Felipe Massa, Ferrari F150th Italia, Jerez, 2011

Felipe Massa quickest on first day at Jerez

2011 F1 testingPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Ferrari were fastest for the second time in testing this year as Felipe Massa went quickest in Jerez.

Sergio Perez brought out the red flags early in the session. But he was quickly able to rejoin the session after it restarted and ended up second fastest.

Under bright skies the track quickly warmed up to over 30C.

Felipe Massa positioned himself at the top of the times sheet in the Ferrari early on and stayed there for most of the day.

Toro Rosso reserve driver Danial Ricciardo only drove in the morning before handing over to Jaime Alguersuari.

Pastor Maldonado did very little running due to a rear wing problem on his Williams.

Three drivers were at the wheel of new cars: Lewis Hamilton, Timo Glock and Adrian Sutil. Hamilton ended up fifth in the new McLaren.

The session was stopped two further times in the afternoon.

Nico Rosberg brought the red flags out again with just over an hour and a half to go. His Mercedes slowed significantly after a long run and he was unable to get the car back to the pits.

Then Vitaly Petrov spun into the gravel at the first corner, causing a further delay.

Pirelli brought all four of its 2011 dry-weather compounds to the test. The company described the difference between them as follows:

“The super-soft compound slick tyre offers optimum performance but over a limited period of time. The soft version provides similar performance but is slighter longer lasting.

“The medium compound provides a balance between endurance and performance, while the hard version is for longer distance running.”

Driver Car Best time Laps Difference
1 Felipe Massa Ferrari F150th Italia 1’20.709 101
2 Sergio Perez Sauber-Ferrari C30 1’21.483 94 0.774
3 Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault RB7 1’21.522 94 0.813
4 Daniel Ricciardo Toro Rosso-Ferrari STR6 1’21.755 31 1.046
5 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes MP4-26 1’21.914 58 1.205
6 Jaime Alguersuari Toro Rosso-Ferrari STR6 1’22.689 42 1.980
7 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes VJM04 1’23.472 28 2.763
8 Vitaly Petrov Renault R31 1’23.504 57 2.795
9 Nico Rosberg Mercedes W02 1’23.963 67 3.254
10 Jarno Trulli Lotus-Renault T128 1’24.458 54 3.749
11 Timo Glock Virgin-Cosworth MVR-02 1’25.086 42 4.377
12 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Cosworth FW33 1’34.968 14 14.259

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