Michael Schumacher, Mercedes, Barcelona, 2011

Schumacher fastest for Mercedes in Barcelona

2011 F1 testingPosted on Author Keith Collantine

Michael Schumacher, Mercedes, Barcelona, 2011
Michael Schumacher, Mercedes, Barcelona, 2011

Michael Schumacher was fastest in the revised Mercedes in the fourth day of testing at the Circuit de Catalunya.

With rain threatening to hit tomorrow’s test the team sent Nico Rosberg out in the afternoon and he went third fastest, half a second slower than Schumacher.

Williams and Force India also split the day’s running between their two race drivers.

Fernando Alonso was second fastest for Ferrari. He completed over two race distances’ worth of running during the course of the day, logging 141 laps.

Heikki Kovalainen did the same despite Lotus’s previous reliability problems.

However Jenson Button spent much of the day in the pits as McLaren changed an engine in his car.

There were few interruptions during the day’s running, although Kamui Kobayashi caused one stoppage in the afternoon when his Sauber came to a halt at turn three.

Sebastian Vettel brought the red flags out a few minutes before the session was due to end when his Red Bull stopped at the end of the pit lane.

Ferrari, McLaren, Mercedes and HRT will remain at the circuit for one further day of testing before the first race of the season.

Driver Car Best time Laps Difference
1 Michael Schumacher Mercedes W02 1’21.268 67
2 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 150??? Italia 1’21.614 141 0.346
3 Nico Rosberg Mercedes W02 1’21.788 22 0.520
4 Nick Heidfeld Renault R31 1’22.073 67 0.805
5 Rubens Barrichello Williams-Cosworth FW33 1’22.233 89 0.965
6 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari C30 1’22.315 98 1.047
7 Jaime Alguersuari Toro Rosso-Ferrari STR6 1’22.675 72 1.407
8 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault RB7 1’22.933 64 1.665
9 Heikki Kovalainen Lotus-Renault T128 1’23.437 138 2.169
10 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes VJM04 1’23.653 42 2.385
11 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes VJM04 1’23.921 26 2.653
12 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Cosworth FW33 1’24.108 11 2.840
13 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes MP4-26 1’25.837 57 4.569
14 Jerome d’Ambrosio Virgin-Cosworth MVR-02 1’27.3752 46 6.107

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99 comments on “Schumacher fastest for Mercedes in Barcelona”

  1. Personally I don’t think Merc will be in the top 2 but could challenge Renault and maybe McLaren (only if they can sort their unreliable car out).

  2. Mercedes ran 1 and 3, seems their updates are doing as predicted by Brawn. I got the impression Red Bull had some problems limiting their running in the morning.

    Great that HRT have made it and brought the car out of the garage today. It will probalby do less than half the milage of the Ferraris all year, but still …

  3. Ferrari, McLaren, Mercedes and HRT will remain at the circuit for one further day of testing before the first race of the season.

    I thought Williams will also be running tomorrow.

    1. I believe that Maldonado had an engine change in the afternoon, which seems to rather take away from the point of having both drivers running today to avoid the rain tomorrow.

  4. Schumi topping the charts was music to ears. I’m a Schumi fan and was dismayed at his retirement in 2006 and always dreamt of him driving for Mclaren Mercedes one day, ’cause am Mercedes fan. Oh! my god my dream is coming true he is racing once again and that too for Mercedes and last but not least I will be seeing him live (not on tv) at the Indian GP. October is sooooooo long.

  5. Perhaps the extended wait will fall into the hands of Mercedes. Getting very nervous for McLaren now though, I’d have thought that if they were sand bagging (Which I doubt but others here have suggested), they would have shown some kind of competitive pace. I have a sinking feeling I’m going to be a British F1 fan with little to cheer on this year, this may be a year for the German Fans!!!

          1. Thats just my opinion, If I was a British engineer who had worked hard to make a championship winning car I would be very annoyed that Austria seem to be taking the winnings. When they hadn’t really done anything towards it, orther than some greedy, dirty rich owner!.

          2. Thats kind of like saying that an Australian soccer team should be considered african because the primary defense coach is from Ghana

          3. Obviously though F1 is a bit different from other sports. I mean, the reason the teams build their cars in Britain is because that’s where the infrastructure, personnel and expertise exists.

            Is Force India British as well?

