Alonso keeps Ferrari on top as Pirelli test ends

2011 F1 testing

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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59 comments on Alonso keeps Ferrari on top as Pirelli test ends

  1. sushant008 said on 20th November 2010, 14:01

    The championship runner-up did over 100 laps in his Ferrara

    Ferrari?

  2. laptopracer said on 20th November 2010, 14:08

    de resta half a sec faster then liuzzi dat should get him the job..nice to see michael & merc bck on form.

    • So a change of tyre turned the Mercedes from a car one driver could put on the podium while the other struggled, into a car the latter may be able to put on the podium while the first now struggles.

      Nice challenge for the team at home to design a car both are competitive in.

    • I think he had less fuel, just to give confidence.

      • laptopracer said on 20th November 2010, 15:33

        wat ever the case might be they have found somthin dats works today! hopefully they have an awesome car fr nxt yr!! =]

      • Andy W said on 20th November 2010, 16:54

        Or maybe these tires suit his desire to chuck the nose of the car into corners and then hope the back end sticks… something the bridgestones struggled with this season.

        Honestly I don’t think we can take much of anything from these times, what we see in Feb will be the new cars and different tires to these.

        The only thing is that all the drivers will be starting from scratch to understand their Pirellis and it might take a few races for some drivers to adapt to them, the same way some drivers struggled when the Michelin teams had to change to Bridgestone.

  3. giorgio said on 20th November 2010, 14:15

    Hey Keith, any plans to attend a test session (or more than one) next year?

  4. damonsmedley (@damonsmedley) said on 20th November 2010, 14:30

    Does anyone else think Alonso’s helmet looks boring compared to the one he used this year?

  5. Very interesting in different in opinion between the two Mercedes drivers as Nico think that the performance won’t change too much in the current tyre on the other hand Michael seems to be happy about it.

    Nice work on combine lap time not too many website featured that.

  6. RIISE (@riise) said on 20th November 2010, 15:00

    Schumacher wow, he really didn’t like Bridgestone’s tyres huh. If that Mercedes is up there next season we may well be looking at an 8 time world champion.

  7. Eggry (@eggry) said on 20th November 2010, 15:13

    Oh, he changed helmet color.

  8. people_are_people said on 20th November 2010, 15:32

    How come most drivers are slower than yesterday? Did the track conditions change, or were they just running a different program? And I read elsewhere that Alonso was driving the F60, instead of F10. Is this true?

  9. I am still confused as to why mclaren are not using button or Hamilton. surely the 2 drivers have missed a trick there?

    • Yeah that seems a bit daft to me considering McLaren is usually a smart outfit. Then again, they do make these tactical gaffes from time to time.
      Hope both drivers can assimilate quickly next year

      • Andy W said on 20th November 2010, 16:58

        I am still struggling to understand this, the only thing that I can come up with is that they want to keep both Jenson and Lewis at arms length initially to allow them to develope a more neutral car.

    • giorgio said on 20th November 2010, 17:17

      It is known that the current tires are going to change between now and the pre-season tests, so maybe they thought its useless to put their main drivers up to this task?

  10. Massa is the only one with a better time respect the race weekend. It’s seems he did’t give 100% during the last races… or he’s trying to show the team he can beat Alonso..

  11. Apparently Schumi cut the chicane on his best lap so he’s now p7.

    • sumedh said on 21st November 2010, 0:14

      Yeah, true. Read on autosport.

      The Mercedez must be really slow. The Ferrari can do 2 extra corners and still be faster than the Merc.

      But its good to know that Massa is the only driver who has done better on Pirellis than on Bridgestones

  12. Stefanauss said on 20th November 2010, 16:12

    May i ask you in which 1991 occasion Schumacher drove with the Pirelly tyres?
    Jordan? Benetton? Both? Some kind of test?

  13. Benetton used Pirelli tyres in 1991

  14. Vettel is champion but still has the number 5 on his RB6, it is nonsense to suggest he is not allowed to have number 1 on the car because at Goodwood all the old models had the new numbers. I’m guessing RBR didn’t put the #1 on the car because the didn’t take one to Abu Dhabi to Jinx the result! Either that or they are a more professional outfit than HRT and don’t want to just slap some matte paint on the car to lever up the #5!

    • Technically I think these tests still count as part of the 2010 season so I don’t think he could have the number 1 on yet. Massa yesterday ran with the number 7 but he should have number 6 next season I think.

  15. TommyB (@tommyb89) said on 20th November 2010, 17:16

    What’s with the Ferrari guys (Alonso and Massa) running all red helmets. Is this some kind of tribute to the team after all the bad press they’ve been receiving?

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