2010 F1 testing live: 28th February

Lewis Hamilton will drive the McLaren for the last time before Bahrain

Lewis Hamilton will drive the McLaren for the last time before Bahrain

It’s deadline day for the F1 teams – today is their last chance to test their cars before they head out to Bahrain for the first race of 2010, just two weeks from now.

We’re expecting to see a few low-fuel runs which should give us an idea who’s got the best ultimate pace.

I’m at the track to follow testing as it happens – join us below to see how the crucial final day unfolds.

Times from today’s test

Driver Car Best time Laps Difference
Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes MP4-25 80.472 134 0
Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault RB6 80.496 61 0.024
Felipe Massa Ferrari F10 80.539 114 0.067
Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes VJM03 80.667 100 0.195
Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault RB6 80.667 76 0.195
Michael Schumacher Mercedes W01 80.745 123 0.273
Rubens Barrichello Williams-Cosworth FW32 80.87 84 0.398
Kamui Kobayashi BMW Sauber-Ferrari C29 80.911 67 0.439
Sebastien Buemi Toro Rosso-Ferrari STR5 82.135 88 1.663
Robert Kubica Renault R30 83.175 107 2.703
Heikki Kovalainen Lotus-Cosworth T127 85.251 64 4.779
Lucas di Grassi Virgin-Cosworth VR-01 86.16 49 5.688

Testing notes

Several teams used the brief period of dry running yesterday to do some race distance simulations which gave us some useful insight into how quick they are.

The weather looks set to remain dry throughout today’s test so we should see some more representative runs throughout the day.

Today’s testing line-up

McLaren MP4-25Lewis Hamilton
Mercedes W01Michael Schumacher
Red Bull RB6Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber
Ferrari F10Felipe Massa
Williams FW32Rubens Barrichello
BMW Sauber C29Kamui Kobayashi
Renault R30Robert Kubica
Force India VJM03Adrian Sutil
Toro Rosso STR5Sebastien Buemi
Virgin VR-01Lucas di Grassi
Lotus T127Heikki Kovalainen

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):

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91 comments on 2010 F1 testing live: 28th February

  1. Tombong said on 28th February 2010, 8:13

    anyone know the msfree.gr live timing link?

  2. patrick(uk) said on 28th February 2010, 8:39

    just wondering why the mclaren team is never on time when the testing starts each morning….already the likes of FERARI,SAUBER,REDBULL ETC have done timed laps ..and its now well into the first hour…it seems they are not weell prepared…they should treat each day as a miltary campaign since each second counts in formula one….

    • Dingle Dell said on 28th February 2010, 8:44

      because they think that they are damn bloody good and able to take their own sweet time, that’s why.

      • Nah, they are just waiting to see what times the other teams are laying down and then adjust there fuel levels (low)and maybe setup to try and put in a quicker time.

        • Guessing that track temp has a lot to do with it. Not much point in chewing up rubber on a cold track unless worried about reliability and so are trying to run max possible laps. As the McLaren doesn’t seem to be in that situation, better to get meaningful data when track conditions are closer to those they will be racing on throughout the season.

  3. david said on 28th February 2010, 8:43

    NobleF1 tells us: “McLaren is practicing pit stops with Lewis this morning”

    Quick stops are vital this year due to the banning of refuelling, which used to give the mechanics plenty of time to change tyres.

  4. patrick(uk) said on 28th February 2010, 8:44

    ops just seen on autosport that mclaren are practising pit stops this morning….with lewis …that is being too over confident we need to see them on the track early….

    • Scribe said on 28th February 2010, 11:20

      Practising pit stops is over confidence?
      What universe do you live on. There’s whole seconds to be gained this year. It’s going to be one of the most exciting bits of the racing.

      Anyway McLaren have come at testing in a whole different way to anybody else, an considering they had an upgrade applied to the car yesterday, don’t you think it’s possible that instead if over confidence they are trying to configure a very changed car.

    • Keith Collantine (@keithcollantine) said on 28th February 2010, 14:50

      Pretty much everyone has practised pit stops during the tests at one time or another, I wouldn’t read anything into it.

  5. patrick(uk) said on 28th February 2010, 8:49

    ok …i agree but i think they should concentrate on proper race simulations before the weather turns nasty….we have not seen them do a proper race stint run before someone red flags or the heavens open…

  6. patrick(uk) said on 28th February 2010, 8:57

    On another point i have this sneaky feeling that KOBAYASHI and BARICHELO may this year prove to be the dark horses this time and am willing to bet that kobayashi may be on the pondium at Baharain and Barichelo may pip the top guns for the WDC …ANY comments on this?

