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Jerez F1 test schedule this week

Team Feb 10 Feb 11 Feb 12 Feb 13
Mercedes GP Rosberg Schumacher Rosberg Schumacher
Red Bull Webber Webber Vettel Vettel
Mclaren Button Button Hamilton Hamilton
Ferrari Alonso Alonso Massa Massa
BMW Sauber Kobayashi Kobayashi de la Rosa de la Rosa
Williams Hulkenberg Hulkenberg Barrichello Barrichello
Renault Petrov Petrov Kubica Kubica
Force India Liuzzi Liuzzi Sutil Sutil
Toro Rosso Buemi Buemi Alguersuari Alguersuari
Virgin Racing Glock Glock di Grassi di Grassi
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My formatting went out the window but you get the idea...
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Yep, thanks for sharing that!
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You gotta think the teams that are late to the party are really going to be at a disadvantage. USF1 lost it's chance to test at Barber, unless they want to go out during the Indycar test lunch hour. That's about the only time left.

I hate to say it, but I think USF1 is toast.
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It's sad to hear that! Maybe they'll just show up late like Brawn last year.
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Here are the times:

Unofficial Wednesday times from Jerez:
1. Nico Rosberg, Mercedes GP, 1:20.927, 57 Laps
2. Sebastien Buemi, Toro Rosso, 1:21.031, 84 Laps
3. Nico Hulkenberg, Williams, 1:22.243, 118 Laps
4. Fernando Alonso, Ferrari, 1:22.895, 88 Laps
5. Kamui Kobayashi, BMW Sauber, 1:23.287, 55 Laps
6. Jenson Button, McLaren, 1:24.947, 68 Laps
7. Vitantonio Liuzzi, Force India, 1:24.968, 71 Laps
8. Vitaly Petrov, Renault, 1:25.440, 27 Laps
9. Mark Webber, Red Bull, 1:26.502, 50 Laps
10. Timo Glock, Virgin, 1:38.734, 5 Laps
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Rosberg fastest at rain-hit Jerez opener

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Rosberg fastest at rain-hit Jerez opener

Wednesday, 10 February 2010 18:30


Teams’ preparations for the 2010 season suffered their first setback on Wednesday as the opening day of the Jerez test was largely washed out by rain.

After seven teams enjoyed perfect conditions at Valencia last week for the opening pre-season test, the wet weather that has been forecast for the Jerez region for several days hit the circuit with little more than 30 minutes on the clock wrecking Red Bull, Force India and Virgin’s attempts to get some first serious dry mileage on their respective cars.

Although it made the first day times largely meaningless, Mercedes GP can at least take some encouragement from the session after Nico Rosberg set the quickest dry time of anyone in the early minutes.

The German set a benchmark of 1m20.927s before the rain forced a change of plan, Rosberg trying the car on intermediate tyres for the first time as he went on to complete a total of 57 laps.

And while the 24-year-old, who hands the car over to Michael Schumacher for Thursday’s running, didn’t have much dry-running data to go on, he was encouraged by progress particularly as he is now sitting in a more comfortable position in the W01’s cockpit.

“The car felt very good today,” Rosberg said.

“Compared to Valencia where I was sitting too low which affected my visibility and the set-up wasn't perfect, today I felt really comfortable and I could push so it was an enjoyable day and a good start to the test for me.

“Our objective here is to learn as much as possible, put miles on the car and engine to check the reliability and to make progress on our set-up work.

“The rain is a little frustrating but the car feels good to drive and that's what's important."

Toro Rosso’s Sebastien Buemi set the second fastest dry time in the early minutes, the Swiss lapping just a tenth of a second slower than Rosberg before spending the rest of his 84 laps trying out both wet tyre types and wet-weather mechanical set-up options.

Despite the damp conditions Nico Hulkenberg still managed a mammoth 118 laps in the new Williams-Cosworth FW32, with Valencia pacesetter Ferrari off the top of the 2010 testing charts for the first time in fourth.

Fernando Alonso focussed on further reliability work with the impressive F10 during 88 laps and, having been buoyed by his first day in his new team’s car on the final day at Valencia, was equally pleased with its handling in the wet.

