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. PaulRS said on 1st February 2010, 9:47

    12 seconds dif?
    Any track changes?

  2. Vikas said on 1st February 2010, 9:48

    jay, you’re talking about the valencia street circuit….but this test is happening at the nearby valencia ricardo tormo circuit…

  3. sumedh said on 1st February 2010, 9:48


    That is the Valencia street track. Which is not being used for testing. Check the image by Keith, it is fairly different.

    Which BTW begs to question, if the teams come to Valencia, why don’t they race on this track instead of the street one?

    • Keith Collantine (@keithcollantine) said on 1st February 2010, 9:53

      Looking at the track layout I don’t think we’d see good races here at all – it’s far too short, tight and twisty. On the few occasions GP2 raced here the races were no good and if the GP2 cars can’t have a good race on it F1 definitely can’t.

      Having said that the street track seems little better!

    • Varun Murthy said on 1st February 2010, 9:56

      I guess you cant shut down city roads just for the sake of testing..

  4. I was wrong about the times, sorry. I didn’t realise that this wasn’t the Valencia race track but a track down the road

  5. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Circuit_Ricardo_Tormo

    Hopes this makes up for my mistakes

  6. Vikas said on 1st February 2010, 9:51

    Thanks fabzx

  7. Vikas said on 1st February 2010, 9:54

    @jay :)

  8. McLaren is having a ingenious new diffuser according to this website:

    Ill quote:
    Après la présentation de la McLaren MP4/25, les rumeurs faisaient état de triple, voire quadruple diffuseurs à l’arrière de la McLaren.

  9. Vikas said on 1st February 2010, 9:55

    De la Rosa: 1:18.848

  10. Vikas said on 1st February 2010, 9:57

    Quadruple diffusers… fish!!

    • MarkC said on 1st February 2010, 12:03

      it’s like the razor blade wars, 4 blades, swivel head, smoothing strips etc…
      oh, a possible advertising revenue stream opening up!

  11. Rusty said on 1st February 2010, 10:01


    is now updating with the times. Its great to see Pedro back as a race driver. I expect him to do well.

  12. Vikas said on 1st February 2010, 10:01

    pedro 1:16.531

  13. fabzx said on 1st February 2010, 10:02

    new rear wing on renault too?

  14. G. Paffett 1:14.359

  15. beaker said on 1st February 2010, 10:03

    it looks like teams are questioning the legality of the Mclaren diffuser. Here we go again…

  16. Vikas said on 1st February 2010, 10:03

    yay mclaren…thanks rusty

  17. Salty said on 1st February 2010, 10:03

    De La Rosa now 1:16:531

  18. Varun Murthy said on 1st February 2010, 10:03

    Times after one hour: 1 Paffett, 1m14.359; 2 De la Rosa, 1m14.898; 3 Kubica 1m16.602s; 4 Barrichello 1,17.004

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