Esteban Gutierrez enjoyed a successful first test for Ferrari in Barcelona on Wednesday by completing over 100 laps behind the wheel of the SF15-T, finishing seventh overall in the final timesheets.
Gutierrez joined Ferrari in a reserve role for the 2015 season after spending two years in Formula 1 with Sauber, but took no part in pre-season testing for the Italian team.
The Mexican has been present at every grand prix so far this season, and finally got his first taste of a Ferrari F1 car on Wednesday in Barcelona following the Spanish Grand Prix.
“Our work was aimed at the upcoming races, looking at various aspects, such as driveability, aerodynamics and set-up,” Gutierrez said.
“We managed to complete a lot of laps and it was definitely a very productive day, even though it was interrupted by a red flag. However, we managed to make up for lost time and complete our planned programme.
“We were looking to validate the new aerodynamic package and we managed that. It was a case of understanding how to improve the car’s set-up to better suit the new solutions we ran in the last race and that’s what we did.
“It was very exciting to drive the SF15-T for the first time and I got a very good feeling from it. It will be very interesting to transfer this data to our work in the simulator, once we are back in Maranello.”
Gutierrez is already being tipped as a possible candidate for a seat at Gene Haas’ new operation, Haas F1 Team, for the 2016 season as part of its technical partnership with Ferrari.
Jeremy Martin suffered a dislocated and broken wrist in his crash during the second moto of Pro Motocross Round 2 at Hangtown in Rancho Cordova, California. A timeline for his return has not been announced.
Older brother Alex Martin took to Instagram to announce the update on Jeremy: “Update on the little man: He dislocated and broke his right wrist in the 2nd moto crash at Hangtown. He had surgery this morning to set and fix several things. He’s hurting pretty bad from this one. Hang in there Jerma!”
After finishing 13th in Moto 1, Martin was involved in a violent crash at the beginning of the second race. Martin crashed on the inside of Turn 1 with much of the field behind him, With nowhere to go, Talon Hawkins rode over his wrist as several other riders piled into the incident. Martin was carted off the course by the Alpinestars Medical team as he held his right arm away from his body.
Martin finished 17th overall in the season opener at Fox Raceway in Pala, California with results of 16th and 19th in the two motos. Even with his failure to finish in Moto 2, Martin was ranked 16th overall. He started the day with the fifth-best qualification time.
Martin finished sixth in the Monster Energy Supercross 250 East division on the strength of five top-fives and two other top-10s in nine rounds. He is currently ranked 11th in combined SuperMotocross points, 58 above the cutline to make the top 20 and get an automatic invitation to the three-race playoff in September.
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Justin Barcia, collarbone and shoulder
Jason Anderson, vertebrae
Christian Craig, elbow
Marvin Musquin, wrist
Malcolm Stewart, knee | Signs two-year extension
Aaron Plessinger, hip | returned at Salt Lake City
Dylan Ferrandis, concussion | Will not return until Motocross
Cooper Webb, concussion | returned at Pala
Nate Thrasher, hip
Stilez Robertson, leg
Cameron McAdoo, shoulder
Seth Hammaker, arm and wrist
Austin Forkner, knee | Injury isn’t the hardest part
Jo Shimoda, collarbone | returned at Atlanta
Jalek Swoll, arm | returned at Pala
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