2010 F1 testing: February 2nd

Nico Rosberg driving the Mercedes W01 at Valencia today

Nico Rosberg driving the Mercedes W01 at Valencia today

Lewis Hamilton joins F1 testing today and Kamui Kobayashi will get his first laps at the wheel of a BMW Sauber.

Join us as we follow the second F1 test day at Valencia.

Today’s testing times

Driver Car Best time Laps
Felipe Massa Ferrari F10 71.722 125
Kamui Kobayashi BMW Sauber-Ferrari C29 72.056 96
Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes MP4-25 72.256 108
Robert Kubica Renault R30 72.426 119
Nico Rosberg Mercedes W01 72.899 119
Rubens Barrichello Williams-Cosworth FW32 73.377 102
Sebastien Buemi Toro Rosso-Ferrari STR5 73.823 107

Testing notes

Most of the teams are sticking with the same drivers they used yesterday, apart from the two exceptions mentioned above.

Nico Rosberg will get a full day in the Mercedes W01, with Michael Schumacher set to take over from him on Wednesday. The younger of the two Mercedes drivers has asked for some changes to be made to his seat to make him more comfortable in the car.

Surprisingly for the first day of testing, yesterday saw few interruptions and generally good reliability. The major exceptions were Toro Rosso, who had a problem with their gearbox actuator which they were unable to repair fully before the end of the session and were planning to work on overnight.

As well as getting our first look at three new cars yesterday, several teams had new parts on their cars. You can see pictures of those cars in yesterday’s post.

Today’s testing line-up

McLaren MP4-25Lewis Hamilton
Mercedes W01Nico Rosberg
Ferrari F10Felipe Massa
Williams FW32Rubens Barrichello
BMW Sauber C29Kamui Kobayashi
Renault R30Robert Kubica
Toro Rosso STR5Sebastien Buemi

Timing and other resources

The following sites often have live timing information:

Motor 21
F1 Today
Live GP

Inocencio also suggested Spanish sites La Sexta and The F1 for live information from Valencia.

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

Several drivers, teams and journalists are providing updates from the track. If you’re on Twitter and would like to follow them you can find links to their accounts in the F1 Twitter directory.

The latest Tweets from people at the track today will appear below:

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

Testing so far

Felipe Massa set the fastest time around Valencia yesterday with a 1’12.574. He also did the most laps, racking up over 100. (See yesterday’s post for a full list of times).

The charts below show how much testing each driver, car and engine had done before the start of today’s test.

The teams have a maximum testing limit of 15,000km. They’ll struggle to do that much in the 15 days’ testing they have between now and the start of the season, but the allocation also has to cover any extra testing they may need to do during the season if they choose to bring in a driver with no previous experience.

The data below also shows how many laps have been logged by each of the four different engine manufacturers in F1:

Drivers’ test mileages

Drivers' test mileages (click to enlarge)

Drivers' test mileages (click to enlarge)

Car test mileages

F1 car test mileages (click to enlarge)

F1 car test mileages (click to enlarge)

Engine test mileages

Engine test mileages (click to enlarge)

Engine test mileages (click to enlarge)

The track

The teams remain at the Ricardo Tormo road course just outside Valencia in Spain (not the street track which is the venue for the European Grand Prix).

The weather is expected to remain much the same as yesterday – dry with temperatures peaking at around 14C.

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368 comments on 2010 F1 testing: February 2nd

  1. Pengo said on 2nd February 2010, 8:40

    I’m sorry if this has already come up, but what in the hell is that black object on top of Ferrari’s car??? And what purpose does it serve?

    • Prisoner Monkeys said on 2nd February 2010, 8:42

      It’s a data-logger and antenna. It collects telemetry from the car and sends it back to the pts. Ferrari used one last year, too.

    • Have you never seen an antenna?
      Every team has littered their car full with antenna’s to transfer up to date millisecond precize date from and to the car.
      Only Ferrari is the one who uses an oversized antenna to ensure to have a dataconnection all around the circuit.

      • Other teams are known to use such antennas too. I think its size are restricted in actual races but here antennas of all sorts sprout up on all cars. Williams had similar t-shaped one in recent years if I recall correctly.

      • CounterStrike said on 2nd February 2010, 8:59

        Maybe that fat Ferrari antenna hacks into McLaren & Mercedes’ telemetry equipment & transmits data to the pit for real time comparison. Hacking into a communication systems isn’t too difficult these days.

    • Keith Collantine (@keithcollantine) said on 2nd February 2010, 9:02

      How many times are people going to ask that question? It was answered at least three times yesterday!

  2. HounslowBusGarage said on 2nd February 2010, 8:48

    @ PM.
    When do you sleep, mate?

    • Prisoner Monkeys said on 2nd February 2010, 8:50

      At night. When else? It’s 8pm here. Haven’t you noticed how I disappear through the European day?

