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
|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)|
|Pedro de la Rosa||202||829.314|
|Lucas di Grassi||8||35.424|
|Model||Total laps||Total distance (km)|
|Engine||Total laps||Total distance (km)|
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 MP4-25 – Lewis Hamilton
Mercedes W01 – Nico Rosberg
Red Bull RB6 – Sebastian Vettel
Ferrari F10 – Felipe Massa
Williams FW32 – Rubens Barrichello
BMW Sauber C29 – Pedro de la Rosa
Renault R30 – Vitaly Petrov
Force India VJM03 – Adrian Sutil
Toro Rosso STR5 – Jaime Alguersuari
Virgin VR-01 – Lucas 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):
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:
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2010 F1 testing