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Monaco Qualifying (watched on my iphone Channel 10) Hamilton, Rosberg, Vettel and ...... Ricciardo 4th! 

 I think Daniel has a chance of a podium tomorrow.

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Daniel Ricciardo first F1 win Canadian Grand Prix 2014.
 1:18 scale diecast Formula 1 model Red Bull Racing Renault RB10
 Limited Edition of only 10 pieces with Certificate of Authenticity exclusive to Motorabilia

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Photo study of the Toro Rosso STR8 Daniel Ricciardo in 1:43 by Minichamps
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Photo study of the 1:18 scale diecast Formula 1 model Jordan Toyota EJ15 Karthikeyan 2005 - this was the aero era and this model is a good example of the 100s of aero elements added to F1 cars prior to 2009 what the aero elements were banned.

 Jordan Grand Prix was an Irish-registered F1 constructor that competed from 1991 to 2005. The team is named after Irish businessman and founder Eddie Jordan. Jordan and his team were well known for a "rock and roll" attitude which added colour and character to Formula One. In early 2005, after Ford's decision to put Cosworth up for sale, Jordan reached an agreement with Toyota to supply Jordan with engines identical to those in the Toyota cars.
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Bahrain F1 GP Qualifying analysis - no let up from Hamilton 

Consistent conditions in Sakhir made life tricky in some ways for everyone as a steady wind blew all day, but after the track temperature in FP3 had declined from 40 degrees Celsius to 36, it stayed around 31 degrees as dusk descended for qualifying. As anticipated, the difference between the two tyre compounds, Pirelli’s mediums and softs, was about 2.3s. Lewis Hamilton will start the race as favourite, but with Ferrari close at hand, victory is far from assured for Mercedes. Here’s our team-by-team round-up of the Saturday formbook in Bahrain… 

 Lewis Hamilton, 1m 32.571s, P1
 Nico Rosberg, 1m 33.129s, P3

Hamilton was delighted with his 42nd pole position, and the first of his career in Bahrain. He took control of the day and never let up, posting the fastest time of the weekend on his final run in Q3. Rosberg, by contrast, was very unhappy with the management of his runs, and said he’d wanted to run new tyres in Q3 not used softs. While Rosberg’s race might have been compromised already, Hamilton believes he has a strong chance despite Vettel’s presence in second place on the grid.

 Sebastian Vettel, 1m 32.982s, P2
 Kimi Raikkonen, 1m 33.227, P4

Ferrari have looked a threat all weekend, and after a little wobble in Q1 Vettel was very strong on his final Q3 run. He goes into the race expecting to have excellent pace against the Mercedes. Raikkonen was disappointed with his runs, having looked good against Vettel at times, but also believes that he has good prospects tomorrow.

 Valtteri Bottas, 1m 33.381, P5
 Felipe Massa, 1m 33.744s, P6

Williams consolidated their third best team status by wrapping up the third row of the grid. Bottas said fifth was representative of their pace, but Massa said he was a little bit disappointed with his best lap.

Red Bull
 Daniel Ricciardo, 1m 33.832s, P7
 Daniil Kvyat, 1m 35.800s, P17

Ricciardo said that overall he was very happy with the way his qualifying session went, and plans to make a decent start this week so he can keep within DRS range of the Williams duo. Kvyat and the team were mystified by his failure to make it through Q1, and will be examining his data this evening.

Toro Rosso
 Carlos Sainz, 1m 34.462s, P9
 Max Verstappen, 1m 35.103s, P15

Both drivers continued to struggle in the windy conditions, but Sainz said that things were an awful lot better than they had been in FP3. He got a good enough lap in right at the end of Q2 to make Q3. Verstappen looked on course to make it too, until his lap was spoiled by too much understeer close to the end.

Force India
 Nico Hulkenberg, 1m 34.450s, P8
 Sergio Perez, 1m 34.704s, P11

Force India looked more like their 2014 selves here, and Hulkenberg did an excellent job to get his VJM08 into Q3, and then to eighth place on the grid. Perez did a decent job too, so was disappointed when he got bumped out of 10th spot right at the end of Q2.

 Romain Grosjean, 1m 34.484s, P10
 Pastor Maldonado, 1m 35.677s, P16

Grosjean was happy to get through to Q3, but admitted that he never got the lap he was looking for in that final session and had to make do with 10th. Maldonado looked strong in FP3, but his chances in Q1 were damned by a curious problem in the front brakes which applied pressure without any input from the pedal, thus robbing him of straight-line speed.

