Michael Schumacher, Mercedes, Jerez, 2011

Schumacher puts Mercedes on top in Jerez

2011 F1 testingPosted on Author Keith Collantine

Michael Schumacher, Mercedes, Jerez, 2011
Michael Schumacher, Mercedes, Jerez, 2011

Michael Schumacher led the way in the second day of testing in Jerez.

The Mercedes driver was a few hundredths of a second faster than Ferrari’s Felipe Massa at the end of the session.

Massa was the busiest driver of the test, racking up over 100 laps for the second day in a row.

Jenson Button drove the McLaren MP4-26 for the first time and ended up third-quickest, six-tenths of a second off Schumacher.

A series of red flags interrupted today’s running, the first coming when Jaime Alguersuari’s Toro Rosso stopped on the track early on in the day.

A few other drivers had off-track moments which caused the session to be stopped, including Vitaly Petrov, Sergio Perez and Pastor Maldonado.

The latter crashed his Williams at turn four, damaging the front and rear wings and rear suspension. He had also lost time while the team fixed a fault on the Kinetic Energy Recovery System.

Jarno Trulli also lost time with a mechanical problem which ended his running halfway through the day. The team are flying in spare parts from the factory overnight in time for Heikki Kovalainen’s session tomorrow.

Driver Car Best time Laps Difference
1 Michael Schumacher Mercedes W02 1’20.352 112
2 Felipe Massa Ferrari F150th Italia 1’20.413 116 0.061
3 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes MP4-26 1’21.009 69 0.657
4 Jaime Alguersuari Toro Rosso-Ferrari STR6 1’21.214 72 0.862
5 Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault RB7 1’21.613 112 1.261
6 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes VJM04 1’21.780 73 1.428
7 Sergio Perez Sauber-Ferrari C30 1’21.857 56 1.505
8 Timo Glock Virgin-Cosworth MVR-02 1’22.208 57 1.856
9 Vitaly Petrov Renault R31 1’22.493 64 2.141
10 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Cosworth FW33 1’22.591 37 2.239
11 Jarno Trulli Lotus-Renault T128 1’23.216 40 2.864

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61 comments on “Schumacher puts Mercedes on top in Jerez”

  1. It just goes to show that you can’t take much from testing times at all. Yesterday all the news was fretting taht mercedes had problems and today they set the fastest time!

    I like the way people read too much into things and come up with all sorts of wild theories

  2. Dear god Petrov! Get it together man! I feel that without Kubica’s proper input, Renault are gonna strugle to develop their car to its full potential. Anyone else notice he is the only Non rookie to go off? And somehow he is slower then the Torro Rosso AND the VIRGIN! Of course Renault may be testing new parts, but I definetly wouldn’t expect him that low…

    1. Spinning in testing is not much of an issue, as the car will soon be back in the pits and if there is no damage, out on the track again. Also, times mean nothing at this stage. You’re overreacting.

        1. Not spinning & being slow won’t be a better job than being fast & having spins (which he will learn from)

          I’d rather know my driver was capable of being quick & just needed to calm down rather than he was slow & steady & someone else could outpace him after 1 run in the car (like at HRT last year anyone??)

          So by that logic Petrov > Senna Jnr

    2. I suppose Petrov was slower because of the runs they were doing. Quite a lot of times in the 1:35s, completely different program.

      And that off certainly hampered getting better times done, is the pressure already getting to him?

    1. vote for comment of the day ;-)

      Could also just be that the two fastest times were set by the two teams who have managed to get the most track time. They are clearly further along in understanding how the overall packages can be tweaked. Let’s see how the other teams respond once they have similar mileage.

      1. I suppose that is by courtesty of both teams already having had the time to get their systems sorted out and now able to use the ASR and KERS in laps to get a time on the board.

        Most others running competative drivers in the test were not using these things yet.

  3. Will love to see how Lewis commands these tyres in relation to Jenson. Ditto for Felipe in relation to Fernando. This is going to be a great year than the previous years championship

    1. I agree. The aero development that Newey was so far ahead with in ’09 is starting to plateau, and KERS, DRS, and Pirellis are new from last year for everyone. All of those things should level the field a bit and make for an even tighter championship battle. Hopefully we’ll see more teams than ever making it on the podium this year. Unpredictable racing is what it’s all about!

  4. Its said he had that time on Pirelli´s super soft slicks during something like a 10-lap run. At least that is what Mark Webber is thinking. At the end of that run he was like 4-5 seconds slower. Those Pirelli´s die quick. But Jerez is one of the most tire consuming tracks around. Still, i think we can expect a lot of changes during races.

    1. I though the same thing but it wasn’t actually a short stint, and was actually the second lap of a 10 lap stint!

      Given the rapid drop off in lap times of ~.5s per lap it was probably on supersofts, but it might indicate some potential at Mercedes.

      (from )
      23 ----
      24 1:25.576
      25 1:20.352 -5.224
      26 1:21.360 +1.008
      27 1:22.099 +0.739
      28 1:22.662 +0.563
      29 1:22.987 +0.325
      30 1:23.836 +0.849
      31 1:24.234 +0.398
      32 1:24.237 +0.003
      33 1:24.121 -0.116
      34 1:24.662 +0.541
      35 ----

      1. Here is the stint that Massa did:

        33 1:20.413
        34 1:35.494 +15.081
        35 1:21.318 -14.176
        36 1:21.847 +0.529
        37 1:21.927 +0.08
        38 1:22.095 +0.168
        39 1:22.406 +0.311
        40 1:22.835 +0.429

        Massa’s drop off in lap times is much smaller. He ends up being 2 seconds a lap faster

      2. That’s truly incredible drop off. I think tyre strategy is somewhat clear for this season. Regardless of where you are, start on the harder tyre, second stint on the harder tyre and save the soft tyres for a 10 lap dash at the end when the circuit is most rubbered in.

      1. I thought I remembered him being fastest in a practice session early in the season as well, but we were both mistaken. I just went back through all the race weekend recaps: http://www.f1fanatic.co.uk/f1-2010-season/ and Schumacher was never ultimately on top of the time sheets in any FP session. He may have shown promise in a session and temporarily been fastest, but never finished a session fastest…

    1. If everyone had to log in, this site would lose many good commenters who simply can’t be bothered to go through the trouble of logging in. I think its fine as it is now. If someone is trolling, just ignore them and only read good comments.

      1. I agree. Keith keeps them in check, so no need to go to a register to post policy.

        There have been about 2 or 3 trolls here lately, although one is very persistently disagreeing with alomost all I write. Then again, I would bet this one to be so persistent to get himself registered anyhow.

  5. Did they test at Jerez last year?
    If so I’d be really interested to compare last year’s times to this year’s. I was goig to go into the archives of the F1Fanatic site to see if I could find the relevant article, but I don’t think the archives were carried over to the new version of the site. Were they?

      1. Many thanks.
        Yes, I know it’s ony testing, but I was interested in comparing the overall speed of 2011 cars with 2010. In general, are they faster or slower? And it looks as though they are maybe 1 to 1.5 seconds slower, depending on track conditions.

  6. can’t read too much into this, cause we need to know which of those lap times were by using KERS, light car & adjustable rear wing.

    if any of the team has posted that time w/o using KERS & ARW then it can go quicker by at least half a second.

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