Rubens Barrichello, Williams, Jerez, 2011

Barrichello fastest of all on final day in Jerez

2011 F1 testingPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

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”

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

    1. 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.

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

        1. 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).

          1. 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!

          2. 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

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

          4. 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.

          5. @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.

          6. 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.

          7. @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.

          8. @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!

      2. 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.

        1. 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?

          1. 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….

      3. read absolutely nothing into it- its testing

    2. mr. zing zang
      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.

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

    2. 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!

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

        1. 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/

        2. 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?

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

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

            That’s got to be the COTD.

          3. 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. 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!

    1. That shows us how much to read into testing times!

  4. 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?

    1. 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..

    2. 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.

      1. 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.

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

    1. chavez sure isn’t impressed.

      1. Nor is Hülkenberg.

  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.

    1. yer its a very good sign, I think Ferrari have completed the most laps on each day of testing so far except when Massa had that fire in Valencia, but even on that day they managed 100+ laps

      1. Perhaps they should have called it.. The Ferrari F150-458 :)

  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.

    1. It is just a test, and Maldonado had way too little testing time, a few mechanical problems with his Williams.
      And Williams with the Money he’s bringing highly doubt they are regretting his signature

    2. If you ignore the last day of Testing I don’t think Barrichello would be in the top 15. They only got the car sorted on the last day.

      1. I wouldn’t go that far! The kers still doesn’t work, hardly sorted!

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

    1. I think Senna probably did a good job presenting him as a replacement for Petrov should the desire/need arise. Good job from him.

      1. I 100% agree with bosyber, I think Petrov (Despite whatever sums of cash he’s bringing in) should have 1 eye over his sholder and aim to improve on last year.

        1. Senna will understand Lotus-Renault’s need for a proven experienced hand from the start of 2011.

          While Heidfeld was testing to show he is erfect to lead Lotus-Renault, Senna was probably aware he was testing to prove he is the perfect replacement for the team’s other race driver, should results dictate that Petrov needs replaced.

          Also Senna brings the sponsorship money of a Brazilian Bank amongst others. ;)

          1. I just checked the press release from Senna, and he says that he couldn’t test the super soft tyres. When he left the pit lane with them, the test was red flagged and later on started to rain.

            And the difference between Bruno and Nick times using soft tyres was just 0.150s, remembering that Nick has 10 years experience and lots of mileage on these compounds.

            The press release is here, in Portuguese: http://www.presskit.com.br/remoto_template_processa.php?cliente=125&canal=-1&news=117198&k=54ec4ade94ca1b1e9012fdc0b0692d7f&url=http://www.mfdois.com.br/release.php

  9. 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!

    1. Jamie Franklin
      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.

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

      2. 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. 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.

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

    1. Ha! Send it on to Ford!

        1. Haha! Those are both fantastic.

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

    1. 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.

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

        1. 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.

    2. 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? ;)

    1. They definitely need sponsors,as many have departed.Rubens did his best for them today and well done to him and them.
      No one likes to see any of the teams in trouble,especially one so respected as Williams.

    2. I think synical but accurate :)

      1. No synical is not accurate,it should be spelt CYNICAL :)

    3. Definitely a glory run from Rubens, but all’s fair in love and advertsing.

    4. Cynical? Yes.

    5. I remember them running lots of low-fuel glory runs in past Friday practice sessions to top the charts, yet usually ended up in the midfield during proper qualifying.

    6. I knew that ‘A’ in English last year was a fluke….

      *Cynical.

    7. Williams confirmed they had sufficient funding last year before Pastor Maldonado came along. That time was also part of a 10 lap run, and wasn’t on the super soft tyre. The Williams is quick.

      1. I hope so more than much else.

  15. Why is McLaren doing so little laps?

    1. Because they are ashamed of the ugly car?

      Don’t worry Ron will have them all sorted by next weekend.

      1. Ron will? You mean Martin. Surely?

        1. I was waiting for Dianna to write back to you with:

          Please don’t call me “surely”.

          1. Haha, classic ;)

  16. 38,42,33 guess what are those? Yes, You’re right! Experience the most valuable thing these days. Mark, Jarno shame on you!

  17. It seems that William’s used the super-soft tyre to get its head line grabbing lap time (ought to sell a few shares too).

    Those tyres and little fuel will do that for you. Fastest time last season was in the 1.18’s, I believe. Nothing to see here really.

    1. Other than the fact that cars were expected to be a lot lower downforce to start this year due to no double diffuser.

      Testing is so unpredictable. Only in the last test will we see people putting on their best suits and pushing hard.

      Remember brawn flew in testing and then walked away with it, but sauber flew in testing last year and struggled.

      Much too early to say, but I would love it if Williams had a quick car.

      I still think the merc will be a bad car. My prediction for surprising pace will go to team lotus and lrgp

  18. 9 Sebastien Buemi Toro Rosso 1’21.213 1.381
    10 Jaime Alguersuari Toro Rosso 1’21.214 1.382

    Nice :P

    1. they are driving for their careers, and it shows.

