Much of the world’s media will be focused on Michael Schumacher’s return to test for Mercedes again today.
Meanwhile two other world champions will get their first official runs with their new teams – Fernando Alonso in the Ferrari F10 and Jenson Button driving the McLaren MP4-25. Join us for day three of testing below.
As we head into day three of testing the outward signs are that Ferrari have the upper hand so far.
Felipe Massa has been fastest on both of the two testing days so far and he’s racked up over 100km more in the F10 than any other car.
As ever it’s worth remembering we know little of the comparative fuel loads and set-ups being used. But so far it looks safe to say the F10 is not the turkey its predecessor was and Rubens Barrichello said he thought the car “seemed very good”.
But encouragingly, for those hoping for a closely-fought championship, several of the other teams were able to set times within a few tenths of a second of Massa’s.
We’ve seen some teams, including McLaren and Renault, using green ‘flow vis’ paint to suss out if their aerodynamics are working as expected.
Today’s testing line-up
McLaren MP4-25 – Jenson Button*
Mercedes W01 – Michael Schumacher
Ferrari F10 – Fernando Alonso*
Williams FW32 – Nico H?â??lkenberg*
BMW Sauber C29 – Pedro de la Rosa
Renault R30 – Vitaly Petrov*
Toro Rosso STR5 – Jaime Alguersuari*
*First appearance in testing this year
Timing and other resources
The following sites have live information from the test:
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.
You can find details of future F1 tests in the F1 Fanatic Google Calendar.
Testing so far
The tables below shows how many laps and how much distance have been logged by each driver, car model and engine prior to today’s test:
Drivers’ test mileages
|Driver||Total laps||Total distance (km)|
|Pedro de la Rosa||74||296.37|
Car test mileages
|Model||Total laps||Total distance (km)|
Engine test mileages
|Engine||Total laps||Total distance (km)|
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 dry with temperatures around 14-16C.
2010 F1 testing
Image (C) Mercedes