2011 F1 testing day 8: Barcelona

2011 F1 testing

Fernando Alonso, Ferrari, Jerez, 2011

Fernando Alonso, Ferrari, Jerez, 2011

The third F1 test of 2011 beings today at the Circuit de Catalunya.

Sebastian Vettel, Fernando Alonso, Michael Schumacher and Jenson Button are among those in action today.

You can find a full list of who’s driving and more information on today’s test below.


The following drivers will be participating in today’s test:

Team Car Friday 18th
Red Bull RB7 Sebastian Vettel
McLaren MP4-26 Jenson Button
Ferrari F150th Italia Fernando Alonso
Mercedes W02 Michael Schumacher
Renault R31 Nick Heidfeld / Vitaly Petrov
Williams FW33 Rubens Barrichello
Force India VJM04 Paul di Resta
Sauber C30 Kamui Kobayashi
Toro Rosso STR6 Jaime Alguersuari
Lotus T128 Heikki Kovalainen
HRT F110 Narain Karthikeyan
Virgin MVR-02 Jerome d’Ambrosio


Today’s test is at the Circuit de Catalunya in Spain:

Direction: Clockwise
Length: 4.655km
Fastest lap (all-time): 1’18.483 (Fernando Alonso, Renault, 2008)

2010 best times

These are the best times for each team from last year’s pre-season test at the Circuit de Catalunya:

Driver Car Best time
Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes MP4-25 1’20.472
Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault RB6 1’20.496
Felipe Massa Ferrari F10 1’20.539
Nico H???lkenberg Williams-Cosworth FW32 1’20.614
Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes VJM03 1’20.667
Nico Rosberg Mercedes W01 1’20.686
Kamui Kobayashi BMW Sauber-Ferrari C29 1’20.911
Sebastien Buemi Toro Rosso-Ferrari STR5 1’21.413
Vitaly Petrov Renault R30 1’22.523
Jarno Trulli Lotus-Cosworth T127 1’25.059
Timo Glock Virgin-Cosworth VR-01 1’25.942

Following the test live

Williams are providing live times from the test on their website here:

If you find any other good sources for live times, please post them in the comments.

You can follow live updates from F1 Fanatic and others at the Circuit de Catalunya using the Live F1 Twitter app (no Twitter account needed):

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99 comments on 2011 F1 testing day 8: Barcelona

  1. mcmercslr (@mcmercslr) said on 18th February 2011, 0:11

    I hate the Barcelona circuit with the chicane. Worst idea ever. Should revert to old circuit

    • Fer no.65 (@fer-no65) said on 18th February 2011, 0:28

      indeed. It never changed anything regarding overtaking oportunities AND it killed a very nice combination of very fast corners!

      I actually think it allowed more overtaking before the chicane, because there’s a higher chance of making a mistake before hitting the main straight.

      • RIISE (@riise) said on 18th February 2011, 0:37

        I agree, the thing with the last corner was it was just the right angle that cars that generated high downforce could take it flat whereas other had to slightly lift giving the chance to overtake on the straights.

        But that chicane is awful, needlessly slows down the race.

        • lol. no f1 car could ever take it flatout. no f1 car. Alonso’s pole in 06 he had to feather it to about 60-70%.

          And if there was a car ahead, it would absolutely impossible to take it anywhere near flat.

          Having said that, I would’ve loved to see last year’s Red Bull tackle the old final sector. Considering Webber’s pole at Spa took Pouhon in 7th, it may have been possible.

    • As long as they are doing gimmicky things in F1 to try and improve passing, and Catalunya is the absolute worst in terms of parading around the track, why not this —

      Widen that final chicane and make it a double entry/double exit(by way of curbing in the middle or just striping), designed so the distance traveled from entrance to exit is equal between both options. This would allow the car behind to actually get through the chicane without getting checked up by the front car behind so bad, and you might actually be close enough to pull a draft down the front stretch to pass.

      I know it sounds impure in terms of our beloved racing, but Catalunya is SO SO SO boring.

    • Wasn’t it “chopped” on safety grounds?

  2. US_Peter (@us_peter) said on 18th February 2011, 0:32

    Last winter test? I wonder where they’ll reschedule the Bahrain test to at this point. Even if for some reason the race happens, it’s doubtful that the testing will happen…

  3. Regis said on 18th February 2011, 2:29

    Can they actually cancel the 4th test completely? or are they obliged to make it happen somewhere?

    • Todfod (@todfod) said on 18th February 2011, 6:17

      I think it would hurt some teams such as Mclaren, HRT, FI and Virgin, who have had only Jerez testing sessions with the new car so far. I would expect these teams to object. I think if the political situation in Abu Dhabi is relatively stable, they should consider having the test there, as it has similar weather conditions and will not cost the teams way too much money to transport the parts.

