2010 F1 Test2 – Jerez Day2 – Reading Between the lines


Today was dry in Spain, thank god! The forecast is rain for the next two days so today is likely to be the most meaningful day of testing this week. And when I say meaningful, I mean only a tiny bit meaningful as with the new rules this year and the massive difference in fuel loads we can’t actually tell who is quickest.

Here are the fastest times from today:

Pos Driver Team Time Laps
1. Kobayashi BMW-Sauber (Ferrari) 1:19.950 103
2. Buemi Toro Rosso (Ferrari) 1:20.026 121
3. Button McLaren-Mercedes 1:20.618 83
4. Hulkenberg Williams-Cosworth 1:20.629 67
5. Liuzzi Force India- Mercedes 1:20.754 80
6. M.Schumacher Mercedes GP 1:21.083 124
7. Alonso Ferrari 1:21.424 129
8. Kubica Renault 1:22.003 103
9. Webber Red Bull-Renault 1:22.043 99
10. Glock Virgin-Cosworth 1:29.964 11

What you need to know from today’s action:

  • Kobayashi in the Sauber was quickest, but only was achieved in the final seconds of the day, Buemi in the Toro Rosso was fastest for most of the day
  • Alonso in his Ferrari did an impressive 129 laps without any problems or issues. He did a 48 lap run and was doing 1min 21sec laps at the very end. Ferrari still seem to be impressive.
  • Glock managed a few more laps in the new Virgin Racing car, but the front wing fell off and they had to stop for the rest of the day as they needed to get new parts to fix it
  • Schumacher‘s Mercedes completed 124 laps and did a 35 lap run and 27 laps in was doing 1min 24sec laps. So doesn’t appear as impressive as Ferrari but we don’t know the fuel loads.
  • Force India were very happy with their day, completing 80 laps without issues and Liuzzi was fastest in the speed trap at the end of the straight – 270.7km/h
  • Button said he had a good day in the McLaren and feels much more comfortable and at home in the car than he did at Valencia. They spent a lot of the day and yesterday doing various set up work. He stopped out on track at the very end of the day because a warning light came on but nothing was broken they claimed.
  • Webber almost did 100 laps in his Red Bull without any issues. He was 9th fastest but put in competitive times when on a heavy fuel load
  • Hulkenberg had another technical issue (hydraulic) with his Williams early in the day so did not complete as many laps as preferred. Their live internet test times was also down all day.

Here is some interesting statistics  on the distance covered so far in testing (produced by f1fanatic.co.uk) that confirm the Ferrari engine and car is proving very reliable.

Distance covered so far (all tests)

Driver Total laps Total distance (km)
Fernando Alonso 344 1469.511
Sebastien Buemi 330 1408.365
Nico Hülkenberg 311 1323.81
Robert Kubica 291 1209.024
Kamui Kobayashi 254 1084.104
Michael Schumacher 246 1037.682
Jenson Button 233 997.038
Felipe Massa 226 905.13
Nico Rosberg 215 885.186
Rubens Barrichello 177 708.885
Vitantonio Liuzzi 151 668.628
Mark Webber 149 659.772
Pedro de la Rosa 154 616.77
Lewis Hamilton 108 432.54
Vitaly Petrov 102 419.931
Jaime Alguersuari 97 388.485
Gary Paffett 86 344.43
Timo Glock 16 70.848
Model Total laps Total distance (km)
F10 570 2374.641
FW32 488 2032.695
W01 461 1922.868
STR5 427 1796.85
MP4-25 427 1774.008
C29 408 1700.874
R30 393 1628.955
VJM03 151 668.628
RB6 149 659.772
VR-01 16 70.848
Engine Total laps Total distance (km)
Ferrari 1405 5872.365
Mercedes 1039 4365.504
Cosworth 504 2103.543
Renault 542 2288.727

Jake McMillan

Here are various pictures from today’s action:

The Hulk does an early pre-session drive

Alonso was popular today!

Force India had a good day today

Glock, before his front wing fell off

Fellow Germans Sutil and Hulkenberg have a chat

Alonso and Ferrari were quietly impressive

Kubica was in the Renault today

Kobayashi was quickest today - note the message on his engine 'See you in Bahrain'

Redbull diffuser

McLaren just love to put weird looking devices on their cars

Schumacher at damp Senna S early in the day

The Hulk - You won't like him when he's angry

Virgin has a conservative diffuser

A big shame Heidfeld couldn't get a race drive

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