F1: Barcelona second test wrap, and 2015 test times cumulative roundup


Here’s your weekend digest from all my MotorSportsTalk colleague Luke Smith did in Barcelona, for test two at the Circuit de Catalunya and test three on the whole of the 2015 F1 preseason.


Thursday paddock notebook
Friday paddock notebook
Saturday paddock notebook
Sunday paddock notebook


Barcelona test one post, video roundup (all links embedded)
Barcelona test one cumulative times
Jerez cumulative times

Mercedes has increased its edge in this second round of Barcelona testing, with both Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton firing “warning shots” when making their fliers on the Pirelli supersoft compound. We reckon the team’s pace edge could be north of one second.

Elsewhere of note, Williams improved a bit during this second test, while Ferrari and Lotus also showed nicely. McLaren, too, had its first long running test day of the year on Friday when Jenson Button banked 101 laps.

Sauber was very heavy on long runs this test, with some 545 completed between Felipe Nasr and Marcus Ericsson. Force India completed more than 340 laps in its first three days out with its new VJM08 chassis.

Overall, increasing lap counts and long runs were the goals for this second Barcelona test more than outright fliers. All the field, with the exception of McLaren reserve Kevin Magnussen, completed at least 130 laps in this test.

Here’s the Barcelona second test results, and a final count of all team preseason running before the Australian Grand Prix in two weeks:

Barcelona Test 2 – Cumulative Results

1. Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1m 22.792s (254 laps; 106 Fri, 148 Sun.)
2. Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m 23.022s (124; 48 Thurs., 76 Sat.)
3. Valtteri Bottas Williams 1m 23.063s (179; 90 Fri., 89 Sun.)
4. Felipe Massa Williams 1m 23.262s (205: 103 Thurs., 102 Sat.)
5. Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1m 23.469s (272; 143 Fri., 129 Sun.)
6. Felipe Nasr Sauber 1m 24.023s (300; 141 Fri., 159 Sun.)
7. Carlos Sainz Jr. Toro Rosso 1m 24.191s (218; 86 Thurs., 132 Sat.)
8. Romain Grosjean Lotus 1m 24.200s (191; 75 Thurs., 116 Sat.)
9. Marcus Ericsson Sauber 1m 24.276s, (245; 122 Thurs., 123 Sat.)
10. Max Verstappen Toro Rosso 1m 24.527s (224; 139 Fri., 85 Sun.)
11. Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull 1m 24.638s (200; 128 Sat., 72 Sun.)
12. Nico Hulkenberg Force India 1m 24.939s (235; 77 Fri., 158 Sat.)
13. Sergio Perez Force India 1m 25.113s (130; 130 Sun.)
14. Kevin Magnussen McLaren 1m 25.225s (39; 39 Sat.)
15. Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m 25.276s (216; 80 Thurs., 136 Sat.)
16. Jenson Button McLaren 1m 25.327s (138; 7 Thurs., 101 Fri., 30 Sun.)
17. Daniil Kvyat Red Bull 1m 25.947s (159; 75 Thurs., 84 Fri.)
18. Pastor Maldonado Lotus 1m 26.705s (176; 140 Fri., 36 Sun.)

Barcelona Test 2 – Cumulative Laps by Chassis

1. Sauber 545 laps (Nasr 300, Ericsson 245)
2. Ferrari 488 laps (Vettel 272, Raikkonen 216)
3. Toro Rosso 442 laps (Verstappen 224, Sainz Jr. 218)
4. Williams 384 laps (Massa 205, Bottas 179)
5. Mercedes 378 laps (Rosberg 254, Hamilton 124)
6. Lotus 367 laps (Grosjean 191, Maldonado 176)
7. Force India 365 laps (Hulkenberg 235, Perez 130)
8. Red Bull 359 laps (Ricciardo 200, Kvyat 159)
9. McLaren 177 laps (Button 138, Magnussen 39)

