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Day 2 Lap times

1. Jenson Button (McLaren) 1:24.165, 43 laps

2. Kimi Raikkonen (Ferrari) 1:24.812, 47 laps

3. Valtteri Bottas (Williams) 1:25.344, four laps

4. Nico Rosberg (Mercedes) 1:25.588, 97 laps

5. Sergio Perez (Force India) 1:28.376 , 37 laps

6. Esteban Gutierrez (Sauber) 1:33.270, 53 laps

7. Marcus Ericsson (Caterham) 1:37.975, 11 laps

8. Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull) 1:38.320, 8 laps


Renault powered engines struggling big time with major ERS over-heating issues. Mercedes & Ferrari powered cars showing upturned reliability. Yes Red Bull weren't the quickest in Jerez last year but Vettel still got 118 laps in the car. So far lots of problems. No doubt 2nd testing in Abu Dhabi will go better for the Renault cars but as things stand they are playing catch-up. Caterham the most consistent of the Renault cars. Williams showing encouraging times.

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They should go back to the old days where they have to run to their cars at the start of the race but before they do, they have to put their forehead on a broom handle and spin around it 20 times.

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Day 3 Lap times


1. Kevin Magnussen (McLaren) 1:23.2

2. Felipe Massa (Williams) 1:23.7

3. Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) 1:23.9

4. Jenson Button (McLaren) 1:25.0

5. Fernando Alonso (Ferrari) 1:25.4

6. Nico Hulkenberg (Force India) 1:26.096

7. Jean-Eric Vergne (Toro Rosso) 1:29.915

8. Adrian Sutil (Sauber) 1:30.161

No time: Robin Frijns (Caterham); Max Chilton (Marussia); Daniel Ricciardo (Red Bull)


Completed laps

1. Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) 62 laps

2. Fernando Alonso (Ferrari) 58

3. Kevin Magnussen (McLaren) 52

4. Felipe Massa (Williams) 47

5. Jenson Button (McLaren) 40 laps

6. Adrian Sutil (Sauber) 34

7. Jean-Eric Vergne (Toro Rosso) 30

8. Nico Hulkenberg (Force India) 17

9. Robin Frijns (Caterham) 10

10. Max Chilton (Marussia) 5

11. Daniel Ricciardo (Red Bull) 3

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Hey Bernie, why not make it like the Cannonball Run. After the last race we do all the tracks again but in reverse order AND the drivers swap teams. So first gets in the last drivers car and vice versa.


What a joke!?

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Just be glad that F1 hasn't decided (yet) to (fully) copy NASCAR's late series format

* The group of drivers in the Chase will now officially be called the NASCAR Sprint Cup Chase Grid.

* The number of drivers qualifying for the Chase Grid will expand from 12 to 16.

* Fifteen of the 16 slots in the Chase Grid are reserved for the drivers with the most race wins over the first 26 races. The remaining spot is reserved for the points leader after 26 races, if that driver does not have a victory. If fewer than 16 drivers have wins in the first 26 races, the remaining Chase Grid spots are filled by winless drivers in order of season points. As in the recent past, all drivers on the Chase Grid have their driver points reset to 2,000 prior to the Chase, with a 3-point bonus for each win in the first 26 races.

* The Chase will be divided into four rounds. After each of the first three rounds, the four Chase Grid drivers with the fewest season points are eliminated from the Grid and championship contention. The winner of any race in the first three rounds automatically advances to the next round. Also, all drivers eliminated from the Chase have their points readjusted to the regular-season points scheme.

* Challenger Round (races 27–29)

- Begins with 16 drivers, each with 2,000 points plus a 3-point bonus for each win in the first 26 races.

* Contender Round (races 30–32)

- Begins with 12 drivers, each with 3,000 points.

* Eliminator Round (races 33–35)

- Begins with eight drivers, each with 4,000 points.

* NASCAR Sprint Cup Championship (final race)

- The last four drivers in contention for the season title start the race at 5,000 points, with the highest finisher in the race winning the Cup Series title.

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F1 chief executive Bernie Ecclestone has slammed the sport's brave new era, saying the Jerez test this week proves the radical 2014 rules have produced "a total farce".

"Look at the last few days. I said it was going to be like this," he told the Daily Mail, referring to the chaos at the opening winter test, headlined by reigning world champions Red Bull's almost total inability to run the new car.

Ecclestone, who railed against the introduction of energy recovery-powered turbo V6 engines, said he isn't taking the blame.

"They (the FIA and the teams) insisted on these new engines," he said. "If they wanted to race like this they should go to Le Mans."

Ecclestone said the arguments about saving fuel, with each driver now limited to just 100 kilos of fuel per race, don't even stack up.

"Mercedes are taking 23 trucks with them everywhere. If they really wanted to save fuel they should stop that," he insisted.

The 83-year-old campaigned fiercely against the beginning of the new era, arguing that the loss of the roaring naturally-aspirated engines would turn fans off.

"People want noise - something special, that's what F1 is all about," said Ecclestone. "Now we have quiet engines and nobody on track"


Don't necessarily disagree with Bernie here, but his decision to host races in the arse end of nowhere and his double points system are equally ruining f1

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Kinda agree with Bernie too here. F1 is going off in a strange direction. It is becoming a kind of hybrid of several other formulas which doesn't really work.

Let's get back to racing wheel to wheel on slicks, full tilt for 90 minutes.

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