2010 F1 testing live: 18th February

Posted on | Author Keith Collantine

Paul di Resta is testing for Force India again today
Paul di Resta is testing for Force India again today

The rain looks set to stay at Jerez today as F1 testing continues at the track.

Heikki Kovalainen will get his first run in the Lotus today and at Mercedes Nico Rosberg will take over from Michael Schumacher. Follow testing with us below.

Times from today’s test

Driver Car Best time Laps Difference
Rubens Barrichello Williams-Cosworth FW32 87.145 98 0
Vitaly Petrov Renault R30 87.828 56 0.683
Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault RB6 88.162 70 1.017
Nico Rosberg Mercedes W01 88.515 71 1.37
Felipe Massa Ferrari F10 88.879 92 1.734
Pedro de la Rosa BMW Sauber-Ferrari C29 89.691 8 2.546
Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes VJM03 90.344 33 3.199
Timo Glock Virgin-Cosworth VR-01 90.476 72 3.331
Vitantonio Liuzzi Force India-Mercedes VJM03 90.666 24 3.521
Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes MP4-25 90.979 57 3.834
Sebastien Buemi Toro Rosso-Ferrari STR5 92.678 57 5.533
Heikki Kovalainen Lotus-Cosworth T127 93.554 30 6.409

Testing notes

The dreaded rain arrived as expected yesterday, keeping many teams from getting their planned programmes of work completed. Unfortunately the forecast for today looks little better.

Today’s testing line-up

McLaren MP4-25Lewis Hamilton
Mercedes W01Nico Rosberg
Red Bull RB6Sebastian Vettel
Ferrari F10Felipe Massa
Williams FW32Rubens Barrichello
BMW Sauber C29Pedro de la Rosa
Renault R30 – Vitaly Petrov
Force India VJM03 – Paul di Resta
Toro Rosso STR5Sebastien Buemi
Virgin VR-01Timo Glock
Lotus T127Heikki Kovalainen

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):

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

2010 F1 testing

64 comments on “2010 F1 testing live: 18th February”

  1. hope we can get some good pics of lotus today :)and hope they get some good times in :)

    1. Today they will probably overtake virgin in terms of testing mileage.

      1. Tell that to Kovi as he gets bussed back to the pits

    2. There’s some pictures of Lotus teting yesterday here: F1 testing in pictures: 17th February

  2. Come on Mclaren!!

    Does any one know if Xerez football team are from Jerez because it seems to be pronounced hereth like the circuit.

    1. The name of the city came from the arab name Sherish.

      In the XIII Century, when Castilla Kingdom reconquer the city, the name was changed to Xerez, and at that time, the “X” was pronounced like “Sh” in English. (For this reason, Jerez wine is named Sherry in English)

      Just in the XVI Century, the “X” evolved to the current “J”.

      Jerez is still commonly known as Xerez in many languages.

      So, Xerez Football team belongs to Jerez City.

      A long way to answer your question!!

      1. Good knowledge :-)

  3. Has Glock damaged the car? Will they spend another day fixing things or waiting for parts now?

    1. Younger Hamilton
      18th February 2010, 21:45

      i dont think so but Yesterday they were saying they had problems but i think its all sorted now

  4. Remember… Livetiming with lap by lap times for all drivers (click on drivers names)


  5. Who’s driving Force India? Autosport.com says that is Liuzzi, it’s live commentary says di Resta, and here said that’s Adrian.

    1. Liuzzi was originally down for today but the team said yesterday it would be Sutil. But according to Costas’s link it’s di Resta, which would be interesting if true.

      1. The Sun tabloid, has a 2 page feature on DiResta today (in Scottish edition anyway, dunno about the rest of uk). Unusual for them to do motorspor in any length!

        Out of interest what newspaper has best F1 coverage?

        1. Newspapers? What’s that then… I have a smartphone.

          That’s a thought – wonder if Keith’s considered doing an iPhone app? Either a freebie one to raise the profile of the site, just as a glorified RSS… or you could charge a small amount and have all the live timing and so on…

          1. Ha yeah I know they seem dated, but I wasn’t allowed a contract phone due to lack of income, the joys of being under 18! I don’t have permanent internet access on my ipod touch either.

            I always wondered if he had thought about it. There is an app(pay one) on my ipod that takes news from bbc sport, planet f1 and other sources. You choose one from the settings and it sets up links to all the latest headlines.

            Perhaps Keith culd get his site included in the contacts by contacting the developers – if he didn’t know how to go about creating an app.

        2. the times, and telegraph do good f1. one of the two bring out a free formula 1 guide at the beginning of every season.

