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

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With pre-season testing now over, attention turns to the opening race of the 2016 Formula 1 season in Melbourne, Australia on March 20 – but a number of questions still remain unanswered.

Testing offered some kind of clue as to how the pecking order may shake up this year, with Mercedes once again appearing to lead the way.

However, as testing wore on, Ferrari grew in strength with Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen both leading the way at periods, while a small chink appeared in Mercedes’ armor on the final day.

Recapping all of our coverage of the second pre-season test, here’s our ‘all posts, one place’ run-down.


Paddock Pass Day 1
Paddock Pass Day 2
Paddock Pass Day 3
Paddock Pass Day 4


Day 1: Rosberg paces opening day of second Barcelona test
Day 2: Valtteri Bottas leads on day two of second Barcelona F1 test
Day 3: Raikkonen’s day at Barcelona; tops timesheets, debuts ‘Halo’ device
Day 4: Sebastian Vettel quickest as F1 pre-season testing ends in Barcelona


Sauber officially reveals new C35 chassis
Toro Rosso confirms 2016 livery (PHOTOS)
Daniel Ricciardo will ‘definitely’ take up Dale Jr.’s Xfinity offer one day
Kimi Raikkonen trials ‘Halo’ F1 cockpit protection in Barcelona
Jenson Button hails biggest improvement by Honda in 14 months
Eric Boullier: No time frame for Jost Capito’s arrival at McLaren
Alonso hits out at complexity of modern F1, ongoing qualifying saga
Kimi Raikkonen: ‘Halo’ makes little difference to F1 cockpit vision
Lewis Hamilton slams ‘Halo’ device in Instagram post
Nico Rosberg on ‘Halo’ F1 cockpit protection: “I’m all for it”
Sebastian Vettel: ‘Halo’ would have saved Justin Wilson’s life
Lewis Hamilton believes Formula 1 is ‘broken’ and lacks direction
Rare blip for Mercedes as Hamilton stalls on final test day
Wehrlein: Gap for Manor to make up ‘much smaller’ in 2016
FIA: F1’s new qualifying system “should” debut at Melbourne
Philippe Bianchi calls on FIA to “go further” than ‘Halo’
Haas F1 encouraged after positive final day of testing

Steve Torrence takes NHRA points lead with Gatornationals victory

NHRA Gainesville Steve Torrence
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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Two-time defending NHRA Top Fuel champion Steve Torrence took the points lead Sunday in the AMALIE Motor Oil Gatornationals, beating his father, Billy, in the final round at Gainesville Raceway.

Torrence had a 3.809-second run at 322.11 mph to win for the third time this year and 39th overall. He is now on track for another championship despite missing the season opener.

“We’ve got some good momentum and to be in the points lead, it’s a testament to how hard these guys work,” Steve Torrence said after the NHRA Gainesville victory. “We’ve just got to stay focused and concentrate on what the task at hand is, and that’s trying to win a championship. These guys give me an unbelievable race car and you just try not to screw it up.”

Ron Capps won in Funny Car, Alex Laughlin in Pro Stock and Matt Smith in Pro Stock Motorcycle.

Capps raced to his second win this year and 66th overall, beating Tim Wilkerson with a 3.937 at 323.12 in a Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat.

Laughlin topped Aaron Stanfield with a 7.068 at 204.76 in a Chevrolet Camaro for his first win this season and fourth in his career. Smith rode to his first victory in 2020 and 25th overall, topping Andrew Hines with a 6.843 at 196.99 on an EBR.