2010 F1 testing: February 1st

Michael Schumacher drives the Mercedes W01 for the first time

Michael Schumacher drives the Mercedes W01 for the first time

F1 finally bursts back into life today as more than half of the 2010 F1 teams send their new cars out on track.

Michael Schumacher will get his first test of the first Mercedes F1 car since 1955. Williams and Toro Rosso will also be showing off their 2010 machines in public for the first time.

Join us and follow the first official test session at Valencia as it happens below.

Testing results

Driver Car Best time Laps
Felipe Massa Ferrari F10 72.574 102
Pedro de la Rosa BMW Sauber-Ferrari C29 72.784 74
Michael Schumacher Mercedes W01 72.947 40
Nico Rosberg Mercedes W01 73.543 39
Gary Paffett McLaren-Mercedes MP4-25 73.846 86
Rubens Barrichello Williams-Cosworth FW32 74.449 75
Sebastien Buemi Toro Rosso-Ferrari STR5 74.762 18
Robert Kubica Renault R30 75.000 69

Testing notes

The greatest point of interest today is the first official appearance of three new cars – the Mercedes W01, Williams FW32 and Toro Rosso STR5. The latter is especially interesting as it’s the first car the team have built without the assistance of sister team Red Bull (although certain common parts are allowed).

There’s lots more to look out for at the first test. Besides the first appearances of drivers at new teams (see below) we’ll also see the first Cosworth-powered F1 car since 2006 and BMW Sauber’s return to Ferrari power.

For all the anticipation, today will probably be a low-key day in terms of actual running. Expect lots of installation laps and settings checks. Reading too much into testing is a mug’s game at the best of times – especially on day one.

As tests go on we’ll build up data on which drivers and teams have done the most laps and had the most time in their cars.

Testing starts today at 9am British time (10am CET).

Update: the new cars have begun to appear:

Today’s testing line-up

The following drivers are expected to participate today:

McLaren MP4-25 – Gary Paffett
Mercedes W01 – Michael Schumacher and Nico Rosberg (Shared)
Ferrari F10Felipe Massa
Williams-Cosworth FW32 – Rubens Barrichello
BMW Sauber C29 – Pedro de la Rosa
Renault R30Robert Kubica
Toro Rosso STR5 – Sebastien Buemi

The track

Valencia’s Ricardo Tormo circuit is the venue for the first of this year’s tests, just a few miles away from the street circuit where the European Grand Prix is held:

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Last year BMW were the only team to test at the track and they did not release any lap times.

Weather at the track today is expected to be dry and sunny with temperatures around 12-14C.

Timing and other resources

The following sites often have live timing information:

Motor 21
F1 Today
Live GP

If you know of any others, please post details in the comments.

Another good source of live information from the tests is drivers’ and team’s Twitter pages. You can find them in the F1 Twitter directory

You can find details of future F1 tests in the F1 Fanatic Google Calendar

Pictures from today’s test

Pictures from today’s test:

Video from today’s test

Images (C) Red Bull/Getty images, Williams/LAT, Ferrari spa, Renault/LAT

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557 comments on 2010 F1 testing: February 1st

  1. Keith is this right?
    “Michael Schumacher will get his first test of the first Mercedes F1 car since 1955. “

    • Why are pple so critical? Every F1 fan knows that Mercedes raced last in 1955!

      I think with the speed at which Keith informs us here, we should be a bit THANKFUL instead of this constant ranting :-(

    • Keith Collantine (@keithcollantine) said on 1st February 2010, 22:04

      Before this season Mercedes only ran as a full factory team in the world championship in 1954 and 1955. They’ve been an engine supplier in F1 since 1993. More here: Mercedes team information.

  2. Vikas said on 1st February 2010, 8:15

    *his with *the ;)

  3. Keith Collantine (@keithcollantine) said on 1st February 2010, 8:21

    And now the new Toro Rosso has appeared: Toro Rosso STR5 breaks cover (Pictures)

  4. Is the testing going to be shown on TV ? tnx

  5. The new Williams should be the next new car due then with the first outing of the Cosworth engine.

  6. damjan006 said on 1st February 2010, 8:58

    Someone have an idea where we can find live timing or some stream???

  7. How many minutes after testing begins will the first team whisper “illegal diffuser” to a journalist?

  8. Keith Collantine (@keithcollantine) said on 1st February 2010, 9:02

    The test has started!

  9. Salty said on 1st February 2010, 9:05

    Silly season complete. Sandbagging season begins ;)

  10. Varun Murthy said on 1st February 2010, 9:07

    At the rate at which comments are flowing in, a live chat might just be needed for testing sessions as well.. :)..

    Cant wait for the sessions to begin,even though there wont be a whole lot of laps..

  11. Varun Murthy said on 1st February 2010, 9:08

    Check this out : http://twitter.jamesallenonf1.com/live ..pretty helpful..

    • Keith Collantine (@keithcollantine) said on 1st February 2010, 9:23

      Interesting – I could potentially put something like that on this page if people find it useful?

      • Magnificent Geoffrey said on 1st February 2010, 10:33

        Whist test sessions aren’t as fascinating a spectacle as Free Practice sessions are on race weekends, I know I would enjoy being able to get a steady drip of info on what’s going on on track throught the evenings here. Especially as test sessions now happen about as frequently as a Piquet Jr classified finish used to, every lap now counts for so much more. So yeah, go for it!

      • NomadIndian said on 1st February 2010, 13:16

        Yes, please do. I think its cool and will surely be useful.

      • Hairs said on 1st February 2010, 13:22

        The problem I already see with the JA twitter aggregator is that it becomes spammy – a lot of the posters will re-tweet what someone else on the aggregator has already posted, on the basis that their followers on twitter may not be following the person they’re re-tweeting. In some cases, this means that “big” names like Sarah Holt, official teams etc are updating, then getting re-tweeted 10 or 15 times.

        • three4three said on 1st February 2010, 17:16

          Hairs, I agree about the retweeting but tbh I think it’s a great service nevertheless, I’ve been on it pretty much all day refreshing it.

  12. Vikas said on 1st February 2010, 9:10

    Massa 1:32.873

  13. I can’t find live timing on the Spanish-language Motor21 site. Here is the direct link to f1today.nl’s live timing page, but they haven’t posted any times as of 10:10 CET.


  14. Thanks Varun ..

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