.

However, the German driver will have to wait until day three in Barcelona before getting back behind the wheel of the SF15-T as Kimi Raikkonen is allocated the first two days of running.

Barcelona F1 Test Running Order – Scuderia Ferrari

Day 1: Kimi Raikkonen
Day 2: Kimi Raikkonen
Day 3: Sebastian Vettel
Day 4: Sebastian Vettel

After a miserable 2014 season, Ferrari’s early pace in Jerez has been questioned by many. With fuel loads unknown in testing, the team’s lap times may well have been flattered, with Mercedes still widely considered to be the leader of the pack.

However, a repeat display in Barcelona to underpin its Jerez pace would perhaps prompt many to think again about Ferrari’s chances in 2015.

The next pre-season test begins on February 19th at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, running until the 22nd.

Formula One names Stefano Domenicali as its new CEO

Stefano Domenicali named F1 CEO
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Former Ferarri chief Stefano Domenicali was named the new president and CEO of F1, replacing Chase Carey in January 2021, Liberty Media announced Friday.

Domenicali, 55, will join Formula One from Lamborghini, where he had been CEO and president.

He worked on Ferrari’s F1 team for nearly 20 years, becoming the team principal in 2008. He left in 2014 and worked at Audi before joining Lamborghini.

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“I am thrilled to join the Formula 1 organization, a sport that has always been part of my life,” Domenicali said in a release. “I was born in Imola and live in Monza.  I’ve remained connected to the sport through my work with the Single Seater Commission at the FIA and I look forward to connecting with the teams, promoters, sponsors and many partners in Formula 1 as we continue to drive the business ahead.

“The past six years at Audi and then leading Lamborghini have given me broader perspective and experience that I will bring to Formula 1.”

Carey, who had led F1 since Liberty’s Formula One Group took control of the organization in 2017, will move to the role of non-executive chairman.

“Chase has done a phenomenal job leading F1,” Liberty Media President and CEO Greg Maffei said in a statement. “He assembled a first-class commercial and sporting organization that has a long list of achievements, including broadening the appeal of the sport, growing its digital presence, establishing new technical regulations, securing a cost cap for the first time and reaching a new more equitable Concorde agreement with the teams.  His actions have reinforced F1 as the pinnacle of motorsport.”

Said Carey: “It has been an honor to lead Formula 1, a truly global sport with a storied past over the last seventy years. I’m proud of the team that’s not only navigated through an immensely challenging 2020 but returned with added purpose and determination in the areas of sustainability, diversity and inclusion.  I’m confident that we’ve built the strong foundation for the business to grow over the long term.”