2011 F1 testing day 16 live: Barcelona

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Fernando Alonso, Ferrari, Barcelona, 2011

Fernando Alonso, Ferrari, Barcelona, 2011

Ferrari, McLaren, Mercedes and Williams are the only four teams remaining at the Barcelona test.

However they may have little opportunity to run today as heavy rain has hit the Circuit de Catalunya.

The other teams have all finished their pre-season testing allocation, apart from HRT who were supposed to be running today but can’t.

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Drivers

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

Team Car Friday 11th
McLaren MP4-26 Lewis Hamilton
Ferrari 150??? Italia Fernando Alonso
Mercedes W02 Nico Rosberg
Williams FW33 Pastor Maldonado

Best times at Barcelona this year

Team Driver Time Gap
1 Mercedes Michael Schumacher 1’21.268
2 Ferrari Fernando Alonso 1’21.614 0.346
3 Sauber Sergio Perez 1’21.761 0.493
4 Red Bull Sebastian Vettel 1’21.865 0.597
5 Renault Nick Heidfeld 1’22.073 0.805
6 Williams Rubens Barrichello 1’22.233 0.965
7 Toro Rosso Sebastien Buemi 1’22.396 1.128
8 McLaren Lewis Hamilton 1’22.888 1.620
9 Lotus Heikki Kovalainen 1’23.437 2.169
10 Force India Paul di Resta 1’23.653 2.385
11 Virgin Jerome d’Ambrosio 1’26.501 5.233
12 HRT Vitantonio Liuzzi 1’27.044 5.776

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

2011 testing so far

Date Circuit Fastest driver Car Best time Laps
1/2 Valencia Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault RB7 1’13.769 93
2/2 Valencia Fernando Alonso Ferrari 150??? Italia 1’13.307 108
3/2 Valencia Robert Kubica Renault R31 1’13.144 95
10/2 Jerez Felipe Massa Ferrari 150??? Italia 1’20.709 101
11/2 Jerez Michael Schumacher Mercedes W02 1’20.352 112
12/2 Jerez Nick Heidfeld Renault R31 1’20.361 86
13/2 Jerez Rubens Barrichello Williams-Cosworth FW33 1’19.832 103
18/2 Catalunya Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault RB7 1’24.374 37
19/2 Catalunya Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault RB7 1’23.315 104
20/2 Catalunya Nico Rosberg Mercedes W02 1’23.168 92
21/2 Catalunya Felipe Massa Ferrari 150??? Italia 1’22.625 121
8/3 Catalunya Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault RB7 1’22.544 97
9/3 Catalunya Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault RB7 1’21.865 112
10/3 Catalunya Sergio Perez Sauber-Ferrari C30 1’21.761 95
11/3 Catalunya Michael Schumacher Mercedes W02 1’21.268 67

Circuit

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)

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12 comments on 2011 F1 testing day 16 live: Barcelona

  1. BasCB (@bascb) said on 12th March 2011, 8:05

    Good thing Mercedes got Rosberg out for some running yesterday. McLaren really look like they messed up the testing this year.

    As for Ferrari, I suppose having already done more than a complete race season of testing it does not matter too much. They can bring Alonso out a few times to please the fans, find a nice setup for the wet tyres and be satisfied.

    • Todfod (@todfod) said on 12th March 2011, 8:39

      Mercedes seemed to have bounced back pretty strong with their latest updates. I thought Mclaren would be making large strides in the last few days of testing, and Mercedes would falter, but it seems to have worked out the other way around. I think Mercedes and Renault will be fighting for the 3rd spot, and Mclaren will be battling Williams for the last team into Q3.

      • F1iLike said on 12th March 2011, 10:15

        Mercedes might be in better shape than last year, and if Mclaren indeed have messed up this year, Mercedes might be the 3rd team and could be fighting for podiums on a more regular basis. And I say IF Schumacher where to win a race, his motivation and enthusiasm will make him extremely competitive! I don’t think that is an overstatement. If he can take a win, he will be right back in his old pushing ways.

      • Yes it’s very possible with the current trend. And don’t forget Toro Roso and Sauber they will make an upset bigtime. Mclaren has alot to worry this time unless they can make an upgrade with possitive results. But i doubt it will happend sooner…

  2. AndrewTanner (@andrewtanner) said on 12th March 2011, 9:22

    Well Ross Brawn was pretty confident he would find that 1s. But it is only testing!

    • Prisoner Monkeys (@prisoner-monkeys) said on 12th March 2011, 9:42

      It’s the final test of the off-season. If there is any moment when testing times can be considered representative of pace, it is now. Red Bull and Ferrari are naturally strong. Renault is right up there, and some of Vitaly Petrov’s comments in interviews he has done imply they may even be better than Ferrari. Mercedes is difficult to judge, largely because they’ve only just gotten the full upgrade on the car, and while Schumacher topped yesterday’s timing charts, there simply wasn’t enough running to say with any certainty where they are. Likewise Sauber; Sergio Perez has been very impressive, but last year Sauber looked very strong until the actual racing began.

      We won’t know for sure until qualifying in Melbourne, but if ever there was a time when we could draw reasonable conclusions from winter testing, it is now.

      • Alex Bkk (@alex-bkk) said on 12th March 2011, 13:31

        Yeah if you look at who was fast last year and compare it to this year… it’s all a bit of pointless speculation.

        Renault is right up there, and some of Vitaly Petrov’s comments in interviews he has done imply they may even be better than Ferrari

        Renault in the hand of Heidfeld or Kibica… Pet may know a good car when he drives one, but I still have no faith in him bringing home the bacon for Renault. I don’t think Renault does either or he’d have been the No. 1 and one of their countless reserves would have filled his role as No. 2.

        I’m feeling the vibe that Nick the Quick is gonna bring home the big fat bacon for Renault this year.

      • AndrewTanner (@andrewtanner) said on 12th March 2011, 16:02

        Surely just because we’re at the very end of the testing season doesn’t mean everyone is going to go flat out?

  3. Dev said on 12th March 2011, 9:51

    i think we have enough information from the testing that Red Bull are clearly the favorites with Ferrari behind em.

    Mercedes are not looking strong and seem to be very close to the top two, behind em it’s Renault, and then it could be McLaren. Though we don’t have enough idea where McLaren can be if they make that car reliable enough.

    in the midflied pack, Williams & Sauber could surprise the top teams. STR also looks fairly competitive. Force India seems to have lost huge lap time compared to other teams in the mid-field.

    Team Lotus have done a pretty good job and for sure they will be the leaders among the new teams, but probably they might be challenging the likes of Force India & STR in the mid-field. It could probably be the 1st new team to score points too. Virgin may lead HRT at the back, but reliability & luck will probably decide who will end up at the back than the true pace of the car.

  4. AlexT (@alext) said on 12th March 2011, 10:48

    seems like testing today is as fun as spending time with your mother in law

  5. I love how some people are saying that McLaren have a “bad” car, but yet deem the cars they expect them to be fighting with, namely Williams, Torro Rosso and Sauber, to be very good cars. McLaren’s car isnt bad, its just not as good as the truly exceptional cars of Red Bull and Ferrari (and probably Renault and Mercedes too)

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