Less than a second covers top eight teams at Jerez

2013 F1 testingPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Jenson Button, McLaren, Jerez, 2013The early indications from pre-season testing for 2013 are that we should be in for another close year – except for the two teams at the back.

Fastest times

After the first four days of running the eight quickest cars were covered by less than one second over a 4.4km lap of Jerez.

Of course these times should be treated with caution because we don’t know how much fuel was in the cars when they were set. After all, Ferrari had the second-quickest new car in the same test last year, which was clearly not the case once the season began.

However, making the assumption that each team will have used a range of fuel loads over the four days, they can give us a guide to how close the field is.

Fastest times by team

Most of the teams set their quickest times on the last day of the test when the track was at its cleanest and had the most rubber laid down. Mercedes and Ferrari achieved their best times on Thursday.

McLaren were a significant exception: Jenson Button’s time on Pirelli’s hard tyres on the first day of the test, when the track was still quite slippery, stood as their best of the test.

This indicates there is more pace in the MP4-28 than the headline time suggests. The significance of the time was not lost on his rivals: “Doing [that] on hard tyres on the first day on the dirty track and everything I still believe it was a quick lap time,” said Massa

Sebastian Vettel also turned the RB9’s quickest lap on hards. Pirelli have aimed for a 0.5 second difference in performance between each of their compounds this year, but the hard tyre was especially well-suited to the abrasive Jerez track.

Team Driver Time Gap Tyre
1 Ferrari Felipe Massa 1’17.879 Soft
2 Lotus Kimi Raikkonen 1’18.148 0.269 Soft
3 Force India Jules Bianchi 1’18.175 0.296 Soft
4 Red Bull Sebastian Vettel 1’18.565 0.686 Hard
5 Sauber Esteban Gutierrez 1’18.669 0.790 Soft
6 Toro Rosso Jean-Eric Vergne 1’18.760 0.881 Soft
7 Mercedes Nico Rosberg 1’18.766 0.887 Medium
8 McLaren Jenson Button 1’18.861 0.982 Hard
9 Williams Valtteri Bottas 1’19.851 1.972 Soft
10 Caterham Charles Pic 1’21.105 3.226 Soft
11 Marussia Luiz Razia 1’21.226 3.347 Soft

Fastest times by driver

Jules Bianchi did his chances of landing the second Force India seat no harm by posting the quickest time by one of their drivers in the VJM06.

However F1’s two smallest teams are yet to show that they are able to bridge the gap to the other runners – they were over a second off the rest despite using the soft tyres.

Driver Team Time Gap Tyre
1 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1’17.879 0.000 Soft
2 Kimi Raikkonen Lotus 1’18.148 0.269 Soft
3 Jules Bianchi Force India 1’18.175 0.296 Soft
4 Romain Grosjean Lotus 1’18.218 0.339 Soft
5 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull 1’18.565 0.686 Hard
6 Esteban Gutierrez Sauber 1’18.669 0.790 Soft
7 Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso 1’18.760 0.881 Soft
8 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1’18.766 0.887 Medium
9 Jenson Button McLaren 1’18.861 0.982 Hard
10 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1’18.905 1.026 Medium
11 Sergio Perez McLaren 1’18.944 1.065 Hard
12 Paul di Resta Force India 1’19.003 1.124 Soft
13 Daniel Ricciardo Toro Rosso 1’19.134 1.255 Medium
14 James Rossiter Force India 1’19.303 1.424 Soft
15 Mark Webber Red Bull 1’19.338 1.459 Medium
16 Nico Hulkenberg Sauber 1’19.502 1.623 Medium
17 Valtteri Bottas Williams 1’19.851 1.972 Soft
18 Pedro de la Rosa Ferrari 1’20.316 2.437 Medium
19 Pastor Maldonado Williams 1’20.693 2.814 Soft
20 Charles Pic Caterham 1’21.105 3.226 Soft
21 Luiz Razia Marussia 1’21.226 3.347 Soft
22 Max Chilton Marussia 1’21.269 3.390 Soft
23 Giedo van der Garde Caterham 1’21.311 3.432 Soft

Distance covered

Esteban Gutierrez, Sauber, Jerez, 2013After four days pounding around Jerez the teams racked up over 3,500 laps and covering more than 15,000km. Here’s how that breaks down by driver and team.

Distance by car

Sauber are leading the mileage table at the moment and Red Bull had a busy first week with the RB9.

After completing just 29 laps on the first two days of the test Mercedes bounced back, covering over four Grand Prix distances in the remaining running which leaves them on a par with most of their rivals.

Team Model Total laps Total distance (km)
Sauber C32 430 1,904.04
Red Bull RB9 372 1,647.22
Force India VJM06 357 1,580.80
Williams FW34 333 1,474.52
Toro Rosso STR8 330 1,461.24
Mercedes W04 322 1,425.82
Caterham CT03 318 1,408.10
McLaren MP4-28 299 1,323.97
Ferrari F138 278 1,230.98
Lotus E21 272 1,204.42
Marussia MR02 220 974.16

Distance by driver

Esteban Gutierrez had a grueling introduction to life as an F1 driver, racking up 252 laps in two days.

That’s more than Massa managed in three – though it was clear from the Ferrari driver’s words afterwards he had wanted to spend more time working on set-ups and less time doing aero runs.

Driver Total laps Total distance (km)
Esteban Gutierrez 252 1,115.856
Paul di Resta 240 1,062.720
Felipe Massa 227 1,005.156
Sebastian Vettel 198 876.744
Sergio Perez 179 792.612
Nico Hulkenberg 178 788.184
Valtteri Bottas 178 788.184
Jean-Eric Vergne 177 783.756
Mark Webber 174 770.472
Charles Pic 166 735.048
Nico Rosberg 162 717.336
Lewis Hamilton 160 708.480
Pastor Maldonado 155 686.340
Daniel Ricciardo 153 677.484
Giedo van der Garde 152 673.056
Romain Grosjean 149 659.772
Kimi Raikkonen 123 544.644
Jenson Button 120 531.360
Luiz Razia 113 500.364
Max Chilton 107 473.796
James Rossiter 61 270.108
Jules Bianchi 56 247.968
Pedro de la Rosa 51 225.828

NB. Does not take filming days such as Mercedes’ on Monday 4th February into account.

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