  7. yelrom said on 28th February 2010, 8:58

    umm why isnt webber testing??

    • Tombong said on 28th February 2010, 9:19

      That’s a funny video. Spying thing in F1 kinda fun

    • That is typical mclaren, can not come up with any ideas of there own…

      • LOL – I think you’ll find all the teams express a very healthy interest in the opposition vehicles. Be stupid not to actually.

        McLaren are the second most successful team in F1 because they are technically smart, if they were solely reliant on the other teams developments, the would always be playing catch up, not leading from the front.

        • Rubel_Frm_BD said on 2nd March 2010, 5:22

          but they are benefited by spying as they have both data on what others doing and what they are doing (so it is easy to measure the performance and while others are developing new things, they are just refine the idea). Even in 2007 they are benefitted by the fact that they have full information about the Ferrari’s car and they Know everythings about ferrari,what is their fuel capacity, fuel consumption, potential strategy.

        • Rubel_Frm_BD said on 2nd March 2010, 5:29

          * McLaren are the second most successful team in F1 because they ………….
          kept an eye open and try to copy the idea what other team is doing either by spying or by just simply stealing.

          * McLaren are the second most successful team in F1 ………….
          So they copy the idea of the first team. haha ha

    • Rum and Coke said on 28th February 2010, 19:18

      OH NO!!!! NOT AGAIN!!! This is blatant spying by McNobs, in full view of everybody!!!! Wheres the FIA when you need them!!??? Why cant the Ferrari boys give them a slap??? Will there be another paltry fine or will Jean Todt show some ba!!s and fine them £500 million this time!?? Thge questions never end!! #:)

    • Kanyima said on 1st March 2010, 11:17

      And here’s Ferrari spying on McLaren


  8. irishlad (@irishlad) said on 28th February 2010, 9:03


    They want to let Vettel test until mid day because of the bad weather yesterday, so webbers back at mid-day.

    • patrick(uk) said on 28th February 2010, 9:30

      yeah ….remember VETTELS car had an oil pump change yesterday..so maybe they are still” running “it into some reliable milage before D day next two weeks

    • patrick(uk) said on 28th February 2010, 10:16

      it seems kobayashi redflaged at turn 9…similar high speed corner…

  9. sushant008 said on 28th February 2010, 9:05

    why is the session red flagged???

  10. sushant008 said on 28th February 2010, 9:06

    oh!Rubens Barrichello is stuck in the gravel at turn 4…

    • patrick(uk) said on 28th February 2010, 10:14

      looking at turn four it appears that since it is a high speed corner cars with bad grip on tyres will almost certainly run wide ….and kobayashi has just done that again causing the second red flag..

  11. patrick(uk) said on 28th February 2010, 9:16

    thats a good video on the “spying activity”..wonder how long before FIA take it down…?

  12. Keith Collantine (@keithcollantine) said on 28th February 2010, 9:53

    Massa and Schumacher trading fastest times at the moment – Schumacher’s just gone quickest with a 1’21.039.

    • patrick(uk) said on 28th February 2010, 9:57

      looks like mercedes have decided to unleash the true potential of this car…and dont be surprised if they demolish the rest of the boys just to prove a point..

  13. P Pilotes Equipes Temps Ecarts Trs
    1 F.Massa Ferrari 1.20.539 +-.— 33
    2 M.Schumacher Mercedes 1.20.804 +-.— 31
    3 R.Barrichello Williams 1.21.441 +-.— 23
    4 S.Vettel Red Bull 1.21.660 +-.— 43
    5 L.Hamilton McLaren 1.22.097 +-.— 27
    6 S.Buemi Toro Rosso 1.22.402 +-.— 21
    7 K.Kobayashi Sauber 1.22.713 +-.— 32
    8 A.Sutil Force India 1.23.079 +-.— 8
    9 H.Kovalainen Lotus 1.25.251 +-.— 46
    10 R.Kubica Renault 1.25.830 +-.— 3
    11 L.Di Grassi Virgin 1.26.790 +-.— 28

    • patrick(uk) said on 28th February 2010, 11:39

      HAMILTON and massa now top the times…it seems by end of today we shall know the pecking order for the rest of the season….also vettel and schumaker are showing very strong runs on low fuels for qualifying runs…but the key will be the actual mid stints during the races where tyre management,brakes and pit stop activity will determine who wins the races.SO far the reliability issues have been shown to favour FERFARIS who have covered more miles during these tests so far…and so my prediction for the fisrt race winner at Baharain will be as follows
      4-bmw sauber?redbull
      5-force india
      6-williams?toro roso

  14. Scribe said on 28th February 2010, 11:41

    Well Hamiltons quickest with a 1.20.472. an the fab four are all within three tenths. Well within

    1 Hamilton McLaren 1m20.472s
    2 Massa Ferrari 1m20.539s +0.067
    3 Vettel Red Bull 1m20.667s +0.195
    4 Schumacher Mercedes 1m20.745s +0.273

    Seriously if this is quali for the rest of the season we’re in for a blinder. I love these quali runs, oh pleeese let it be this close.

