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


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)


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)

IndyCar champion Will Power completes ‘Victory Lap’ at ceremony in Indianapolis

Will Power Victory Lap
Chris Owens/Penske Entertainment

INDIANAPOLIS – Will Power went on his “Victory Lap” last week to celebrate his second career championship as the 2022 NTT IndyCar Series champion.

It began with several media interviews in Monterey, California, the day after he won the championship with a third-place finish in the Sept. 11 Firestone Grand Prix of Monterey.

From there, it was off to Los Angeles for more interviews and personal appearances that included a VIP Tour at the Petersen Automotive Museum, several appearances on SiriusXM and lunch at The Ivy, where the Team Penske IndyCar Series driver was treated to Wagyu Beef.

“It was one of the best steaks I’ve ever had in my life,” Power told NBCSports.com.

From L.A. back to Power’s North Carolina home, near Team Penske’s home base of Mooresville, there was one stop left on Sept. 17 — the Victory Lap Celebration at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum, an invitation-only banquet where Power and his No. 12 Verizon Chevrolet crew at Team Penske were honored for the 2022 NTT IndyCar Series championship.

They didn’t even have to check into a hotel and spend another night on the road. Power and his team left on a Team Penske plane from the Statesville, N.C., airport at 4 p.m. ET Saturday to fly to Indianapolis. On arrival an hour later, a limo bus took the team to IMS.

Power led the 2022 season with five NTT P1 Awards for pole, earning the NTT P1 Award as the best qualifier of the season for the fifth time in his career. Power also made history with his 68th career pole, breaking the all-time mark held by the legendary Mario Andretti.

Power and Scott Dixon also became just two of only five drivers to complete every lap of every race in IndyCar Series history.

“What a year,” Power said as he was awarded his personal Astor Cup trophy (the second in his collection after the 2014 championship. “What a phenomenal year coming off one of my worst seasons personally. We came back with a vengeance.

“I want to thank Roger and Kathy Penske for everything they have done for me over the years. I wouldn’t be standing here and have the numbers I have without what Roger has done for me. I’m given a car every week that is capable of winning the pole, races, championships, and Indianapolis 500s. I’m so grateful for that.

“Also, to Greg Penske, you are there every week now at every event and I know we will be in good hands moving forward with the Penske Family.”

There are many on Power’s team and at home, that helped support Power throughout his career. None is bigger than Power’s wife, Liz, who told Power before the season that he would win the championship and break Andretti’s record.

“I must thank my wife. I’m so lucky to have a wife with that crystal ball that can tell me what is going to happen,” Power said. “I can’t think you enough, babe. I love you so much and you have been a big support to me my whole career. We’ve been together 17 years, and I’ve been in the series 17 years. She has been such a huge support to me. The mother of our child and she is a fantastic mother.

“She can’t tell the future. She just had faith in me.”

Liz Power’s premonition came true and that allowed Power and his No. 12 Dallara-Chevrolet team to celebrate Penske’s 17th IndyCar championship and 42nd title in the racing team’s history.

“The 12 crew this year, I’ve never had such a great group of guys,” Power said. “Trevor Lacasse (chief mechanic) is such a calm guy, but he does such a meticulous job on the preparation of the car. He is very, very good at keeping the whole crew happy. It feels as if there is no pressure on us. That’s a huge part in getting the most out of people. It was our first year together with you as a crew chief. What a great year to start our relationship.

“Dave Faustino (Power’s longtime engineer), we’ve worked together for 15 years. He’s almost like a wife to me, a partner … apart from sleeping together. We have a very good working relationship. Sorry Dave, I’m an awkward person and you are not.

“The things we have been through in our years together, it’s crazy that we continually improve and get better. We are standing on the podium after winning the championship and we are talking about the car, the race, and the tires. We weren’t talking about the championship.

“We never stop. The other boys were laughing at us, but I’m already thinking about next year.

“Ron Ruzewski (Team Penske IndyCar Managing Director and strategist) on the radio, always calm. He has actually made me a calm person. I rarely get upset on the radio anymore.”

Power also recognized the fans who helped boost attendance at many venues on the schedule this season as NBC Sports enjoyed its largest IndyCar audience yet.

“This series is growing,” Power said. “With open wheel racing now so popular because of Formula One, it’s really our time to push and put money behind it and go now and take IndyCar to another level because we have the best racing product in the world.

“I have to thank my teammates and (Team Penske president) Tim Cindric. I can’t tell you how hard we push each other. We are ultracompetitive and love each other and push each other hard, so thank you.”

Power won the championship by 16 points over hard-charging teammate Josef Newgarden, who finished second in the standings for the third year in a row.

“Overall, I’m filled with a lot of pride for our team and what we were able to do this year,” Newgarden said in his banquet address. “Any year that you step in the championship, you can easily see the challenges it presents everybody.

“It’s a very difficult challenge for the teams and drivers. To be a part of it, make it through it and for us at Team Penske, to topple it, is a very big deal. We’re all competitive.

“The tough thing about being in a championship fight, especially with teammates is we all want to be the best. That’s how it should be. We are competitive people and want to be the best. But it’s a team sport.

“Will, tremendous season, great, great job. I think the world of everybody on our team. It’s a big group. I’m so happy for all of you on the 12-car crew. There is so much we can take into next year.”

Six-time NTT IndyCar Series champion Scott Dixon was unable to attend the banquet because of the Goodwood Festival in England but sent congratulations to Power via a video message.

“I really want to congratulate Will Power,” Dixon said. “You drove a tremendous season this year. Even with some of the lows that you had, some of the mistakes with qualifying, you bounced back tremendously. I know how tough these championships are and to see you do it in the style that you did it in the last race of the season, massive congratulations.”

Power’s championship formula included one victory, nine podiums and 12 top-five finishes. Teammate Josef Newgarden was second in the championship with five wins but only six podiums.

Cindric saluted Power’s season in accepting the championship team owner award.

“Will, you took it to another level this year,” Cindric said. “You are the complete package. You completed every lap, had nine podiums, finished out of the top 10 just four times, broke Mario Andretti’s record, and you did it all without cussing at the officials on national TV.

“One complaint I do has is while most of us think you might be from another planet, you never told us your wife was a fortune teller.”

Cindric also honored the seasons of Penske drivers Newgarden and Scott McLaughlin, who won three times in his second full season (“You are one of only two full-time IndyCar drivers that has driven for us in the past 23 years that hasn’t won an Indy 500 or an IndyCar championship. Your time is coming.”).

Kyle Moyer was named team manager of the year (his fifth time and Penske’s sixth). Pennzoil presented Lacasse with the chief mechanic of the year for the first time, the sixth time for Team Penske. The No. 12 crew also won the Firestone Pit Performance Award for the most pit stop performance award points in 2022.

Power, Newgarden and McLaughlin delivered nine of Chevrolet’s series-leading 11 victories this season, helping Chevy win the Manufacturer Award for the seventh time since it returned to the series in 2012 and the first time since 2017. Jim Danahy, U.S. vice president, Competition Motorsports Engineering for Chevrolet, accepted the award on behalf of his team.

Christian Lundgaard was honored as the 2022 NTT IndyCar rookie of the year. Lundgaard, from Denmark, scored one podium, two top-five finishes and seven top-10s in the No. 30 Honda fielded by Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing. He edged David Malukas of Dale Coyne Racing with HMD by 18 points in the standings for first-year series drivers.

Christian Lundgaard (Chris Owens/Penske Entertainment)

“It’s been a tough season and looking at how it panned out, we struggled so much at the beginning of the season and how we were able to turn it around means so much to me and the team,” Lundgaard said. “It’s the one thing that you only get one shot at. I’m happy to have it.

“Being the first Dane at the Indy 500 certainly helps. Competing here for me is quite important and also special. To win this award and to be here in future years means so much to me. I have a chance to compete for wins and championships.

“This team gave me this opportunity at this track one year ago. We came back and got redemption. We got our first podium here. This year was 40 years ago that Bobby Rahal won the same award. It’s pretty special to keep it among the team.”

Sweden’s Linus Lundqvist was honored as Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires champion after a dominant season for HMD Motorsports with Dale Coyne Racing. Lundqvist won a series-high five races in the No. 26 HMD Motorsports with Dale Coyne Racing entry and clinched the Lights championship with a race to spare, ending with a 92-point advantage over Sting Ray Robb. HMD Motorsports with Dale Coyne Racing owners Henry and Daiva Malukas accepted the team championship.

“I’m very proud of that,” Lundqvist said. “It’s cool to see. We are starting to look to the future, and this might not be doing too bad. It’s been great. As most of you can guess with Henry and Daiva Malukas (team owners), it’s been an incredible journey. So much fun that we’ve had. To be on the grid this year was so much of a struggle for us. I didn’t even know I would be doing this until January.

“To be able to pull out the season that we had, I cannot thank this team enough. We will celebrate this for a long time. I’m so happy and proud about that.”

Outgoing IndyCar Director of Medical Affairs Dr. Geoffrey Billows also was honored as he is leaving that role while battling cancer.

“When I think of Dr. Billows, I think of two words,” IndyCar president Jay Frye said. “One is selfless and the other is tough. He’s gone through a lot these last couple of years, and he didn’t want anybody to know. He’s an amazing man, and we are very grateful for what you have done.”

Dr. Geoffrey Billows with IndyCar president Jay Frye (Chris Owens/Penske Entertainment)

Billows was presented with a framed checkered flag signed by all drivers in the series as well as other IndyCar officials and dignitaries.

“I was not expecting this at all,” Billows said. “This means so much for me to be part of this family for the past 30 years. I’ve been presented with opportunities I never thought I would ever have. I can’t tell you how much I love all of you guys and care for all of you guys.

“Thank you so much. I want to also thank my wife, Tammy, who has been a pillar of strength as I continue on this journey with cancer for the past two years as well. You will still see me as a consultant because I love this too much to quit altogether.”

When the evening concluded, Team Penske boarded a bus to the airport for the short return flight to Statesville. They were home by midnight.

Power’s Victory Lap was complete.

“The best thing about this is I get to sleep in my own bed tonight,” Power said.

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