2010 F1 testing live: 25th February

The teams are at the Circuit de Catalunya for the last test before Bahrain

The teams are at the Circuit de Catalunya for the last test before Bahrain

The F1 teams’ final four-day test at Barcelona starts today.

Who’s got the fastest car in F1 as the 2010 season begins? Find out as we follow developments from the Circuit de Catalunya live below.

Times from today’s test

Driver Car Best time Laps Difference
Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault RB6 81.487 109 0
Nico H???lkenberg Williams-Cosworth FW32 82.407 81 0.92
Nico Rosberg Mercedes W01 82.514 107 1.027
Pedro de la Rosa BMW Sauber-Ferrari C29 83.144 73 1.657
Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes MP4-25 83.452 100 1.965
Vitantonio Liuzzi Force India-Mercedes VJM03 84.064 64 2.577
Fernando Alonso Ferrari F10 84.17 74 2.683
Vitaly Petrov Renault R30 84.173 73 2.686
Jaime Alguersuari Toro Rosso-Ferrari STR5 84.869 111 3.382
Lucas di Grassi Virgin-Cosworth VR-01 87.057 31 5.57
Fairuz Fauzy Lotus-Cosworth T127 88.002 76 6.515

Testing notes

The same 11 teams that were at Jerez last week will be present at the final test.

This final pre-season test is typically where teams try out new parts for the first race of the season. Keep an eye out for some aggressive new aerodynamic developments.

With dry weather expected for all four days keep an eye out for teams doing longer runs which will help us get a rough idea of how competitive their cars are. While McLaren set the best individual lap times at Jerez it looks as though Ferrari have the strongest package heading into this test.

But that picture could change in the next four days – it was at this test last year that the instant pace of the Brawn cars caught everyone by surprise.

Today’s testing line-up

McLaren MP4-25Jenson Button
Mercedes W01Nico Rosberg
Red Bull RB6Mark Webber
Ferrari F10Fernando Alonso
Williams FW32Nico H???lkenberg
BMW Sauber C29Pedro de la Rosa
Renault R30 – Vitaly Petrov
Force India VJM03Vitantonio Liuzzi
Toro Rosso STR5Jaime Alguersuari
Virgin VR-01Lucas di Grassi
Lotus T127 – Fairuz Fauzy

The track: Circuit de Catalunya

The final test of 2010 is being held at the Circuit de Catalunya, where the teams will return later this year for the Spanish Grand Prix.

Rubens Barrichello set the fastest time during last year’s Spanish Grand Prix race weekend with a 1’19.954 in Q2. The fastest lap of the race itself was also set by Barrichello, a 1’22.762,

For further comparison, Valentino Rossi lapped the track in a 2008-specification Ferrari on GP2 slick tyres in a time of 1’21.900 earlier this year.

Live Tweets and times

Check out MSFree.gr for live times from the track during the test.

Here’s the 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.

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87 comments on 2010 F1 testing live: 25th February

  1. Does anyone know what updates the different teams have brought to this test?

  2. FLuidd said on 25th February 2010, 9:28

    You know what fascinates me ? for the last 10 years (without 2002 and 2005) even though Ferrari and Mclaren had different design choices their cars performed in an equal manner.

    • True Fluidd, why wouldn’t they, both share the same driver …. of course McLaren making use of them first before transferring them to Ferrari :-).

      Not to mention the intensive IP exchanges between the two.

  3. steph said on 25th February 2010, 9:46

    I never thought I’d say this but I’m sick to death of testing; there’s barely any clips, I’m staring at these different times which mean nothing and maybe some teams have their poker face on. The only good thing is that it means Bahrain is close.

    • It is funny there are so many TV crews and news reporters in Barcelona and previously in Jereze, but indeed I have not seen any TV footage of all this camera work.

      The limited and combined tests are a brilliant way to work up the tension for the GP season. Never had so much fun in previous years. Testing was always obscure with a one liner at the end of the day with the fastest lap. Now we know when cars stop at the track, when cars go out, when cars go in, rain, wind, sun and loads of funny remarks form the fanatics all around.

  4. Pilotes Equipes Temps Ecarts Trs
    1 M.Webber Red Bull 1.23.335 — —
    2 N.Rosberg Mercedes 1.23.743 +-.— —
    3 P.De La Rosa Sauber 1.24.385 +-.— —
    4 J.Alguersuari Toro Rosso 1.24.968 +-.— —
    5 J.Button McLaren 1.25.536 +-.— —
    6 V.Liuzzi Force India 1.26.021 +-.— —
    7 F.Alonso Ferrari 1.26.401 +-.— —
    8 N.Hulkenberg Williams 1.27.904 +-.— —
    9 V.Petrov Renault 1.29.513 +-.— —
    10 L.Di Grassi Virgin 1.30.168 +-.— —
    11 F.Fauzy Lotus 1.31.532 +-.— –

  5. The Mclaren have a new front wing? anybody see that??

  6. The endplates are a bit different than the launch pictures

  7. New end plates on the front wing of the McLaren! I don’t think It can get any more exciting than that.

    • That’s okay, sometimes use livetext for the football and theirs sometimes banter between the |BBC 606| sport forum and the person doing the live updates.

    • matt88 said on 25th February 2010, 11:14

      ugly to see…

      • Invoke said on 25th February 2010, 12:06

        Your sure that’s aerodynamic, haven’t Ferrari developed an easy-remove-and-attach wheel for super quick pit stops, perhaps thats what its for?

        • Patrickl said on 25th February 2010, 12:25

          Yeah, I saw that somewhere as the easy locking device that Ferrari developed.

          • Its very conveniently shaped to be like the now banned wheel Frisbees though don’t you think. Not doubting its quick release mechanism, but it could have a dual purpose.

  8. Alex White said on 25th February 2010, 11:23

    “Everyone in good spirits.Soucek happy at Virgin. Alex Yoong here in Lotus gear.”

    From Lee Mckenzie’s twitter. .. Should we run? :P

  9. McLaren with more gadgetry, this time on the rear wing:

    • Aouch! look at that rear right tyre!! It is frightening to me, knowing JB is a smooth driver. And the left rear tyre too looks weird. Not straight at all!

      I hope all has to do with the set-up and not the character of the MP4/25.

      • Mclaren being Mclaren getting “too much data”
        It seems to be their policy to get as much info as possible just incase they have a bad start to a season and need to turn it around.

        • They are measuring the difference in air flow above and under the rear wing.
          Nick Wirth doesn’t need that he can do it on a computer ;-).

          • Jorge H said on 25th February 2010, 16:14

            We can see what he can do on a computer by watching the pace of the Virgin F1 car… :)

    • mac v2 said on 25th February 2010, 15:48

      Is that Greek site with the complete lap times up?

      Does anyone remember the address?

  10. Patrickl said on 25th February 2010, 12:19

    Di Grassi crashed after maybe losing his rear wing?

    If true then they really should ban Nick Wirth from ever designing an F1 car again.

  11. webber seems to be flying!

  12. did you see the introduction of winglets on the engine cover from Mclaren…

    They introduced rules to ban this sort of crap…not happy!

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