So. After four hours of the first test of F1’s new hybrids we know one thing - they’re difficult buggers to get running. All the new cars except the Lotus and Marussia are in Jerez in Spain for the first four day test of F1’s new era. Two further four day tests are scheduled next month in Bahrain.
And it looks like the teams are going to need every minute; by lunchtime in Jerez the new cars from Red Bull, McLaren, Williams and Caterham had yet to turn a wheel. The cars form Force India and Sauber had done just one lap, the Ferrari two. The Caterham hadn’t even been seen. The test started at 8.00 this morning. (UPDATE: Hamilton has crashed out following a front wing failure)
So take a look at the most complete gallery of this year’s grid. Only the Lotus (not finished), the Marussia (not arrived), and the Caterham (still under wraps) are missing. Ponder this; come Australia, are their looks the least important thing we’ll be worrying about?