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:
|2.||Buemi||Toro Rosso (Ferrari)||1:20.026||121|
|5.||Liuzzi||Force India- Mercedes||1:20.754||80|
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)|
|Pedro de la Rosa||154||616.77|
|Model||Total laps||Total distance (km)|
|Engine||Total laps||Total distance (km)|
Here are various pictures from today’s action: