Massa fastest on first day of Silverstone test

2014 F1 season

Felipe Massa, Williams, Silverstone, 2014Felipe Massa bounced back from his disappointing British Grand Prix weekend by leading the time on the first of two days of testing at Silverstone.

The Williams driver set a best time of 1’35.242, seven-tenths of a second off the quickest lap during the race weekend.

Daniel Ricciardo was second-fastest for Red Bull, just six-thousandths of a second off Massa’s best, followed by Nico Rosberg’s Mercedes.

Marussia covered 108 laps – more than two race distances – only for Jules Bianchi to stop on the track near the end of the test. Despite a brief fire on his car the team expect to be running again tomorrow with Max Chilton.

Bianchi will drive for Ferrari in place of Kimi Raikkonen, who is recuperating following his heavy crash on the first lap of Sunday’s grand prix.

Will Stevens finished his test for Caterham several seconds off the pace but had a productive day, covering 95 laps.

The test will conclude tomorrow, with Pirelli due to conduct running on their development 18-inch tyres with Lotus.

Driver Car Best time Laps Difference
1 Felipe Massa Williams-Mercedes FW36 1’35.242 42
2 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull-Renault RB10 1’35.248 72 0.006
3 Nico Rosberg Mercedes W05 1’35.573 90 0.331
4 Adrian Sutil Sauber-Ferrari C33 1’35.674 74 0.432
5 Jules Bianchi Marussia-Ferrari MR03 1’36.148 108 0.906
6 Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren-Mercedes MP4-29 1’36.462 71 1.220
7 Sergio Perez Force India-Mercedes VJM07 1’36.583 79 1.341
8 Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso-Renault STR9 1’36.688 28 1.446
9 Pastor Maldonado Lotus-Renault E22 1’37.131 97 1.889
10 Pedro de la Rosa Ferrari F14 T 1’37.988 49 2.746
11 Will Stevens Caterham-Renault CT05 1’40.627 95 5.385

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21 comments on Massa fastest on first day of Silverstone test

  1. Chris (@cgturbo) said on 8th July 2014, 17:53

    Great to see Marussia continue their good form even.

    Yada, yada, yada testing… But you would have never seen this sort of result for the team a year or so ago.

    Felipe on top is probably of little consolidation to him, though :P

    • Carlos Furtado das Neves said on 8th July 2014, 18:39

      And PdLRosa (in a F14T) ahead of Will Stevens on a Caterham…
      Can somebody tell me why Ferrari continues to give a seat in F1 to him ???

      • Tifoso1989 (@tifoso1989) said on 8th July 2014, 18:53

        Can somebody tell me why Ferrari continues to give a seat in F1 to him ???

        It’s thanks to his valuable work that Ferrari’s simulator is up to date with the most advanced simulators (Mclaren and RBR).
        The aim from giving Pedro the ability to test behind the wheels of the F14T is to make a comparison between the real world and the simulator in order to close the gap between the 2.
        Test drivers in general doesn’t need to be fast, they just have to give the engineers valuable feedback in order to develop the car. For example, despite being a very respected test driver Luca Badoer wasn’t fast at all.

        • Carlos Furtado das Neves said on 8th July 2014, 19:21

          Thank you for the accurate explanation.
          But in my humble opinion, I believe Ferrari could also use the skills of younger drivers from their academy in those tests. For example: Marciello or Fuoco. The promissing future racers of the Scuderia… who knows?

          • craig-o (@craig-o) said on 8th July 2014, 19:52

            You don’t want young drivers to be a development driver really, you want somebody who is a safe pair of hands, who knows exactly what they are doing (DLR has been in F1 for many years), who won’t be erratic, and who has many years of experience, not just necessarily at F1 level.

          • craig-o (@craig-o) said on 8th July 2014, 19:53

            Also, should add to that: fuel levels, tyres, other things like that skew the results. Remember McLaren being fastest in one of the pre-season tests?

          • Tifoso1989 (@tifoso1989) said on 8th July 2014, 21:12

            Ferrari hired Pedro De Larosa in order to develop the simulator and to get it up to date with the best in the business. McLaren were the first team in F1 to launch a simulator project (early 00’s), at the time Adrian Newey was still Mclaren chief designer and they are believed to have the most advanced and high tech simulator. When Adrian moved to RBR he transferred the know how of the Mclaren project and RBR were able to build a simulator which is as good if not better than the one Mclaren have.
            Pedro De Larosa has been involved heavily within the Mclaren simulator project, Ferrari when they hired him, they were not looking for his testing ability in the first place (they have already Marc Gene, Davide Rigon, Fisichella apart from the FDA drivers, Bianchi, Marciello and recently Fuoco), they were looking for that “know how” which is considered invaluable

        • Piyush (@square-route) said on 9th July 2014, 7:07

          Simple …. An experienced driver can understand and suggest stuff .. u know .. better and more than rookies

        • Dan said on 9th July 2014, 22:05

          Ferrari simulator clearly aint doing much isit.