      1. Beyond the test, I reckon this factor will make Toro Rosso one of the teams to watch this season. With Ricciardo watching over their shoulders, Toro Rosso is going to be an F1 version of The Apprentice or something. This guys will be pushing hard. I hope they have a good car, we might see some surprises.

  19. Barrichello’s time was without KERS so not too bad even if they had barely just over 8 laps of fuel and super softs on.

  20. Just heard that Renault have chosen and it is Liuzzi,can this be confirmed?

    1. Only if he’s bringing a sack full of money with him.

    2. Just heard that Renault have chosen and it is Liuzzi,can this be confirmed?

      Boullier has publicly stated that the veteran German should be, “the logical choice to drive for us” but that he needs to convince the team in the day and a half that he will be testing in Jerez de la Frontera, or “we’ll have to look at other options”.

      I doubt they would confirm Liuzzi without testing him! Put it down to some wishful thinking!

    3. I would check your legs and see which one of them is being pulled… Then grab the other leg, and pull hard to remove the foot in your mouth ;)

      Oooooooo synical! :D

      1. NO wrong again CYNICAL!

        1. Yup…. Deliberate ;)

  21. Remember the interview of Christian Horner after Bahrain 2010 qualifying. He said that Q3 was the first time the Red Bull did a qualifying run.

    I have a feeling that the Red Bull is scarily quick this time. I hope I am wrong. But all teams apart from Red Bull seem evenly matches right now. Michael has a good chance of finishing a distant third in the championship behind the 2 Bulls.

    1. Michael has years of experience that not one of the others has,I am sure he will come good this year.Anyway it is a long season,anything can happen.
      For me it will always be Schumacher while he still races.

      1. Rubens is more experianced than Micheal, but not the wins.

        Damn, I’m started to sound like PM ;)

        1. “experienced”! :)

    2. I have a feeling that the Red Bull is scarily quick this time. I hope I am wrong.

      Indeed they are suspiciously quiet at the moment!

    3. I am pretty certain theirs is not the 7th fastest car.
      They will be pulling the speed out of that car at Q3 in Bahrain again, just like last year.
      Not too sure about the Mercedes though. If Rubens did that run without using KERS, there is a lot more time in all those cars and being half a second behind is not something to be too proud or secure about.

  22. Does anybody else find it a bit strange that macca/jenson/hamilton haven’t given any real press statements/releases for 2 days now? Yes we’ve heard the it first test with the new car, but ferrari were doing 100+ laps a day in valencia and competative times aswell.

    Are they “sandbagging”, i dont think so. 2009 again im feeling. Now before ppl jump down my throat im a Mclaren/ button/ hamilton fan. Ask yourself if they were sandbagging surely they’d be doing lap after lap just to compute data on weight/tyres to find if there estimats are accurate?

    1. If they were really struggling I think the flourescent paint would come out. I am not worried about Macca just yet and think the shortage of parts is that the final design is either not fully complete or they are wanting to keep it away from prying eyes.

      1. I hope you’re right, there’s nothing i’d like more than to see them leave everyone in their wake come Bahrain. I cant help feeling that they’ll be between 7th and 12th tho.

        1. I actually think mclaren are looking quite good. They have put in reasonable lap times, very consistent and we know they’re not really pushing the car yet. Jenson said he didnt use KERS, ARW or push hard when he set their fastest lap. ok there’s a slight lack of running but i don’t think thats a major problem…yet. Lets just wait till barcelona.

    2. One thing is them doing pretty much work switching between exhausts.
      But they are encountering quite a share of technical problems, otherwise they would have been running a lot more laps.
      As for speed, who knows.

  23. McLaren statement:

    “A frustrating day of running, with windy conditions compromising our data gathering programme and affecting efforts to find a satisfactory set-up for the MP4-26,” said a McLaren statement.

    “Jenson was unable to find a suitable balance with the car, and the team’s progress was brought to an early end in the middle of the afternoon following the failure of an internal component.”

  24. im confident that come bahrain the red bull will be the fastest car again.

    the red bull has enough mechanical grip that there able to run the adjustable rear wing in the fast corners like turns 3 and 4. Not so important in the races but in qualifying wher ethe wing can be used anywhere it could prove very important.

    mclaren seem to be in some trouble. there car doesnt look fast & they seem to be eating the softer tyres a lot faster than others.

    1. Yep! Can’t help but feel, barring mishaps and unreliability, that Red Bull have a bit of an animal straining at the leash.

    2. Am i right in thinking you’ve been at the tests?

      You seem to back up my thoughts, for all the pretest talk coming out of Mclaren they’re not very forth comin now and what they do say is’nt very convincing/believable. When was the last time you heard them say we’re out of parts, from the team that seems to get bits at allsorts of times and means.

