Line-up for the Barcelona F1 pre-season test – as things stand

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Following on from the first F1 pre-season test in Jerez at the beginning of the month, the teams and drivers will get their next chance to put the 2015 cars through their paces in Barcelona next week.

The first signs from Jerez suggested that Ferrari may have made a step forward following a miserable 2014 campaign, as the Italian marque topped three of the four days.

However, many are still reserving judgement, and will be watching eagerly to see if it can underpin this pace with a second good display in Barcelona.

Five of the nine teams have confirmed their running orders for the next test, so here’s a current run-down of the schedule as things stand.

MERCEDES

Day 1: Lewis Hamilton
Day 2: Nico Rosberg
Day 3: Lewis Hamilton
Day 4: Nico Rosberg

FERRARI

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

MCLAREN

Day 1: Jenson Button
Day 2: Jenson Button
Day 3: Fernando Alonso
Day 4: Fernando Alonso

TORO ROSSO

Day 1: Max Verstappen
Day 2: Carlos Sainz Jr.
Day 3: Max Verstappen
Day 4: Carlos Sainz Jr.

SAUBER

Day 1: Felipe Nasr
Day 2: Marcus Ericsson
Day 3: Marcus Ericsson
Day 4: Felipe Nasr

FORCE INDIA – TBA
Team will use its 2014 car. Mercedes reserve driver Pascal Wehrlein is rumored to be testing for the team alongside Nico Hulkenberg and Sergio Perez.

RED BULL – TBA
Running expected to be split evenly between Daniel Ricciardo and Daniil Kyat.

WILLIAMS – TBA
Felipe Massa, Valtteri Bottas and Susie Wolff will all conduct some kind of running.

LOTUS – TBA
No firm plans yet, but Pastor Maldonado and Romain Grosjean will likely split the running. Interesting to note that reserve driver Jolyon Palmer recently had a seat fitting.

Testing in Barcelona kicks off on Thursday 19th February, continuing until Sunday 22nd February.

Steve Torrence takes NHRA points lead with Gatornationals victory

NHRA Gainesville Steve Torrence
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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Two-time defending NHRA Top Fuel champion Steve Torrence took the points lead Sunday in the AMALIE Motor Oil Gatornationals, beating his father, Billy, in the final round at Gainesville Raceway.

Torrence had a 3.809-second run at 322.11 mph to win for the third time this year and 39th overall. He is now on track for another championship despite missing the season opener.

“We’ve got some good momentum and to be in the points lead, it’s a testament to how hard these guys work,” Steve Torrence said after the NHRA Gainesville victory. “We’ve just got to stay focused and concentrate on what the task at hand is, and that’s trying to win a championship. These guys give me an unbelievable race car and you just try not to screw it up.”

Ron Capps won in Funny Car, Alex Laughlin in Pro Stock and Matt Smith in Pro Stock Motorcycle.

Capps raced to his second win this year and 66th overall, beating Tim Wilkerson with a 3.937 at 323.12 in a Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat.

Laughlin topped Aaron Stanfield with a 7.068 at 204.76 in a Chevrolet Camaro for his first win this season and fourth in his career. Smith rode to his first victory in 2020 and 25th overall, topping Andrew Hines with a 6.843 at 196.99 on an EBR.