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Jerez, Day 3

February 12, 2010

A very quiet morning so far here in Jerez. The session is currently red flagged after Rubens Barrichelo came off the track in his Williams.
It has been threatening to rain heavily all morning, but so far we have only had a few light sprinkles. This has however made the track quite slippy as it’s nowhere near warm enough to evaporate (12.8c track temperature).
We are unlikely to see the Virgin Racing VR-01 until mid afteroon as they are still waiting for the parts needed to fix the front wing to arrive from the UK, with the flight due to land at 1pm.
The highlight of the morning, apart from the coffee and danish in the Red Bull energy Station was the power going off briefly in parts of the media centre, oh and Alguersuari doing a glory lap in his Torro Rosso.


Jerez day 2

February 11, 2010

Day 2 of the F1 test in Jerez and unlike yesterday the sun is out. The track is drying even though sunrise was only 42 minutes ago. So we should see lots of running today to make up for the lost time yesterday. One of the biggest differences between here and Valencia last week is the numbers of people. The media centre in Valencia was almost full with almost 150 members of the press. Here there are barely 50. The crowds are also much smaller, barely 2000 compared to Valencias 100 thousand plus.

Anyway the cars have been fired up, so i’d better go and see what’s happening and take some photos.


The rain in Spain….

February 10, 2010

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obviously falls mainly in Jerez on day 1 of the second testing week. With just over an hour to go the running order is: Rosberg, Buemi, Hulkenberg, Alonso, Kobayashi, Button, Liuzzi, Petrov, Webber and Glock.


Bridgestone Motorsport Jerez Test Summary

December 7, 2009

Motor sport’s finest up and coming drivers sampled Bridgestone’s Potenza Formula One tyres in the final group test of 2009 at the Jerez racing circuit in southern Spain on December 1-3.
All four compounds of 2009 specification dry tyres were available and used at the test. Twenty drivers drove 2602 laps over the course of the three days for the nine attending teams. Bridgestone’s intermediate and wet tyres were also used.
Bridgestone’s Potenza Formula One tyres are next scheduled to be used at a group test at the beginning of February next year at Valencia, Spain where the 2010 specification tyres will be in use.

Q&A with Jun Matsuzaki – Chief Engineer, Bridgestone Motorsport:

What was learnt from this test? “This was an interesting test as we had many different drivers, most of whom had little or no experience of Formula One cars. The teams all had different programmes, and all four 2009 dry compounds were available to them. There was a lot of running with heavy cars to simulate the heavier fuel loads of next season so we gained useful data from this.”
How was the feedback from the young drivers? “It was good to see so many young drivers here at the same test, and there were more experienced F1 test drivers in action too, so we had a good benchmark. We could see some of these names again in the future and our current F1 drivers will always need to keep looking over their shoulders because of these youngsters.”
What will be the changes to the tyres for the next test? “Our 2010 tyres are designed for the requirements of the heavier fuel loads in next year’s cars and also for the potential different pit stop strategies we could see without refuelling. The construction is more durable, and the compounds have also been modified. A narrower front tyre will also be introduced to adjust the basic balance of the cars. As tyre characteristics will be changed due to the modifications, we are now working very hard with all teams to enhance their understanding of this. We are very looking forward to seeing how quickly the teams maximise tyre performance within the new regulations of 2010.”


Jerez new driver test – Day 3

December 3, 2009
Driver team car
time gap laps
1. D. Ricciardo Red Bull RB5 1:17.418 77 pit
2. P. di Resta Force India VJM-02 1:18.736 +1.318 53 pit
3. G. Paffett McLaren MP4-24 1:18.746 +1.328 59 pit
4. M. Conway Brawn GP BGP001 1:19.096 +1.678 77 pit
5. N. Hülkenberg Williams FW31 1:19.226 +1.808 106 pit
6. B. Baguette BMW Sauber F1.09 1:19.356 +1.938 70 pit
7. O. Turvey McLaren MP4-24 1:19.358 +1.940 32 pit
8. M. Ericsson Brawn GP BGP001 1:19.382 +1.964 49 pit
9. L. Di Grassi Renault R29 1:19.602 +2.184 123 pit
10. J. Hildebrand Force India VJM-02 1:19.873 +2.455 41 pit
11. P. Sánchez López Ferrari F60 1:21.147 +3.729 39 pit
12. D. Zampieri Ferrari F60 1:21.279 +3.861 42 pit
13. M. Zipoli Ferrari F60 1:21.725 +4.307 41 pit
14. B. Hartley Toro Rosso STR4 1:22.493 +5.075 50 pit
15. M. Bortolotti Toro Rosso STR4 1:23.271 +5.853 34 pit
16. H. Tung Renault R29 1:32.477 +15.059 4 pit