    • BasCB (@bascb) said on 9th July 2014, 6:11

      Felipe on top is probably of little consolidation to him, though :P

      Not just for him, but maybe the sole positive sports “results” for the country yesterday, what with being trounced badly by Germany in football @cgturbo

  2. Corrado (@corrado-dub) said on 8th July 2014, 19:13

    Is this test live on TV or not ? Does anybody know ?

    • Tim (@59caddy62) said on 8th July 2014, 20:24

      Sadly no. I’ve checked American TV and European TV and there isn’t anything. If you have it, I would recommend Twitter. All the teams and some websites post updates there.

      • GT Racer (@gt-racer) said on 8th July 2014, 22:21

        Its unlikely you will see testing broadcast live anytime soon given how few people would watch it.

        Sky produced live coverage of the final pre-season test last year & in both the UK & Italy which broadcast it the viewing figures were lower than what the official practice sessions usually get, Hence why they didn’t repeat the live coverage this year.

        The other issue with testing is that there are long periods of time where not a lot happens & thats not really good for live TV coverage.
        And since in testing teams close off access to there pit garages you can’t just get some shots of the cars/drivers in the pit lane like you can when nobody on track in practice/qualifying during race weekends.

        • HoHum (@hohum) said on 8th July 2014, 23:51

          @gt-racer, perhaps you could suggest to FOM the value of a few strategically placed web-cams. I know there would be nothing in it for Bernie, but I am sure fans and more importantly team sponsors would appreciate it.

    • apsiloritis (@apsiloritis) said on 9th July 2014, 0:39

      What a miserable situation. Every day F1 seems to whittle away its connection to the fans. Why oh why should we not be able to watch the testing? It’s not like any secrets will be revealed that other teams won’t be seeing.

      Oh sorry, I forgot, it’s all about the #money.

      • GT Racer (@gt-racer) said on 9th July 2014, 19:25

        As I said above the live testing coverage Sky produced last year barely got any viewers, Less than the official practice sessions & other broadcasters have not showed any interest in covering or even showing any testing coverage.

        Producing a broadcast costs money, A significant amount of money to pay for equipment, staff, satellite time etc…. Spending the cash on covering testing live would not be worth it given how small the viewer base would be.

        There’s nothing stopping Sky for doing live testing coverage again ot any other broadcaster stepping in to produce it. The reason they don’t is the same reason FOM don’t, As I said the cost of doing it isn’t worth it given how few people would be watching it.

        Plus as I said there is large periods of time during testing when nobody is on track or where all you get is the odd slow out/in lap, How do you cover the periods of time when there is no track action?

        The way these test sessions work simply isn’t geared towards live TV, Its not like an official practice session where you all the cars going out & setting lap times.

  3. Bullfrog (@bullfrog) said on 8th July 2014, 23:02

    Sandbags at dawn. I wonder what Mercedes were testing – it seemed to be reliable, at least.

    • HoHum (@hohum) said on 8th July 2014, 23:58

      :-) Interesting though, 6 one thousandths of a second between the Williams and the RBR both just off Hamiltons Q2 time of 1.35.000 (easy to remember).

      • HoHum (@hohum) said on 9th July 2014, 0:04

        Wish we could see the speed trap times to know if Williams were using more wing or RBR using less etc. but since both times were around Pole times there may be no difference.

  4. Scalextric (@scalextric) said on 9th July 2014, 3:27

    At least something went right for Brazil today.

    We’re pretty close to seeing Williams winning a race. This can only happen if Mercedes lose both cars in a race and this happens on a power circuit. And some other stuff goes well. But even if it doesn’t happen, what a great recovery from recent back-of-the-midfield form.

    • Keith Campbell (@keithedin) said on 9th July 2014, 10:22

      @scalextric Best chance at Monza i guess, or maybe Spa. They have the best top speed (in standard spec, might be different at Monza) but not sure their traction is good enough. But like you said, probably need Mercedes to either have reliability problems or to screw up qualifying to give them a chance.

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