@Swaglord: Without similar fuel loads across all the teams it's hard to say. The 2015 cars should certainly be faster and I think we will see much quicker times over the rest of the week and next week - as long as the good weather holds out
@NikhilDuki: It was, but the costs involved were significant without much relevance to car manufacturers (plus it was one of the main factors behind Red Bull's dominance). With these engines there is a single exhaust so it was easy to regulate that it had to come out at a high point at the centre of the car. However, the monkey seat is still a blown bit of bodywork, albeit nowhere near as complex as the old blown diffusers.
@Alphaq: The team is expecting to have the new car on track for the next test. If they don't then it will be very worrying indeed.
@mfbull: I haven't seen the latest ones, but it's a rumour that has been kicking around for some time. The latest news I saw was that Audi did a study into the pros and cons of being in F1 and, despite some good reasons, opted against entering the sport.
According to Auto Motor und Sport it's a fuel pump issue keeping Wehrlein in the garage at the moment. A bad day for the world champions.
The timing screen of most recent laps reads - Maldonado, Verstappen, Maldonado, Verstappen, Maldonado.... you get the picture. Maldonado has now left young Max to go it alone, though.
@LewisHamilton: The small carbon fibre wing situated either above or around the exhaust pipe. As seen below on the Toro Rosso.
@mfbull: A very good question. I should imagine so. Drivers actually have several with them per weekend and one is usually prepped with a rain visor just in case.
We're in the final hour of this first day of testing in Barcelona. Raikkonen remains fastest on an eventful day. Susie Wolff still has the most laps despite tangling with Nasr in the afternoon.
@abudhabifan: It's not a cheap thing to do. Three of the four you mention have been involved in F1 in the last 30 years or so, but the costs, politics and difficulty of success are the main reasons they are put off (probably in that order).
@Wedgeman: That's also true. The WEC and Le Mans have seen Porsche and Nissan join in the last two years and have much more open regulations if you truly want to build an innovative engine or car.
@mfbull: We will have more video content on the site this year and some of it will feature Nate and I. We can't hope to compete with Mr. Kravitz and his SkyPad but we will have some more content to go over the main talking and technical points at the year progresses.
@JoshuaWright: Nothing that I've heard. Ford left under a bit of a cloud when Jaguar left the sport (the brand was owned by Ford at the time). However, that team turned into Red Bull and we all know what happened next. Never say never.
@abudhabifan: I agree, the more the merrier. The new engine regs were supposed to attract new manufacturers. It's true that it worked with Honda but it also killed off Cosworth's F1 involvement.
Pastor Maldonado has just gone quickest in the Lotus