  4. Hoshi said on 18th February 2011, 3:53

    “HRT are not present at this test”

    this seems to contradict Narain’s twitter feed that he is already in Barcelona and looking forward to testing..

  5. Todfod (@todfod) said on 18th February 2011, 6:47

    Got a new acronym for HRT – “Hates Racing & Testing”

  6. BasCB (@bascb) said on 18th February 2011, 8:17

    Here’s the link to that greek live timing site again: http://www.msfree.gr/ms.php?id=19028

  7. BasCB (@bascb) said on 18th February 2011, 8:24

    First timed laps of the day go to Kobayashi a 1:49.781 being his second one on track on Intermediates I suppose.

  8. Abhijeet MS said on 18th February 2011, 8:40

    can anyone please give me live time feed site for current tests?

    • Jarek said on 18th February 2011, 8:48


    • BasCB (@bascb) said on 18th February 2011, 8:53

      Isn’t that Alonso’s 2007 McLaren? Why bring it to the current test, are they doing some filming this week?

    • Feynman said on 18th February 2011, 9:14

      It is an old car, not in an engineering garage, but an empty garage, and it’s up on stands.

      There are comfy carpets beside the airguns and old show wheels.

      Teams invite sponsors, sponsor’s customers and competition winners to tests and let them change tyres on old show cars.

      C’mon people, let’s use the ol’ noodle here, eh? :)

      • bosyber (@bosyber) said on 18th February 2011, 9:18

        Good point, that seems a very likely explanation. Still would have been funny if they arrived “uh, guys, we took the wrong car”. “oh, bugger, send an SMS to the factory that they mail us the new one!”

      • Jarek said on 18th February 2011, 9:20

        This sounds reasonable. Thx ;)

    • Coefficient said on 18th February 2011, 10:41

      It’s an F1 car from 2007.

  9. W-K (@w-k) said on 18th February 2011, 8:49

    Whats so interesting about the RB7 rear wing, that it’s covered immediately after Vettel stops.

    And the garage doors are blocked.

    • Well I’ll give Red Bull an A+ for commitment to their magic rear wing/diffuser/gearbox that they have to keep covered from prying eyes at all times! I thought Christian might have come up with another wheeze for this season, especially as all the other technical directors could see last year that it was the front wing they were wanting to get to the bottom of.

  10. Karthikeyan is driving for HRT today see Williams timing sheet

  11. BasCB (@bascb) said on 18th February 2011, 9:11

    Alguearsuari is setting interesting times. First 4 laps he went from 1:45.7 to 1:43.6 (track drying, getting into these tyres?), after that he is on some 9 laps avaraging 1:42s (lap 9 of that run fastest so far on 1.41.698) before dropping into the 1:45s

    • BasCB (@bascb) said on 18th February 2011, 9:17

      Even more interesting, after that he went down to a 1:41.91 and 2 laps on was a 1.40.408.
      I get the feeling this slowing down really helps the tyres. And the Track is getting drier now.

  12. BBT (@bbt) said on 18th February 2011, 9:11

    Is it wet there?

  13. BasCB (@bascb) said on 18th February 2011, 9:19

    Also interesting to see when the first lap of a run is exactly the same time as the last of the run before that (seen just now with Alonso and Narain).

    • BBT (@bbt) said on 18th February 2011, 9:27

      The timing always shows that for everyone.

      • BasCB (@bascb) said on 18th February 2011, 9:28

        Do you think it’s a glitch, or are they that precise, and for what reason?

        • BBT (@bbt) said on 18th February 2011, 9:56

          I’ve thought about if from the first test (and last years tests) yet to work out the reason. Maybe it always show the last timed lap until a new one is set, but even that doesn’t seem to make sense. I’ll have a look at the data lunch time and see if I can work it out.
          I have every timed lap from the last two test of last year and this year in a spreadsheet.

  14. BasCB (@bascb) said on 18th February 2011, 10:15

    Schu now simulating Qualification? just one quick timed lap.

  15. BasCB (@bascb) said on 18th February 2011, 10:35

    Looks like all running so far has been on intermediates.

  16. BasCB (@bascb) said on 18th February 2011, 10:54

    Times now coming down quickly. Barricello set the trend with going in the low 1:30s now

  17. BasCB (@bascb) said on 18th February 2011, 10:59

    First time below 1.30 got in by local boy Jaimie.

  18. BasCB (@bascb) said on 18th February 2011, 11:06

    And Button has now beaten the slowest cars times set last year!

  19. Button = 1:26.365

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