      1. But they have never been the most talkative during testing. Red Bull did not say a word yet as well.

        Just Ferrari kept saying how many laps they did.

  25. I haven’t been ‘at’ the tests. ;)

    McLaren, I feel, are just doing what the other teams did in Valencia. Making sure that things are reasonably reliable, and making a note of things that need to be done.

    Barcelona will be to McLaren like Jerez was to the other teams. Bahrain will see them bring out the big guns.

    1. The big laser guns, that are rumoured to be secreted in the side pods ! :)

      1. But they have teething problems fitting the planned rockets in those sidepods. And the laser cooling units caused some backfiring.

  26. I think williams are trying to inflate their share value!!! Why not if it earns you a couple more million!

    1. Patrick Head has the most floated shares,due to his impending retirement at the end of this year.
      (When a company floats, details of the company’s future have to be revealed,and Patrick’s retirement has been confirmed)

      Sad loss to Williams as he is the head of their engineering..

  27. Paul di Resta hasn’t really lived up to the hype yet. He’s been a bit slow and crashy. But this is only testing so hopefully he can get it sorted by Bahrain.

    1. According to Force India he had suspension failure today.

  28. Go Schumi GOOOOOO!!! :)

  29. Good to see Sauber 6th in the overall lap chart tough to say the program of other teams but still that is a good sign.

    1. Yep, looks like they are a lot better in the financials, with less need for a glory run to attract sponsors :p

  30. I’m trying hard not to like the Renault’s livery.

    But I’m failing at it.

    *random comment*

  31. From auto sport this is the interesting part…
    ettel and Alonso did 13 and 16-lap stints respectively. The times jumped around a bit and Vettel’s is slightly shorter, but if you follow their general pace it’s pretty similar.

    Vettel
    26.4, 23.1, 22.2, 22.6, 23.0, 23.0, 28.5, 23.3, 24.6, 23.7, 23.5, 23.9, 34.1
    Alonso
    23.1, 23.1, 23.1, 24.2, 25.1, 23.7, 23.3, 23.7, 24.1, 24.2, 24.2, 24.3, 24.8, 25.2, 25.3, 25.5

    Then we have Alonso and Button on 20 and 19-lap stints – the first long stint we’ve seen from the McLaren MP4-26. They start out very evenly matched, then the McLaren hangs onto faster times for longer but plummets further than the Ferrari.
    Alonso
    25.0, 25.0, 25.0, 25.2, 24.9, 25.6, 25.7, 25.7, 25.8, 26.0, 26.0, 26.1, 26.1, 26.5, 26.6, 26.8, 27.7, 27.2, 27.7
    Button
    24.5, 24.9, 24.9, 25.0, 24.9, 25.1, 25.3, 25.7, 25.7, 25.3, 25.5, 25.5, 25.7, 25.8, 25.8, 26.0, 28.6, 28.5, 29.7

    1. looking in that, Mclaren look consistant on a long run, obviously loads of variables but anyone who says Mclaren are slow I think look at that. Red bulls have looked very very good on the long runs but still you just don’t know exactly whats going on

    2. That is about the only thing interesting about the times for us.

      Looks like Button can get a few more good laps out of the same tyres than Alonso in the Ferrari.
      It might make for some different variables when deciding strategies, that is a good sign. The more differences between the ways how to get there fastest, the more interesing it will be.

  32. For everyone who insists on trying to read into the lap times, here is a great quote I read yesterday:
    Veteran F1 engineer Frank Dernie, who worked for Williams, Lotus, Benetton, Ligier, Arrows and Toyota, has been in touch with his thoughts on testing:

    “Enjoying the live coverage from the test. I thought readers may be interested in the type of testing teams are likely to be doing.

    “Every engineer has a different approach to keeping the others guessing. The fact is that, by miles, the most important thing everyone needs to do is learn how to get the best from the tyres. You learn almost nothing running light, so it is unlikely that any serious team will run low fuel at all, or if they do one or two runs only.

    “A car set up well for the tyres whilst heavy will be good light, the converse is almost never true. It means that it is quite likely nobody important will show their true pace before the first race.

    “Getting a race distance on the car is crucial. The best way to evaluate the competitiveness of the teams will be to compare the pace in the race simulations, but this data is rarely published, unfortunately.

    “The list of fastest times, which is always published, is probably the least useful testing information an observer gets!”

    1. I personally look at the reliability and how much time a car is on the track. Next test should show us a little more about who is reliable. At this point, Ferrari and Red Bull seem to be looking reliable.

    2. Yeah I read that, fantastic piece.

  33. Has anybody paid proper attention to the extreme rear-end of the Williams, with their ultra-flat gearbox?
    pic:

    Link and pic posted by Olav Mol, Dutch F1 commentator.

    1. Yes, I remember mentioning it on here when it was first seen at Valencia.

      1. I missed it, sorry for my ignorance ;)

  34. Rubinhoooooo!!!!!

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