          1. I think it’s the Telegraph. Which one is it that Martin Brundle writes for?

  6. if read on one of the biggest dutch F1 Sites that USF1 stops because their car wont be ready before the first grand prix and that lopez is lookin for another team to drivwe for, this of course putst the door wide open for stefan GP

  7. Strange i see this on live timing:
    5. P. di Resta Force India F8-VII 1:30.344 +1.465 14 pit

    F8-VII? and di Resta drives?

    1. F8-VII is marking of 2007 Spyker @ VJM-01. There is must be mistake?

      1. Yes, so i wonder they drive with a old car? But Sutil was planned to drive today as di Resta only got a half day to test? is Sutil reported Sick?

        1. No Paul drives VJM-03. Maybe they’ll change after lunch.

          1. Ah the VJM-03 is back probaly a old transponder. BTW lotus has engine problems after it fires up it abrupt suddenly.

  8. where’s lotus???

    1. Lotus is on fire.

      1. When I first read this I thought they were blisteringly quick, now i realise they are actually in flames!

  9. Where is Renault?

  10. oh, lol, no electricity at the Jerez track.

  11. I thought initially you meant that the Lotus was flying when you said it “was on fire” got quite excited!! Seems you mean it litteraly lol. Oh well, early days.

    1. they had overheating problems yeasterday, and today it seems like even more – and it’s in rainy cold Jerez. wonder, what will be at Bahrain…

  12. Early gremlins there at Lotus :( I also wished they had a different driver line up…… Such a nice car being driven by two dull drivers. We might be seeing a Trulli-Kova-Train this season :(

    1. Agreed, I really wish they had a young up-and-coming driver in the team…still early days and I’m sure that with Trulli and Heikki they’ve got 2 good development drivers.

      Though I personally think Kova-Trulli-Train has a better ring to it..!!

    2. Kovalainen is still pretty much an up and coming driver.

      1. Got to remember no matter what anybody says, both are F1 race winners.

      2. Anybody can make a mistake, but it seems like he just can’t stop making them.

        There was a time when I ranked him highly, then he got the drive at McLaren and I thought we’d see very good things with that partnership. Then it seemed like he just dropped off the map, it seemed like he stopped trying. And last season was just embarrassing at times.

        Today’s crash, just disappointing.

  13. Seeing di resta is getting so much testing, definitely Mercedes/Mclaren have a lot of role in that. I think there are 90% chances he will get a race seat next year.

    Keith is he any good? I remember reading he defeated Vettel in some junior single seater series to the title.
    Than he should be great and maybe already close to the performance of current Force india drivers.

    1. It was in the 2006 F3 Euroseries. They both drove for Team ASM, Vettel no1, Di Resta no2, and Di Resta won the championship with 86 points, 11 more than Vettel – the runnerup.

      Also of interest, Kamui Kobayashi drove in this championship with the Team ASM as well. He was a rookie and he finished 8yh overall and picked up a couple of podiums.

      Team ASM sure can pick drivers with F1 potential!

      1. ASM merged with ART, who ran H├╝lkenberg in GP2 last year and Grosjean the year before. Their latest charge is Jules Bianchi, who you definitely want to keep an eye on: Jules Bianchi (Meet the rookies)

    2. Di Resta has looked promising indeed but I don’t care what anyone says about how useful the DTM is – he would have been far better off in GP2 the last couple of season. I hope it hasn’t dulled his potential.

  14. “11:18 Glock continues to rack up the miles in the Virgin. He is now on 33 laps, which is like three times what he managed yesterday”

    Haha, Autosport there gettin down wiv da slang lad! Like three times more laps, wicked man!

  15. I was looking for some laptimes of Heikki to start some useless (but fun) comparing.

    Check out the fire on pictures with the link on page: http://www.f1today.nl/live-update/2010/02/18/circuito-de-jerez/

  16. According to Lotus it was a minor hydraulics issue that they were able to fix quickly.

  17. I know the lotus is on fire and all that, but my god i LOVE the yellow and black rims on the Lotus, it is real old school Lotus!

    1. Thank god they banned those disgusting wheel covers this year hey!

  18. More one time, Red Bull is flying in the rain, as in 2009…

  19. Have to admire Kovalainen’s honesty:

    “Had a crash and damaged front wing, session over for us. S..t! My mistake, tomorrow we go again…”

    1. Most recent tweets from Gascoyne, you can just feel his frustration!
      “Slight off for Heikki. Knocked off the front wing. Spare on its way but will not be here until 2am in the morning so no more running today”

      “Conditions drying up so a shame not to get any dry running today ”

      “Made some progress on the hydraulic issues we have been having. Guess we will have time to test that progress this afternoon!!!”

  20. It is finally dry in Jerez. What I do not understand is everybody requesting for dry runs, but now only three cars on track.

    I do not think the admiration will be shared by Gascoyne.

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