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      01-28-2014, 04:17 AM   #1
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Jerez first pre-season F1 test 2014.

Hamilton first out on track at 0812.
Don't know if out of UK you can get the live text commentary at:

First few minutes and some other snippets below....(without photos)
Start at the bottom and work up.

Testing update
If any of you are just joining us, Lewis Hamilton has been the story today, first setting the leading time before crashing and ending the day's running.

The crash was caused by a front wing failure, but the Briton still clocked up 18 laps - more than anyone else so far - and seemed reasonably happy with his day's work.

Kimi Raikkonen is second quickest, 1.6 seconds off the pace, with Jean-Eric Vergne and Esteban Gutierrez the only two other drivers to have set a lap time.

Sergio Perez and Marcus Ericsson have popped out for installation laps, but we've still not seen the Williams, McLaren or Red Bull yet.


Kimi Raikkonen is doing a few laps in succession out there, improve to a high 1m32, then a mid-1m30 and finally a mid-1m29. That's still around 1.6 seconds off the pace set by Lewis Hamilton before his off.

Caterham: Lunch is done (burgers, couple of salads, pasta or rather nice Asian salmon for you foodies out there) & we're nearing "fire up & go" time...


Kimi Raikkonen becomes the third driver to set a timed lap, the Finn clocking a 1:33.131 which is good enough for the second fastest time of the day. The 2007 world champion then completes his in-lap before peeling back into the pits.


Eye-witnesses say they saw the front wing come off the car before the Mercedes driver lost control.


The whole front end of the Mercedes has been ripped off. Hamilton is out of the car and the team report that it was a car failure which led to the off. "Cause to be investigated once the car returns to the garage," says the team.

It's Lewis Hamilton. The Mercedes driver has crashed into the barriers at Turn One.

We've got our third red flag of the day and this time it looks like we've got a car in the barriers...


Lewis Hamilton is back out on track, along with Esteban Gutierrez, and the Mercedes driver improves on his previous best by about two seconds, clocking a mid-1:27.


So far, Lewis Hamilton has completed the most laps at 14, with Jean-Eric Vergne second on 11. Kimi Raikkonen has managed just two, while Sergio Perez and Esteban Gutierrez are on one apiece.


Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton breaks the silence, completes a three-lap run and then heads back to the pits without improving on his time.

BBC F1 pit-lane reporter Lee McKenzie:
"At Red Bull's media event this morning, chief technical officer Adrian Newey said this test would be all about system checks and so on, and that seeking performance would only begin at the first Bahrain test next month. Meanwhile, it is pretty quiet out on the track. In fact, it's almost peaceful, with sunny skies and just the occasional car droning around."

BBC Sport's chief F1 writer Andrew Benson:
"Toro Rosso driver Jean-Eric Vergne was passed over for the Red Bull drive alongside Sebastian Vettel in favour of former team-mate Daniel Ricciardo. The Frenchman says he has been working on the weaknesses he believes that were in his driving that led to the decision.

"'I have changed many things. I am a good driver otherwise I wouldn't be here but there many things I needed to work on myself, especially in the head. I am quick, I have shown it many times, it is just a question of putting everything together when the pressure is there. I have worked a lot this winter on this and we will see the results in the first part of the season.'"


Lewis Hamilton and Jean-Eric Vergne are doing all the running at the minute, with Hamilton dipping down to a 1:29.662 as he ups his tally to 10 laps. Vergne does a run of five laps, with a best of 1:36.530 before heading back to the Toro Rosso garage.


The problems at Caterham continue....

"It's nearly noon in Jerez & work continues in our garage," tweeted the team. "Not surprisingly for a totally new car, we're unearthing new issues every time we take a step forwards, but that's what testing's for! And, even though it's still only day

Ferrari: #F14T out but not in. Precautionary stop by engineers, now checking. Car on its way back to the pits...

We have our first red flag of the day, just 45 minutes into the session. Kimi Raikkonen is the culprit, the Finn driver firing up his Ferrari and heading out on track only to pull over after a handful of corners.

Williams: For those waiting to see the #FW36 you will have to wait a short while longer but I promise you we'll have her on track as soon as we can!


Lewis Hamilton has headed back out on track in his Mercedes, with the number 44 on his car. Drivers have been allowed to choose their own numbers which will stay with them for the rest of their careers.

Hamilton has chosen #44, his old karting number. Sebastian Vettel will run with the #1 as he's world champion - but should he not defend his title this year, he'll switch to the #5 for next season.

