F1: Barcelona 2015 first test cumulative times, lap counts, analysis

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Just as we did after the Jerez test to kick off the 2015 round of preseason testing, we have also looked inside the numbers following this past weekend’s first Barcelona test thus far.

As my MotorSportsTalk colleague Luke Smith noted in his Sunday paddock notebook from Barcelona, Mercedes AMG Petronas still has the edge overall, as it appeared they did after Jerez, even though the team did not lead the timesheets on any of the four days.

Mercedes as a team banked the most laps for the second consecutive test, with 446 laps in Barcelona after completing more than 500 in Jerez.

The team has nearly 200 laps more completed than any other squad after the first two tests of the season – an impressive number for the improved reliability, thus far, on the W06 chassis.

Mercedes’ prolific running at Jerez meant it was one of only two teams that didn’t improve its lap count total at Barcelona than it did in Jerez. The other was Ferrari, but with only one fewer lap completed in Barcelona compared to Jerez (345 vs. 346), you’d have to call that a wash.

Toro Rosso is particularly impressive thus far with its pair of rookies in Max Verstappen and Carlos Sainz Jr. The two of them are third and fourth in terms of completed laps thus far, only behind the Mercedes teammates, with Toro Rosso second as a team in lap count too.

The “senior team,” Red Bull has appeared to make a performance leap, both in pace and reliability, with the cars completing more than 250 laps more in Barcelona than they did in Jerez (418 over 164).

Lotus was a standout from the pace standpoint, even though it was tire choice-aided. Although the lap count total for them was always going to grow given the team ran only three of the four days in Jerez, it was still a good showing from them this weekend as they look to recapture past form.

Without overstating the obvious, McLaren Honda is in trouble, and the numbers bare that out even more with two tests in the books compared to just the traditional “shake the bugs off” first test in Jerez.

Through eight days of running, McLaren Honda have completed only 203 laps – less even than Force India, who have only run the Barcelona test with its 2014 chassis. Susie Wolff and Jolyon Palmer, test drivers for Williams and Lotus, respectively, have come close in one day’s running to matching Jenson Button’s totals over four days.

Consider too Mercedes power units, via their four teams, have unofficially banked more than 2,500 laps of running to date thus far.

Force India is not without its issues as well. The team got out for four days in Barcelona, which was good, but is still yet to premiere its new full 2015 chassis. It remains to be seen whether that will be ready for this weekend’s test. Nico Hulkenberg, in particular, is lacking for seat time with only 36 laps completed on Sunday in preparation for the season.

Below are the totals both from Barcelona and the testing season to date:

Barcelona Test 1 – Cumulative Results

1. Romain Grosjean Lotus 1m 24.067 (111 laps; 111 Sun.)
2. Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1m 24.321 (197: 66 Fri., 131 Sun.)
3. Pastor Maldonado Lotus 1:24.348 (173; 69 Thurs., 104 Sat.)
4. Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull 1:24.574 (202; 59 Thurs., 143 Fri.)
5. Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1:24.585 (164; 74 Thurs., 90 Fri.)
6. Felipe Massa Williams 1:24.672 (143; 88 Fri., 55 Sat.)
7. Sergio Perez Force India 1:24.702 (155; 34 Thurs., 121 Fri.)
8. Max Verstappen Toro Rosso 1:24.739 (223; 94 Thurs., 129 Sat.)
9. Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:24.923 (201; 11 Thurs., 89 Fri., 101 Sat.)
10. Daniil Kvyat Red Bull 1m 24.941 (216; 112 Sat., 104 Sun.)
11. Felipe Nasr Sauber 1m 24.956 (152; 79 Thurs., 73 Sun.)
12. Valtteri Bottas Williams 1m 25.345 (178; 49 Sat., 129 Sun.)
13. Carlos Sainz Jr. Toro Rosso 1m 25.604 (188; 100 Fri., 88 Sun.)
14. Fernando Alonso McLaren 1:25.961 (79; 59 Fri., 20 Sun.)
15. Jolyon Palmer Lotus 1:26.280 (77; 77 Fri.)
16. Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1m 26.312 (181; 105 Sat., 76 Sun.)
17. Marcus Ericsson Sauber 1:26.340 (166; 113 Fri., 53 Sat.)
18. Nico Hulkenberg Force India 1m 26.591 (36; 36 Sun.)
19. Pascal Wehrlein Force India 1:27.333 (113; 32 Thurs., 81 Sat.)
20. Jenson Button McLaren 1:28.182 (45; 21 Thurs., 24 Sat.)
21. Pascal Wehrlein Mercedes 1:28.489 (48; 48 Thurs.)
22. Susie Wolff Williams 1:28.906 (86; 86 Thurs.)

