Barcelona March testing (2016)

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Williams has “ambition” to take on Mercedes, says Massa

Felipe Massa says that his Williams team has the necessary “ambition” to take the fight to Formula 1 pacesetter Mercedes in 2016.

Tech analysis: How Mercedes has taken F1's S-duct to the next level

Giorgio Piola and Matt Somerfield take a look at how some clever thinking from Mercedes and Toro Rosso has lifted the game of S-ducts in Formula 1.

Analysis: Did an unnoticed Raikkonen lap reveal Ferrari's true pace?

Was it an under-the-radar lap from Kimi Raikkonen during this week's Barcelona testing that prompted Mercedes to fear that Ferrari is very close? Jonathan Noble investigates.

F1 test wrap: Barcelona week two by the numbers

Here are full times from all four days of the second Barcelona pre-season Formula 1 test, plus team-by-team and engine manufacturer mileage stats.

Rosberg: Mercedes data says 'close' Ferrari could be ahead

Nico Rosberg says data that his Mercedes team has gathered from pre-season testing suggests Ferrari is close, and could even be ahead at the start of the Formula 1 season.

Drivers quotes after T2 testing at Montmelò

Formula One teams concluded the second pre-season test of the 2016 season today at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya...

Steiner hails "best day" of testing for Haas

Haas team boss Guenther Steiner hailed Friday as the American squad's best day of Formula 1 testing following a troubled week in Barcelona.

Ricciardo tells Hulkenberg: “No need to be a hero” over Halo

Daniel Ricciardo has responded to Nico Hulkenberg’s comments regarding the Halo Formula 1 cockpit protection system, saying that there’s “no need to be a hero about the situation.”

Barcelona F1 test: Vettel keeps Ferrari on top as testing ends

Sebastian Vettel kept Ferrari at the head of the times on Friday as pre-season Formula 1 testing came to an end at Barcelona.

Vettel says halo would have saved Wilson, Surtees

Sebastian Vettel reckons the aesthetics of the new halo protection system do not matter as long as it helps save lives in Formula 1.

Test analysis: Rating the F1 teams with Esteban Ocon went trackside at Barcelona with Renault reserve Esteban Ocon to rate the Formula 1 field ahead of the final day of pre-season testing.

Grosjean says Haas needs quick fix for braking issues

Romain Grosjean says his Haas Formula 1 team must quickly get on top of its brake-by-wire issues to keep preparations for its maiden season on track.

Williams won't run 2016 nose at Barcelona

Williams will hold fire on running its definitive 2016 nose for now, with most of its final update package set to appear only at the Australian Grand Prix.

Drivers quotes after Day 3 at Barcelona

Formula One teams continued the second pre-season test of the 2016 season today at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya...

Raikkonen says halo makes little difference to visibility

Kimi Raikkonen says the 'halo' protection system that was tested for the first time on Thursday made "surprisingly little difference" to his visibility from the cockpit.

Barcelona F1 test: Raikkonen still quickest as Haas woes continue

Kimi Raikkonen set the fastest time of pre-season testing so far to finish on top of the times in the penultimate day of work at the Barcelona circuit.

Haas hits more trouble in F1 testing

The Haas Formula 1 team's preparations for the new season suffered fresh frustrations on Thursday when Romain Grosjean had two off-track incidents in testing that brought out red flags.

Renault confident of smaller engine deficit to Mercedes and Ferrari

Renault is confident that it has closed the gap on Mercedes and Ferrari this season, after delivering a half-second per lap improvement with its 2016 Formula 1 engine.

Button: New Honda engine "biggest improvement" in over a year

McLaren driver Jenson Button says the upgraded engine Honda has brought to pre-season Formula 1 testing is the “biggest improvement” he has felt in over a year.

Haas confident turbo problem is fixed

Haas boss Gunther Steiner says he is confident his team will be able to run unimpeded on Thursday after having been hit by problems on the opening two days of testing at Barcelona this week.

Ricciardo not "getting his hopes up" for Australian GP

Daniel Ricciardo says he is not "getting his hopes up" for the Australian Grand Prix after completing his penultimate day of pre-season testing on Wednesday.

Toro Rosso mileage "incredible" after "tough winter" - Sainz

Toro Rosso driver Carlos Sainz says that the mileage his team has been racking up in testing is a fantastic achievement after a hectic off-season.

Barcelona F1 test: Bottas puts Williams on top, trouble for Haas

Valtteri Bottas went quickest for his Williams team on the second day of the second and final pre-season test at Barcelona on Wednesday.

Hamilton beats Magnussen to keep Mercedes on top

Mercedes continued to control the timesheets on the second morning of Formula 1’s final pre-season test at Barcelona, as Lewis Hamilton beat Kevin Magnussen to the best time.

Ferrari insists its engine has no problems

Ferrari insists it is not suffering any problems with its engine, despite the reliability niggles that have marred its pre-season testing.

Haas unsure if test problems are same as Ferrari's

The Haas F1 Team is unsure if its latest reliability problems are team specific or are related to wider issues with Ferrari's engine.

Magnussen: Renault will start year “just outside” the points

Kevin Magnussen feels his Renault Formula 1 team is currently on course to be “just outside” the points at the first race of the season in Melbourne this month.

Tech analysis: F1 teams unleash updates as final test begins

F1 technical experts Giorgio Piola and Matt Somerfield guide you through Day 1 of the second week of Barcelona testing, as the clock ticks down towards Melbourne.

Barcelona F1 test: Rosberg quickest as Ferrari reliability woes continue

Nico Rosberg fired a warning shot to Mercedes' rivals by topping the times on the first day of the second Barcelona Formula 1 test on Tuesday.

Mercedes will not run softest tyres in F1 test

Mercedes has elected against running the softest two tyre compounds for this week's final pre-season Formula 1 test, meaning the full potential of its new W07 will not be known until Melbourne.

Rosberg dominates opening morning of second Barcelona test

Nico Rosberg comfortably led the way for Mercedes on the first morning of the second pre-season Formula 1 test at Barcelona, in terms of both speed and mileage.

Ferrari seeks reliability, performance answers in final F1 test

Ferrari may have topped the times at Barcelona in Spain last week, but the Formula 1 team heads into the final test aware it needs answers on both its reliability and performance.

Honda running final 2016-specification engine in Barcelona

Honda is running a revised final 2016-specification Formula 1 engine at this week's second pre-season Barcelona test – with McLaren set to evaluate tweaked bodywork to help improve cooling too.