2011 F1 testing day 16 live: Barcelona

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Fernando Alonso, Ferrari, Barcelona, 2011

Ferrari, McLaren, Mercedes and Williams are the only four teams remaining at the Barcelona test.

However they may have little opportunity to run today as heavy rain has hit the Circuit de Catalunya.

The other teams have all finished their pre-season testing allocation, apart from HRT who were supposed to be running today but can’t.

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

TeamCarFriday 11th
McLarenMP4-26Lewis Hamilton
Ferrari150??? ItaliaFernando Alonso
MercedesW02Nico Rosberg
WilliamsFW33Pastor Maldonado

Best times at Barcelona this year

1MercedesMichael Schumacher1’21.268
2FerrariFernando Alonso1’21.6140.346
3SauberSergio Perez1’21.7610.493
4Red BullSebastian Vettel1’21.8650.597
5RenaultNick Heidfeld1’22.0730.805
6WilliamsRubens Barrichello1’22.2330.965
7Toro RossoSebastien Buemi1’22.3961.128
8McLarenLewis Hamilton1’22.8881.620
9LotusHeikki Kovalainen1’23.4372.169
10Force IndiaPaul di Resta1’23.6532.385
11VirginJerome d’Ambrosio1’26.5015.233
12HRTVitantonio Liuzzi1’27.0445.776

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 HulkenbergWilliams-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
11/3CatalunyaMichael SchumacherMercedes W021’21.26867


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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    12 comments on “2011 F1 testing day 16 live: Barcelona”

    1. Good thing Mercedes got Rosberg out for some running yesterday. McLaren really look like they messed up the testing this year.

      As for Ferrari, I suppose having already done more than a complete race season of testing it does not matter too much. They can bring Alonso out a few times to please the fans, find a nice setup for the wet tyres and be satisfied.

      1. Mercedes seemed to have bounced back pretty strong with their latest updates. I thought Mclaren would be making large strides in the last few days of testing, and Mercedes would falter, but it seems to have worked out the other way around. I think Mercedes and Renault will be fighting for the 3rd spot, and Mclaren will be battling Williams for the last team into Q3.

        1. Mercedes might be in better shape than last year, and if Mclaren indeed have messed up this year, Mercedes might be the 3rd team and could be fighting for podiums on a more regular basis. And I say IF Schumacher where to win a race, his motivation and enthusiasm will make him extremely competitive! I don’t think that is an overstatement. If he can take a win, he will be right back in his old pushing ways.

        2. Yes it’s very possible with the current trend. And don’t forget Toro Roso and Sauber they will make an upset bigtime. Mclaren has alot to worry this time unless they can make an upgrade with possitive results. But i doubt it will happend sooner…

    2. Well Ross Brawn was pretty confident he would find that 1s. But it is only testing!

      1. It’s the final test of the off-season. If there is any moment when testing times can be considered representative of pace, it is now. Red Bull and Ferrari are naturally strong. Renault is right up there, and some of Vitaly Petrov’s comments in interviews he has done imply they may even be better than Ferrari. Mercedes is difficult to judge, largely because they’ve only just gotten the full upgrade on the car, and while Schumacher topped yesterday’s timing charts, there simply wasn’t enough running to say with any certainty where they are. Likewise Sauber; Sergio Perez has been very impressive, but last year Sauber looked very strong until the actual racing began.

        We won’t know for sure until qualifying in Melbourne, but if ever there was a time when we could draw reasonable conclusions from winter testing, it is now.

        1. Yeah if you look at who was fast last year and compare it to this year… it’s all a bit of pointless speculation.

          Renault is right up there, and some of Vitaly Petrov’s comments in interviews he has done imply they may even be better than Ferrari

          Renault in the hand of Heidfeld or Kibica… Pet may know a good car when he drives one, but I still have no faith in him bringing home the bacon for Renault. I don’t think Renault does either or he’d have been the No. 1 and one of their countless reserves would have filled his role as No. 2.

          I’m feeling the vibe that Nick the Quick is gonna bring home the big fat bacon for Renault this year.

        2. Surely just because we’re at the very end of the testing season doesn’t mean everyone is going to go flat out?

    3. i think we have enough information from the testing that Red Bull are clearly the favorites with Ferrari behind em.

      Mercedes are not looking strong and seem to be very close to the top two, behind em it’s Renault, and then it could be McLaren. Though we don’t have enough idea where McLaren can be if they make that car reliable enough.

      in the midflied pack, Williams & Sauber could surprise the top teams. STR also looks fairly competitive. Force India seems to have lost huge lap time compared to other teams in the mid-field.

      Team Lotus have done a pretty good job and for sure they will be the leaders among the new teams, but probably they might be challenging the likes of Force India & STR in the mid-field. It could probably be the 1st new team to score points too. Virgin may lead HRT at the back, but reliability & luck will probably decide who will end up at the back than the true pace of the car.

    4. seems like testing today is as fun as spending time with your mother in law

    5. I love how some people are saying that McLaren have a “bad” car, but yet deem the cars they expect them to be fighting with, namely Williams, Torro Rosso and Sauber, to be very good cars. McLaren’s car isnt bad, its just not as good as the truly exceptional cars of Red Bull and Ferrari (and probably Renault and Mercedes too)

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