Barrichello fastest of all on final day in Jerez

2011 F1 testing

Rubens Barrichello, Williams, Jerez, 2011

Rubens Barrichello, Williams, Jerez, 2011

Rubens Barrichello set the fastest time of the Jerez test for Williams on the final day of running.

Barrichello’s lap of 1’19.832 was half a second faster than anyone else managed during the four days of running.

He also caused one of the day’s five red flags, coming to a stop on the track later on the day.

Kamui Kobayashi was second fastest and Fernando Alonso was third. The Ferrari driver once again completed the highest number of laps.

Bruno Senna posted the fifth fastest time in his first appearance for Renault, despite a spin at the hairpin on one lap.

The Lotus of Heikki Kovalainen was sixth-fastest but the car was once again hit by reliability problems including a water leak.

Testing was interrupted by red flags three times late in the morning – caused by Jerome d’Ambrosio, Nico Rosberg and Kamui Kobayashi, the latter making contact with the barrier at turn eight.

The final red flag came after Paul di Resta detected a problem with his car and pulled to a halt at Curva Dry Sack.

That coincided with a change in the weather. After three days of sunshine and clear skies the final day of the test was cloudy with track temperature around 20-25C, as much as 10C less than it had been earlier.

In the final half-hour rain began to fall and Barrichello, Alonso, Rosberg and Sebastien Buemi took the opportunity to sample Pirelli’s wet weather tyres.

Driver Car Best time Laps Difference
1 Rubens Barrichello Williams-Cosworth FW33 1’19.832 103
2 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari C30 1’20.601 86 0.769
3 Fernando Alonso Ferrari F150th Italia 1’21.074 115 1.242
4 Sebastien Buemi Toro Rosso-Ferrari STR6 1’21.213 90 1.381
5 Bruno Senna Renault R31 1’21.400 68 1.568
6 Heikki Kovalainen Lotus-Renault T128 1’21.632 43 1.800
7 Nico Rosberg Mercedes W02 1’22.103 45 2.271
8 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault RB7 1’22.222 90 2.390
9 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes MP4-26 1’22.278 70 2.446
10 Jerome d’Ambrosio Virgin-Cosworth MVR-02 1’22.985 45 3.153
11 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes VJM04 1’23.111 99 3.279

Best times at this test

Combined fastest laps for all four days.

Driver Team Time Gap
1 Rubens Barrichello Williams 1’19.832 0.000
2 Michael Schumacher Mercedes 1’20.352 0.520
3 Nick Heidfeld Renault 1’20.361 0.529
4 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1’20.413 0.581
5 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1’20.493 0.661
6 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber 1’20.601 0.769
7 Jenson Button McLaren 1’21.009 1.177
8 Lewis Hamilton McLaren 1’21.099 1.267
9 Sebastien Buemi Toro Rosso 1’21.213 1.381
10 Jaime Alguersuari Toro Rosso 1’21.214 1.382
11 Bruno Senna Renault 1’21.400 1.568
12 Sergio Perez Sauber 1’21.483 1.651
13 Mark Webber Red Bull 1’21.522 1.690
14 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull 1’21.574 1.742
15 Heikki Kovalainen Lotus 1’21.632 1.800
16 Daniel Ricciardo Toro Rosso 1’21.755 1.923
17 Adrian Sutil Force India 1’21.780 1.948
18 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1’22.103 2.271
19 Timo Glock Virgin 1’22.208 2.376
20 Vitaly Petrov Renault 1’22.493 2.661
21 Pastor Maldonado Williams 1’22.591 2.759
22 Paul di Resta Force India 1’22.945 3.113
23 Jerome d’Ambrosio Virgin 1’22.985 3.153
24 Jarno Trulli Lotus 1’23.216 3.384

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130 comments on Barrichello fastest of all on final day in Jerez

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  1. ed24f1 (@ed24f1) said on 13th February 2011, 16:11

    Webber, Massa, Schumacher and Button ahead of their team-mates. Not bad for number 2 drivers! :P

    • Especially Massa and Webber as they have driven the car before, when the track wasn’t as rubbered as now!
      But Massa, as last year, at the start of the season is up to the challenge, he let down towards the end of last year because he understood Ferrari wouldn’t have allowed him to win, but remember at the start of the season he was first in the Championship.