Barcelona Test 1 – Cumulative Laps by Chassis

1. Mercedes 446 laps (Hamilton 201, Rosberg 197, Wehrlein 48)
2. Red Bull 418 laps (Kvyat 216, Ricciardo 202)
3. Toro Rosso 411 laps (Verstappen 223, Sainz Jr. 188)
4. Williams 407 laps (Bottas 178, Massa 143, Wolff 86)
5. Lotus 361 laps (Maldonado 173, Grosjean 111, Palmer 77)
6. Ferrari 345 laps (Vettel 181, Raikkonen 164)
7. Sauber 318 laps (Ericsson 166, Nasr 152)
8. Force India 304 laps (Perez 155, Wehrlein 113, Hulkenberg 36)
9. McLaren 124 laps (Alonso 79, Button 45)

Barcelona Test 1 – Cumulative Laps by Engine

1. Mercedes 1518 laps (Mercedes 446, Williams 407, Lotus 361, Force India 304)
2. Renault 829 laps (Red Bull 418, Toro Rosso 411)
3. Ferrari 663 laps (Ferrari 345, Sauber 318)
4. Honda 124 laps (McLaren 124)

CUMULATIVE TOTALS – 2015 PRESEASON TESTS

Jerez and Barcelona Tests – Cumulative Lap Totals

1. Nico Rosberg Mercedes 505 laps (308 Jerez, 197 Barcelona)
2. Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 408 laps (207 Jerez, 201 Barcelona)
3. Max Verstappen Toro Rosso 393 laps (170 Jerez, 223 Barcelona)
4. Carlos Sainz Jr. Toro Rosso 370 laps (182 Jerez, 188 Barcelona)
5. Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 362 laps (198 Jerez, 164 Barcelona)
6. Marcus Ericsson Sauber 351 laps (185 Jerez, 166 Barcelona)
7. Felipe Nasr Sauber 349 laps (197 Jerez, 152 Barcelona)
8. Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 329 laps (148 Jerez, 181 Barcelona)
9. Valtteri Bottas Williams 312 laps (134 Jerez, 178 Barcelona)
10. Pastor Maldonado Lotus 310 laps (137 Jerez, 173 Barcelona)
11. Daniil Kvyat Red Bull 297 laps (81 Jerez, 216 Barcelona)
12. Felipe Massa Williams 287 laps (144 Jerez, 143 Barcelona)
13. Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull 285 laps (83 Jerez, 202 Barcelona)
14. Romain Grosjean Lotus 166 laps (53 Jerez, 111 Barcelona)
15. Sergio Perez Force India 155 laps (155 Barcelona)
16. Fernando Alonso McLaren 117 laps (38 Jerez, 79 Barcelona)
17. Pascal Wehrlein Force India 113 laps (113 Barcelona)
18. Jenson Button McLaren 89 laps (41 Jerez, 45 Barcelona)
19. Susie Wolff Williams 86 laps (86 Barcelona)
20. Jolyon Palmer Lotus 77 laps (77 Barcelona)
21. Pascal Wehrlein Mercedes 48 laps (48 Barcelona)
22. Nico Hulkenberg Force India 36 laps (36 Barcelona)

Jerez and Barcelona Tests – Cumulative Laps by Chassis

1. Mercedes 961 laps (Jerez 515, Barcelona 446)
2. Toro Rosso 763 laps (Jerez 352, Barcelona 411)
3. Sauber 700 laps (Jerez 382, Barcelona 318)
4. Ferrari 691 laps (Jerez 346, Barcelona 345)
5. Williams 685 laps (Jerez 278, Barcelona 407)
6. Red Bull 582 laps (Jerez 164, Barcelona 418)
7. Lotus 551 laps (Jerez 190, Barcelona 361)
8. Force India 304 laps (Barcelona 304)
9. McLaren 203 laps (Jerez 79, Barcelona 124)

Jerez and Barcelona Tests – Cumulative Laps by Engine

1. Mercedes 2501 laps (Mercedes 961, Williams 685, Lotus 551, Force India 304)
2. Ferrari 1391 laps (Sauber 700, Ferrari 691)
3. Renault 1345 laps (Toro Rosso 763, Red Bull 582)
4. Honda 203 laps (McLaren 203)

Houston Supercross by the numbers: Five riders begin to gap the field

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Chase Sexton stumbled in San Diego and Eli Tomac had a hard fall in Anaheim 2, but the Monster Energy Supercross numbers for Houston suggest they will continue to be the ones to beat in Houston. To do so, they will have to turn back challenges from another pair of riders who have swept the top five in the first three rounds and another with a worst finish of sixth.