Kimi Raikkonen will be the first man to get behind the wheel of the Ferrari, with the Finn in action on day one along with eight other drivers. Here's who we can expect to see in action today:

Red Bull: Sebastian Vettel Mercedes: Lewis Hamilton Ferrari: Kimi Raikkonen McLaren: Jenson Button Force India: Sergio Perez Sauber: Esteban Gutierrez Toro Rosso: Jean-Eric Vergne Williams: Valtteri Bottas

BBC Sport's chief F1 writer Andrew Benson:
"Lowly Marussia have suffered a blow even before testing has started. The team have encountered a problem with their new car while building it in the factory, and that has meant it has not yet been shipped to Spain. Marussia's mechanics and engineers are in Jerez and the team still plan to run this week, but it is not yet clear when - or if - the car will leave the factory. Given the travelling time from Banbury to south-west Spain, they realistically have to get it sorted within the next 24 hours or so to make it worth trying to get the car to the test."

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New Red Bull
No one else has been out since Lewis Hamilton popped out for one lap in the Mercedes, so that gives us time to check out the RB10, which broke cover in the Jerez pit lane this morning. What do you think? Tweet us your thoughts on the Red Bull and all the other new cars using the #bbcf1 hashtag or text 81111 (UK only).


This has been the year of low-key car launches, with most teams doing an online reveal - such as McLaren, Ferrari and Sauber - or simply pulling the covers off in the Jerez pit lane. Mercedes did just that earlier this morning - and here it is, the W05. Definitely one of the more aesthetically pleasing of the 2014 cars so far...

BBC F1 pit-lane reporter Lee McKenzie:
"We've had our first taste of the new sound of Formula 1. The Mercedes has done one lap in Lewis Hamilton's hands and the new turbo engine had a very different pitch from the old 2.6-litre V8s. Admittedly, the car was nowhere near the limit, but the engine was not as loud, and has a much lower growl to it, and does not get to that shrill, ear-piercing wail that they used to. Initially, it sounds weird - but that's almost certainly just unfamiliarity."

The action is already under way - with Lewis Hamilton the first man to take to the track. Formula 1 2014 is officially go, go, go.


So we've got three tests before the season starts in Melbourne on 16 March.

Each lasts four days and will give the teams an opportunity to put their cars through a rigorous shakedown.

Teams can only use one car and one driver per day, so ultimately, each driver will get around six full days of testing.

BBC Sport's chief F1 writer Andrew Benson:
"Most of the F1 cars have been seen already one way or another - Ferrari, McLaren, Lotus, Williams, Force India and Sauber have all at least released computer-generated images of their challengers. But this morning sees two of the most important cars of the season break cover - world champions Red Bull and runners-up Mercedes both unveil their new cars at Jerez before getting down to running."

Images of those two cars to follow shortly.


In terms of aerodynamics, the cars will look visibly different, as you'll see in this live text throughout the day as I pepper it with pictures of the new machines.

Some chassis changes have been introduced for safety reasons and to slow cars down. The most visual change is the front nose, which is 365mm lower to improve safety, with a real mix of interpretations spread across the teams.

BBC Sport's chief F1 writer Andrew Benson:
"Giving the new Formula 1 cars their first run-out this morning is the culmination of months, even years, of work. The new turbo engines and aerodynamic rules being introduced this year amount to the biggest rule change in a generation and all the teams are predicting that reliability will be a major problem this week - and into the start of the season. Expect plenty of breaks in the programme to recover cars stranded out on track."


There are stacks of changes to go through for this season, but rather than go through them now, may I point you to a feature on our F1 pages which you can read at your leisure.

The good news for the neutral is anything could happen. Christian Horner, the Red Bull team boss, believes power unit failure rates in races could be as high as 50%, yes 50%!

The likes of Marussia and Caterham have never had a better chance of scoring their first points.


It's been years since we've seen changes of this magnitude to the regulations which can only mean one thing - unpredictability. Sure, the big teams will probably still be at the front, and the smaller outfits somewhere near the back, but if were going to see a Brawn-esque shock anytime, it's going to be this year.

BBC Sport's chief F1 writer Andrew Benson:
"Just two months and four days after the conclusion of the 2013 season, the Formula 1 teams are in Jerez in south-west Spain to start preparing for 2014. The shortest winter break for years is badly timed, for the cars that take to the track in Jerez this week will be more different from their predecessors than perhaps ever before. This activity is called testing - and the word is likely to apply in all its meanings for the teams this week."


Can you smell that? Yep, it's the scent of petrol fumes emanating from the garages at a dusty race track in southern Spain. The teams are just firing up their brand-spanking new 1.6-litre V6 turbo engines ready to see if months - years even - of hard work has been worth it.


New cars, new engines, new Kers which is now Ers.

New fuel limits, new noses and a race that is worth double any other.

Welcome to Jerez. Welcome to pre-season testing. Welcome to the dawn of a new era for Formula 1.

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      01-28-2014, 05:00 PM   #2
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Thanks for posting!

Good to hear the Kimi is out pushing the car around. You never know with injury and operations but by being out now it bodes well that he is fully fit and ready for the season.
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