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

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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.

BARCELONA TEST 2 (ALL DAILY LINKS IN EACH NOTEBOOK)

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

JEREZ, BARCELONA 1 TEST ROUND-UPS

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)

CUMULATIVE TOTALS – 2015 PRESEASON TESTS

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)

Zach Veach splits with Andretti Autosport for rest of IndyCar season

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Zach Veach will be leaving his Andretti Autosport ride with three races remaining in the season, choosing to explore options after the decision was made he wouldn’t return for 2021.

In a Wednesday release, Andretti Autosport said a replacement driver for the No. 26 Dallara-Honda would be named in the coming days. The NTT IndyCar Series will race Oct. 2-3 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course and then conclude the season Oct. 25 on the streets of St. Petersburg, Florida.

Veach was ranked 11th in the points standings through 11 races of his third season with Andretti. Since a fourth in the June 6 season opener at Texas Motor Speedway, he hadn’t finished higher than 14th.

“The decision was made that I will not be returning in 2021 with Andretti Autosport in the No. 26 Gainbridge car,” Veach said in the Andretti release. “This, along with knowing that limited testing exists for teams due to COVID, have led me to the decision to step out of the car for the remainder of the 2020 IndyCar season. I am doing this to allow the team to have time with other drivers as they prepare for 2021, and so that I can also explore my own 2021 options.

“This is the hardest decision I have ever made, but to me, racing is about family, and it is my belief that you take care of your family. Andretti Autosport is my family and I feel this is what is best to help us all reach the next step. I will forever be grateful to Michael and the team for all of their support over the years. I would not be where I am today if it wasn’t for a relationship that started many years ago with Road to Indy. I will also be forever grateful to Dan Towriss for his friendship and for the opportunity he and Gainbridge have given me.

“My love for this sport and the people involved is unmeasurable, and I look forward to continuing to be amongst the racing world and fans in 2021.”

Said team owner Michael Andretti: “We first welcomed Zach to the Andretti team back in his USF2000 days and have enjoyed watching him grow and evolve as a racer, and a person. His decision to allow us to use the last few races to explore our 2021 options shows the measure of his character.

“Zach has always placed team and family first, and we’re very happy to have had him as part of ours for so many years. We wish him the best in whatever 2021 may bring and will always consider him a friend.”

Andretti fields five full-time cars for Veach, Alexander Rossi, Ryan Hunter-Reay, Marco Andretti and Colton Herta.

It also has fielded James Hinchcliffe in three races this season.