Barcelona Test 2 – Cumulative Laps by Engine

1. Mercedes 1494 laps (Williams 384, Mercedes 378, Lotus 367, Force India 365)
2. Ferrari 1033 laps (Sauber 545, Ferrari 488)
3. Renault 801 laps (Toro Rosso 442, Red Bull 359)
4. Honda 177 laps (McLaren 177)


Jerez and Barcelona Tests – Cumulative Lap Totals

1. Nico Rosberg Mercedes 759 laps (308 Jerez, 197 Barcelona 1, 254 Barcelona 2)
2. Felipe Nasr Sauber 649 laps (197 Jerez, 152 Barcelona 1, 300 Barcelona 2)
3. Max Verstappen Toro Rosso 617 laps (170 Jerez, 223 Barcelona 1, 224 Barcelona 2)
4. Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 601 laps (148 Jerez, 181 Barcelona 1, 272 Barcelona 2)
5. Marcus Ericsson Sauber 596 laps (185 Jerez, 166 Barcelona 1, 245 Barcelona 2)
6. Carlos Sainz Jr. Toro Rosso 588 laps (182 Jerez, 188 Barcelona 1, 218 Barcelona 2)
7. Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 578 laps (198 Jerez, 164 Barcelona 1, 216 Barcelona 2)
8. Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 532 laps (207 Jerez, 201 Barcelona 1, 124 Barcelona 2)
9. Felipe Massa Williams 492 laps (144 Jerez, 143 Barcelona 1, 205 Barcelona 2)
10. Valtteri Bottas Williams 491 laps (134 Jerez, 178 Barcelona 1, 179 Barcelona 2)
11. Pastor Maldonado Lotus 486 laps (137 Jerez, 173 Barcelona 1, 176 Barcelona 2)
12. Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull 485 laps (83 Jerez, 202 Barcelona 1, 200 Barcelona 2)
13. Daniil Kvyat Red Bull 456 laps (81 Jerez, 216 Barcelona 1, 159 Barcelona 2)
14. Romain Grosjean Lotus 357 laps (53 Jerez, 111 Barcelona 1, 191 Barcelona 2)
15. Sergio Perez Force India 285 laps (155 Barcelona 1, 130 Barcelona 2)
16. Nico Hulkenberg Force India 271 laps (36 Barcelona 1, 235 Barcelona 2)
17. Jenson Button McLaren 227 laps (41 Jerez, 45 Barcelona 1, 138 Barcelona 2)
18. Fernando Alonso McLaren 117 laps (38 Jerez, 79 Barcelona 1)
19. Pascal Wehrlein Force India 113 laps (113 Barcelona 1)
20. Susie Wolff Williams 86 laps (86 Barcelona 1)
21. Jolyon Palmer Lotus 77 laps (77 Barcelona 1)
22. Pascal Wehrlein Mercedes 48 laps (48 Barcelona 1)
23. Kevin Magnussen McLaren 39 laps (39 Barcelona 2)

Jerez and Barcelona Tests – Cumulative Laps by Chassis

1. Mercedes 1339 laps (Jerez 515, Barcelona 1 446, Barcelona 2 378)
2. Sauber 1245 laps (Jerez 382, Barcelona 1 318, Barcelona 2 545)
3. Toro Rosso 1205 laps (Jerez 352, Barcelona 1 411, Barcelona 2 442)
4. Ferrari 1179 laps (Jerez 346, Barcelona 1 345, Barcelona 2 488)
5. Williams 1069 laps (Jerez 278, Barcelona 1 407, Barcelona 2 384)
6. Red Bull 941 laps (Jerez 164, Barcelona 1 418, Barcelona 2 359)
7. Lotus 918 laps (Jerez 190, Barcelona 1 361, Barcelona 2 367)
8. Force India 669 laps (Barcelona 1 304, Barcelona 2 365)
9. McLaren 380 laps (Jerez 79, Barcelona 1 124, Barcelona 2 177)

Jerez and Barcelona Tests – Cumulative Laps by Engine

1. Mercedes 3995 laps (Mercedes 1339, Williams 1069, Lotus 918, Force India 669)
2. Ferrari 2424 laps (Sauber 1245, Ferrari 1179)
3. Renault 2146 laps (Toro Rosso 1205, Red Bull 941)
4. Honda 380 laps (McLaren 380)

Vicki Golden and 805 Beer tell a unique story from an Inverted Perspective


Vicki Golden has earned a career worthy of a thousand stories and 805 Beer tells at least one of them, as “Inverted Perspective” premiered March 30 on the company’s website and YouTube channel.

