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

83 comments on “2010 F1 testing live: 12th February”

  1. 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! :)

    1. 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.

  2. 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

    1. 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.

  3. “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…?!?!?!?

    1. 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…

  4. 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.. :)

  5. The fuel thing will make it tempting for teams that know they would normally be well out of the points to run fuel loads that won’t get them to the flag. Showboating for sponsors and fans and praying for race stopping rain. Something else for “the show” – puke

  6. I’ve been stood down at the turn ten hairpin watching the cars braking into it this morning, while it was still dry. Petrov was having trouble getting the Renault to slow down, he ran very wide at least once and had a big lock-up on another occasion (which I caught on camera, will have a picture up soon).

    The other thing about the Renault was that, just like yesterday, it was the only car with glowing brake discs.

    Hamilton appears to be running another aero gizmo on the McLaren, his times were quite slow this morning – Felipe Massa gradually caught and passed him in the Ferrari.

        1. Maybe this is just me being an optimistic fan but…
          The slow lap times might be related to that aero device. It’s designed to measure the airflow through a specific area but also the distribution of the airflow.
          This will change at different speeds, so it’s very possible that he had to cruise at specific speeds to allow the readings to stabilise.
          Something to the tune of, “Ok Lewis, go to 80mph now …. …. now 90 mph” and even going around corners at constant speed too.

          Either that or it’s another dog :(

  7. Keith, a comment you made about Massa catching and passing Hamilton this morning made me wonder… how much to the drivers act as though they are racing during tests? If a car is stuck behind a slower car, is the car in front expected to let him by, or do they really have to fight their way past?

    Obviously, I know it’s only testing, and the teams wouldn’t want their drivers to risk trasshing their cars for no reason. But F1 drivers are competitive creatures. I remember Q3 at the 2006 French GP, Schumacher and Alonso seemed to be ‘racing’ each other for the fun of it in the otherwise pointless fuel burn period

    1. Some of them were letting other cars go past by getting out of the throttle coming off a slower corner.

      De la Rosa went past Barrichello in front of me while I was there and Barrichello gave nothing away, he stayed with de la Rosa on the outside and the two came out of the corner side-by-side. De la Rosa got ahead though – about three cars passed Barrichello.

      They don’t defend their positions but you sense there’s no love lost. Massa have Hamilton a bit of a squeeze when he went past the McLaren.

  8. gah I don’t like this rain. I really want to see a fume run soft tyre lap from Lewis, or a race simulation, they seem to be going about this testing lark slightly differently.

    Does anyone have well lit pictures of the RB6 diffuser, or the VJM03’s?

    Anyway, all this rain shows why Bahrain is such a decent spot for testing, lets face it in the limited time available, everyone wants dry running, it’s better, hope Barca isn’t wet as well.

    What I really want to see is a picture of one of these cars going down one of the long straights on full wets, it’ll be good to see the trails the cars produce this year.

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