  6. What’s up with McLaren this year.. too many troubles in testing.

    Button did 57 laps compared to Schumacher’s 67 and still managed only 13th spot? WTH?

    1. That can’t be right, unless they’re using it to compare with last year’s aero package. There’s no way for the rear wing to move given the configuration in that picture.

    2. From the look of the monocoque it seems like its last years car with this years car number and sponsors. now the question is why did they bring last years car?

          1. Perhaps there using last years car to measure tyre degradation? Last years car is a known qauntity regarding tyres, seeing how it degrades this years tyres might give them a small amount of data. Or perhaps it`s a piece of Photoshop shenanigans.

          2. lots of teams bring old cars for corporate reasons, people can have their picture taken and do pretend pitstops etc.

            in one of yesterdays (i think) pictures there was an old honda painted up to look like this years mercedes for the same thing.

  7. It’s good to see Mercedes on top with the new updates, and thanks God i’m seeing (finally) a decent 2011 front wing, but today they did only short runs, so we have to see tommorow if they do some long runs, i’m hoping for no rain.

  8. @Keith

    I haven’t seen much written about Virgin and d’Ambrosio. What’s going on there? They’ve been consistently slow. Is the Virgin really that bad? Or is d’Ambrosio not cutting the…custard? (sorry, couldn’t help myself). I hope the car is not a complete dud…Glock deserves a decent drive.

    I would love to hear your thoughts.

  9. With a 1’22 from Hamilton the other day and now a 1’25 from Button I find it to believe McLaren are really concerned with showing their true hand with regard to pace. They’re not sandbagging but it seems like the lack of mileage has sidetracked them from chasing pace.

      1. Don’t be silly. If they had no pace Button would still put in a time close to Hamilton’s. Mercedes were considered to be way off the pace and now they have the fastest time. They had more speed than they’ve shown before and it’s probably the same with McLaren.

        1. Mercedes have put a big upgrade on the car, which is working as they expected, though. The noises coming from McLaren suggest that they haven’t really got any big ideas going forward.

          There is nothing to be gained from McLaren not showing their hand. And as I pointed out in a forum thread, McLaren have been accused of sandbagging several times in previous years and have been found out to just be slow.

          1. Your being selective when it comes to reading the cause and importance of test times. How can McLaren be showing their hand if their best time today is 3 seconds off their previous best? Like I said they are not sandbagging but are being held back by reliability concerns which take precedent over achieving fast test times. I also doubt Schumacher’s improved time is all down to Mercedes’ upgrade.

          2. @Judo chop,
            You’re being selective in the definition of ‘showing their hand’.
            A team that runs a long stint with times that are far off the pace of what other cars are doing on a similar stint can also be ‘showing their hand’.
            I’m sure they have ‘pace’ I was just being sarcastic, it’s just that their pace may be comparable to Force India’s and not Red Bull’s

          3. As Jenson said: “Today was never about pace, as we weren’t running lower fuel loads, but there is pace in the car – it’s just been masked by reliability issues.”
            So I guess we have to wait and see McLaren’s real pace in Melbourne.
            But it does seem that the team has HUGE reliability problems.

      1. @cacarella

        “You’re being selective in the definition of ‘showing their hand’”

        Not really. “showing their hand” would be a low fuel qualifying run which we haven’t seen yet. My issue is that posters aren’t consistent in their assessment of test times. If McLaren are considered way off the pace based on test times then Mercedes should be considered the best. No “that’s a glory run” excuses. Do you tip Mercedes for P1 in Oz ahead of Red Bull and Ferrari?

      1. No, it wasn’t!
        According to formula1.com and attwilliams.com the best time for today is 1.21.249 and this is the one Michael did on his last run of seven laps.

  10. Hey Keith, two questions.
    1) Have the top teams all run two chassis, even though only one at a time? Seems like you want both sorted out for Australia.
    2) Big advantage if it’s raining tomorrow and they get some experience with wet tires. Would/could RBR, for example, make a last minute decision to stay and test on Saturday?

    1. In regards to the firs question, Ferrari.com did mention that the first few test were done with one chassis and the barcelona tests were done on another. Even though other teams didnt advertise so, I’m assuming they would have done something similar!

    2. For the second question, each team is allotted 15 days of pre-season testing. If Red Bull haven’t used up all 15 days there’s nothing to legally prevent them from staying on for another day of testing.

      Logistics will be another issue altogether, especially with regards to tyres and other consumables.

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