2010 F1 testing live: 27th February

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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62 comments on 2010 F1 testing live: 27th February

  1. looking at the pic in the bottom right ,it does look like him :)

  2. wasiF1 said on 27th February 2010, 15:22

    Is the track dry now?

  3. Buttons just gone the fastest McLaren have gone all week

  4. Has anyone else here been reading the Autosport forums? The McLaren fans there are losing their minds!

    • I’m not, I have complete faith that they will have built apon a strong finish to last year, and if there are any problems with this years car, Mclaren will make sure it is sorted with THE best resources in F1!

    • Marc Connell said on 27th February 2010, 21:26

      why should they? its only TESTING. They try different setups and dont care what position they are. They do what ever it takes to find the right setup for the car. Then when it comes to the race the time matters!

  5. Disappointed to see Virgin racing (my new second team ;) ) languishing at the bottom of the time charts.

  6. maciek said on 27th February 2010, 22:57

    Fairly candid (as these things go) interview with Kubica in Polish here http://f1.pl/Artykul.82+M5f487691d73.0.html

    …. he says there will be aero upgrades tomorrow (mentions front wing) and concedes that aero is what they need to do the most work on.

  7. I don’t disagree with this blog..

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