Massa remains on top in Valencia F1 testing
There was little to report from Formula 1 in Valencia today as testing is boring. Felipe Massa was quickest again for Ferrari (who certainly seem to have a strong car), and that was it. The most interesting bit of analysis comes again from James Allen, who said the best laps from each driver were done in short stints – except for McLaren’s Lewis Hamilton who did it at the beginning of a 20 laps stint. Therefore, when looking at today’s list of times think of Hamilton’s as with a bit of a handicap that makes his pace look slower. In fact, there are some reports around that most laps of that stint were all done in the 1:12 mark, which so far seems an impressive pace. No wonder Lewis seems very happy with his new car!
Times from Autosport:
Pos Driver Team Time Laps
1. Massa Ferrari (B) 1:11.722 124
2. Kobayashi BMW Sauber-Ferrari (B) 1:12.056 96
3. Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes (B) 1:12.256 108
4. Kubica Renault (B) 1:12.426 119
5. Rosberg Mercedes GP (B) 1:12.899 119
6. Barrichello Williams-Cosworth (B) 1:13.377 102
7. Buemi Toro Rosso-Ferrari (B) 1:13.823 107
Mercedes seems to have a weird problem with the driver’s seat sinking during the time out on track, which ruins the already limited visibility the drivers have on a F1 car. Renault doesn’t appear to be super strong at the moment, their lap was done in a very short 3-lap stint right at the end of the session, which ended with Kubica parking the car – apparently due to engine failure. Even if they have a dog of a car, I forgive them because that thing looks fantastic in the circuit. Disregard my first comments about it being ugly, the photos that keep coming from Valencia prove otherwise:
Apart from testing, two short news appeared today:
- From Allen again: a deal has been agreed that allows the new teams to skip 3 races of the season. Very helpful for teams like USF1 and Campos who seem to be having trouble in meeting the deadlines, but could mean we’ll see a smaller grid for Bahrain.
- Stefan GP keeps going against common sense and have announced they have shipped a 40 foot container to Bahrain, regardless of what happens. They also will test here in Portugal in the Portimão circuit next month. All of this despite not having an entry to race! Madness.
This week’s testing session at the Circuito Ricardo Tormo finishes tomorrow, and will feature for the first time Jenson Button in a McLaren and Fernando Alonso in a Ferrari.