Golden did more to break the glass ceiling in SuperMotocross than she ever thought possible. She knows this because riders have never felt the need to explain any of her accomplishments with the disclaimer, “for a girl”. 

At this point in Golden’s career, she’s been the first woman to finish top 10 in AMA Arenacross Lites, the first woman to qualify in the Fast 40 in Monster Energy AMA Supercross and the first woman to compete in freestyle Moto X competition, earning a bronze medal by doing so.

Her love for moto came from childhood while she watched her dad and brother ride. By seven she was on her bike and making waves throughout Southern California. 

Golden, 30, is still madly in love with the sport and has no plans on moving away but her career is already one to talk about. 805 Beer’s film series wanted to do exactly that.

“I’m taken aback by it all,” Golden told NBC Sports about the documentary. “It’s just crazy to see your story, it’s one thing to live your life and battle everything that comes about but it’s another to just sit there and talk about it.”

805 approached Golden about the feature by asking, “Do you even realize that what you do, and your story is special?”

Golden took the question as a blank canvas to map out the highs and lows of her career and life. 

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The title “Inverted Perspective” came from a brainstorming session with Dominick Russo and it highlights Golden’s outlook on the sport of SuperMotocross and her life in general. 

“My whole life, my whole career was thinking differently and looking at things that shouldn’t be done and aren’t there, while being able to make a place for myself, where no one thought there should be a place,” Golden said.  “It’s inspiring someone to think in different ways. It sums up my life.”

Vicki Golden is not “fast for a girl”; she’s just fast. – 805 Beer

While Golden is no stranger to the spotlight, this was the first time she’s been fully involved with the storytelling and creation of a feature about herself. 

“It’s not like a full new experience,” Golden said. “Obviously, you get your standard questions about your upbringing and accomplishments, but I’ve never really put into perspective things that happened in my past with my dad and putting that to light. Also, certain other things that maybe got overlooked in previous interviews or films. I wanted to touch on these and Dom wanted to create a story. It’s just cool to see it come to light, it’s a nearly impossible thing to tell somebody’s life story in 40 minutes.”

Golden’s father was left paralyzed after an ATV accident, robbing him the opportunity to ride again. This happened a few months before the father-daughter duo was set to compete in the Loretta Lynn’s Amateur Nationals when Vicki was 12. While she might have been unable to grasp the severity at the time, it’s something she carries with her. Golden continues to ride in his honor.

Years later, an accident in 2018 nearly sidelined the then 25-year-old Vicki when a freestyle accident almost resulted in the amputation of her lower leg. 

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Golden 805 Beer
Vicki Golden has ridden a variety of disciplines in SuperMotocross, which gives her a unique perspective. – 805 Beer

“Inverted Perspective” highlights her father’s diligence in helping Vicki continue with her career and the kindness and strength he carried while fighting his own battle. 

“My dad was the entire reason that I started riding in the first place,” Golden said. “So, to honor his memory and to honor what we went through and how hard he pushed to keep our dream alive and keep everything going – in that sense then, it was really special to be able to honor him and talk about him.”

The 40-minute feature was filmed entirely in black and white, a stark contrast from the oversaturated world of motocross where the brighter the suit the easier it is for fans to find their rider and follow him in the race. By filming in monochrome Russo and Golden had the chance to focus on the race and track from a different perspective. 

“It was cool to be able to film it differently,” Golden said. “It created a challenge in the sense of what was going to be more visually impactful for the film.

“I couldn’t be here without the companies that back me but at the same time, it’s not like the logos or colors disappeared, it’s just different lights shed on different spots. It’s just a cool way to do it and to take color away and still be impactful. When you think of black and white, you think of old school, the OG way of doing things.”