Jerez new driver test – Day 2 timing

December 2, 2009
driver team car time gap
1. G. Paffett McLaren MP4-24 1:18.718 80 pit
2. N. Hülkenberg Williams FW31 1:19.184 +0.466 94 pit
3. D. Ricciardo Red Bull RB5 1:19.243 +0.525 93 pit
4. P. di Resta Force India VJM-02 1:19.411 +0.693 58 pit
5. E. Gutierrez BMW Sauber F1.09 1:20.190 +1.472 68 pit
6. M. Conway Brawn GP BGP001 1:20.222 +1.504 83 pit
7. M. Ericsson Brawn GP BGP001 1:20.440 +1.722 37 pit
8. J. Hildebrand Force India VJM-02 1:20.517 +1.799 50 pit
9. J. Bianchi Ferrari F60 1:20.585 +1.867 113 pit
10. L. Di Grassi Renault R29 1:20.898 +2.180 55 pit
11. H. Tung Renault R29 1:21.492 +2.774 67 pit
12. M. Bortolotti Toro Rosso STR4 1:21.761 +3.043 69 pit

Young Drivers test – day 2 – BMW

December 2, 2009

Day two – Wednesday

Weather conditions: dry in the morning, some light drizzle in the afternoon

Temperature Air: 13 – 19 °C, Track: 13 – 22 °C

Number of drivers participating: 12 from 9 teams

Fastest lap overall: Gary Paffett (McLaren Mercedes) 1:18.718 min

Circuit length: 4.428 km

Esteban Gutierrez (MX)

Chassis / engine: BMW Sauber F1.09-07 / BMW 86/9

Test kilometres today: 301 (68 laps)

Fastest lap: 1:20.190 min


To ensure a fair comparison, the BMW Sauber F1 Team today started with the same programme for Esteban Gutierrez as it did yesterday with Alexander Rossi. In the morning Esteban familiarized himself with the car and the track. After the lunch break the team made set-up changes for Esteban to evaluate. The focus was on mechanical set-up changes and the engineers were very happy with the feedback from the 18-year-old driver from Mexico. Due to some light drizzle the afternoon’s programme had to be adapted several times, but the track conditions never allowed intermediates or wet tyres to be run as it remained far too dry. The team also stuck to its rule not to send out one of the youngsters with an extra-low fuel load. Unfortunately Esteban had to stop an hour early because of a hydraulic leak.

Esteban Gutierrez said: “It was a very positive day for me. The main idea was to live that experience, to enjoy the day and to learn. This very high professional level means you have to be very calm and use your intelligence. Due to the hydraulic problem in the afternoon I was unable to make use of two more sets of fresh tyres, but on the other hand I had five sets, which of course is more than I ever had before on one day! I really thank the team for this much appreciated opportunity. I learned a lot for the day when I can hopefully jump into a Formula One car again. In the end, with the grip level getting higher, my neck was a bit stiff and it was good to evaluate my own physical condition. The extra training I did paid off.”

What comes next:

Thursday will be the third and final day of Formula One’s joint junior tests. After two youngsters from Formula BMW have been at the wheel of the BMW Sauber F1.09 for the third day, it is the turn of crowned Formula Renault 3.5 series champion Bertrand Baguette from Belgium. As a reward for his 2009 success (5 wins) he already had his first taste of Formula One on Tuesday in Jerez, where he was driving for the Renault F1 Team. Bertrand Baguette was born on 23 February 1986 in Verviers (BE).