2010 F1 testing live: 17th February

Posted on | Author Keith Collantine

Fairuz Fauzy will drive the Lotus at Jerez today
Fairuz Fauzy will drive the Lotus at Jerez today

The F1 teams reach the halfway point in their preparations for the 2010 season today – it’s the eighth day of their 15-day testing allocation.

We now have 11 teams working at Jerez as Lotus has joined in with its newly-launched T127. Join us to follow testing as-it-happens below.

Times from today’s test

Driver Car Best time Laps Difference
Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault RB6 82.593 99 0
Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes MP4-25 83.017 72 0.424
Felipe Massa Ferrari F10 83.204 72 0.611
Sebastien Buemi Toro Rosso-Ferrari STR5 83.322 79 0.729
Pedro de la Rosa BMW Sauber-Ferrari C29 83.367 76 0.774
Michael Schumacher Mercedes W01 83.803 111 1.21
Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes VJM03 84.272 28 1.679
Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes VJM03 85.088 74 2.495
Vitaly Petrov Renault R30 86.237 55 3.644
Rubens Barrichello Williams-Cosworth FW32 87.32 109 4.727
Fairuz Fauzy Lotus-Cosworth T127 91.848 76 9.255
Timo Glock Virgin-Cosworth VR-01 92.417 10 9.824

Testing notes

The weather in Jerez last week wasn’t great with two of the four days’ running disrupted by rain. Unfortunately it’s set to be just as bad if not worse over the next four days.

Due to the agreements the teams have with the circuits, they’ll only be able to move to a different venue if they look like getting zero chance of dry running. At the moment it looks like they willl get a dry day on Friday, but heavy rain is forecast for today and tomorrow.

Today Lotus becomes the second of the new teams to join testing – we’ll see if they an get their car on-track more quickly and with fewer problems than Virgin did last week.

Another new addition to this week’s test is Paul di Resta, who will get half a day’ running in the Force India.

Today’s testing line-up

McLaren MP4-25Lewis Hamilton
Mercedes W01Michael Schumacher
Red Bull RB6Sebastian Vettel
Ferrari F10Felipe Massa
Williams FW32Rubens Barrichello
BMW Sauber C29Pedro de la Rosa
Renault R30 – Vitaly Petrov
Force India VJM03Adrian Sutil/Paul di Resta
Toro Rosso STR5Sebastien Buemi
Virgin VR-01Timo Glock
Lotus T127 – Fairuz Fauzy

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. Last week Lewis Hamilton set a best time of 1’19.583 at the track.

Tweets from the test

Here’s the ten latest Tweets from people at the track (plus me):

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