2010 F1 testing: February 2nd

Posted on | Author Keith Collantine

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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2010 F1 testing

368 comments on “2010 F1 testing: February 2nd”

  1. 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?

    1. Prisoner Monkeys
      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.

    2. 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.

      1. 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.

      2. CounterStrike
        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.

        1. CounterStrike
          2nd February 2010, 8:59

          Anyway that thing looks like the sword of He-Man :)

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

      1. Maybe you should write it into the article! Like you did with the explanation of the car comparisons photo ‘different zooms/lenses/focal lengths’ issue.

        1. Not a bad idea…

  2. HounslowBusGarage
    2nd February 2010, 8:48

    @ PM.
    When do you sleep, mate?

    1. Prisoner Monkeys
      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.

    1. wooohoooooo!!!!!!!!!!!

  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?

    1. 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.

    1. Anybody have adress to live video ?

  7. 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.

    1. Keith why not add a chat session just like the races last season? that would be fun with update from various people from different sources.

      1. This was suggested yesterday – if we can get a lot of people to help out as moderators it’s something we could do. If you’d like to give it a try email me.

        1. Prisoner Monkeys
          2nd February 2010, 9:16

          Message sent.

        2. Great idea. Unfortunately I could not help out, need to do this stuff else at work. Im sure my boss would not appreciate it too much ;-)

    2. Nice one, cheers.

    3. Hmm the Twitter window doesn’t seem to be updating for me – might not be playing friendly with the caching on the page. Anyone else not seeing new updates?

      1. CounterStrike
        2nd February 2010, 9:31

        This is the last tweet I see.

        eddstrawF1 Pit-lane open. Sebastien Buemi first out in the Toro Rosso for the secod day running after missing most of yesterday with gearbox problems 27 minutes ago reply

        1. ditto

          1. CounterStrike
            2nd February 2010, 9:44

            Seems its fixed now.

      2. Definitely not updating properly. I’ll drop it for tomorrow and go back to the drawing board. Any suggestions for how we could do this?

  8. http://www.planet-f1.com/story/0,18954,3213_5911476,00.html

    hmmm – anyone see this? schumi medical concerns again

    1. Prisoner Monkeys
      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.

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

      1. CounterStrike
        2nd February 2010, 9:22

        That twitter thing is cool keith, thanx!

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

    1. Any picture available yet?

      1. Black monster power! :D

    2. Could they be those ones that appear black until they get enough sunlight then they reveal the design…I think Heidfeld had one a couple of seasons back…

    3. Are they trying a new helmet (manufacturer, type, …)?
      I thought that was what adamcooper is referring to here: http://twitpic.com/10zyyp

    4. Massa and Kubica joined Darth Vader in the Dark Side of The Force

    5. I hope Kubica keeps the helmet – I love it! The best shot of the day is him sitting in the car with the visor down.

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

    1. OK, now Massa is straight in with a 1:13.3, Buemi with a 1:16.1 and Rosberg with a 1:17.0.

      1. Massa on 1m12.393s now according to autosport

    2. Great stuff Andrew keep the times coming!

  12. 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. Hamilton at 1:13.161! =D

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

    1. Waste of money for them really

    2. Prisoner Monkeys
      2nd February 2010, 9:45

      No market. Only the die-hard would watch it, and there’s not a hell of a lot that goes on, anyway.

    1. 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.

      1. Vitalij is taller…

  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. 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

    1. Not hanging about are they? Piling on the laps.

  19. When is alonso testing?

    1. Wednesday. As well as Schumacher. :0!

    2. tomorrow….3rd feb

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