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. 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.

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

    Felipe Massa 1:12.727


  3. 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.

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

    Hamilton at 1:13.161! =D

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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

  9. When is alonso testing?

  10. Prisoner Monkeys said on 2nd February 2010, 9:54

    News just in: F1 Commission has apparently approved the following:
    a) modified version of new points rules (greater difference between first and second)
    b) all drivers in Q3 must start race on tyres they qualified on
    c) weekend allotment of tyred dropped from 14 sets to 11

  11. bwells said on 2nd February 2010, 9:58

    That autosport site is awesome… no more translations!!
    lol… good to see Ferrari fast again today… :) and the F1Today site is working fine… :)



  12. K. Kobayashi Sauber C29 1:13.486

    kamui picking up the pace.

  13. bwells said on 2nd February 2010, 10:00

    why can’t they just stop with the changes!! It’s really getting ridiculous…

    • Prisoner Monkeys said on 2nd February 2010, 10:06

      Why can’t they stop? Because they’re trying to promote better racing. The reliance on aerodynamic grip and the freedom allowed with diffusers means that there is a serious risk that the sport will be down on overtaking. The teams are clearly trying to remedy that, even if the changes artifically promote overtaking.

      • As you, I and others have noted though, the simpleast way to promote overtaking would be to decrease the amount of aero grip, making the cars more reliant on mechanical grip. Why no one within the sport seems to pick up on this, I just don’t know…

        Here’s a controversial idea. Why not limit the wings to single plane, do away with diffusers (as they stand) and go back gto either a flat-bottomed car (no plank) or even introduce limited ground effect? When the cars last had ground effect the cars weren’t especially fast in a straight line but at least they could follow each other into the corners.

        Do Indycars still have limited G.E.?

  14. Bertie said on 2nd February 2010, 10:00

    Twitter is blocked at work :'(

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