2010 F1 testing: December 1st

F1 TestingPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Jules Bianchi
Jules Bianchi had his first test for Ferrari

For the first time in 30 days we’ve finally got some proper F1 action to talk about.

Testing for the 2010 season officially begins today as nine of this year’s teams assemble in Jerez where a total of 19 young drivers will sample F1 cars over the next three days.

Today’s testing line-up

According to the schedule posted on the Circuito do Jerez website and what we’ve seen from the teams, the following driver should be present today:

BMW – Alexander Rossi (USA)
Brawn GP (Mercedes) – Mike Conway (GBR) and Marcus Ericsson (SWE)
Ferrari – Jules Bianchi (FRA)
Force India – Paul di Resta (GBR) and JR Hildebrand (USA)
McLaren – Oliver Turvey (GBR)
Red Bull – Daniel Ricciardo (AUS)
Renault – Bertrand Baguette (BEL)
Toro Rosso – Brendon Hartley (NZ)
Williams – Andy Soucek (ESP)

For more information on these drivers and the others who will be testing this week see here: F1 rookies test: Guide to the drivers

How to follow testing live

It’s been a while since we’ve seen any F1 testing but earlier this year the following sites were giving live updates on the action in a range of languages. If you find any other good sources please post them in the comments:

Some of the drivers have Twitter accounts which you can find in the F1 Twitter directory.

And, of course, post your reaction to testing as-it-happens below as we find out which of the rookies has what it takes to become an F1 driver.

Times from today’s test

1. Andy Soucek, Williams, 1:19.158, 87 laps
2. Paul Di Resta, Force India, 1:19.369, 46 laps
3. Gary Paffett, McLaren, 1:19.426, 54 laps
4. Daniel Ricciardo, Red Bull, 1:19.534, 113 laps
5. Jules Bianchi, Ferrari, 1:19.626 91, laps
6. Mike Conway, Brawn-Mercedes, 1:19.920, 58 laps
7. Alexander Rossi, BMW Sauber, 1:20.227, 82 laps
8. Marcus Ericsson, Brawn-Mercedes, 1:20.333, 50 laps
9. Bertrand Baguette, Renault, 1:20.511, 105 laps
10. JR Hildebrand, Force India, 1:20.537, 49 laps
11. Oliver Turvey, McLaren, 1:20.856 27, laps
12. Brendon Hartley, Toro Rosso, 1:21.325, 69 laps

Pictures from today’s test

Here’s a selection of pictures of some of the cars in action today:

More F1 pictures

Images ?? Red Bull/Getty, Ferrari spa, Renault/LAT, Force India F1 Team, BMW ag