      • Disagree – Massa was a let down the entire year. Either that or Alonso is just that good.

        • Disagree – I meant that Massa didn’t give up before the season started, he was fast in tests, 2nd in qualifying and race in Bahrain, 3rd in Australia (better than Alonso) and in Malaysia better than Alonso. At the end of the year he was really poor, but that was after he understood that had he been in a position of winning he would have been ordered to let Alonso by (and also Alonso, at the end of 2010, was in fantastic form).

          • in australia alonso was last at turn 1. in malyasia he never had a a clutch yet at both event he managed to get right on massa rear wing.

            no offence to massa but alonso is faster. no need for a debate. it is what it is sadly.

            massa a nice guy tho. but the whole he gave up excuse is pretty pathetic dont u think? kimi never gave up when he was having to help massa….and that was kimi! MR laid back!

          • ok perhaps im being overly harsh on massa.

            just dont get peoples excuses for him. there wasnt this fuss over kimi helping massa. and kimi still managed to keep his performaces up.

            Alonso is just very very fast. As is lewis. As is Vettel

          • His performances late 2010 were appaling. Before he was not so bad. That’s what I meant.

          • No offence to Massa but Alonso is faster.

            I am not going to say the opposite because I think Alonso is actually faster. Although Massa challenged for the Championship in 2008 that doesn’t mean he will always be good. But this year as last year Massa in tests is close, if not in front of Alonso, and last year at the beginning he was, not first, but near. His 2nd half was atrocious, I won’t argue, but that was once his feelings were hurt by the Germany team orders.

          • ed24f1 (@ed24f1) said on 14th February 2011, 6:15

            @Fixy – He wasn’t that bad at the end of the season. After Germany, he was always in the top 5 (apart from Japan) when the team didn’t ruin his race with mechanical failures, strategy mistakes or pitstop errors. Compared to Alonso, it wasn’t anything particularly special, but I don’t see why people have the perception that he gave up or whatever.

            @Bren – Alonso only got back to those positions at Melbourne, China and Monaco due to lucky safety cars, it wasn’t just pure speed that brought him back to Massa.

          • Antifia said on 14th February 2011, 12:03

            Bren: Massa also helped Kimi in 2007 (Brazil). In 2008, up to and including Spa, Kimi was fighting for himself, he was helping nobody. In the last three races of that year, when his chances were already over, he was only once in a position to help Massa and he did- that was China.
            The point in both 2007 and 2008 is that one driver only started helping the other after his own chances were over. That was not what happend last year and I clearly understand why Massa did not put much effort into it after Germany.

          • @ed24f1 –

            He wasn’t that bad at the end of the season.

            That’s what I really think, but everyone seems to say he was really poor. I said he was bad just to emphasize the fact that after Germany he didn’t put too much effort in racing. But now, looking at statistics, he wasn’t so bad! The crucial point were Canada, Europe and Great Britain, but those were bad times for Alonso too. I know he wasn’t up to beat Alonso, but at the end of the year he was 4th, 4th, 3rd, 8th (started 24th), RET, 3rd, 15th and 10th, which isn’t bad.

          • @Antifia –

            The point in both 2007 and 2008 is that one driver only started helping the other after his own chances were over. That was not what happend last year and I clearly understand why Massa did not put much effort into it after Germany.

            Spot on!

      • kowalsky said on 13th February 2011, 17:14

        massa is one of the drivers that can get a lucky break after kubica’s accident. If he can do a better job than last year, and get closer to alonso regularly, he might be able to keep his seat. A seat that was very much in danger, when kubica was abailable.
        Even if kubica comes back into f1, and be competitive. I think is out of ferrari’s radar, and they will be looking at other options.

        • very much in danger, when kubica was abailable.

          Is this info the same as the info from the people who are sure Kimi is coming back? again?

          Or is there any actually evidence, at all, to suggest that Kubica and Ferrari have even had a coffee together?

