News and Analysis
Giancarlo Fisichella claimed the top spot on the lap sheets in Barcelona today, taking half a second off teammate Fernando Alonso's record time from yesterday. The ever-improving times are making last year's statements about slowing down the cars look positively foolish.
Jarno Trulli has hailed the new look Toyota TF105 as a big step forward over the car that has been running since the 2005 launch, even though he admits it is hard to make a definitive judgement about the car because of weird tracks conditions in Barcelona
Ralf Schumacher is well aware that success at Toyota is not going to be easy to achieve. But despite a fairly low key start to testing for its new car, the German is remarkably serene about his new life in Cologne. He even apologises to autosport.com for turning up late to our interview
David Coulthard has given his new RB1 an early thumbs up in terms of reliability after its first pre-season test at Jerez in Spain this week - even though he admits that it is too early to make any definitive judgements about the car's overall pace
Jenson Button has put his team's recent problems behind him by claiming the best ever time for a 2005 car at an increasingly hot Jerez today. Button's time was just short of the unofficial track record, claimed by Michael Schumacher in testing last year.
Former world champion Jacques Villeneuve has admitted to autosport.com that he is struggling to get himself tuned in to Sauber's new C24, and claims that he may have to change the way he drives if he is to get on equal terms with rapid team-mate Felipe Massa
World champion Michael Schumacher has warned his rivals that Ferrari is not viewing the start of the season as merely a damage limitation exercise because it is using its old car - and has instead vowed to try and carry on the F2004's victory march from the off
Marcus Gronholm has fired a warning shot to title rival and World Rally champion Sebastien Loeb by declaring his intention to win the Swedish Rally. The Finn is keen to stop the Citroen star, who won the season-opening Monte Carlo Rally at a canter, from breaking away at the top of the points table and has targeted a fourth win on the Swedish Rally, which takes place next weekend
Alex Wurz set the fastest time for McLaren on the first day of a crucial three-day test at Valencia in Spain on Tuesday. The Austrian, driving a modified version of last year's McLaren-Mercedes MP4-19B, set a lap time of 1m09.386s, which was more than a second quicker than anyone else managed all day
Factory Skoda driver Armin Schwarz has been withdrawn from next weekend's Swedish Rally so that a shoulder injury he sustained in the WRC season-opening Monte Carlo Rally can be given more time to heal. Even though the German declared last weekend that he would be fit to take part in the event
Jordan's 2005 driver line-up could be made up of former Carlin Motorsport drivers after Narain Karthikeyan confirmed that he had agreed terms and expected to sign a deal with the Midland F1- owned team in the next few days. He is expected to be joined in the squad by Carlin's Nissan World Series driver Tiago Monteiro
Antonio Pizzonia fired off a spectacular sequence of laps at the end of the third day's testing at Valencia, and sent a timely reminder to Williams and BMW as they adjourned to consider the verdict over whether the Brazilian, or Nick Heidfeld, will partner Mark Webber in the race team in 2005