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

79 comments on “2010 F1 testing: December 1st”

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

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

    1. Mouse_Nightshirt
      1st December 2009, 7:52

      With a name like that, definitely, I agree :D

    2. I think Paul di resta will also be a driver worth watching.

      1. Hildebrand will be right there with him…

        1. You betcha’ Gman.Wanna see him in an F1 ride soon :)

      2. As of 2011 –
        Di Resta>F1

    3. no… I believe Daniel Ricciardo is the class of the field…ended up 4th fastest after never driven a f1 car apart from in a straight line, and only +0.37 away from Soucek.

  2. 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????

    1. 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?

      1. 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.

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

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

  4. when does it start?

    1. 14 th march 2010 BAHRAIN GP

  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.

    1. 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.

    1. Which site are you looking at Katy? I can’t find anything with info..

        1. ¡Excelente! Muchas gracias. :)

        2. Katy you are a life saver!

        3. I love looking for funny translations:

          Remember that rumored Andy Soucek could accompany Timo Glock GP Manor, now under the name Virgin Racing… Surely this day with Williams may very well go to Madrid to face his debut in F1 if the negotiations bear fruit.

          In fifteen minutes will begin the first day of practice for promising young artists of the engine

          Almost three hours after the incident this morning, Brendon Hartley goes to court.

          1. It’s a bit like a mad game of chinese whispers! :P

  7. Myles Woerner
    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)
    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!

    1. ROSSI?!

      Oh wait, that’s a different Rossi.

    2. Spot on bro!

  9. where can i see replays or it live?

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

    1. Take some pics if you can :)
      Yes I am very jealous

  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

    1. Timing at 12’03 not 12’30 h. Sorry

  13. 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!

    1. Are they Bridgestones?

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

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

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

        1. 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…

          1. Oh ho ho!

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

          2. With Heinz Harald Frentzen as test driver!!!

            BOOM BOOM!

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

  15. 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

    wish the beeb covered it like FP, that would make my day.

    Anyways Bianchi is definately the most promising out of the practising, his on the trajectory Hamilton and Hulkenburg took.

    Good luck next year in GP2.
    when we gonna get another decent brit?

    1. Good to see the Americans doing well. Maybe we’ve got some F1-worthy talent over here after all (well, if they’re given some time to develop, anyway).

    2. Gah, accidentally deleted the part that actually was a reply to your post! I meant to say “Stop being greedy, you’ve had 2 championships in a row!” Lol.

      1. Yeah but there is literally no one who looks like a champion in the lower ranks at the mo.

    3. Then why is Rossi beating him? ;)

  17. Good to see the Aussie Ricciardo on the top of the timesheets now!

  18. Hildebrand doing quite well :D

  19. Well, now more than ever we all can sing this song:


    Felipe and Anna Raffaela welcome Felipe baby!!!!!!

    Absolutely off topic, but somebody asked for live stream!!! :-)

  20. Im surprised no one mentioned the official F1 site, theres some pics up already :)


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