          • MinusTwo said on 13th February 2011, 20:38

            I think I remember hearing that Ferrari had signed an option on Kubica, meaning that they could sign him when they chose. Not sure if that is real or just speculation, but for what it’s worth….

      • read absolutely nothing into it- its testing

    • mr. zing zang said on 14th February 2011, 1:23

      Not bad at all..still gonna get their but kicked over the season though.

  2. im no mathematician but it looks to me like the car in 24th place is well within the 107% rule? I know its only testing but thats surely a good thing for the season.

    • Todfod (@todfod) said on 13th February 2011, 18:01

      HRT haven’t tested yet. I was pretty sure the rest of the teams would be able to make the 107% mark.

    • I wish that they would allow the teams who miss the race because of 107% Rule do the equivalent number of laps of a race at the circuit on the Saturday after qualifying, or on the Monday so that it would allow the teams to get data in order to catch up!

      • Tiomkin said on 13th February 2011, 19:49

        I wish they didn’t reintroduce this stupid rule. F1 worked very well without it.

        • Exactly. The only team the rule could hurt would bee HRT. This, to me, seems unfair.

          I mean, there was an anti Ferrari rule with the whole, “banning manipulating race results”, but hey! they got rid of that! so good on you chumps, help the rich guy because for sure, he needed it most.

          /Sarcasm end/

        • It’s useless for the fact that 2 cars less don’t make a difference. They only reduce the racing. There have never been problems with backmarkers (Montezemolo doesn’t agree!) and no safety issues. If, say, HRT are 108% and are out and Virgin are 106% and are in, Virgin in the race would perform as HRT would, causing traffic in the same way. HRT is no worse for safety and racing than Virgin and Lotus (regarding 2010), so why rule them out?

          • The 107% rule should benefit HRT what with the price of fuel these days!

          • US_Peter (@us_peter) said on 13th February 2011, 22:17

            The 107% rule should benefit HRT what with the price of fuel these days!

            That’s got to be the COTD.

          • BasCB (@bascb) said on 14th February 2011, 6:33

            I also think the 107% suits no real purpose. If a team doesn’t make it, it will not be able to race, but also unable to improve.
            A real dead end.

            As you say, being 108% or 106% will make no difference in the races. Would it be dangerous, then we should ban testing different tyres and setups and fuel loads in FP as well as 3rd drivers having a go. The differences between cars on track can be a lot bigger there.

  3. ed24f1 (@ed24f1) said on 13th February 2011, 16:13

    Those combined times would give a pretty fascinating grid, especially with Rubens and Michael on the front row together and the Red Bulls buried in the pack!

  4. Abhijeet MS said on 13th February 2011, 16:20

    Its really baffling to see the run of mercedes in this testing. you can see schumi topping the chart wherein rosberg really struggling with car.Also there are doubts on real pace of merc. Is this total schumi year where ross brawn and mercedes are going all out to give schumi the car just the way he wants and probably does not bother what rosberg requires? I hope it does not turn that way but all pre season testings are giving those indications. May be keith might have more details on this. what say keith?

    • Dianna said on 13th February 2011, 16:58

      Schumacher ran with the kers on all the time with no problems.Rosberg has nothing but problems.
      Of course Brawn will favour MSC,why shouldn’t he,they are more like brothers.Michael is the best driver that team will ever have,so to discard him now would be folly.
      Next weeks test in Barcelona will be the better guide to all the cars 18th starting (I think).
      I hope Schumacher blows them all away,every single one of them..

    • kowalsky said on 13th February 2011, 17:21

      schumacher like rossi, and even alonso to an extent, are pilots whose skills are not put into doubt. And if for some reason they don’t perform, usually the car takes the blame. So it’s a better business decision to give what michael needs, or mercedes would look bad in front of the potencial customers.

      • Except that Rosberg, son of Keke Rosberg, thumped him last season…

        I don’t disagree with you point though. This year could be different…. Could be.

        • I am not so sure about Rossi point either. His team mate for the last few season was jorge lorenzo. He is the 2007 250 champion and the 2010 motogp champion, the latter effectively forcing rossi out of his own yamaha team

  5. RandomChimp said on 13th February 2011, 16:25

    So only the two and three quarter seconds between Rubens and Pastor.

