First Barcelona F1 pre-season test: All posts, one place

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The Formula 1 paddock come together for the first time in 2016 earlier this week in Barcelona as pre-season testing got underway.

All but one team arrived at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya with a new car for 2016, lifting the covers off in the pit lane before running began on Monday.

Although it is only testing, there were plenty of pointers to be taken out of the four days of running ahead of the first race of the year in Australia on March 20.

Find below all of the posts from Barcelona and coming out of the test on MotorSportsTalk over the past week.


Red Bull releases first pictures of 2016 RB12 F1 car
Sauber reveals 2016 F1 livery, announces new sponsor
New Renault R.S.16 unveiled in testing livery in Barcelona
Force India presents 2016 F1 car, the VJM09
Toro Rosso STR11 breaks cover in blue testing livery
New Manor Racing F1 car hits the track in Barcelona
Vettel leads, Haas debuts in morning session at Barcelona
Hamilton tests new Mercedes at F1 preseason tests in Spain
In closed cockpit debate, Hulkenberg says “it should be open”
Vettel leads, Hamilton banks 150-plus laps on Barcelona day one
Grosjean, Haas F1 Team happy after first day in Barcelona
F1 to consider reversing the grid to promote better races
Barcelona roundup: Notes, quotes from day one of 2016 F1 testing


Honda replaces motorsport chief Yasuhisa Arai
Stefano Domenicali named new Lamborghini President/CEO
Gene Haas: Reliability key to success in debut F1 season
Sebastian Vettel quickest again on day two of Barcelona F1 test
Esteban Gutierrez: New Haas F1 car above expectations
F1 qualifying set for radical overhaul, adding quickfire eliminations
McLaren puts in overtime during Barcelona test to get things right for season
Component failure cuts short second day of testing for Renault’s Palmer


FIA confirms new F1 qualifying system, postpones new technical regulation decision
Hulkenberg leads third day of Barcelona F1 test as Haas finishes P2
Gene Haas downplays irony of Ford vs. Ferrari in his NASCAR, F1 teams


Romain Grosjean predicting continued struggles for Renault in 2016
Gene Haas aiming to attend half the F1 races in 2016
Fernando Alonso dismisses latest round of F1 quit rumors
Raikkonen ends Barcelona test on top as McLaren hits trouble
Stoffel Vandoorne sets sights on 2017 McLaren F1 seat
Steiner elated with ‘fantastic’ test debut for Haas F1 Team
Fernando Alonso limited to just three laps on Thursday in Barcelona
Lewis Hamilton: First Mercedes 2016 F1 test “the best I’ve ever seen”
Renault bounces back as Magnussen racks up the laps in Barcelona


Nationalism not key to Gene Haas in Formula 1
Grosjean: Racing for Ferrari a dream, but Haas the focus right now
Mercedes’ first 2016 F1 test display was an ominous sign of things to come
Fernando Alonso: Mercedes stronger than ever in Formula 1
Hamilton, Grosjean doubt new F1 qualifying format will change much


Ecclestone: New F1 qualifying format introduction delayed
Lewis Hamilton slams ‘ridiculous’ Formula 1 car weight
Gene Haas unconcerned about lack of sponsors on F1 car
Kevin Magnussen: Renault needs time to return to full strength
Hembery: Opening 2016 F1 test as expected for Pirelli

Starting lineup grid for IMSA Petit Le Mans: Tom Blomqvist puts MSR on pole position

Petit Le Mans lineup

IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar championship contender Tom Blomqvist put the Meyer Shank Racing Acura at the front of the starting lineup for the Motul Petit Le Mans at Michelin Road Atlanta.

Blomqvist turned a 1-minute, 8.55-second lap on the 2.54-mile circuit Friday to capture his third pole position for MSR this season. Earl Bamber qualified second in the No. 02 Cadillac for Chip Ganassi Racing.

Ricky Taylor was third in the No. 10 Acura of Wayne Taylor Racing, which enters Saturday’s season finale with a 19-point lead over the No. 60 of Blomqvist and Oliver Jarvis (who will be joined by Helio Castroneves) for the 10-hour race.

PETIT LE MANS STARTING GRID: Click here for the starting lineup l Lineup by car number

PETIT LE MANS: Info on how to watch

With the pole, MSR sliced the deficit to 14 points behind WTR, which will field the trio of Taylor, Filipe Albuquerque and Brendon Hartley in Saturday’s race.

“We really needed to put the car in this kind of position,” Blomqvist said. “It makes our life a little less stressful tomorrow. It would have given the No. 10 a bit more breathing space. It’s going to be a proper dogfight tomorrow. The guys gave me such a great car. It’s been fantastic this week so far, and it really came alive. I’m hugely thankful to the boys and girls at MSR for giving me the wagon today to execute my job.

“That was a big effort from me. I knew how important it was. It’s just awesome for the guys to give them some sort of reward as well. It’s always nice to be quick. If you do the pole, you know you’ve got a quick car.”

Though WTR has a series-leading four victories with the No. 10, MSR won the Rolex 24 at Daytona and has five runner-up finishes along with its three poles.

The strong performances of the ARX-05s ensure that an Acura will win the final championship in IMSA’s premier Daytona Prototype international (DPi) division, which is being rebranded as Grand Touring Prototype in the move to LMDh cars next season.

Taylor qualified third despite sliding into the Turn 5 gravel during the closing minutes of qualifying while pushing to gain points.

“Qualifying was important for points,” Taylor said. “Going into it, if we outqualified the No. 60 Meyer Shank Acura, they had a lot to lose in terms of championship points. So, we were trying to increase the gap over 20 points which would’ve made a big difference for tomorrow. We would have loved to get the pole and qualify ahead of the No. 60, but in the scheme of the points, it didn’t change a whole lot. I’m feeling good since it’s such a long race, and the No. 10 Konica Minolta Acura team does such a good job strategizing and putting us in a good position.

“I’m very confident in our lineup and our team compared to them over the course of 10 hours. I’d put my two teammates up against those guys any day. I think we are all feeling optimistic and strong for tomorrow.”

In other divisions, PR1 Mathiasen Motorsports (LMP2), Riley Motorsports (LMP3), VasserSullivan (GTD Pro) and Paul Miller Racing (GTD) captured pole positions.

The broadcast of the 10-hour race will begin Saturday at 12:10 p.m. ET on NBC, moving at 3 p.m. to USA Network.



Results by class

Fastest lap by driver

Fastest lap by driver after qualifying

Fastest lap by driver and class after qualifying

Fastest lap sequence in qualifying

Best sector times in qualifying

Time cards in qualifying

PRACTICE RESULTS: Session I l Session II l Session III