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.

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91 comments on 2010 F1 testing live: 28th February

  1. 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…

  2. 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…

  3. 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.

  4. 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…

  5. 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 …

  6. 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

    Beautiful.

    • very consistent…

      • patrick(uk) said on 28th February 2010, 14:25

        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

    • 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

      • 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.

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

      Great data rfs!

  7. Scribe said on 28th February 2010, 14:16

    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.

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

  9. patrick(uk) said on 28th February 2010, 15:02

    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…

  10. Tombong said on 28th February 2010, 15:04

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

  11. 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?

  12. wasiF1 said on 28th February 2010, 15:19

    The top 8 is covered by 0.4sec amazing.

  13. Adrian said on 28th February 2010, 15:22

    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??

    • patrick(uk) said on 28th February 2010, 15:37

      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…

    • Scribe said on 28th February 2010, 15:55

      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.

      • 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

        • 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

  14. wasiF1 said on 28th February 2010, 15:35

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

  15. 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

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