  6. The Ferrari driver once again completed the highest number of laps.

    It’s very good that, as last year, Ferrari particularly focus on reliability and have almost always completed the highest number of laps.

  7. Barichello 1st and Maldonado 21st? It’s just a test but someone already regrets dismissing Hulkenberg.

    Poor Senna, even quicker than the world’s champion wouldn’t convince them.

  8. DobarDabar said on 13th February 2011, 16:33

    But both Nick and Bruno are faster than Renault lead driver Petrov, heh.

  9. sw6569 (@sw6569) said on 13th February 2011, 16:51

    I hope very much that this signals a return to winning ways for Williams.

    Of course its only testing so it means nothing, but its been too long since they were on the top step of the podium!

    • Jamie Franklin said on 13th February 2011, 17:24

      I reckon it was more of a glory run for them. I remember back in the 2009 pre-season testing that they were topping quite a few of the test sessions, but they didn’t exactly do well during the year.

      • BasCB (@bascb) said on 13th February 2011, 17:48

        They did top a lot of FP2 runs though :-D

      • Skett (@skett) said on 14th February 2011, 2:25

        They didn’t do well no, but bare in mind that brawn wasn’t in the first few test leaving only williams and toyota with a double diffuser. They genuinely were quick at that time.

        Plus, the car certainly wasn’t bad, all through the year Rosberg was picking up 4th, 5th and 6th places. Nakajima on the other hand…

        Lets just hope Maldonado isn’t a repeat of that!

  10. budchekov (@budchekov) said on 13th February 2011, 16:53

    Wish Kobayashi had landed Massa’s seat, reckon we’d have seen some real team fireworks …..
    Based on last season and today just how quick is this guy?
    …..given a drive with one of the big 3.

    @Nice one Rubens.

    • Todfod (@todfod) said on 14th February 2011, 6:06

      Its too early to judge Kobayashi’s raw pace. Hes a great racer, and overtaking is his forte, but he wasn’t that consistent in qualifying and he was compared to a rather slow De la Rosa for most of the year. I think we need another year to judge Kobayashi’s full potential.

  11. sw6569 (@sw6569) said on 13th February 2011, 16:53

    oh and my gut feeling is that the new teams haven’t improved that much. The virgin isn’t looking great. They are closer to the pace, but just still not on it yet

  12. Scalextric said on 13th February 2011, 16:55

    This amused me.
    At this point in the BBC Valencia highlights an F-150 helps Massa’s F150. As it was then called.

  13. mcmercslr (@mcmercslr) said on 13th February 2011, 16:59

    Both mclarens within a tenth of each others. Now that’s consistency

    • bosyber (@bosyber) said on 13th February 2011, 17:06

      And very similarly for the two Ferrari’s (but on a different plan); not to mention the two Red Bulls within a half a tenth too. It probably shows that those teams are pretty good at setting up the cars consistently. It might also mean they are quite sure how much they could gain from going for a qualifier.

      • …and the Toro Rosso, within 1 thousandth of a second!!!

        • bosyber (@bosyber) said on 13th February 2011, 17:34

          Torro Rosso, to me, look pretty good these last few days. They have been doing a reasonable amounts of laps, especially with Buemi in the last two days, and their times do seem to start reasonably, and the drop off, to me, didn’t seem that much worse than that of Alonso.

          During last year they looked lost a bit, but maybe we should have seen them also as a bit of a new team, with having to build their own car for the first time in years. Now, they look like they have a mission to show themselves a good pric/ze for a happy buyer.

    • nosajm9bys (@nosajm9bys) said on 14th February 2011, 13:04

      Consistency for drivers or car? If for car then that is not possible as both drivers have different degrees of skill, so one of the drivers is either pushing the car to that time or one is not too intune with it yet. If driver, that is also not possible because again skill differs and over time, we know Hamilton is faster, so now….what is goin on with that time? Consistency per driver is good, not per two drivers together at almost exact times.

  14. Is it coincidence that Williams need sponsors or am I being synical? ;)

  15. Larcem (@) said on 13th February 2011, 17:10

    Why is McLaren doing so little laps?

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