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)

Heather Lyne, Dennis Erb Jr. make history in the World of Outlaws Late Model Series

Lyne Erb Outlaws Late
Jacy Norgaard / World of Outlaws

More than two decades in the making, the pairing of Heather Lyne and Dennis Erb Jr. produced a historical milestone in Dirt Late Model.

Last month, Erb and his long-time crew chief Lyne won their first World of Outlaws Late Model Championship and with this achievement, Lyne became the first female crew chief to win in a national late model series. Their journey together goes back 21 years and tells the story of hard work, persistence and belief in oneself.

After a career-best season with the World of Outlaws, Erb and Lyne secured the points championship at US 36 Raceway in Osborn, Mo. with three races remaining in the season. The consistency and success of their season came down to pinpoint focus. Lyne and Erb are a team of two living out a David vs. Goliath tale. In order to be as successful as possible this year the duo knew they had to do as much as possible with the resources they had.

“It’s always a challenge when you only have two people, both at the racetrack and at the shop,” Lyne told NBC Sports. “I also work full time, so during the day, Dennis has to do a significant amount of work so that when I get down there I can start working and maintaining. It’s planning ahead. It’s having that system in place and making sure that you’re prepared ahead of time.

“When you have a problem at the track, making sure you have all that stuff ready so it’s a quick change and not a lengthy process to make a repair. We had zero DNFs in the World of Outlaws, we had only one DNF out of 96 races [combined among all series].”

Dennis Erb clinched his 2022 championship before the World of Outlaws World Finals. Jacy Norgaard – World of Outlaws Late Model Series.

Taming Time

This was not an easy feat. Between a full travel schedule and Lyne’s full-time job as an engineer, time comes at a premium. What they lack in time and resources they made up for in patience and planning.

“We buckled down, and we got all the equipment that we needed back, motors freshened, and things of that nature,” Lyne said about the mid-point of last season. “We were able to keep up with that. We just had a higher focus. I tried to reduce my hours at my day job as much as I possibly could while still maintaining what I need to get done at work. I got rid of a lot of the other distractions and got a more refined system in place at the shop.

“We did certain tasks on certain days so we had time to recover. We were on the road a little bit more, as opposed to coming home to the shop. So we had to be more prepared to stay out on those longer runs. It was just really staying on top of things a little more. It was a heightened sense.”

This was Lyne and Erb’s fourth full season with the Outlaws, but they’ve been on the road together for the last 21 seasons starting in 2001. Their partnership began with Lyne’s bravery. When one door closed, she was quick to open another. In 2001, Lyne’s dad was ready to stop racing. Her mother wanted to regain her weekends, but Lyne knew this was her life path and wasn’t prepared to lose it.

“I’ve always been a tomboy at heart,” Lyne said. “I watched racing with my dad. Growing up he watched NASCAR. In high school, I got tired of playing at the lake house, so I went to the local dirt track and fell in love with it. I just couldn’t get enough. It took a year for me to convince my dad to come to the track with me. He finally did and we sponsored a car that year, the following year he started to race limited cars. He ran hobby stocks and limited late models.”

At some point, Lyne and her father’s level of commitment drifted apart.

“He did it for about five years,” Lyne said. “And then my mom said: ‘I’m done racing. I want my weekends back. It’s just not fun anymore.’ I wasn’t ready to hang up my wenches and Dennis raced out of the same hometown so I, on a dare, went down and introduced myself; told him if you ever need any help, I’ll drill out rivets, I’ll help wash, whatever you need. Twenty-one years later here I am.”

Heather Lyne became the first female crew chief to secure a national touring late model championship in 2022. Paul Arch / World of Outlaws Late Model Series.

Breaking Through

Lyne entered a male-dominated job in a field that is also male-dominated – and where there were few examples of women creating these places for themselves. In this way, Lyne became a blueprint for other women as they strive to find a place for themselves in racing and in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) overall. She has her mother to thank for providing a strong role model, her father for sharing her passion, Erb for taking a chance on an unknow entity and most importantly herself.

“I was raised to believe that I can do anything, I want to do, as long as I put my heart and soul into it.” Lyne replied when asked about role models in the sport growing up. “My parents did not raise me to have that limitation. But from a racing role model perspective, I went in there completely green and just introduced myself to Dennis, the fact that he was brave enough to take that risk and bring a girl to the racetrack. Someone he didn’t know at all speaks volumes for him.”

Lyne and Erb have learned how to survive and succeed with each other on the road. They do this by leveraging decades of combined experience and an ability to adapt to the everchanging landscape of dirt late models. Next year the World of Outlaws visits nearly a dozen new tracks and Lyne sees it as an opportunity for continued success.

“I just want to do it again,” Lyne says going into next season, “I’m looking forward to the competition, I always do. I wouldn’t do it if I wasn’t competitively driven.

“There are some new tracks on the schedule that I’m looking forward to trying for the first time that I haven’t been to myself,” Lyne said of the 2023 season, “Dennis seems to do well on those first timers. We won out at Marion center, we finished second at Bloomsburg. We have a good solid notebook of information to tackle them over the last three years with these rocket race cars that we’re running. It’s good to have that information and leverage it to try some new things.”