2011 F1 testing day 15 live: Barcelona

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Mark Webber, Red Bull, Barcelona, 2011
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Red Bull are one of seven F1 teams who finish their pre-season testing at Barcelona today.

Renault, Force India, Sauber, Toro Rosso, Lotus and Virgin will also be running for the last time before the Australian Grand Prix.

Meanwhile HRT are due to run their F111 for the first time.

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The following drivers will be participating in today’s test:

TeamCarFriday 11th
Red BullRB7Sebastian Vettel
McLarenMP4-26Jenson Button
Ferrari150??? ItaliaFernando Alonso
MercedesW02Michael Schumacher
Nico Rosberg
RenaultR31Nick Heidfeld
WilliamsFW33Rubens Barrichello
Pastor Maldonado
Force IndiaVJM04Adrian Sutil (am)
Paul di Resta (pm)
SauberC30Kamui Kobayashi
Toro RossoSTR6Jaime Alguersuari
LotusT128Heikki Kovalainen
VirginMVR-02Jerome d’Ambrosio

Update: Mercedes are also running Nico Rosberg today and Williams are running Pastor Maldonado in the afternoon. The table above has been updated.

Best times at Barcelona this year

1SauberSergio Perez1’21.761
2Red BullSebastian Vettel1’21.8650.104
3FerrariFelipe Massa1’22.0920.331
4Toro RossoSebastien Buemi1’22.3960.635
5WilliamsRubens Barrichello1’22.6370.876
6RenaultVitaly Petrov1’22.6700.909
7McLarenLewis Hamilton1’22.8881.127
8MercedesMichael Schumacher1’22.8921.131
9LotusHeikki Kovalainen1’23.9902.229
10Force IndiaAdrian Sutil1’24.1772.416
11VirginJerome d’Ambrosio1’26.5014.740
12HRTVitantonio Liuzzi1’27.0445.283

2010 best times

These are the best times for each team from last year’s pre-season test at the Circuit de Catalunya:

DriverCarBest time
Lewis HamiltonMcLaren-Mercedes MP4-251’20.472
Mark WebberRed Bull-Renault RB61’20.496
Felipe MassaFerrari F101’20.539
Nico H???lkenbergWilliams-Cosworth FW321’20.614
Adrian SutilForce India-Mercedes VJM031’20.667
Nico RosbergMercedes W011’20.686
Kamui KobayashiBMW Sauber-Ferrari C291’20.911
Sebastien BuemiToro Rosso-Ferrari STR51’21.413
Vitaly PetrovRenault R301’22.523
Jarno TrulliLotus-Cosworth T1271’25.059
Timo GlockVirgin-Cosworth VR-011’25.942

2011 testing so far

DateCircuitFastest driverCarBest timeLaps
1/2ValenciaSebastian VettelRed Bull-Renault RB71’13.76993
2/2ValenciaFernando AlonsoFerrari 150??? Italia1’13.307108
3/2ValenciaRobert KubicaRenault R311’13.14495
10/2JerezFelipe MassaFerrari 150??? Italia1’20.709101
11/2JerezMichael SchumacherMercedes W021’20.352112
12/2JerezNick HeidfeldRenault R311’20.36186
13/2JerezRubens BarrichelloWilliams-Cosworth FW331’19.832103
18/2CatalunyaSebastian VettelRed Bull-Renault RB71’24.37437
19/2CatalunyaSebastian VettelRed Bull-Renault RB71’23.315104
20/2CatalunyaNico RosbergMercedes W021’23.16892
21/2CatalunyaFelipe MassaFerrari 150??? Italia1’22.625121
8/3CatalunyaMark WebberRed Bull-Renault RB71’22.54497
9/3CatalunyaSebastian VettelRed Bull-Renault RB71’21.865112
10/3CatalunyaSergio PerezSauber-Ferrari C301’21.76195


Today’s test is at the Circuit de Catalunya in Spain:

Direction: Clockwise
Length: 4.655km
Fastest lap (all-time): 1’18.483 (Fernando Alonso, Renault, 2008)

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37 comments on “2011 F1 testing day 15 live: Barcelona”

  1. Ralph Schumacher
    11th March 2011, 8:14

    Random question people.. Is it me or do the rest of u feel that the rapidly degrading pirelli tyres might result in a drop in sales of their tyres.. I know that the compounds for F1 tyres and road cares are totally different but in my mind, i cant help but subconciously feel that the pirellis will finish faster. Just me?

    1. Ironically I was buying new tyres for my car last week and was told that the Bridgestones aren’t as durable as the Pirelli’s.

    2. no way, Pirelli’s experience on the circuit can’t be compared to what they do on the road. Bridgestone has achieved that quality in over a decade, while Pirelli has just started. Moreover, Bridgestone could accelerate their experience without the restrictions in testing of these days (Ferrari could do hundreds and hundreds of laps in Fiorano…).

    3. Is it me or do the rest of u feel that the rapidly degrading pirelli tyres might result in a drop in sales of their tyres..

