2010 F1 testing: December 1st

F1 Testing

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

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79 comments on 2010 F1 testing: December 1st

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  1. Prisoner Monkeys said on 1st December 2009, 7:16

    I think Bianchi and Baguette are the only ones who are really worth keeping an eye on.

  2. Marrc said on 1st December 2009, 7:22

    i would love to be a jerez, steal all the broken parts of the track :) but a team wont pick anyone if theyre not sensible or mature. So i guess it will be good to watch.

  3. is it the 2010 cars they will be testing or the 2009????

    • Should be the 09 cars, I don’t believe that next year’s cars are built quite yet…

      Perhaps we’ll see some prototype parts for next year?

      • Marrc said on 1st December 2009, 7:33

        thats what i just thinking there, maybe we will see 2009 cars with largert fuel tanks and numerous styles of wings then when it comes to the proper 2010 car testing ( if there is ) we will see a whole new chassis.

    • luigismen said on 1st December 2009, 13:06

      I don’t think we’re going to see anything about the 2010 cars

    • its 2009 cars only but,leaped to the year without any upgrade. As the FIA team meet decided in France

  4. yelrom said on 1st December 2009, 8:19

    when does it start?

  5. Are they allowed to start testing new parts yet? I thought that was banned until the end of the year or something, but I can’t remember now what I read/heard.

    • Nitpicker said on 1st December 2009, 10:49

      I thought that was banned until the end of the year

      I don’t see why. Teams have been testing new parts all year round in straight-line trials and GP practice sessions.

      The cars might be standard 2009 spec in order to evaluate the young drivers though.

  6. Haha just had a look on one of those sites, and it’s red flagged already. Nice one Hartley.

  7. Myles Woerner said on 1st December 2009, 9:00

    Hey, what about Rossi? I know I may have some American bias, but the kid has some serious potential. I wouldn’t be surprised if he came away from these tests as the new boy for whom to look out in the future.

  8. christopher (sennaboy3) said on 1st December 2009, 9:25

    Rossi is already stamped as certified talent to watch in the future. Bit premature to talk F1, but give him a couple years!

  9. yelrom said on 1st December 2009, 9:54

    where can i see replays or it live?

  10. striay said on 1st December 2009, 9:59

    I AM GOING GUYS!!!!! this afternoon i’m Jerez bound jealous or what!

  11. can you watch it live?

  12. Provisional timing at 12’30h (GMT+1)

    Rossi (BMW) 1:20.484-26v
    Bianchi (Ferrari) 1:20.516-52v
    Hildebrand (Force India) 1:20.537-39v
    Paffet (McLaren) 1:20.675-29v
    Soucek (Williams) 1:20.737-33v
    Ricciardo (Red Bull) 1:21.052-38v
    Conway (Mercedes) 1:21.557-23v
    Baguette (Renault) 1:22.051-43v
    Hartley (Toro Rosso) 1:44.333-04v

  13. striay said on 1st December 2009, 11:21

    Harry:- Yes you can it’s only 5 euros, although the seats are rubbishy. I will take some pic’s don’t worry, Keith has already contacted me :)!! BTW it seems that Ferrari are testing 2010 tires to me!

  14. ajokay said on 1st December 2009, 11:52

    I’m rooting for Bertie Bread… GO BERTIE BREAD!

    • Deurmat said on 1st December 2009, 12:37

      Me too, hope he does very good and maybe we will have a belgian driver in F1 in 2011

      • ajokay said on 1st December 2009, 12:46

        That would be nice, it’s been far too long since Thierry Boutsen.

        • I think the last Belgian to start a GP was actually Bertrand Gachot in 1995.

          Baguette has taken three years to win the WSR and he didn’t exactly dominate, so he’s probably not a hugely hot prospect for F1. I can’t help but wonder, excuse the terrible pun, that his career has gone a little stale after so long in one series…

          • ajokay said on 1st December 2009, 14:19

            Oh ho ho!

            Imagine a team with Gerhard Berger and Bertrand Baguette. Now there’s one tasty driver lineup.

          • Ned Flanders said on 1st December 2009, 17:34

            With Heinz Harald Frentzen as test driver!!!

            BOOM BOOM!

          • Salty said on 1st December 2009, 22:14

            Berger with Baggette and beans… blimey guys, thought F1 was trying to cut emissions!

  15. Ninad said on 1st December 2009, 12:00

    Alexander Rossi set the pace in the morning session as F1’s young hopefuls hit the Jerez circuit on Tuesday for the start of the three-day young driver test.

    Unofficial Times
    1 Rossi (BMW) 1:20.484 26 laps
    2 Bianchi (Ferrari) 1:20.516 52
    3 Hildebrand (Force India) 1:20.537 39 laps
    4 Paffet (McLaren) 1:20.675 29 laps
    5 Soucek (Williams) 1:20.737 33 laps
    6 Ricciardo (Red Bull) 1:21.052 38 laps
    7 Conway (Mercedes) 1:21.557 23 laps
    8 Baguette (Renault) 1:22.051 43 laps
    9 Hartley (Toro Rosso) 1:44.333 04 laps

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