 Felipe Nasr, 1m 34.737s, P12
 Marcus Ericsson, 1m 35.034s, P13

Things were very tight in the midfield, but both drivers were disappointed to just miss out on getting into Q3. Nasr thought he got the most from his C34, but Ericsson said he struggled to get a good feeling with the car, and made a mistake on his best Q2 lap.

 Fernando Alonso, 1m 35.039s, P14
 Jenson Button, No time, P20

Button’s weekend of disaster continued as his MP4-30 stopped before he’d even set a lap time. This time it was an electrical fault. Alonso pushed as hard as he could, but 14th was the best the car could do.

 Will Stevens, 1m 38.713s, P18
 Roberto Merhi, 1m 39.722s, P19

 Yet again, the Marussias ran reliably and the team continued to make progress. Stevens thought he could have got a little more from his car but for a small mistake in Turn 12 on his best lap; Merhi likewise put his hands up to one in Turn 4 on his.
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Alonso in the McLaren

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Ricciardo edges Raikkonen on day two in Spain.

Daniel Ricciardo handed Red Bull a welcome boost by going fastest on this week's second day of pre-season testing in Barcelona.

It was incredibly tight at the top of Friday's timesheet, however, with less than a tenth of a second covering Ricciardo, Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen and the Williams of Felipe Massa.

Ultimately the Australian's 1m 24.574s - set on Pirelli's yellow-marked soft tyre - proved enough, with Raikkonen finishing 0.01s and Massa 0.098s down the road.

“It was good,” said Ricciardo. “We wanted to get a day with 100-plus laps on the board and we did that and more today. It was very solid. We also got through some pit stop practice and some good long runs, which is very positive.

“I know it’s just testing but it is encouraging seeing us on top or at least in that front group. Obviously you have no idea what everyone is doing, but it is encouraging. The car feels good. It has similar characteristics to RB10 in terms of how the chassis feels but that’s a good thing, as I think we had a pretty good car last year. All in all a really good day’s work.”

Commenting on his and Ferrari’s progress, Raikkonen said: ““Today was not ideal, we had some small issues which prevented us from running as much as we wanted, but still we managed to do other stuff, try things and learn. We are going in the right direction in all areas and the team did a good job over the winter. 

“Of course, racing is a different story from testing, but so far it has been good. The team bosses have managed to put the right people in the right places. It’s still early days, but everybody seems to enjoy it more. For the next test we’ll try to put the right things into the car”.

Sergio Perez was fourth in the year-old Force India VJM07, fractionally ahead of Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton. The two-time world champion had not been expected to drive on day two, but took over for the afternoon session after Nico Rosberg's running was ended as a precaution so as to not aggravate a trapped nerve in his neck, which could have jeopardised his fitness for the final day on Sunday.

“My back has been a bit of an issue but I know what it was,” reported Rosberg. “My position in the car was not quite right but I've been lucky with it really and it should be fine for a full day on Sunday. I'm just being a bit cautious and decided to get out of the car at lunch today. It's a different circuit with this new car so it felt a bit different, but in general it was ok. I wasn't so happy with the car this morning but then we found our way quickly with the setup and in the end it felt pretty good.”

Hamilton set his best time on the white-marked medium tyres, but was still able to get within four-tenths of Ricciardo's overall benchmark.

Rosberg's morning left him sixth overall, also within a second of Ricciardo, while Fernando Alonso ended what was McLaren's most productive day so far in 2015 in seventh. The Spaniard racked up 59 laps in total, even though the team are still waiting for a replacement seal on the MGU-K component of Honda's new power unit.

“It’s been good to put some laps on the board - we’ve pushed through the programme today, and achieved more than we anticipated,” commented McLaren’s racing director Eric Boullier. “Our running was relatively smooth, and we’re starting to catch up with our programme.

“We’re happy with what we’re doing - we’re still not looking at outright performance as we still have a long list of systems checks to evaluate. The car is reacting as we expected, but it’s too soon to go into a race simulation, and, as a result, too soon to be sure of our overall performance.”

On his first test for Lotus, 2014 GP2 champion Jolyon Palmer wound up eighth fastest, as Sauber's Marcus Ericsson and Toro Rosso's Carlos Sainz Junior rounded out the top 10.

“Today went well,” said Palmer. “We racked up a lot of laps and I got a good feel for the car. It was very slippery first thing with the cold track, it was certainly very difficult with the hard tyres combined with the low temperatures!

“Through the day there was a good mix of conditions and set-ups to work with. There was a lot to take on board with the different settings for the car and the different programmes we were running, so it’s been a pretty steep learning curve. It’s been a very positive start for me and I hope my work has benefited the team. I loved being in the car and I can’t wait to get back out on track!”

