2010 F1 testing live: 12th February

Felipe Massa and Lewis Hamilton during today's test

Felipe Massa and Lewis Hamilton during today's test

It’s all change at the third day of F1 testing in Jerez with Lewis Hamilton, Felipe Massa and several other drivers making their first appearance at the track this year.

Join us to follow the test as it happens below.

Testing times and laps

Best times from today’s test

Driver Car Best time Laps Difference
Jaime Alguersuari Toro Rosso-Ferrari STR5 79.919 76 0
Pedro de la Rosa BMW Sauber-Ferrari C29 80.736 48 0.817
Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes VJM03 81.428 48 1.509
Felipe Massa Ferrari F10 81.603 72 1.684
Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault RB6 81.783 59 1.864
Vitaly Petrov Renault R30 82 68 2.081
Nico Rosberg Mercedes W01 82.82 53 2.901
Rubens Barrichello Williams-Cosworth FW32 83.217 120 3.298
Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes MP4-25 83.985 68 4.066
Lucas di Grassi Virgin-Cosworth VR-01 97.107 8 17.188

Laps complete so far (all 2010 test days)

Driver Total laps Total distance (km)
Fernando Alonso 344 1469.511
Sebastien Buemi 330 1408.365
Nico H???lkenberg 311 1323.81
Rubens Barrichello 297 1240.245
Felipe Massa 298 1223.946
Robert Kubica 291 1209.024
Nico Rosberg 268 1119.87
Kamui Kobayashi 254 1084.104
Michael Schumacher 246 1037.682
Jenson Button 233 997.038
Pedro de la Rosa 202 829.314
Lewis Hamilton 176 733.644
Jaime Alguersuari 173 725.013
Vitaly Petrov 170 721.035
Vitantonio Liuzzi 151 668.628
Mark Webber 149 659.772
Gary Paffett 86 344.43
Sebastian Vettel 59 261.252
Adrian Sutil 48 212.544
Timo Glock 16 70.848
Lucas di Grassi 8 35.424
Model Total laps Total distance (km)
F10 642 2693.457
FW32 608 2564.055
W01 514 2157.552
STR5 503 2133.378
MP4-25 495 2075.112
R30 461 1930.059
C29 456 1913.418
RB6 208 921.024
VJM03 199 881.172
VR-01 24 106.272
Engine Total laps Total distance (km)
Ferrari 1601 6740.253
Mercedes 1208 5113.836
Renault 669 2851.083
Cosworth 632 2670.327

Testing notes

The teams were blessed with a full day of dry running yesterday, but will they get any more? I’ve arrived at a dry circuit this morning but there is a lot of cloud and the weather forecast this morning said rain would arrive around 10am – much as it did on Wednesday.

Kamui Kobayashi ended yesterday as the fastest driver after a late flier, and Sebastien Buemi was quickest for much of yesterday’s session.

But it was Fernando Alonso who caught the attention with a very long stint, well over 40 laps in duration, in which time he still lapped with two seconds of the fastest car on the track.

Today almost every team will change drivers with Lewis Hamilton and Felipe Massa along those taking over.

Today’s testing line-up

McLaren MP4-25Lewis Hamilton
Mercedes W01Nico Rosberg
Red Bull RB6Sebastian Vettel
Ferrari F10Felipe Massa
Williams FW32Rubens Barrichello
BMW Sauber C29 – Pedro de la Rosa
Renault R30 – Vitaly Petrov
Force India VJM03Adrian Sutil
Toro Rosso STR5Jaime Alguersuari
Virgin VR-01Lucas di Grassi

The track: Circuito de Jerez

The teams are testing at the Circuito de Jerez, formerly the home of the Spanish (1986-1990) and European Grands Prix (1994 and 1997):


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Eight of this year’s pre-season test days will take place at this circuit. The teams last tested here during the young driver training days in December. On that occasion Daniel Ricciardo set the fastest time for Red Bull with a 1’17.418.

Tweets from the test

Here’s the ten latest Tweets from people at the track, including me:

If you would like to suggest a Twitter feed to add to the list, please suggest one in the comments. The list only updates when this page is refreshed.

Live timing

Williams are showing live timing from the track on their website.

2010 F1 testing

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83 comments on 2010 F1 testing live: 12th February

  1. GeeMac said on 12th February 2010, 7:36

    Any news on Lotus’ launch? It’s supposed to be today isn’t it?

  2. Calum said on 12th February 2010, 7:48

    Ah good, lewis’ turn today!

  3. GoHam said on 12th February 2010, 7:56

    Go go go go Lewis! Blow em away!

  4. Calum said on 12th February 2010, 8:37

    Speaking of alternate comments, is there any reason behind why every second comment has their poster’s name in blue then every other in blue? I only noticed the pattern last night! :)

  5. HounslowBusGarage said on 12th February 2010, 8:44

    Any ideas what the track and air temps are?

    • HounslowBusGarage said on 12th February 2010, 8:47

      Seems we have this strange order of comments back again. My question about temperatures was osted at 8.44 but appeared above Calum’s post at 8.01 am.
      This is posted as a reply to my 8.44 post; let’s see where it slots in.

  6. shame about the rain in spain….

  7. sumedh said on 12th February 2010, 9:26

    Alonso’s fastest lap of yesterday was done on one of the final laps of a 50+ lap stint. Jenson says that Jerez circuit is abrasive on tyres. I think, its fair to judge that Ferrari is kind to its tyres, and is pretty fast :). I am so happy :D :D

    • Scribe said on 12th February 2010, 11:43

      Ferrari build their cars like that, particulaly since 05.

      Anyways, it seems Ferrari will have the advantage with this top 10 tyre rule, they’ll be able to make softs work better than harder tyre workers in qualifiying and off the grid.

  8. David B said on 12th February 2010, 9:44

    Here comes the rain again.
    It will be a though day, and Virgin will waste an opportunity.

  9. “Read the new rules story here: FIA to keep fuel weights secret in 2010
    @autosportlive 10 minutes ago Reply View Tweet RT”

    I dont understand this….why would they need to show fuel load after qual anyways…they ALL have to have a full tank for the race LOL

    And they are crippling the top 10 cars with crappy tyres…after there 1lap dash after sitting in the pit bay untill last moment to save those tyres…

    But seriously, they will be doing low fule runs in q3 so why the fuss that no published weights…?!?!?!?

    • bwells said on 12th February 2010, 10:15

      maybe the teams want to keep their fuel economy a secret.. lol

    • Platine said on 12th February 2010, 10:24

      Some cars will need less fuel due to greater engine efficiency, and also maybe teams could try to start a little on the light side to pull away and ensure track position then ease off last few laps, or gamble on a safety car when a given lap uses far less fuel…

  10. Kanyima said on 12th February 2010, 10:04

    Raining in Jerez at the moment.

  11. Kanyima said on 12th February 2010, 10:05

    Ham first one out in the wet and goes back to the pits.

  12. Kanyima said on 12th February 2010, 10:09

    Rain has ceased. Sun pops out rather timidly. Should dry soon, hopefully.

  13. Kanyima said on 12th February 2010, 10:10

    Rosberg first out.

  14. bwells said on 12th February 2010, 10:16

    Well I think I’m going to hit the hay.. not much going on so hopefully it’ll dry up and they can get some laps in and I can have something to read in the am.. :)

  15. FLuidd said on 12th February 2010, 10:38

    Go SAUBER ! ^^

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