Today is the last day of official 2010 pre-season testing, the next time we will see the cars and drivers on track will be the Friday practice for Bahrain GP. The drivers expected to be in action on day 4 in Barcelona are:
The final preparations for 2010 F1 season continue with day 3 of Barcelona test. The drivers expected in action today are:
The Barcelona test continues today with the second day of action (see images from day 1 here). These are the drivers expected to drive today:
The final test of 2010 F1 winter kicks off today in Barcelona. Here is the list of drivers that will be in action today:
Today is the last test session in Jerez this winter. There will be three drivers changes – Nico Rosberg takes over from Michael Schumacher, Vitantonio Liuzzi from Adrian Sutil and Jarno Trulli will make his Lotus debut. Here is the Saturday line up:
The second Jerez test continues with the third day. Except Lotus (Heikki Kovalainen) all the teams will use different drivers than yesterday. The early day reports suggest that today may finally be a dry day. Lotus missed big part of yesterday session after Kovalainen hit the tyre barrier and lost the front wing (photos here). The team has managed to bring a spare one this morning and they should be out and running.
The 2010 winter testing returns with the first day of action in Jerez. The seven teams that tested last week in Valencia will be joined by Red Bull (official launch later today), Force India and first of the new teams ready to test – Virgin Racing. The drivers in action today were:
Mercedes GP – Rosberg
Red Bull – Webber
Mclaren – Button
Ferrari – Alonso
BMW Sauber – Kobayashi
Williams – Hulkenberg
Renault – Petrov
Force India – Liuzzi
Toro Rosso – Buemi
Virgin Racing – Glock
Updates and images from the first day of testing in Jerez to follow.
Today is the last day of the first 2010 pre-season test in Valencia. Michael Schumacher and Pedro de la Rosa will be back for Mecedes GP and BMW Sauber. Then there are the debuts – Jenson Button for Vodafone McLaren Mercedes, Fernando Alonso for Ferrari and Vitaly Petrov for Renault. Nico Hulkenberg has tested for Williams before but this will be his first proper test as the teams test driver. Jamie Alguersuari may have spent half of the 2009 racing for Toro Rosso but today will be his first ever F1 test … Updates and images from today’s action in Valencia will appear here as the session progresses.
The Valencia testing continues with day 2. The test session begins at 10am local time. Felipe Massa, Nico Rosberg, Rubens Barrichello, Robert Kubica and Sebastien Buemi continue for the second day in a row. Lewis Hamilton (McLaren) and Kamui Kobayashi (BMW Sauber) are making their 2010 testing debuts today. Stay tuned for updates and images as the session progresses.
The winter testing has finally begun. Early today Mercedes GP and Scuderia Toro Rosso unveiled their new cars – MGP W01 and STR5. Then at 10am local time the first on track action of 2010 F1 year started.
Mercedes GP (Rosberg morning, Schumacher afternoon), McLaren (Paffet), Ferrari (Massa), Renault (Kubica), Barrichello (Williams), Buemi (Toro Rosso) and de la Rosa (BMW Sauber) are scheduled to run today.
Here are the morning times:
1. Felipe Massa – Ferrari – 1:13.’088
2. Pedro De la Rosa – Sauber – 1:13.247 +0.159
3. Nico Rosberg – Mercedes GP – 1:13.543 +0.455
4. Gary Paffet – McLaren – 1:14.018 +0.930
5. Rubens Barrichello – Williams – 1:14.449 +1.361
6. Robert Kubica – Renault – 1:15.298 +2.210
7. Sebastian Buemi – Toro Rosso – 1:19.279 + 6.191
8. Michael Schumacher – Mercedes GP – no time, no laps
Felipe Massa ended the day with the fastest time, about 2 tenths faster than time recorded by Pedro de la Rosa in Sauber. Michael Schumacher took the Mercedes car over from Nico Rosberg in the afternoon. He finished the day one of testing with third fastest time, 6 tenths faster than his team mate. Sebastien Buemi improved at the very end of the session and relegated Robert Kubica to the bottom of the time sheets. Here are the times at the end of the day 1:
1. Felipe Massa – Ferrari – 1:12.574 – 102 laps
2. Pedro De la Rosa – Sauber – 1:12.784 +0.210 – 74 laps
3. Michael Schumacher – Mercedes GP – 1:12.947 +0.373 – 40 laps
4. Nico Rosberg – Mercedes GP – 1:13.543 +0.969 – 39 laps
5. Gary Paffet – McLaren – 1:13.846 +1.272 – 86 laps
6. Rubens Barrichello – Williams – 1:14.449 +1.875 – 75 laps
7. Sebastian Buemi – Toro Rosso – 1:14.762 +2.188 – 18 laps
8. Robert Kubica – Renault – 1:15.000 +2.426 – 69 laps
Scroll down for photos from the first day of 2010 F1 winter testing:
Valentino Rossi started his two day test in 2008 Ferrari F1 car yesterday at Catalunya racetrack in Barcelona. Here are few images from the test arranged by Ferrari as a reward for Rossi’s 2009 MotoGP title.
The end of December also marks the end of the testing ban. But if you expect the F1 cars to take to test tracks right from January 1, 2010 you may be disappointed. You may need to wait for a bit longer.