  3. The engines are running warm. 15 minutes ago they have been fired up. 10.00 am the lights will turn green and the track will be opened.

  4. Kobayashi will line up for Sauber today, also McLaren traded Paffet in for Hamilton. I wonder what they both are able to show.

  5. hi. i have just been reading this(i dont no how to add quotes)

    “Which should be reasonably easy to spot if a car is suddenly 3-4 seconds slower per lap around Valencia it could well be because its at maximum fuel capacity.
    What would be great is if we could collect as many different lap times for each car as possible and compile them to get an idea of what stint lengths they did and what their lap times were. Anyone fancy it?”

    just wanted to say you would also have to allow for the different air/track temperature and also if it happens to be raining or if just part of the track is wet. just didn’t no if you were accounting for that is all.

    also how much quicker is the car in cooler weather than normal?

    • Well for your info, its quite cold now in Valencia. 3 degrees celcius is not much. But its still early in the morning. The track will heat up anyway and has now got a temperature of around 8 degrees celcius.

  6. And were off. Session has started. Many drivers are going for an installation lap.

  7. Keith Collantine (@keithcollantine) said on 2nd February 2010, 9:04

    To help make following testing easier for those of you not on Twitter I’ve added live updates from some of the people at the track above.

  8. Victor said on 2nd February 2010, 9:08


    hmmm – anyone see this? schumi medical concerns again

    • Prisoner Monkeys said on 2nd February 2010, 9:11

      I agree with the first comment: it’s precautionary. And PlanetF1 isn’t the msot reliable source in the world. If it were a genuine problem, other sources – like Keith and Autosport – would ahve run something by now.

    • Keith Collantine (@keithcollantine) said on 2nd February 2010, 9:11

      I’ll have to read it somewhere better than Planet F1 before I believe it.

      • CounterStrike said on 2nd February 2010, 9:22

        That twitter thing is cool keith, thanx!

      • NomadIndian said on 2nd February 2010, 10:02

        I was trying to ask this same question to you on twitter – whether you ad any info on that?
        Hope Schumi’s neck allows him to race… Would be dissappointing beyond words, otherwise!

  9. PlanetF1 has to be compared with any British tabloid like the Sun. A lot of blabla and no reliable sources.

    But the story should be ofcourse valid. Schumacher hasnt driven at full speed in an F1 car for such a long time that he should indeed have pain. It would not be healthy if he would actually feel nothing, that means that he didnt push himself too much ;-)

  10. Keith Collantine (@keithcollantine) said on 2nd February 2010, 9:26

    Massa and Kubica both using black helmets today. Wonder why?

  11. Andrew White said on 2nd February 2010, 9:26

    First times, Kubica 1:15.6 and Hamilton 1:16.6. Very early days at the moment.

  12. Tombong said on 2nd February 2010, 9:33

    Felipe Massa 1:12.727


  13. Considering all the fuss about the McLaren diffuser yesterday I think they missed a trick by not having any sponsors on the back of the rear wing as they usually do, as everyone was trying to find pictures of the back of the McLaren.

  14. Victor said on 2nd February 2010, 9:34

    Hamilton at 1:13.161! =D

  15. Victor said on 2nd February 2010, 9:38

    any reason why the beeb don’t have more coverage of testing?

    • walterswdf2 said on 2nd February 2010, 9:55

      Kubica has a couple of transparent splitters on the black helmet that didn’t appear to be on his yellow helmet yesterday. One is near the base of the visor, the other a spoiler at the top/back. One would imagine that since he is one of the tallest drivers (or THE tallest this year?) he is even more concerned with buffeting.

  16. 1 F.Massa Ferrari 1:12.227 +-.— 9
    2 L.Hamilton McLaren 1:13.161 +-.— 8
    3 N.Rosberg Mercedes 1:14.036 +-.— 7
    4 R.Kubica Renault 1:14.714 +-.— 7
    5 S.Buemi Toro Rosso 1:15.308 +-.— 11
    6 R.Barrichello Williams 1:17.238
    I think my timing keeps going mad though that may be my computer http://www.f1-direct.fr/live-essais-prives.php For anyone who wants it.

  17. Seems to be that there will be short runs this morning. Would be logic. Test all the systems and run diagnostics, maybe get the drivers in a rythem. So probably we will see more long runs by the end of this morning/afternoon.

  18. BasCB said on 2nd February 2010, 9:53

    Now we have the first time for Kobayasi:

    1 F.Massa Ferrari 1:12.227 +-.— 13
    2 L.Hamilton McLaren 1:13.161 +-.— 11
    3 N.Rosberg Mercedes1:14.036 +-.— 11
    4 R.Kubica Renault 1:14.714 +-.— 13
    5 K.KobayashiSauber 1:14.853 +-.— 6
    6 S.Buemi Toro Rosso 1:15.308 +-.— 12
    7 R.Barrichello Williams 1:15.493 +-.— 12

  19. When is alonso testing?

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