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.

Hunter and Jett Lawrence walk a delicate balance between winning races and favoring the fans

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ANAHEIM, California – Hunter and Jett Lawrence are two of the most popular riders on the Monster Energy Supercross circuit, with fan bases that established and grew immediately when they came to America to ride for HRC Honda. Connecting with those fans came naturally for the charming Australian brothers, but it has not come without cost.

“It’s cool they’re there and it’s one of the things we try to do is give the fan that interaction,” Hunter told NBC Sports during Supercross Media Sessions ahead of the 2023 season. “It’s why we do ride days, meet-and-greets, press conferences  – all that stuff, because it’s exciting for them. We are trying to bridge the gap so they get personal interaction. Because that’s all they’re after. It’s all about getting that fan to think, ‘I know that guy. I didn’t meet him, but I get him. I get his humor.’ ”

There is no artifice in either brother. Their fan appeal is directly attributable to who they are at their core. And it’s that very genuineness that has throngs of fans standing outside their hauler, waiting for just a moment of their time.

“It’s about being yourself – talking to people,” Hunter said. “It’s not like I turn it on or turn it off; it’s just about being yourself. This is who we are, this is who you get and this is how it will be. You can’t portray something you’re not. If you keep saying you’re an orange, but apples keep popping out, it’s only a matter of time [until they figure it out].”

The key word is ‘throngs’, however. One person wanting just a few moments of time is incidental. Dozens are an entirely different matter.

“It’s tough in Supercross because it’s such a long day,” Hunter said. “The recovery side of it’s tough to do everything. We get stuck outside the grid; we can’t be there for like 10 minutes. We’re stuck there for like an hour. It gets overwhelming at times.

“You feel bad because you want to sign everything, but you’re still here for a job. Every race day is like that. We do the best we can, but there are so many people who wait out front. They’re screaming for you. Even when we’re coming off the sessions, they’re already yelling before you put your bike on the stands. You don’t even get time to take you helmet off.”

It can be a double-edged sword. Personality is only one part of the equation. A much bigger part of the brothers’ fan appeal comes because of their success. Hunter finished second in the last two Supercross 250 West title battles and third in the past two Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championships.

Jett won the last three titles he competed for, including last year’s 250 East Supercross Championship and the last two Motocross contests.

“I think they expect me to have nothing else to do on a Saturday and that I have unlimited energy,” Jett said. “But, I’m trying to recover for the next race.”

It’s a matter of timing. Jett has gained a reputation last year for handing out hundreds of donuts before the races during Red Bull fan appreciation sessions. And after the race, once the business at hand has been settled, Jett is equally available to the fans.

“After the race it’s fine; I’ll stay behind.” Jett said. “My job is done on the racing side of things, but until that last moto is done, my main thing is dirt bikes. The fans come along with it. The fans are part of the job, but main job at hand is the racing side of things. After the race, I’ll stay there for an hour or so. It’s a lot calmer.”