(Infiniti Red Bull Racing)
The wait is nearly over! The first race of the 2015 Formula One season is exactly one month away with the Australian Grand Prix taking place at the Albert Park circuit in Melbourne.
This season the big question on everyone’s mind is will the Mercedes AMG PETRONAS F1 Team be as dominant as they were last season having won both the Drivers and Constructors championship. The Brackley based outfit have already racked up the miles over the course of winter testing with the W06 covering the most number of laps so far in 2015.
Despite this however it has been Ferrari powered cars of the Sauber F1 Team and Scuderia Ferrari who have topped the time-sheets so far as Sebastian Vettel topped the time sheets on the opening two days of the test in Jerez before Felipe Nasr set the fastest time on day three in the Ferrari powered C34.
Scuderia Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen topped the time sheets in the SF15-T on the final day of the test. This begs the question that as the Barcelona test gets underway on Thursday will Ferrari’s pace continue at the Circuit de Catalunya.
McLaren Honda will hoping that their new car the MP4-30 will show better pace next week after a disappointing opening test in Jerez where they completed 79 laps over the four day test. Honda will have an upgrade package for the new power unit.
The new Williams Martini Racing FW37 looks very competitive and their test and reserve driver Susie Wolff will take part in next weeks’ Barcelona test although the team have yet to confirm what day the Scot will drive the new car.
Infiniti Red Bull Racing also appear to have made a step forward from where they were this time last year.
Before the teams head to Melbourne there is still two winter tests at the Barcelona Circuit de Catalunya the first of which gets underway on Thursday. The final test takes place from February 26 - March 1 just two weeks prior to the first race.
© Ben Johnston 2015