“The work was influenced by the bad weather, but nevertheless we managed to drive many kilometres and almost did 90 laps,” he said.

“So we’re satisfied, because we could collect lots of data, which is important for the reliability.

“We hope that the weather is better tomorrow, because it’s important to drive on a dry track, too.

“The car went very well on the wet track though and it’s easy to drive. The feeling is good, just like on the dry. All in all I had some positive sensations today.”

As in Valencia, Sauber finished directly behind Ferrari on the times – Kamui Kobayshai completing set-up work, practice starts and systems checks in the C29 – while world champion Jenson Button continued his acclimatisation process to McLaren with a further 68 laps to take sixth.

Renault’s Vitaly Petrov completed just 27 laps all day, the rookie setting his eighth-best effort of 1m25.440s on a set of scrubbed dry tyres in the early stages before spending much of the day in the garage as the team ran systems checks on the R30 and resolved a brake issue.

The poor weather was not what Force India or Red Bull had been hoping for after both opting to sacrifice three days of track testing for further wind tunnel work last week, although the former did manage to put 71 laps on its VJM03 during a positive trouble-free debut with Tonio Liuzzi at the wheel.

RBR, meanwhile, was running systems checks with its RB6 when the track was dry, before later suffering a minor reliability glitch when an oil leak meant Mark Webber stopped out on to the circuit.

After his car was taken back to the pits, the team completed what it says was a precautionary change of the car’s Renault engine before returning to the track as Webber finished the day with 50 laps under his belt.

RBR’s head of race engineering Ian Morgan admitted that both the oil leak and rain showers had been frustrating.

“It was great to finally see the car in action after a long winter with no testing”, he said.

“Everything ran very smoothly this morning and the build of the car was very structured.

“It’s frustrating that a problem with a simple component late morning forced an engine change later in the day, as it cost us quite a lot of time.

“However, the most disappointing thing today was the weather – it’s good to have a test in the wet, but it’s not ideal when it’s your first.

“We’re hoping for better conditions tomorrow when we will continue working through the new car system checks.”

Meanwhile, Virgin became the first of F1’s four new entrants to join the group testing fray on the back of the first shake down of its VR-01 at Silverstone last week.

After spending the morning in the garage, lead driver Timo Glock ventured out for five laps in the damp afternoon conditions and set a best time of 1m38.734s.

Testing times from Jerez (Wednesday 10 February)

1 ROSBERG Mercedes 1m20.927s (57)
2 BUEMI Toro Rosso 1m21.031s (84)
3 HULKENBERG Williams 1m22.243s (118)
4 ALONSO Ferrari 1m22.895s (88)
5 KOBAYASHI Sauber 1m23.287s (55)
6 BUTTON McLaren 1m24.947s (68)
7 LIUZZI Force India 1m24.968s (71)
8 PETROV Renault 1m25.440s (27)
9 WEBBER Red Bull 1m26.502s (50)
10 GLOCK Virgin 1m38.734s (5)
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Day 2 Kobayashi fastest in Jerez

Kobayashi fastest in Jerez
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February 11, 2010

Kamui Kobayashi sneaked in the fastest time of the very end of the second day of testing at Jerez by setting a lap of 1:19.950 in his BMW Sauber C29.

Jenson Button caused the third and final red flag of the session when his McLaren MP4-25 stopped on track with just 11 minutes remaining in the session. The track went green again with 34 seconds remaining, which allowed Michael Schumacher, Robert Kubica and Kobayashi to snatch a couple more laps.

Sebastien Buemi had been quickest during most of the day with a time of 1:20.026 in his Toro Rosso STR5. "Our basic programme for today was evaluating a couple of new aero parts, scanning different fuel levels and comparing tyres compounds," a Toro Rosso spokesperson told ESPNF1. The team worked on understanding the hard and the medium compound Bridgestone dry weather tyres and comparing them to the soft and the super-soft tyres used in Valencia.

