Alfa Romeo reserve driver Robert Kubica was quickest as F1 testing resumed at the Circuit de Catalunya.
[f1tv2020testa]Kubica, who has joined the team from Williams, lowered their best time of the test so far with a lap of 1’16.942 during his morning’s running in the car. He handed over to race driver Kimi Raikkonen at the lunch break, but his time remained unbeaten during the afternoon’s running.
Red Bull had a quiet start to the day but Max Verstappen had a busy afternoon, covering more than a race distance. He also found time for two harmless spins.
The latter came with just five minutes to go and, unusually, coincided with Daniil Kvyat stopping his AlphaTauri elsewhere on the track. Those two stoppages brought out the red flags and meant the session came to an early end.
Kvyat set the fourth-quickest time behind Sergio Perez, with his team mate Pierre Gasly less than a tenth of a second behind him. Alexander Albon was sixth having, like Gasly, missed much of the morning’s action due to technical problems on his car.
The Mercedes drivers put another 179 laps on the W11 between them, though the overall pace-setters of pre-season testing so far didn’t trouble the top of the times all day. They were split by Lance Stroll, while Sebastian Vettel completed the top 10 after spinning his Ferrari in the morning.
All bar two of the regular race drivers were in action today: Only Antonio Giovinazzi and Kevin Magnussen did no running as all the teams bar Haas used two different drivers. The only driver to spend a full day in his car was Romain Grosjean, who covered 107 laps for Haas.
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|Pos.||Car number||Driver||Team||Model||Best time||Gap||Laps||Tyres|
|1||88||Robert Kubica||Alfa Romeo||C39||1’16.942||53||C5|
|2||33||Max Verstappen||Red Bull||RB16||1’17.347||0.405||84||C3|
|3||11||Sergio Perez||Racing Point||RP20||1’17.428||0.486||84||C3|
|6||23||Alexander Albon||Red Bull||RB16||1’17.550||0.608||29||C2|
|8||18||Lance Stroll||Racing Point||RP20||1’17.787||0.845||43||C3|
|12||55||Carlos Sainz Jnr||McLaren||MCL35||1’18.221||1.279||46||C3|
|18||7||Kimi Raikkonen||Alfa Romeo||C39||1’19.515||2.573||51||C3|
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12 comments on “Kubica heads test with Alfa Romeo’s best time so far”
26th February 2020, 17:34
Good job Robert :)
26th February 2020, 17:35
Ocon is often tasked with doing weird things, the other day he was lapping the track exclusively off line.
26th February 2020, 17:49
Kubica – the guy who, as Williams implied, “did not understand the tires.” Yup, clearly, he is old, clueless, and slower than Russell.
26th February 2020, 18:00
It means nothing as it was a time set on the softest tires on a 3 lap obvious low fuel qualifying sim.
He’s literally the only driver to have gone for that today as everyone else was doing longer runs on harder compounds.
27th February 2020, 8:30
So did Kimi last week… He had even less fuel…. And yet Kubica was faster. :l
26th February 2020, 21:56
Pete, as others have noted, Kubica seems to have set that time in a single qualifying stint on the softest compound when most rival teams set their best times during extended stints, suggesting that fuel loads seem to have played a fairly significant factor.
It is notable that some other drivers, tyre compound corrected, look like they could have been a fair bit faster than Kubica too. It might be a bit of a let down, but Lance Stroll was virtually matching Kubica’s sector times in the first two sectors of the lap, despite using a tyre two grades harder than that of Kubica.
Equally, there were reports that the windspeed picked up quite considerable in the afternoon session, with the track becoming noticeably slower – Tobias Gruner, from AMuS, said he’d been told the track was about 0.6s slower in the afternoon. Now, Kvyat and Perez went on to set lap times during that afternoon session which were only around 0.5s off Kubica’s time, both of which were set on harder compound tyres – the fact they were getting that close in what is reported as being less favourable conditions and with harder compound tyres does cast Kubica’s time in a bit of a different light.
26th February 2020, 17:57
One other thought – this was the third fastest time of testing to date. Yes, it’s just testing, but compare it to the 2019 insinuations that Kubica was old, handicapped, and obviously outclassed by Russell (despite passing Russell at the start of almost every race). Or Williams’ insinuations that Kubica has no more performance in him. Considering how much Kubica is liked and respected at Alfa Romeo (aka “former Sauber”) as well as at Ferrari, I would not be surprised if this wasn’t a big “in your face, Williams” from both of these teams. For instance, Ferrari allowing Alfa to run with a few hundreds extra RPMs on their engine this time around…
26th February 2020, 20:40
Imagine how fast Russel would have been in that Alfa! Probably about a second faster again.
27th February 2020, 8:39
Remind me how many points had fast Russell. Last year. :)
27th February 2020, 13:49
Imagine how two seconds would make Russel look much better in Toto’s eyes. Give Russel this Alfa seat Kubica!
28th February 2020, 0:18
Yea but this is not English team and Russell would have second class parts with funny brakes and he would be second slower than Robert :)
Remember then Magnussen sign for Hass when he was in Renault ? Suddenly Palmer !!! was faster than him.
26th February 2020, 22:06
It’s all down to the softer tires and it’s made just for the sponsors and blablabla… who cares. This is actually very nice to see. Think about this guy, what he has endured. This is a nice little awesome thing, it made me smile.
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