2010 F1 testing live: 28th February

Posted on | Author Keith Collantine

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):

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

91 comments on “2010 F1 testing live: 28th February”

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  1. Hamilton’s recent stint before pit stop:

    56 1:27.534
    57 1:27.624 +0.09
    58 1:26.770 -0.854
    59 1:26.306 -0.464
    60 1:26.266 -0.04
    61 1:26.062 -0.204
    62 1:26.480 +0.418
    63 1:25.975 -0.505
    64 1:25.871 -0.104
    65 1:25.958 +0.087
    66 1:25.877 -0.081
    67 1:25.675 -0.202
    68 1:25.458 -0.217
    69 1:25.545 +0.087
    70 1:25.554 +0.009
    71 1:25.220 -0.334
    72 1:28.679 +3.459
    73 1:25.279 -3.4
    74 1:25.123 -0.156
    75 1:24.908 -0.215


    1. very consistent…

      1. that is very impressive ….he is actually still on his long run simulation and is laping in mid 23.lets see how far he goes as he has another 36 laps to go…hoping no red fags between now and the rest of this testing…
        Webber is practising qualifying as we can see …now

    2. Second stint:
      15:54:54 78 1:24.384 -0.524
      15:56:57 79 1:24.756 +0.372
      15:57:59 80 1:23.992 -0.764
      16:00:12 81 1:24.065 +0.073
      16:01:13 82 1:23.728 -0.337
      16:02:15 83 1:23.607 -0.121
      16:04:04 84 1:23.704 +0.097
      16:05:06 85 1:23.663 -0.041
      16:07:09 86 1:23.361 -0.302
      16:08:11 87 1:23.298 -0.063
      16:09:13 88 1:23.402 +0.104
      16:11:01 89 1:23.529 +0.127
      16:12:02 90 1:23.608 +0.079
      16:13:04 91 1:23.407 -0.201
      16:15:07 92 1:23.467 +0.060
      16:16:10 93 1:23.237 -0.230
      16:17:59 94 1:23.357 +0.120
      16:19:02 95 1:23.455 +0.098
      16:20:04 96 1:23.223 -0.232
      16:22:08 97 1:23.782 +0.559
      16:23:10 98 1:23.782 P

      1. Incredible consistency. How on earth do they do that. Not so tricky with a PS3 or PC, but buzzing round in one of these beasts in real life, pulling 4G through some corners, bum just inches off the deck. Really amazing.

        That’s why I love this sport. These guys are hugely talented.

    3. Great data rfs!

  2. MsFree has only gone and collapsed. All I know is Hamiltons laps where at least a second quicker after he took on the tyres. This upgrade does seem to have worked magic on that McLaren.

    Massa was lapping in consistent 1.26’s Doesn’t seem to have been a race simulation, or you would have thought the fuel effect would have shown. Really want to see a Ferrari race siumulation today for the comparison with the better calibrated upgrade on the mclaren.

    1. at this rate..from this i can see Ferari going for the Mclaren shark fin permanently…and that magical difuser that mercedes are hoping to bring to Bahrain…

      1. Mclaren shark fin???

  3. Lolz….. read this: ” After five laps stuck under Schumacher’s rear wing, Hamilton is past and into clear air.” :-) …. nice read there :-)

  4. haha…we are heading into the last hour of this testing before the big day 14th march….and we shall see the drivers rushing for glory runs to round of the day ….but for me the big guns have shown that the best cars are MCLAREN,FERARI,REDBULL,MERCEDES,RENAULT,BMW,..in that order…Virgin will bring up the rear unless BERNIE and FIA agree to bring stephan and crew into formula 1 by next week…

  5. Mclaren seems trying to make a statement. The statement is pretty clear, that they are one of the strong contender

  6. Are the teams allowed to continue testing after this organised session finishes?
    If so, what’s stopping them going to Bahrain for 10 days testing before the race?

    1. No, this is the last day of testing.

      1. No testin within the F1 season.

        Wow! That sort of means the season has begun!

  7. The top 8 is covered by 0.4sec amazing.

    1. it would be interesting to see how the cars will perform in the wet tracks since atleast some of the venues are guarranted to have rain…

      1. great congrats keith. 4th best site for F1. keep up the great work hope it will be 1st in a couple years.

  8. You know my biggest complaint this season…

    My other half is going away skiing on the 13th and not coming back until the 24th/25th then we’re going away 26th-28th.

    If only they could have put Australia on the weekend of the 20th/21st it would have meant I’d be able to watch the race live. As it is I’ll be recording it and trying desperately to avoid the result all Sunday and Monday until I can watch it on Monday evening…or shall I book the Monday off work??

    1. yes… IT depends whom you are hoping to do well…if your favourite team is doing well come Bahrain…then take Monday off work…the agony of waiting and not knowing the result is not worth it…

    2. Bad luck on the Aus. Imagine if you had to miss the opener.

      OH WAIT, THATS ME, I’M GOING TO MISS IT. Thank god for the Iplayer. Is all I can say really. This genuinley makes me miserable, i’m going to miss the live chat on this site an the excitement of watching it on telly.