Unlike Wednesday when it rained virtually nonstop, the sun was out today. But it did take more than an hour for the track to dry off in the morning.

Schumacher took over the Mercedes W01 from Nico Rosberg today, and Kubica replaced Vitaly Petrov in the Renault R30. The rest of the line-up stayed the same as it was on Wednesday: Nico Hulkenberg - Williams FW32; Fernando Alonso - Ferrari F10; Tonio Liuzzi Force - India VJM03; Mark Webber - Red Bull RB6; and Timo Glock - Virgin VR-01.

Hulkenberg brought out the first red flag just 22 minutes into the session when a hydraulic leak caused his Cosworth engine shut down and stranded him on the track on his fourth lap of the day. The Williams team reported that his programme for the morning was "carrying out aero and weight distribution tests and cooling runs," but the car spent three hours in the garage being repaired.

The Williams crew got Hulkenberg back out on the track just before the midpoint of the session, and he ended the day with the third quickest lap at 1:20.629.

Liuzzi was fourth after setting a 1:20.754. He reported that the Force India had understeer and the front tyres were graining, but the team has been banking plenty of data.

Out on the track, Schumacher was seen to adjust his entry to some corners as the Mercedes seemed to prefer an earlier more gentle turn in rather than a late, sharp one. He ended up fifth with a time of 1:21.083

Like the rest of the drivers and teams, Kobayashi, who had been sixth with a lap of 1:21.337 until the topped the times, was pleased the track was dry today. "With the new regulations, narrower front tyre and the big fuel tank, we need to learn many things, for myself, and for data for the team as well," he said. "So if we can gain a lot of mileage it would be nice for us."

Testing in the dry also meant that the teams did not have to deal with the problem they had in the rain on Wednesday when the Bridgestone intermediate wet weather tyre wore out very quickly. "Everybody had troubles with the intermediate," Kobayashi explained. "We could do about 10 laps and then the tyres had no grip. They became like slick tyres. Maybe the narrower front tyre makes the difference. We don't know."

One of the reasons the track organisers scheduled the four day test to run through Saturday was so that they could draw in weekend spectators to watch Spanish hero Alonso drive the Ferrari. Ironically, Ferrari scheduled Alonso to test on Wednesday and Thursday, and Felipe Massa will drive Friday and Saturday. Still, over 10,000 fans came to the track on Thursday.

Massa arrived at the track on Thursday and spent some time watching the cars going through the final corner. Button is sitting too high in the McLaren while Schumacher is sitting too low in the Mercedes, Massa observed.

Alonso programme for Thursday centred on long runs, pit stops, and stressing the tyres on heavy fuel loads to simulate race conditions this season. After eight laps there was a two second drop off in his lap times as the tyres lost their optimum grip. But, after stopping for new tyres, he still did a 212 km run, which was equivalent to just over two-thirds of a grand prix distance, and set the seventh fastest time at 1:21.424. He completed 129 laps, the most of the day.

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With the track being dry, Kubica and the team decided he should test rather than Petrov who has been scheduled to drive today. Kubica clocked the eighth best time at 1:22.003.

After losing half a day's running Wednesday because of an oil leak on the Red Bull, Webber racked up 99 laps on Thursday's session. He was back in eighth with a time of 1:22.043.

"It is early but I felt pretty confident in the car straight away," Webber said. "You never, ever know where you are in terms of the competition. Obviously that is what we are here for, to race against other people. And that is what we will do in Bahrain. But up until then it will be very hard for people to know exactly what is happening. We are pretty happy with the rollout of the car, and we will learn a lot more this month. We will start to look at doing some lap times later in the month."

The second red flag came out at 11:11 am after Glock's front wing came off and he ran over it. Virgin certainly did not need anything like that to happen. The team is extremely short on spare parts for the car. A shipment of parts arrived at about 11 pm Tuesday night, and the mechanics worked through the night to build up the car for the opening day of testing on Wednesday.

But when it rained almost the entire time Wednesday the team decided to run only a few laps rather than risk breaking anything in the wet conditions. With the track dry on Thursday, Glock headed out for some serious running but only got in 11 laps before his front wing woes intervened. His car stayed in the garage for the rest of the day.

