2010 F1 testing live: 27th February

Posted on | Author Keith Collantine

Virgin need to do as much running as they can today and tomorrow
Virgin need to do as much running as they can today and tomorrow

I’m at the Circuit de Catalunya for the penultimate day of testing ahead of the 2010 F1 season.

I’ll post as much as I can from the track below and on Twitter so join us to follow the test live here.

Times from today’s test

Driver Car Best time Laps Difference
Nico Rosberg Mercedes W01 80.686 128 0
Sebastien Buemi Toro Rosso-Ferrari STR5 81.413 106 0.727
Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes MP4-25 81.45 105 0.764
Rubens Barrichello Williams-Cosworth FW32 81.975 101 1.289
Felipe Massa Ferrari F10 82.344 115 1.658
Vitaly Petrov Renault R30 82.523 68 1.837
Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes VJM03 82.606 61 1.92
Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault RB6 83.123 51 2.437
Jarno Trulli Lotus-Cosworth T127 85.059 102 4.373
Kamui Kobayashi BMW Sauber-Ferrari C29 86.216 105 5.53
Timo Glock Virgin-Cosworth VR-01 86.305 31 5.619

Testing notes

If the first sets of times from Barcelona have shown us anything, it’s that the new teams have the most ground to make up on tracks like the Circuit de Catalunya which place a high emphasis on efficient aerodynamics.

I’m going to be at the track today. It’s my first ever visit to the venue so I don’t know exactly what to expect when I get there, so please bear with me if updates come through a little slowly to begin with.

I hope to get a close look at what stint times the drivers are doing so I can share the information with you and hopefully get a firm idea who is strongest heading into the first race. But it’s clear from what we’ve seen so far this is the hardest pre-season testing form to read in a long time.

Today’s testing line-up

McLaren MP4-25Jenson Button
Mercedes W01Nico Rosberg
Red Bull RB6Sebastian Vettel
Ferrari F10Felipe Massa
Williams FW32Rubens Barrichello
BMW Sauber C29Kamui Kobayashi
Renault R30Robert Kubica
Force India VJM03Adrian Sutil
Toro Rosso STR5Sebastien Buemi
Virgin VR-01Timo Glock
Lotus T127Jarno Trulli

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, including 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

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  1. renault is supposed to get aero update today. Might improve their (so far) slow car.

  2. I get the impression that nobody has really been able to read anything into the times at all, so its been assumed that the “top four” teams are the quickest. I really think nobody has any real idea yet, which is awesome!

  3. For those who want another website w/ the “Live” timings…in French : http://www.f1-direct.fr/live-essais-prives.php
    Better than Greek, no ?

  4. Can anyone tell me who are participating today?

    1. Read the article. Its in there!

      1. Thanks I missed that

  5. My opinion, but what do I know:

    Force India>STR
    Virgin Racing>Lotus

    1. ? huh i dont understand

    2. Don’t you mean Red Bull>Mercedes

      1. Yeah that’s exactly what I meant


        @AP: I expect Ferrari to be better than Mclaren in the fight for 1st and 2nd, Redbull better than Mercedes in 3rd + 4th battle and so on:
        (Ferrari>Mclaren means Ferreri greater than Mclaren)

  6. @ wasiF1 – McLaren Mercedes: Jenson Button, Mercedes Grand Prix: Nico Rosberg, Scuderia Ferrari: Felipe Massa, Sauber-Ferrari: Kamui Kobayashi, Williams-Cosworth: Rubens Barrichello, Renault F1 Team: Robert Kubica , Scuderia Toro Rosso: Sebastien Buemi, Red Bull Racing: Sebastian Vettel, Force India Adrian Sutil, Virgin Racing: Timo Glock and Lotus: Jarno Trulli.

    1. Thanks kem.

  7. Here’s a comprehensive Stint analysis from yesterday’s test.
    Ferrari,Red Bull, Sauber, ToroRosso, Force India’s race simulations compared.
    Interesting to say the least. http://bit.ly/akU87O

    1. Thanks Sandy,

      Thanks some interesting analysis, its renewed my optimism that it is actually pretty damn open. those stats do point to the possibility of the races actually being quite interesting with cars relative competitiveness changing as fuel loads change. The way I read that graph tells me that given the right conditions the Sauber could snatch a sneeky win at some point. I do suspect that after 3 races or so the teams will get to grips with things more and it will all iron out.

      I think the real question should be first car to break down in 2010 in a race. Its going to be one of the new boys, I would be tempted to go with Campos as if they make it race 1 will be almost a shake down run, they are going to have to go out and drive that think in anger on day 1! that is a scary thought!

  8. I would love you to do another ‘behind the scenes’ article from this different location if that is possible.

  9. Toro Rosso Definately should be getting points this year with the new points system and all, but if the track is good an all links up they could be challenging for 4th and 5th, anyone think the same or different ?

    1. I believe you are right they are basically running a the same car as Red Bull….. and this is bad for the sport.

      1. It’s legal though, in 2007 Spyker complained about the legality of STR having what was essentially a Red Bull customer car and access to parts. All the stewards did was confiscate some components for evidence, but nothing else was done. The stewards rejected Spykers second complaint about it.

        I was reading 2007 Season review last night ;)

        1. they paid Spyker some money to settle the dispute…

      2. “I believe you are right they are basically running a the same car as Red Bull…..”

        They have built their own car for this season. They were allowed special dispensation to use RedBull chassis by the FIA for 2008 and 2009.

    2. I would have to agree David,

      having said that I would never say the TR is a bad car, in fact its based on one of the best aerodynamic designs with an engine that we know is a front runner so in theory they should be strong, I would be very interested in seeing what an established driver could do with it that’s for sure, while I know the point in TR is young driver development as they become more Independent of RB it could become their really weakness.

  10. Do you still think they are running the same car, even after the rule changes.
    I dont know maybe they are but, as you said it is bad for the sport.

    1. They are using their own car this season, because the FIA are no longer allowing STR to use RedBulls chassis.

  11. I dont think its the same, but being as both RB and TR drew a line on 2009 and went of to both evolve that design they are going to share 98% of the same DNA

  12. 1 word to describe Barcelona soon ”Rain

  13. Any pictures of the new R30 yet, guys???

      1. This is a picture of yesterday’s test. It is Kubica dirving, whilst today Petrov has the car.

        The rear wing is different, than the one used in Jerez. The bottom is not so curved, so actually the inovative design from the first tests, is becoming more convencional

        Compare your pic to this one from Jerez:

        Not much more noticeable differences in the rest of the car, but I’ll keep an eye on pics from today, with Petrov driving, to check for any improvements. I would bet on development on the front wing, and if tehre are more, it will be on “hidden” places, at least not easy to spot.

        1. shame…I loved the inverse bottom shaped one at Jerez

  14. anyone who is bored, give a look at this times from yesterday, a bit like what sandy posted a while ago. very intersting.

  15. Somebody can please put up link of http://www.msfree.gr
    I am not understanding the language.

  16. http://www.msfree.gr/ms.php?id=11020
    that should bring you straight to the timings.

  17. About an hour before lunch, Trulli is doing a race simulation which was interrupted by the red flag caused by Barrichello’s spin.

    Renault say they’re going to be trying different fuel loads followed by qualifying and race simulations.

  18. david


  19. anyone else notice the new ferrari shark fin engine cover on friday?

  20. No, really? Where? :)

    1. its not that clear but if you look at some of the friday testing pictures you can just make it out. i missed it until i caught a reflection in it. thought is must have been made clear if i had missed it so many times so checked pictures and definatly only there on friday.

      also a slightly remastered front wing.

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