F1 – Testing Day 3, Team Lotus

JARNO TRULLI: “It has been a very positive first day, despite the fact we deliberately didn’t set any meaningful laptimes as the car is missing a few parts that will be with us tomorrow. Nevertheless, the car feels great – it has good grip and today we were able to concentrate on carrying out work on the systems which we were going to have to do at some point anyway. Now we can concentrate on building up the performance levels tomorrow and in the next tests, so while it’s a shame I couldn’t have a full taste of the car, it was still a very positive first day in the new car.”

MIKE GASCOYNE: “We had a limited programme today due to the lack of power steering on the car. Under those circumstances 38 laps was the full programme and I want to say well done to Jarno for completing the plan in a car that was clearly hard work to drive. On the positive side we have now completed the systems checks on fuel, aerodynamics and cooling and were able to do start simulations, so with the fact we have another full day of testing tomorrow with both race drivers and the power steering we are aiming to step up to focusing on performance on our third day in Valencia.”

F1 – Testing Day 3, Toro Rosso

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The first test session of the season came to an end this afternoon, after Jaime Alguersuari had given the STR6 its track debut on Tuesday. Sebastien Buemi took over yesterday afternoon and ran through all of today. Three days of testing is not enough to draw any real conclusions about performance and comparison with others is definitely not on the cards, given that some teams were still running 2010 cars, while Pirelli provided no less than three different types of tyres. While the trucks now travel south to Jerez de la Frontera, the engineers have a few days to analyse data and prepare a programme for the next four day test session which gets underway on Thursday 10 February.  Read more of this post

F1 – Q and A with Mark Webber and Daniel Ricciardo

Nine years after Mark Webber’s stunning debut for Minardi, fellow Australian Daniel Ricciardo is due to do the same thing -albeit only during the Friday-morning sessions of a Grand Prix weekend – and with the team from Faenza now called Scuderia Toro Rosso. We caught up with the Red Bull drivers before the start of their latest testing season… Read more of this post

F1 – Massa in the hot seat!

Felipe Massa’s first test day with the F150 certainly did not get off to the kind of start he would have wanted. As he was coming to the end of his first run of laps, the Brazilian had to park at the side of the track, with an oil leak caused by a broken clamp.

Unfortunately the lubricant ended up on the exhausts which led to a small fire breaking out and that caused some damage to the car. The mechanics immediately set to work on repairing the damage, but it is unlikely that the car will be back on track much before 3 in the afternoon.

F1 – Q and A with Pastor Maldonado

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Q and A with Pastor Maldonado

Q: You had your first official outing for AT&T Williams yesterday, how did it feel?
PM: Driving the FW33 and getting a feel for the new car was great! My run wasn’t that long, but we are concentrating on learning the car to begin with and I was preparing myself for today’s programme. Read more of this post

F1 – Testing Day 2, Team Lotus

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HEIKKI KOVALAINEN: “Despite the limited running today the car felt fantastic. It immediately felt like it was much better balanced than last year’s car and the grip level felt ok, but it’s a bit hard to make any real judgements as we weren’t going for performance. Today was basically our shakedown and we managed to get through most of the checks we’d aimed to – it wasn’t about pushing today, it was about checking the systems and making sure the new engine, gearbox and hydraulics are all working as we want them to. The whole team has had a very busy winter and everybody has been working flat out to make sure we could be at the first test of the season which wasn’t the case last year. This morning we were the first car out on track and that’s been the story all winter – we’ve hit all our targets and it was the same today.” Read more of this post

F1 – Testing Day 2, Williams F1

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 Sam Michael, Technical Director: We had a problem in the morning session with an ignition coil wiring loom shorting out against a testing sensor which cost us two hours with Rubens. We therefore extended his programme slightly to do some set-up work in the morning and gain more understanding of the FW33. Pastor then took over in the afternoon and acclimatised himself to the car and the electronics, he didn’t do any real set-up work as we will get into that tomorrow. Overall it was another good day in terms of mileage. Read more of this post

F1 – Testing Day 2, Ferrari

Second day of testing for Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro, alongside eleven other teams at the Cheste circuit, near Valencia.

Fernando Alonso continued with development work on the F150, concentrating mainly on acquiring data which will be used to analyse the aerodynamic behaviour of the car, as well as gaining a further understanding of the Pirelli tyres. The Spanish driver covered a total of 108 laps, the best in a time of 1.13.307.

The Scuderia continues testing at this circuit tomorrow, when Felipe Massa will be on track.

F1 – Testing Day 2, Sauber

The Sauber F1 Team experienced a rather difficult second day of testing in Valencia, and covered no more than 42 laps. Despite this, the team’s new rookie driver, Sergio Pérez from Mexico, had his first driving experience at the wheel of the new Sauber C30-Ferrari. Some technical issues have to be resolved overnight, and the team faces a busy programme tomorrow (Thursday), which will be the third and final day of winter testing on the Circuit Ricardo Tormo. Read more of this post

F1 – Testing Day 2, Hispania

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The engine of Hispania Racing car has fired up for the second day in Cheste after the opening day of this week’s first pre-season test. The sun was shining and the grandstands of the Ricardo Tormo circuit were full of the more than 12,000 supporters who came to back their favorite outfits and drivers, all eager to see the beginning of this awaited 2011 season. Read more of this post

F1 – Testing Day 2, Virgin Racing

Day two of the first Formula One tests of the 2011 season saw Timo Glock back in the 2010 VR-01 car in Valencia today. The German driver and the team were able to carry on testing the new Pirelli tyres and continue working through the programme of 2011 systems evaluation. Read more of this post

F1 – Testing Day 2, Lotus Renault GP

Robert took over the cockpit of the R31 today for the second day of the Valencia test.

 What we learned today:
– Robert ran with a new steering wheel design and felt happy with the new button layout, which makes it easier to manage the heavy workload associated with KERS and the adjustable rear wing.
– Flow Viz paint was used on the car this morning allowing the team to confirm the new aero package was working as expected.
– The team ran with supersoft, soft and medium compounds of Pirelli tyres to gather preliminary data on the new 2011 rubber. Read more of this post

F1 – Testing Day 2, Mclaren

Today saw a continuation of the programme started yesterday by Gary Paffett – namely, gathering data and feedback on Pirelli’s 2011 rubber using a modified MP4-25.

Lewis said: “It felt great to be back in the car. I haven’t been driving for a while, so it felt good to brush away the cobwebs, and I felt at home straight away.

 “Even though we were using the 2010 car, we had quite a productive day. We were trying to replicate 2011 downforce levels on the old car – so it wasn’t 100 per cent accurate – but we still got a good understanding of the new Pirellis and covered quite a lot of ground.

“The new tyres are easy to get a feel for; there’s not as much grip on the Pirellis as we had last year; they drop off quite a bit, too, and they’re a little bit harder to control over a longer stint – but it’s the same for everybody.”

Jenson Button winds up the programme tomorrow before focus shifts to Friday’s launch of the MP4-26 and next week’s Jerez test.

F1 – Testing Day 2, Red Bull Racing

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Red Bull Racing drivers Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber split the driving duties today, with Sebastian driving in the morning, before Mark took over for the afternoon. Read more of this post

F1 – Testing Day 2, Force India

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Paul di Resta continued the Force India F1 Team’s winter testing programme at the Valencia permanent circuit today, completing more than 100 laps of the 3.92km Spanish track. The Scot contributed to an extremely productive day as he gathered more information on the performance of the three Pirelli tyre compounds available this week. His fastest lap, a 1:13.844, was the third quickest of the day behind Alonso and curent world champion Sebastian Vettel. Read more of this post