"We experienced a front wing mounting problem which caused the wing to come off the car at the beginning of a run," said technical director Nick Wirth. "The cause has already been identified. Unfortunately, we're missing one or two spare parts which will hopefully arrive this evening, so we won't be able to run for the rest of the day.

"In the short amount of running that we've achieved so far, we are very encouraged by what we've seen and we have gathered some vital aero data which is very much in the range of what we were predicting. We look forward to resuming the programme tomorrow morning."

The weather stayed fair all day, with the ambient temperature topping 15 degrees Centigrade, and the track temperature exceeding 28 degrees Centigrade.

Lap Times February 11, 2010

Pos. Driver Car Best Time Laps
1. Kamui Kobayashi Sauber C29 1:19.950 103
2. Sebastien Buemi Toro Rosso STR5 1:20.026 121
3. Jenson Button McLaren MP4-25 1:20.618 83
4. Nico Hulkenberg Williams FW32 1:20.629 67
5. Tonio Liuzzi Force India VJM03 1:20.754 80
6. Michael Schumacher Mercedes W01 1:21.083 124
7. Fernando Alonso Ferrari F10 1:21.424 129
8. Robert Kubica Renault R30 1:22.003 103
9. Mark Webber Red Bull RB6 1:22.043 99
10. Timo Glock Virgin VR-01 1:29.964 11
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Hamilton blitzes final day of Jerez test

Hamilton blitzes final day of Jerez test - F1 | ITV Sport

Saturday, 13 February 2010 18:01

Lewis Hamilton fired a warning shot to his rivals by snatching the fastest time of this week's Jerez test in the final ten minutes.

The McLaren star appeared to focus on long runs for most of Saturday, languishing near the foot of the times.

But in the last half hour Hamilton picked up his pace and delivered two laps good enough to top the timing screens - the second of them a 1m19.593s, which put him half a second clear of the field.

After the rain that blighted Wednesday and Friday, day four of the Jerez sessions saw a totally dry track for most of the day, at least once early moisture had dissipated.

Until Hamilton's late flier, it looked like Force India would conclude a very impressive first week of work on the VJM03 with the fastest time, for Adrian Sutil had taken the top spot for a while just before the McLaren emerged.

Rubens Barrichello and Michael Schumacher had also both taken turns to head the order during the afternoon for Williams and Mercedes respectively.

The former Ferrari team-mates ended the day in third and fifth, despite both causing red flags at different junctures - Barrichello sliding off the road in the damp early going, and Schumacher deliberately running out of fuel as Mercedes tested its consumption rates.

The pair were split by Renault's Robert Kubica in fourth, with Sebastian Vettel sixth for Red Bull ahead of Felipe Massa (Ferrari), another man who purposely ran dry during his programme today.

Having been among the frontrunners earlier in the week, Sauber and Toro Rosso appeared to be running heavier today, leaving Pedro de la Rosa and Jaime Alguersuari back in eighth and 10th.

It was a much more encouraging day for newcomer Virgin Racing, as after a week of frustrations and delays, the team finally got some decent mileage under its belt today.

Lucas di Grassi completed 63 laps, and his best time was quicker than Alguersuari's, and within 3.3s of Hamilton's pace.

Testing will resume on Wednesday next week, with another four days at Jerez before the field heads for Valencia and the final four days of this year's truncated winter.


Testing times from Jerez (Saturday 13 February)

1 HAMILTON McLaren 1m19.583s (113)

2 SUTIL Force India 1m20.180s (83)

3 BARRICHELLO Williams 1m20.341s (90)

4 KUBICA Renault 1m20.358s (85)

5 SCHUMACHER Mercedes 1m20.613s (83)

6 VETTEL Red Bull 1m21.203s (89)

7 MASSA Ferrari 1m21.485s (160)

8 DE LA ROSA Sauber 1m22.134s (105)

9 DI GRASSI Virgin 1m22.912s (63)

10 ALGUERSUARI Toro Rosso 1m24.072s (98)

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