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Last test day of 2010

February 28, 2010

So the last day of testing before the season starts has arrived. The weather here at the track is warmer than yesterday already, but quite windy.
With just over 30 minutes until the session starts the teams have all had breakfast and started the engine warming procedure prior to firing them up in a few minutes.
Hopefully today won’t be hit with as many red flags as yesterday, but remember anything can, and usually does happen during testing.

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Thanks

February 27, 2010

Thanks for keeping me company for the past month of testing down here in not so sunny Spain – it’s been a blast. This season is going to be the first with full Twitter coverage by anybody. Most of us in the world of F1 picked up on the power of the tweet a few races into last year and things have snowballed. This past month has been the first time that anybody has tweeted regularly from an F1 test session, and it’s been quite a challenge. It’s also the first time that I have put any of my photos up on a site like Flikr, and that has been an education in its own right. The photos have been looked at by tens of thousands of different people, driven there by Twitter, this blog and other F1 sites.

Testing comes to a close tomorrow for this year, and due to the wonders of airline scheduling, and family commitments, I will be leaving the circuit before lunch to catch 2 planes in order to get home. I will try to post some images before I catch the first of those flights, and then do a roundup once i’m back in Oxford tomorrow night.

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Have we learnt anything from the Barcelona test?

February 27, 2010

Short answer… No!

Some things we already knew have been reaffirmed;

  • When it’s damp cars slide off the track.
  • Pit stops without refueling are fast – sub 3 seconds
  • The new teams, those that turn up in Bahrain anyway, are slower than everybody else, but not by as much as they could be.
  • The Spanish love Alonso in a Ferrari.
  • The whole world wants to know what Schumacher is capable of.
  • The Red Bull Energy Station team do a lovely lunch – Thanks, Vielen Dank, Gracias & Merci

Some of the teams have had deliveries of components over the past couple of days, so we may see some changes tomorrow but I doubt it.

Once tomorrow is done there are only 12 days until we regroup in Bahrain for the first race of the season where I suspect 30% or more of the field won’t finish, and there may be a few surprises in store.

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Day 3 final timings

February 27, 2010
  1. N Rosberg Mercedes GP 1:20.686 128
  2. S Buemi Toro Rosso 1:21.413 106
  3. J Button McLaren 1:21.450 106
  4. R Barrichello AT&T Williams 1:21.975 101
  5. F Massa Ferrari 1:22.344 115
  6. V Petrov Renault F1 1:22.523 68
  7. A Sutil Force India 1:22.606 61
  8. S Vettel Red Bull Racing 1:23.123 51
  9. J Trulli Lotus GP 1:25.059 102
  10. K Kobayashi BMW Sauber 1:26.216 105
  11. T Glock Virgin Racing 1:26.305 31
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Barcelona day 2 timings

February 26, 2010
  1. N Hulkenberg – AT&T Williams 1:20.614 99
  2. F Alonso – Ferrari 1:20.637 134
  3. P de la Rosa – BMW Sauber 1:20.973 114
  4. V Liuzzi – Force India 1:21.056 90
  5. S Vettel – Red Bull Racing 1:21.258 125
  6. J Alguersuari – Toro Rosso 1:21.571 104
  7. M Schumacher – Mercedes GP 1:21.689 85
  8. L Hamilton – McLaren 1:22.152 93
  9. R Kubica – Renault F1 1:24.912 53
  10. J Trulli – Lotus 1:25.524 70
  11. T Glock – Virgin 1:25.942 52
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Barcelona day 1 final times

February 25, 2010

With the day ending under a Jenson Button caused red flag i’m not entirely sure if we have learnt anything or not. Webber has been consistently fast all day and ended the day 0.920s ahead of Hulkenberg. 6.5s separates the field, but that is mainly because Di Grassi wiped out his Virgin earlier this morning, and the Lotus of Fauzy is just slow.

  1. Webber 1:21.487
  2. Hulkenberg 1:22.407
  3. Rosberg 1:22.514
  4. De la Rosa 1:23.144
  5. Button 1:23.452
  6. Liuzzi 1:24.064
  7. Alonso 1:24.170
  8. Petrov 1:24.173
  9. Alguersuari 1:24.869
  10. Di Grassi 1:27.057
  11. Fauzy 1:28.002
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Barcelona test. Day 1

February 25, 2010

The first test day here in Barcelona has started with the sun out and the teams eager to get out on the track after the wet/dry running in Jerez for the past 2 weeks. The alonso fans are starting to trickle into the main grandstand, but not in the numbers we saw in Valencia. However I suspect this will change on Saturday.
The session has already had a couple of red flags, the most recent of which was caused by alonso stopping out on track.