Grey, wet and gloomy, that’s basically how it was today in Jerez, on the southern tip of Spain. There was a bit of dry running early on and after that it got progressively wetter.
Here are the fastest times from today which we should all ignore, but can’t help but analyse in case we spot some hidden fact about who is quickest. Stop it! It is a futile exercise, but here are the times anyway:
|Jaime Alguersuari||Toro Rosso-Ferrari STR5||1min 19.919||76||0|
|Pedro de la Rosa||BMW Sauber-Ferrari C29||1min 20.736||48||0.817|
|Adrian Sutil||Force India-Mercedes VJM03||1min 21.428||48||1.509|
|Felipe Massa||Ferrari F10||1min 21.603||72||1.684|
|Sebastian Vettel||Red Bull-Renault RB6||1min 21.783||59||1.864|
|Vitaly Petrov||Renault R30||1min 22.000||68||2.081|
|Nico Rosberg||Mercedes W01||1min 22.820||53||2.901|
|Rubens Barrichello||Williams-Cosworth FW32||1min 23.217||120||3.298|
|Lewis Hamilton||McLaren-Mercedes MP4-25||1min 23.985||68||4.066|
|Lucas di Grassi||Virgin-Cosworth VR-01||1min 37.107||8||17.188|
It was not an exciting day, but here are the nuggets of information you may like to know:
- Brazilian Lucas di Grassi got his first taste of the new Virgin Racing car late in the afternoon, after their needed parts finally arrived and were fitted. He completed 8 laps in the wet, his front wing didn’t come off and he was only a couple of seconds off the pace. Much more to come from that team.
- Spanish driver Jaime Alguersuari in his Toro Rosso was fastest and his time of 1min 19.919secs is the fastest of the test so far and if it continues to rain will be the fastest overall. In the wet the Toro Rosso seemed to put in some competitive times
- Pedro de la Rosa in his Sauber, despite an early stop causing a red flag, seemed quick in both the dry and the wet
- Ferrari and Massa had another good day of reliability and put an impressive long run in the wet and put in the fastest time in the wet of a 1min 28.783. Claire Williams (Williams PR and Frank Williams’ daughter) has been providing excellent updates and photos via twitter. Today she tweeted ‘According to my sources, it’s looking like Ferrari & McLaren are the ones to beat at the moment (boo!) ’. This seems to echo the comments of Ross Brawn last week. Reporter Trayan Sarafov was standing at turn 6 and remarked that Massa was incredibly smooth and consistent, braking late and able to put down the power down without any issues. De la Rosa in the Sauber on the other hand had to brake much earlier, with front-end issues on entry and an unstable aggressive exit. Ferrari reported that Massa did his long run on extreme wets with good lap times and reasonable tyre wear
- Barrichello in his Williams completed an impressive 120 laps today but did spin off at one point when it started to get wet. He did not seem very quick all day but commented that they were focusing exclusively on the engine programme and tomorrow they would concentrate on the performance of the car
- Petrov in his Renault had an uneventful day but did win the award for the most single-lap runs. His times seemed competitive but nothing extraordinary
- Based on various team feedback, the tyre warming issues of last year (Brawn!) seem to have gone away, most likely due to the narrower front tyres
- Rosberg and Mercedes did not seem to have a fantastic day and did not seem that quick in their longer runs, but we don’t know the fuel of course. He stopped on track at one point causing a red flag and only completed 53 laps.
- Sutil and Force India had a relatively good day in their own terms, putting in some competitive times but did have an electrical problem at one point causing Sutil to stop out on track which prevented them from running as many laps as they would like
- 2010 Driver and Constructor favourites Vettel and Red Bull had a quiet day and did not produce any times or runs that seemed quick or impressive in any way, they completed 58 laps
- Hamilton and McLaren also seemed relatively quiet today, only 69 laps, but had new measuring contraptions to add to their car
- It’s still raining heavily in Jerez!
Here are some photos from today (various sources) but please also have a look at the photos from today provided by F1fanatic.co.uk.