Sainz Jr triggered the red flags shortly after midday when he went off and into the gravel at Turn 9, while Ericsson caused a separate stoppage when he came to a halt on the start-finish line half an hour from the finish.

Unofficial Friday testing times from Barcelona:
1. Daniel Ricciardo, Red Bull, 1m 24.574s, 143 laps
2. Kimi Raikkonen, Ferrari, 1m 24.584s, 90 laps
3. Felipe Massa, Williams, 1m 24.672s, 88 laps
4. Sergio Perez, Force India, 1m 24.702s, 121 laps
5. Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes, 1m 24.923s, 89 laps
6. Nico Rosberg, Mercedes, 1m 25.556s, 66 laps
7. Fernando Alonso, McLaren, 1m 25.961s, 59 laps
8. Jolyon Palmer, Lotus, 1m 26.280s, 77 laps
9. Marcus Ericsson, Sauber, 1m 27.334s, 113 laps
10. Carlos Sainz Jr, Toro Rosso, 1m 28.945s, 100 laps

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Maldonado quickest for Lotus on first day of second test.

Lotus’s Pastor Maldonado took advantage of a late soft tyre run to top an incident-filled first day of testing at Barcelona on Thursday.

Maldonado, who stopped twice with sensor issues in the morning, clocked a lap of 1m 25.011s in the E23 Hybrid with just under an hour of the session remaining to eclipse long-time pacesetter Kimi Raikkonen. 

“It is always good to see your name at the top of the timing monitors and my fastest lap was just in the course of our normal programme for the day,” said the Venezuelan. “It feels good to drive the E23 in Barcelona. The car responded well to the changes we made and we were able to complete a good number of laps. The team has made strong progress since Jerez and we have a great starting point for the rest of the week.”

Raikkonen ended up just 0.156s back on what was another encouraging day for Ferrari, with the 2007 world champion completing 70 trouble-free laps in the SF15-T.Interestingly, both Maldonado and Raikkonen were faster than Lewis Hamilton’s 2014 pole position time at the same track for Mercedes. 

Daniel Ricciardo had a couple of minor offs on his way to third fastest for Red Bull, just ahead of Sergio Perez in the year-old Force India VJM07. The Mexican hadn’t expected to be behind the wheel until Friday, but at the lunch break Pascal Wehrlein, who’d been driving for the Silverstone-based team on loan from Mercedes, was recalled to replace an unwell Lewis Hamilton. The world champion managed just 11 laps in the morning before deciding to end his day early. 

Felipe Nasr gave more encouragement to Sauber by topping the morning timesheet, but in the afternoon the Brazilian rookie was involved in an unusual tangle with Williams’ Susie Wolff which left both drivers in the gravel and in need of repairs. Nasr eventually finished in fifth, Wolff in tenth. 

“We had quite a lot of damage to fix, which hurt our programme,” said Nasr. “Considering the damage, the team did an amazing job to put the car back together in only a few hours. We were able to go out again and complete some checks. Despite the incident, it was a good day and I am positive about what I have seen today.”

Max Verstappen led the lap count, completing 94 for Toro Rosso on his way to the sixth best time of the day.

“We didn’t get as much done in the morning as we would have liked, but in the afternoon, we picked up the pace and I completed almost a race distance,” commented the Dutchman. “I’m very pleased about managing that, as it’s the first time I’ve done that many laps and it was a very useful experience. The same goes for the pit stops and the other race procedures that we practised.”

McLaren’s Jenson Button had a considerably less productive time for McLaren. The Englishman recorded an encouraging lap of 1m 28.182s in the morning before being sidelined for the rest of the session by a faulty seal on the MGU-K part of his Honda power unit.

“We’ll need to run a re-designed component to avoid a potential repeat of the problem,” said Yasuhisa Arai, Honda’s chief motorsport officer. “Unfortunately, we won’t be in possession of that updated part until Saturday, which means that we may face the same problem when we run again tomorrow.

“Such issues are all part of testing, but we’ll make the best changes we can overnight, and will plan for a productive day of running - with Fernando [Alonso] behind the wheel - tomorrow.”

Wehrlein ended with near identical lap times for both Force India and Mercedes, with team mate Hamilton in the unusual position of rounding out the timesheet.

“To drive two Formula One cars in one day was amazing, so I'm very happy,” commented Wehrlein. “We lost a bit of time in the garage which was a shame as I would have liked to do some more laps. But the time I had I really enjoyed.

“Spending the morning with Force India, also, was a great experience. It's a good team, everyone was really welcoming and after a few laps I felt very confident in the car. I will have another day with them this week so I am really looking forward to getting back out there again.”

Testing continues at Barcelona on Friday.

Unofficial Thursday testing times from Barcelona:
1. Pastor Maldonado, Lotus, 1m 25.011s, 69 laps
2. Kimi Raikkonen, Ferrari, 1m 25.167s, 74 laps
3. Daniel Ricciardo, Red Bull, 1m 25.547s, 59 laps
4. Sergio Perez, Force India, 1m 26.636s, 34 laps
5. Felipe Nasr, Sauber, 1m 27.307s, 79 laps
6. Max Verstappen, Toro Rosso, 1m 27.900s, 94 laps
7. Jenson Button, McLaren, 1m 28.182s, 21 laps
8. Pascal Wehrlein, Force India, 1m 28.329s, 32 laps
9. Pascal Wehrlein, Mercedes, 1m 28.489s, 48 laps
10. Susie Wolff, Williams, 1m 28.906s, 86 laps
11. Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes, 1m 30.429s, 11 laps
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Red Bull’s black and white RB11 hits the track in Spain

 After surrendering their drivers’ and constructors’ crowns to Mercedes last year, Red Bull have launched the car with which they plan to fight back this season: the Renault-powered RB11, to be raced by Daniel Ricciardo and new team mate Daniil Kvyat. 

 Featuring a striking new test livery for this week’s opening Jerez session, the RB11 features a host of improvements in all areas as the team seeks to improve on their 2014 campaign, when they took the RB10 from a difficult start to second place in the standings.

 The most notable shape change to this year’s car is the lower nose box and front of the chassis, which were amended in line with the latest regulations, but beyond that many of the RB11’s updates are under its all-new black and white skin. 

“The design of the RB11 has been very much about understanding what we learned from last season, which was a big regulation change as far as the power unit is concerned and the packaging that goes with that and setting about optimising the car from those lessons,” said Red Bull’s chief technical officer Adrian Newey.

 Chief engineering officer Rob Marshall added: “There are some changes that affect the shape of the front of the car but beyond that most of the changes are under the skin. We’ve identified the areas where we can make improvements and we’ve worked hard on these. There won’t be a lot that’s visible to the naked eye but a lot of hard work has gone into the bits that are hidden.”

A large part of that work has involved improvements to Renault Sport’s Energy F1 power unit, updates that have been made in closer collaboration with the team. 

“Red Bull is the only partner for Renault now, through ourselves and Toro Rosso, and that focus from Renault together with a close involvement with our design team is yielding good results and a far closer integration between the power unit and the chassis side,” said team principal Christian Horner. “Working in unison with Renault we can really make some big steps forward this year.”

Newey added that the process of reducing the deficit the team suffered last year will take time: “We have been working very hard with our partners Renault to help them develop the engine. What we have to remember is that the internal combustion engine and its very complicated associated items, the ERS and turbocharger, are long lead time items. Those are things where if one team takes an advantage then it takes time to overthrow that or get back on a par with or hopefully ahead.”

For drivers Ricciardo, a three-time winner with Red Bull last season, and Kvyat, who joins following a successful rookie season with sister team Toro Rosso, the brief two-month wait for a return to the cockpit is over and a first taste of the RB11’s potential awaits in Spain. 

“I’m looking forward to driving the RB11 and I’m hanging out to get behind the wheel again. I hope it’s going to be a beast. We’ll soon find out,” said Ricciardo. “There was plenty of pressure on me last year to prove myself in a top team and I think everyone knows now what I’m capable of so I’m excited - excited to build on what we achieved in 2014 and ready to give Mercedes a good fight.”

 “It’s going to be very exciting to drive an Infiniti Red Bull Racing car for the first time for me,” added Kvyat. “It’s a fantastic opportunity for me and I’m really looking forward to finally getting into the car. It’s going to be cool.

“Though many people in the team know me quite well, there is still the challenge of entering a new team for myself. However, I haven’t really set any targets for 2015. I just want to keep doing the best job possible with hard work and the right attitude and that’s the best thing I can do.”

On Red Bull’s aims for 2015, Horner concluded: “Our target is simple: to close down the gap to Mercedes yet further. We were the only team other than Mercedes to win a Grand Prix in 2014 and we won three with Daniel Ricciardo.

 "Our target is to close the gap down and put Mercedes under as much pressure as we possibly can. We know what we’re aiming at, we know what we need to achieve and I believe that with the RB11, with the drivers we have and with the new structures put in place we should be able to do that.”

Ricciardo will be first to put the RB11 through its paces in Spain on Sunday. The Australian is also due to drive on Tuesday, while Kvyat assumes driving duties on Monday and Wednesday.
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First photos of the RBR10 Ricciardo 2014 in 1:18 by Minichamps
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