Schumacher puts Mercedes on top in Jerez

2011 F1 testing

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. Morteza (@morteza) said on 11th February 2011, 16:08

    That’s a piece of news for Mercedes.

  2. McGregski (@mcgregski) said on 11th February 2011, 16:08

    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

  3. polishboy808 said on 11th February 2011, 16:09

    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…

    • 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.

      • the joys of the driver with more money, cant help but think that senna would do a better job this season than Petrov is going too.

        • Yes I agree with you… Go Vitaly I know you can do it!!!

        • Aussie Fan said on 12th February 2011, 4:40

          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

    • BasCB (@bascb) said on 11th February 2011, 20:09

      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?

  4. Damn the Virgin result is even more impressive than Merc’s.

  5. I’m impressed by Glock’s lap time, but too much can’t be read into these… last day timings will matter more.

  6. Icemangrins said on 11th February 2011, 16:18

    Rob Smedley: Felipe, Michael… is ….faster than you

    • PaulM (@pmelton) said on 11th February 2011, 16:33

      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.

      • BasCB (@bascb) said on 11th February 2011, 20:11

        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.

  7. Icemangrins said on 11th February 2011, 16:25

    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

    • US_Peter (@us_peter) said on 11th February 2011, 19:59

      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!

  8. sato113 (@sato113) said on 11th February 2011, 16:36

    go to another forum if ur gonna be stupid. this site is great because of intelligent comments, not this.

  9. SchumiVrooooom said on 11th February 2011, 16:37

    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.

  10. IT IS TESTING

    Means…nothing

  11. Nice low fuel, fresh tyre 1lap run to boost mickey’s confidence.

  12. Stefanauss (@stefanauss) said on 11th February 2011, 17:03

    Am I right to say that this is the first time since his comeback that he is on top, regardless if it was testing or free practice in a GP weekend?

  13. I bet Maldonado’s not looking like such hot property to Williams right now.

    Also, can I vote to make logging in required for posting comments as well?

    • Jarred Walmsley (@jarred-walmsley) said on 11th February 2011, 18:18

      Good idea, I think sometimes people use others names to troll on the site, being required to log in would solve the problem

    • verstappen said on 11th February 2011, 19:16

      Good one! Agreed here.
      Kubica’s accident has shown this site to some – maybe just one – real trolls…

    • 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.

      • BasCB (@bascb) said on 11th February 2011, 20:17

        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.

  14. HounslowBusGarage said on 11th February 2011, 17:12

    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?

  15. Pedal to the Vettel (@pedal-to-the-vettel) said on 11th February 2011, 17:39

    Well seeing as schumi set the fastest lap “time” and did the joint 2nd most laps, I gather Mercedes have finally sorted out their hydraulics problem which was plaguing them before.

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