      Why would that happen? Bridgestone were so image-conscious that it led them to develop a “soft” tyre that could last for 52 laps of Monza because they didn’t want to be seen as producing an inferior-quality product. But if the Pirelli tyres as a success and it produces more exciting racing, I think Pirelli will have done themselves a huge favour.

      1. Yes, it sure will. Almost a cert. Many that only watch the odd race and don’t really follow F1 won’t understand the situation. Friend that aren’t that interested in F1 have already said why do they make such $%^& tyres.

  2. What’s the reason that the Pirelli tyres go off so quickly? Are they just really soft? And if so, shouldn’t that mean that they are offering heaps of grip, and would make lap times very very fast?

    1. They were deliberately designed to experience significantly higher rates of degradation than the Bridgestones.

  3. the-muffin-man
    11th March 2011, 9:11

    Is there any sign of an HRT emerging from a garage – or has anyone even seen an HRT in a garage!!!?

    1. Or even a HRT garage???

    2. Apparently it’s out for the first time this afternoon.

      1. It will be interesting to see who drives it… if they are serious they should send out Liuzzi.

        1. I agree, especially since he hasn’t driven the HRT car yet at all, so has to get on track with the engineers. But also because he did drive a recent higher up in the field car and can thus evaluate how the new car is doing. Maybe it would have been good if they first gave him some torturous laps in last years car to fully appreciate where they came from though.

          1. the-muffin-man
            11th March 2011, 12:20

            I’d guess that the man with the biggest wallet gets to drive the new toy first – and that isn’t Liuzzi!

          2. He drove the old HRT car in the last barcelona test for 1 day.

  4. Surely there’s a middle ground between Last years Bridgestone’s and the new Pirelli’s that would be perfect for Formula 1?…

  5. Red Bull slowest at the moment! waayyyyy

  6. 1m 21.2 for Schumacher. Will Red Bull be forced to show their hand yet?

  7. Interesting Newey will be driving Ford GT 40 at Barcelona test…I wonder whether Costa would be driving one of the Ferrari to spice the Ford vs Ferrari case up again.

  8. I can’t help shake the feeling that we’re either going to see something incredible or something awkward from Hispania.

    1. Ralph Schumacher
      11th March 2011, 10:35

      i’ve got my money on awkward.

    2. Do you honestly believe you will see something incredible from HRT?

    3. Or something incredible awkward maybe?

  9. 1m 21.2 for schumacher. Will Red Bull go quicker?

  10. It’d be sweet as a nut if HRT come out of the garage with their new livery and get in amongst the times :)

  11. just a thought! Do u think Mclaren is deceiving everyone regardind their pace? I heard they brought multiple uogrades today!

    1. I Really do hope that is the case but unfortunately i don’t think it is. Maybe they’ll do a low fuel run later to get themselves further up the list, not looking good at the moment stone dead last.

  12. Hispania lives!

    Proof that the F111 does exist and is not some convoluted ruse, as I’ve seen many people imply in recent weeks.

    1. That actually looks pretty good – even if it is only a tiny bit of the car, it at least isn’t bulky. Looks like they went for form fitting engine cover.

      1. the-muffin-man
        11th March 2011, 12:30

        Is that the instruction manual on the sidepod to show the mechanics how it fits together!!

        “take wing A, and attach to nose section B”, “Take 4 x round black things and attach to sticky-out bits at each corner”…..

  13. Is this a telling photograph perhaps. Schumacher returning to the pits after a run with what appears to be a big grin on his face.


  14. Look at Michael Schumachers times this morning,the new upgrade must be exactly what he wanted.

    1. I was wondering where you were when Schumi put in that 1:21 lap in.

  15. After Pirelli’s first tests last yar immediately the season ended, they decided that they would further reduce the durability of the tyres.
    Now between tyre durability and performance stability, they are yet to find the right compromise.
    They will need to complete at the very least, 3 – 5 races, run at normal conditions, before they can confidently chose a direction to take.

    They have only just returned after many years and been given a pretty odd request.
    With the current testing limits, teams are having hardly enough time to sort out their cars, with offical tyre tests vanishing from the schedules.

  16. Ralph Schumacher
    11th March 2011, 12:37

    so is McLaren running any upgrades today? The times surely don’t suggest this. Martin’s words gave me hope but he might have been blowing smoke to save his bacon… Which is now smoked..

    1. I think they braught some major upgrades today hence yesterdays abscence but…I am a Mclaren fan for the last 17 years but this year…. I keep hoping

    2. eternalsunshine
      11th March 2011, 16:10

      Agreed. I cannot believe they let themselves be at the bottom today.

      1. Button said that they had been testing with heavier fuel loads today.

        “But I think we learnt some positive things: today was never about pace, as we weren’t running lower fuel loads, but there is pace in the car – it’s just been masked by reliability issues.”

        Being at the bottom of the list doesn’t necessarily make them slower than everyone else.

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