Houston Supercross numbers
Cooper Webb’s ability to close races makes him a Houston favorite. – Feld Motor Sports

Despite an accident in his heat in San Diego that sent him to the Last Chance Qualifier (LCQ), Sexton recovered to score a top-five that weekend. His podium finish in Anaheim 1 and overall win last week in Anaheim 2 makes him one of the three riders with a perfect top-five record. He is joined by Cooper Webb, who finished second in the first two rounds and fourth last week, and Ken Roczen, whose consistency in the first three races contributed to him grabbing the top spot in this week’s NBC Supercross Power Rankings.

There are reasons to believe Webb and Roczen can keep those streaks alive.

Webb is the only multiple winner at Supercross’ current Houston stadium. His pair of wins came in 2019 and 2021, the same year he won his two 450 championships.

Clinton Fowler points out this week, that Webb has carried that strength into 2023. Webb had a late surge in Anaheim 1, advancing from fifth to second in the final six laps. In San Diego, he set his ninth fastest lap with two to go and his eighth fastest on the final lap. He posted his fastest lap of Anaheim 2 on Lap 12 while the rest of the field did so on Lap 6 on average.

By comparison, Tomac set his 14th fastest lap on the final circuit in route to winning the Main at San Diego while he was trying to keep Webb at bay.

With a sixth at San Diego, Dylan Ferrandis barely missed sweeping the top five in his first three races as did Tomac with a sixth last week at Anaheim 2.

This will be the 46th year Supercross has visited Houston and with 55 races the city is tied for the second-most with Detroit.

Jim Pomeroy won the first race in the Astrodome during the inaugural season of 1974 on a 250, which was the premiere class at the time. Houston was one of three races held that year along with events at Daytona International Speedway and the Los Angeles Coliseum. All three venues return in 2023 with the first SuperMotocross championship finale returning to the famed LA Coliseum in September.

Webb won most recently in 2021 in the final race of three held there that year as the series executed a strategy of racing in residencies to limit travel during height of the COVID-19 pandemic. Tomac and Justin Barcia also won in Houston in 2021.

Two privateers have started the season on a high note.

Joshua Cartwright and Joshua Varize have each made the last two Mains. Cartwright finished 18th in San Diego and 21st last week in Anaheim 2 – all while working fulltime as a Business Intelligence Analyst at the University of Texas, Dallas. Varize earned a top-15 (12th) in San Diego and was 21st in Anaheim 2 in his third season on a 450.

Michael Mosiman scored his first 250 win last year in San Diego. – Feld Motor Sports

The numbers show none of the active 250 Supercross East riders have won in Houston, so no matter who steps on top of the box, there is going to be a fresh face. That is not surprising since most of the top competitors have not raced at this venue yet.

Michael Mosiman has a pair of top-fives there, however. His best finish was a second in the second 2021 race. Garrett Marchbanks scored a top-10 in his rookie season of 2019 in Houston.

In the 250 East division, Hunter Lawrence is one of the favorites to win the title now that Christian Craig has moved to 450s. Last year he had four wins and nine podiums, but failed to set a fast lap in a race.

The other 250 riders with 2022 wins this week are Mosiman, who earned his first Supercross win last year in San Diego, and Nate Thrasher, who became the fifth new class winner at Daytona.

Jeremy Martin will attempt to extend a record this week in Houston. His division leading SuperMotocross podiums number 65. He has 26 wins in the combined sessions, which ranks fourth all time.

Last Five Houston Winners

450s
2022, no race
2021, Race 3: Cooper Webb
2021, Race 2: Eli Tomac
2021, Race 1: Justin Barcia
2020, no race
2019, Cooper Webb
2018, Jason Anderson

250s
2022, no race
2021, Race 3: Colt Nichols
2021, Race 2: Jett Lawrence
2021, Race 1: Christian Craig
2020, no race
2019, Dylan Ferrandis
2018, Aaron Plessinger

By the Numbers

Anaheim 2
San Diego

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