Formula 1

Video: Kvyat snatches top spot on day three of testing

A late lap from Daniil Kvyat propelled Toro Rosso to the top of the timesheet of day three of Formula 1 pre-season testing at the Circuit de Barcelona.

Alfa Romeo’s Kimi Raikkonen had seem set to hold onto top spot after having lead the times since the end of the morning session.

However, in the final 10 minutes of running, Kvyat recorded a 1m17.704s to edge Raikkonen’s benchmark by 0.058s.

Below is a video providing analysis of all 10 teams’ day three in Barcelona.


Video: Leclerc leads timesheet as Ferrari continues to impress

Ferrari newcomer Charles Leclerc topped the timesheet in the second day of Formula 1 2019 pre-season testing, with McLaren once again occupying second-place.

Mercedes once again floated under the radar, with the team performing aero tests and long runs with the most mileage recorded by any team on Tuesday.

Watch the video below for my round-up of the second day of running.

Video: Ferrari flawless on opening day of pre-season testing

Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel hit the ground running in the first day of 2019 Formula 1 pre-season testing at the Circuit de Barcelona, topping the timesheet and clocking the most laps en route.

Vettel notched a total of 169 laps during the eight hours of running on the first of eight days of pre-season running.

Watch the video below for a full review of the first day of pre-season testing, covering all the storylines from all 10 teams.

Why there are no losers with the Leclerc/Raikkonen 2019 seat switch

The latest chapter in a summer of remarkable driver market bombshells has confirmed that Charles Leclerc will join Ferrari after only one season in Formula 1, swapping seats with Kimi Raikkonen for 2019.

The news has generally been met with excitement – Leclerc will be the second youngest Ferrari driver in F1 history when he rolls off the grid as a 21-year-old in Melbourne next season and as one of the most promising talents of his generation, it’s a golden opportunity that has been merited.

But it’s not just Leclerc who emerges from the news as a winner – in fact, nearly every party involved in this particular story can look upon the news positively.

Even Raikkonen.


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Why promoting a teenager is the right move for a new-McLaren

At 19 years and 124 days old Lando Norris will become the third-youngest driver in history to start a Formula 1 race, when he makes his McLaren debut at the 2019 Australian Grand Prix.

However, as Max Verstappen has recently proven, age is but a number. The motorsport proverb, ‘if you’re good enough, you’re old enough’ has never been truer. Despite his tender years, Norris is exactly the kind of driver McLaren needs right now.


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Hamilton’s surprising admission and why Mercedes is on the ropes

2018 Belgian Grand Prix analysis

“I need more power” – quite an admission from a driver who has been at the wheel of Formula 1’s most complete package for the entirety of this era.

Since the dawn of the V6 hybrids in 2014, Mercedes has blown away the opposition and claimed four consecutive drivers’ and constructors’ championships. Last season, Ferrari mounted the biggest challenge to the Silver Arrows’ supremacy, only to run out of steam at the end of the season.

However, this year looks set to be different and after the Belgian Grand Prix weekend, Mercedes has found itself in rather uncharted territory.


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How good is McLaren’s new recruit?

Filling Fernando Alonso’s shoes is no mean feat and a challenge that now poetically falls upon Carlos Sainz Jr, who has made no secret of the fact that he was an Alonso fan growing up.

The baton has been transferred from one Spaniard to another and the hopes of a nation along with it, at a McLaren team currently in strife and with a long road to recovery ahead. Does Sainz have what it takes to live up to that challenge?


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