F1 testing live: 13th February

Ferrari mechanics recover Massa's car after he stopped this morning

Ferrari mechanics recover Massa's car after he stopped this morning

I’m in Jerez for the last day of the second F1 test of the year. Join us below as we follow developments from the track.

Testing times and laps completed

Full times and data from the whole four-day test here: Jerez test 1 statistics

Best times from today’s test

Driver Car Best time Laps Difference
Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes MP4-25 79.583 113 0
Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes VJM03 80.18 84 0.597
Rubens Barrichello Williams-Cosworth FW32 80.341 90 0.758
Robert Kubica Renault R30 80.358 85 0.775
Michael Schumacher Mercedes W01 80.613 84 1.03
Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault RB6 81.203 90 1.62
Felipe Massa Ferrari F10 81.485 160 1.902
Pedro de la Rosa BMW Sauber-Ferrari C29 82.134 105 2.551
Lucas di Grassi Virgin-Cosworth VR-01 82.912 63 3.329
Jaime Alguersuari Toro Rosso-Ferrari STR5 84.072 98 4.489

Testing notes

After two out of three days at Jerez spent on a wet track, the last thing the teams want today is more rain – but that’s exactly what they’ve got. Ahead of the final day of the second test the track is wet, rain is falling and there’s much cloud around the track.

As Lucas di Grassi pointed out when I spoke to him yesterday, part of problem with running in the wet is the cars can’t generate maximum cornering speeds and G-forces, so the cars aren’t being pushed to their limits.

The air temperatures are also much cooler than at a typical race weekend – it was around 10C for much of the day yesterday.

As usual I’ll be posting updates on Twitter which you can see below, along with other updates from people at the track.

Today’s testing line-up

There are two changes to the driver line-up from yesterday: Michael Schumacher is back in the Mercedes and Robert Kubica returns for Renault.

McLaren MP4-25Lewis Hamilton
Mercedes W01Michael Schumacher
Red Bull RB6Sebastian Vettel
Ferrari F10Felipe Massa
Williams FW32Rubens Barrichello
BMW Sauber C29Pedro de la Rosa
Renault R30Robert Kubica
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.

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128 comments on F1 testing live: 13th February

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  1. bwells said on 13th February 2010, 7:50

    Hope you guys get some laps in Keith… but it doesn’t look good.. next week looks to be much of the same.. any chance they use the back up plan?? Was it Bahrain they mentioned?
    I sure hope so.. we need some dry running… take care all..

    • Ned Flanders said on 13th February 2010, 11:32

      It’s a shame we aren’t seeing more laps in this test, but, to look on the bright side, it should mean that by the first race we’ll have no idea what the order is. Perhaps we’ll get some attrition for a change. And the new teams that haven’t tested very much yet won’t be at such a disadvantage.

      • Scribe said on 13th February 2010, 12:54

        Do you know the weather forcast for next week,

        Or indeed the forecast for Barcelona? There’s bound to be some dry running at medium tempreture at some point. Especially in Barca.

  2. wasiF1 said on 13th February 2010, 8:04

    The track is fully wet with some standing water.Another day of testing with wet track.

  3. Tombong said on 13th February 2010, 8:18

    Lets hope for a dry sunny day in Jerez.

  4. Calum said on 13th February 2010, 8:31

    If I ran a team, I would be doing my testing at the Australian Moto GP track.Long straight, plenty of twists and turns, with no rain!

  5. Jay M said on 13th February 2010, 8:43

    ha.. phillip island? no rain? lol.

    but yeah.. it makes a lot more sense then jerez.

    I think the only problem is that it is not an FIA approved race track. and its a long way away for the European Based teams to fly

    But still an awesome idea calum, *three thumbs up

    • “no rain? lol.”

      Maybe a small flaw in that plan, Australia is being battered by heavy rain in places it would seem. Possible storms expected tomorrow at PI track.

      Then instead, my testing programme would see the return of F1 to South Africa’s Kyalimi track.

      They should have a street track test day. Corden of the streets of London for a day and have F1 cars bombing about along the riverside pastthe Eye. Would be exciting for the public and the teams could test their low downforce setup.

      • Scribe said on 13th February 2010, 13:03

        Low downforce? the very nature of street tracks tends to demand high down force. Singapore an Monaco are the highest downforce tracks of the year, straightline speed matters ten times less when there bareley a straight to use it on.

        The thing is testing on northern tracks in the winter mean lots and lots or rain, hence spanish testing, but this is still Atlantic Europe. I think they could test in Turkey, what I don’t understand is why they’re not testing in Bahrain, sureley if dry running is the thing here’s two very different circuits, which are generally hot, where there will be tons of dry running.

        • woops sorry, I was thinking as I was typing “make sure you get this right, Calum” but as always I got mixed up :/

          Spa and Monza are low downforce, street circuits are high, hence all the downforce appendages from pre 2009 – Doh!

        • George said on 13th February 2010, 16:25

          Didn’t Ferrari and Toyota test in Bahrain last year and get hit by a bunch of sand storms?

  6. where can i watch live timing? Williams site is working like a Midland; not at all.

  7. david said on 13th February 2010, 9:59

    same here seattle chri went on their a while ago , and still has yesterdays times up

  8. Hello… Live lapchart from today’s test in:
    http://www.msfree.gr/includes/livelaps.php?name=HAMILTON
    where name the last name of the driver

  9. I’ll check that out! Right now I’m using a Spanish site and using google translate to understand the language comments!

  10. It’s 2:05am in Seattle

  11. nice, thanks for the links guys

  12. zomtec said on 13th February 2010, 10:09

    why do they use Valencia, Jerez and Barcelona circuits but not the brand new Aragon Motorland track?

    • Maybe they will use the Aragon Motorland track next year

    • Ned Flanders said on 13th February 2010, 11:41

      They should do a ‘testing tour’ of Southern Europe/ Middle East, going only to circuits which don’t currently have a race. They could make a bit of a championship out of it! Here’s a possible calender:

      Round 1- Jerez
      Round 2- Qatar
      Round 3- Dubai
      Round 4- Paul Ricard
      Round 5- Vallelunga
      Round 6- Valencia
      Round 7- Portimao
      Round 8- Aragon

  13. the commentary on autosport is a bit behind yeah?

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