    • patrick(uk) said on 28th February 2010, 12:05

      WE hope that there will be proper drama on the tracks and NO interfearance from the FIA POLITICS…AM foreseeing some cars flaming out during qualifying….if not running on fumes to the Q3…

  15. Scribe said on 28th February 2010, 11:50

    Incidentally, this ridiculous tyre rule. Are the top ten allowed to scrub their qualifiying tyres? Or has the FIA been truly silly.

    • patrick(uk) said on 28th February 2010, 12:13

      THE rule on qualifying tyres says simply the cars will start the race on the tyre they did the fastest lap on q3….this to me is clearly disadvantges the top ten cars and favours the rest at the race start….i mean supposing you did your fastest on soft tyre and the race condition favours the options or the hard tyre?…..that means the guy on grid position 11 or 12 with good tyres will lap the guy on bad q3 tyre on grid 7,8,9, or 10…surely tell me if am wrong….

      • patrick(uk) said on 28th February 2010, 12:34

        further to this the rule actualy says the cars in Q3 WILL START the race on the tyre they used to set their grid position…IT would have been more sensible for the rule to apply to the whole grid i.e no tyre change during the entire period of qualification for all cars and only changerble after race start…thats why pit stop strategy is very important and the team that perfects this will have an edge…

        • Scribe said on 28th February 2010, 13:09

          er, i know.
          My question was will the tyres be in parc ferme conditions from quali till the race. Or will the teams be able to work on their used rubber.

          Your right about the effects of the rule though. It’s going to make qualifying in p 8-10 a very risky buisness. Seems very unfair that you can qualify better yet be in worse condition of the grid.

          • patrick(uk) said on 28th February 2010, 13:22

            ah..am not sure if the tyres will also be in parc ferme and maybe there could be a loophale here…can some please shade more information on this?…. however i think it will not be asey to manage tyres if they also be in parc ferm and how to monitor this will be a problem.The race director or stewards will need more people and resources to keep at trackside taging all these tyres after each event….TIME will simply not allow…

  16. Anyone know what speed they are doing through the speed traps?

    • Keith Collantine (@keithcollantine) said on 28th February 2010, 14:52

      We don’t seem to have a reading for the speed trap at the end of the straight (the max speed one) but we do have the intermediate speed traps. Last I saw Hamilton was quickest at the finish line.

  17. McLaren always leading the last day of the tests. hum…

    • patrick(uk) said on 28th February 2010, 13:11

      yes… remember mclaren are good at qualifying most of the times but make mistakes during the actual races at times.LAST SEASON Hamilton had more P1 positions than actual podium finishes….you can lead when it is not important…BUT LETS HOPE THIS YEAR things will be diffrent..track strategy is more important ie tyre management,brakes,and pit stop execution…

  18. Stefan said on 28th February 2010, 13:41

    At the moment it looks like McLaren and Ferrari will fight for pole position, and Ferrari will be the best in the long runs… but we still’ve to wait if that’s true untill Bahrain.

    • Scribe said on 28th February 2010, 13:50

      weaal. McLaren looks much closer to Ferrari on long run pace than initialy thought. Close enough for car characteristics to make the differance on certain tracks. Also close enough to leap frog them in the development race. I reckon they’ll be at it all year. With the order shuffling whenever the big developments come in.

      Mercedes will have trouble switching the tyres on for quali though their race pace looks good. An Redbull will have reliability issues. Basically the same problems these two had last year.

      • patrick(uk) said on 28th February 2010, 14:04

        True…but it also seems that Ferari engine is thirtier on fuel on long runs than the Mclaren…judging by the amount of stops we have seen on the track sine JEREZ…and Renault said to be more fuel efficient than all the rest of the cars may have an edge…they can fuel just enough to go the race distance without worrying about flaming out during the races last laps…ANYWAY her…e driver skill and judgement will be the factor…Mclaren has a good combination in Hamilton and Button whose driving style are diffrent Hamilton is aggresive and Button is smooth …

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