Fernando Alonso, Ferrari, Abu Dhabi, 2010

Alonso keeps Ferrari on top as Pirelli test ends

2011 F1 testingPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Fernando Alonso, Ferrari, Abu Dhabi, 2010
Fernando Alonso, Ferrari, Abu Dhabi, 2010

Ferrari stayed fastest at Abu Dhabi as Fernando Alonso took over from Felipe Massa.

Alonso ended the final official test day of 2010 with a quickest time of 1’40.529.

The championship runner-up did over 100 laps in his Ferrari as he tried the Pirellis for the first time. He hit the top of the times sheets in the morning of the session and remained there throughout.

Michael Schumacher was second fastest, lapping just a tenth of a second slower than Alonso a few minutes before the session ended as he got re-acquainted with Pirelli tyres for the first time since 1991.

The Red Bull of Sebastian Vettel was third fastest as the new world champion did both days running for the team. He said:

There is still a lot to do, but I think the tyres are already better than expected. Since February we haven?t really had time to do any in-depth testing on track, so these two days have given us a chance to reflect on things we have tried during the season.
Sebastian Vettel

Pastor Maldonado caused one red flag in his HRT and ended the session a couple of tenths faster than Timo Glock at the bottom of the times.

The next F1 test session is on February 1st 2011 at the Circuit de Valencia Ricardo Tormo, Spain. For more test session dates see the F1 Fanatic Google Calendar.

Driver Team Best lap
1 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1’40.529s
2 Michael Schumacher Mercedes 1’40.685s
3 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull 1’40.825s
4 Rubens Barrichello Williams 1’41.294s
5 Robert Kubica Renault 1’41.614s
6 Gary Paffett McLaren 1’41.622s
7 Oliver Turvey McLaren 1’41.740s
8 Paul di Resta Force India 1’41.869s
9 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber 1’42.110s
10 Sebastien Buemi Toro Rosso 1’42.145s
11 Vitantonio Liuzzi Force India 1’42.416s
12 Sergio Perez Sauber 1’42.777s
13 Jarno Trulli Lotus 1’44.521s
14 Pastor Maldonado HRT 1’44.768s
15 Timo Glock Virgin 1’44.783s

Combined lap times

Compare the best times of drivers who were present at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix and the Pirelli tyre test. Where no drivers did both those events for the same team, the times from the young drivers’ test are included.

The only driver to lap fastest at the Pirelli test than he did during the Abu Dhabi race weekend was Felipe Massa.

Driver Race weekend Rookies test Pirelli Fri. Pirelli Sat.
Sebastian Vettel 1’39.394 1’40.5 1’40.825
Lewis Hamilton 1’39.425
Gary Paffett 1’39.76 1’40.874 1’41.622
Fernando Alonso 1’39.792 1’40.529
Jenson Button 1’39.823
Nico Rosberg 1’40.06 1’41.778
Felipe Massa 1’40.202 1’40.17
Ruibens Barrichello 1’40.203 1’41.425 1’41.294
Michael Schumacher 1’40.452 1’40.685
Sergio Perez 1’40.543 1’42.777
Oliver Turvey 1’40.725 1’41.74
Robert Kubica 1’40.78 1’41.032 1’41.614
Kamui Kobayashi 1’40.783 1’40.95 1’42.11
Adrian Sutil 1’40.914 1’42.859
Vitantonio Liuzzi 1’41.462 1’42.416
Paul di Resta 1’42.736 1’41.615 1’41.869
Jaime Alguersuari 1’41.738 1’42.019
Sebastien Buemi 1’41.824 1’42.145
Jarno Trulli 1’43.516 1’44.521
Heikki Kovalainen 1’43.712 1’44.686
Pastor Maldonado* 1’43.75 1’45.728 1’44.768
Timo Glock 1’44.095 1’44.124 1’44.783
Bruno Senna 1’45.085
Christian Klien 1’45.296

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