Massa fastest on first day of Pirelli tyre test

2011 F1 testing

Felipe Massa, Ferrari, Abu Dhabi, 2010

Felipe Massa, Ferrari, Abu Dhabi, 2010

Felipe Massa was the fastest driver in testing at Abu Dhabi as the F1 teams tried out Pirelli’s tyres for the first time.

He lapped within two seconds of the fastest time in the young drivers’ test set by Daniel Ricciardo in the Red Bull.

Sebastian Vettel was back at the wheel just five days after winning the world championship at the Yas Marina track. He was second-fastest for Red Bull.

With Gary Paffett third quickest for McLaren the early signs are a change of tyre supplier has done little to alter the balance of power between the teams.

Force India suffered a setback when Adrian Sutil stopped with an exahaust problem during the session. Test driver Paul di Resta took over after the car was repaired.

Robert Kubica also had a technical problem in his Renault, limiting him to just 39 laps.

Driver Car Time
1 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1’40.170s
2 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull 1’40.500s
3 Gary Paffett McLaren 1’40.874s
4 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber 1’40.950s
5 Robert Kubica Renault 1’41.032s
6 Rubens Barrichello Williams 1’41.425s
7 Paul di Resta Force India 1’41.615s
8 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1’41.778s
9 Jaime Alguersuari Toro Rosso 1’42.019s
10 Adrian Sutil Force India 1’42.859s
11 Timo Glock Virgin 1’44.124s
12 Heikki Kovalainen Lotus 1’44.686s
13 Pastor Maldonado HRT 1’45.728s

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40 comments on Massa fastest on first day of Pirelli tyre test

  1. Deurmat said on 19th November 2010, 14:04

    wow 2 seconds, amazing how much difference a tire makes! I know they are still developping the tyres but still.

    • Ben Curly said on 19th November 2010, 19:45

      Treat this test as a practice session, and you will see that the times are very much in the same ballpark. Actually a little bit faster.

    • Electrolite said on 19th November 2010, 22:19

      I think all the drivers will be adjusting how they drive the car and use the tyres altogether, to an extent. Think about how the only things touching the ground are the 4 tyres.

      Good to see Felipe at the top. A bit of evidence that the 2010 Bridgestones didn’t suit him.

  2. Great! Makes me hope for next year! Hopefully Massa’s problems will be resolved with Pirellis.

  3. F1iLike said on 19th November 2010, 14:11

    i thought they were going for performance and not durability? That should show at this stage.. Obviously it’s going to be business as usual next year.

    • Scribe (@scribe) said on 19th November 2010, 16:36

      No they specifically stated that in their first year they’d have to play it conservative. Looking fowards they said they’d go for more exciting tyres to spice up the racing.

  4. they didnt push so much today, teams wanted to know more about tires not there performence

  5. damonsmedley (@damonsmedley) said on 19th November 2010, 14:19

    Don’t let Steph see this headline! It will give her false hope! :P

    • Haha! :P I’m not getting carried away. The track will be quicker with all the running that’s happened there recently, Mclaren only have Gary in the car, I have no idea about fuel loads, the tyres will likely still be very hard next year for the fuel loads and kers coming back and they’re going to evolve so I’ll wait until after qualifying at Bahrain to declare whether I approve of the new tyres or not ;)

      I will admit it’s always nice to see “Massa fastest” though!

    • Tiomkin said on 20th November 2010, 13:05

      You can’t read anything into this. The cars they will be racing next season are still being developed and will be through out the season. So this means nothing.

  6. Massa also beat his Q3 time from last weekend!

    Even though that’s probably more to do with the mix up in the final seconds of Q3, its probably a nice early Christmas present for Massa as he looks forward to next season.

  7. babis1980 (@babis1980) said on 19th November 2010, 14:22

    Don’t forget that this years cars have been upgraded all season long to work with the characteristics of the bridgestone tyres. Pirellis are a totally different and new story for the teams. In my opinion tomorrow Vettel will be at least 1 sec faster from himself from analyzing the data, and understading how the new tyres work. Let’s see….

  8. In the end, it will turnout that Pirelli has done absolutely nothing to improve the show, in fact worsened it.

  9. sumedh said on 19th November 2010, 14:26

    Keith – more than the times, I think what all fanatics will be looking for is the length of stints done by drivers. How much was the longest stint done today? And did the times become slower at the end of the stint due to tyre wear or faster as the fuel burnt off.

    I hope there is a detailed analysis of this session like the pre-season testing of 2010 or of the practice sessions this year.

  10. F1WithMySon said on 19th November 2010, 14:37

    When I read the headline, the first thing I thought of was, “Alonso must not have been running today…”

    Just sayin’.

  11. Rosberg said the degradation was quite a bit worse than the Bridgestones, so yes Pirelli are doing their best not to have people run 70 laps on the super softs. Also, Vettel had one right-rear tyre fail on him, so if that is indicative of wear-rate, then we’re in for an explosive next season (explosive, get it? :p ).

  12. On http://www.gpupdate.net/en/f1-news/248212/massa-i-felt-at-ease-right-from-the-start/ Massa is sporting a red helmet at one point, does anyone know why or did he just fancy a change? Thank you for any help! I hope he’s not changing his design.

  13. Bullfrog said on 19th November 2010, 15:23

    Vettel’s still got a 5 on his car in those pics. Can’t he use the number 1 until next year?
    You’d think he’d want the 1 on his car – and the 2 on Webber’s – at the earliest opportunity…

    Those black and yellow Pirellis look good on the Renault, don’t they?

    • Scribe (@scribe) said on 19th November 2010, 16:38

      It’s the RB6, that’s the number that must be on the car, entered into the FIA F1 World Championship from last year. It will always have a 5.

    • Exactly, he will be only crowned champion officially at the FIA prize giving ceremony and the number 1 will be on the car for the new season (starting with testing)

  14. David B said on 19th November 2010, 15:46

    I’m afraid this times mean nothing.

    • Chippie said on 19th November 2010, 18:42

      I’m afraid these times are meaningless – statement.
      This is because we don’t know what fuel levels the cars are running at – explanation.

  15. Scribe (@scribe) said on 19th November 2010, 16:39

    On the fact that it looks like the balance of power has been maintained, it’s what you’d expect no? The cars are the ones that raced in Abu Dhabi. They’ll all treat the tyres in the same way, it’s the new cars which might show differances.

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