      Ah well, all this self pity is nausiating. Hopefully the forum will be back up by then.

      1. Yeah I’ve had to miss out on my friend’s birthday holiday/trip just so I can watch the Aus GP…she thinks I’m crazy :P

        1. LOL – she’s right Steph, we know you are (F1) crazy ;) Just make sure you spill some wine with her to celebrate on a non-track day :D

  9. Just 25 minutes of the session left & we have a red flag!

  10. 1 Hamilton McLaren 1m20.472s
    2 Webber Red Bull 1m20.496s +0.024
    3 Massa Ferrari 1m20.539s +0.067
    4 Sutil Force India 1m20.611s +0.139
    5 Vettel Red Bull 1m20.667s +0.195
    6 SchumacherMercedes 1m20.745s +0.273
    7 BarrichelloWilliams 1m20.870s +0.398
    8 KobayashiSauber 1m20.911s +0.439
    9 Buemi Toro Rosso 1m22.135s +1.663
    10 Kubica Renault 1m23.175s +2.703
    11 Kovalainen Lotus 1m25.251s +4.779
    12 Di Grassi Virgin 1m26.160s +5.688

    1. The final five minutes.

      1. I will have a very bad two weeks if MCLAREN are removed from top spot today ….

  11. Redflagged in the dying seconds!
    Ah well. Autosport doesn’t think anyone was going for something special. Hamilton finishes fastest.

    or maybe not Redflagged. Whatever.

    Well then here we come the season. Factoring in Ferrari and McLarens upgrades it looks closer than it ever has. Lets hope it a blinder! Overtaking, daring strategy and racing racing racing.

  12. Hooray!!
    Mclaren finally do a good bit of running, 134 laps.
    Surprising to see Lotus above Renault, good to see Hammy at the top, and disappointing to see Virgin at the bottom for the second day in a row but testing only gives an indication of things to come. The 13th and 14th of March are much more important in terms of times.

    1. oh yes yes…i think formula 1 this season is just going to be too good…with all the new rules max mousely gone and …and a host of rookie drivers,rookie teams etc…great…my worry for Virgin is that they did not take the designing and car building seriously…all that blah blah about CAD design without hard ware wind tunnel testing was a disaster..the virgin car will take a whole year to become of age in my view… any way enjoy the ups and downs…Mclaren will carry our flag very high…

      1. Virgins current problems aren’t with CFD, they are with the hydraulics and the general reliability of the car. I think you’ll have to judge the whole CFD thing over a period of time.

        1. I think any team that relies soley on CFD is brave, but surely not using a combination of both CFD and tunnel testing is folly. I realise the idea of CFD was to keep down costs, but when the tech is as finely honed as F1’s, you have to make that investment to achieve a decent result. Ferrari and McLaren’s consistancy is testament to that – the chassis, engines or rubber may have let down the teams on occaision, but their aero has been second to none.

          1. to get maximun benefit of design charateristic MCAREN HAVE UTILISED ALL SORTS OF GIZMOS as we have seen on the testing tracks this season.NO other team besides the feraris have employed so much hardware in design and development…..as we saw last season from bad car to a race winner towards the end for Hamilton.
            NOW THAT they have race winning cars from the start one wonders how far they will go…MAYBE Its time the engine freeze development is lifted…

          2. I don’t think the CFD decision was for bravery it was because it was all fianceses allowed!! They should have went on Brawn GP’s website last year because they were renting out the old Honda windtunnel!

    1. this link to lap times is not loading up?

      1. If click doesn’t work try pasting it… seems the address cut off after F1

        http://www.ergouk.pwp.blueyonder.co.uk/images/F1 Times Final Test.xls

        1. Full link for Barca laptimes is:

          at BBT,
          MSFree missed out some of Lewis’s Laptimes on his second run, luckily rfs has the missing laptimes above.

          RFS, from which website did you manage to find Lewis’s Barcelona laptimes.

  13. A bit of engine noise & Kova’s crash…was it Friday ? Maybe you have seen it already, if yes, sorry !


  14. “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,”

    The fastest time set during pre season testing here in 2009 was a 1:18.926 set by Barrichello (12th of march 2009)

    Amazingly the cars are still at least a second and a half slower than they were then. The second fastest time back then was 0.8s slower though. Still, with al this blah blah from the teams about their cars being faster than last years cars. They aren’t really are they?

    Alonso set a 1:20.664 in march 2009. His “this is the best car I’ve ever driven” Ferrari is indeed faster, but only by a few hundreths.

    1. The teams always talk of values when comparing this car to their previous. The aero values are far greater than last year, but the cars are missing a big chunk of front grip from the tyres so they’re naturally going to be slower, regardless of having better balance.

  15. Good article, thanks for sharing this!

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