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Jerez First Test Round Up – Ferrari On Top?

by F1Fan on February 14, 2010

The second Formula One test session of the season finished yesterday in Jerez, with weather playing a large part throughout the four test days hampering many of the teams dry weather set up and tyre testing strategy.

Looking at the overall lap times it would pretty easy to concluded that Ferrari in particular was completely off the pace at Jerez and in no way showed the dominant performance indicated during the first Test held at the Ricardo Tormo circuit just outside Valencia.

Jerez First Test Overall Fastest Lap times by Driver

PositionTeamDriver# LapsBest Lap
1McLarenLewis Hamilton1811:19.583
2Toro RossoJamie Alguersuari1741:19.919
3BMW Sauber F1Kamui Kobayashi1581:19.950
4Toro RossoSebastien Buemi2051:20.026
5Force IndiaAdrian Sutil1321:20.180
6WilliamsRubens Barrichello2101:20.341
7Renault F1Robert Kubica1891:20.358
8Mercedes GPMichael Schumacher2081:20.613
9McLarenJenson Button1511:20.618
10WilliamsNico Hulkenberg1851:20.629
11BMW Sauber F1Pedro De La Rosa1631:20.736
12Force IndiaTonio Liuzzi1761:20.754
13Mercedes GpNico Rosberg1101:20.927
14Red Bull RacingSebastian Vettel1491:21.203
15Scuderia FerrariFernando Alonso2171:21.424
16Scuderia FerrariFelipe Massa2321:21.486
17Renault F1Vitaly Petrov 951:22.000
18Red Bull RacingMark Webber1491:22.043
19Virgin RacingLucas Di Grassi711:22.912
20Virgin RacingTimo Glock161:29.964
Feb 13th, 2010.

However, fast lap times are only part of the story, after all we are not privy to every Teams goals for each and every test outing. Looking at the total number of laps driven a different picture emerges.

Jerez First Test Total Laps Per Team

PositionTeamTotal Laps
1Scuderia Ferrari449
2AT&T William395
3Toro Rosso379
4McLaren332
5BMW - Sauber F1321
6Mercedes GP318
7Red Bull Racing298
8Renault284
9Force India283
10Virgin Racing87
Feb 13th, 2010

Ferrari’s total of 449 laps, approximately 1,976 km was over 200 km more than the next closest team AT&T Williams, truly confirming the new Ferrari F10’s overall reliability. During the week Ferrari spent a lot of time concentrating on comparing the difference in the various compounds available with the new Bridgstone tires and during the last day Felipe Massa put on a mammoth 160 laps on the car, that is almost three times farther than the average Grand Prix with no major problems.

After the end of testing Felipe Massa commented:

“We’ve never driven 700 kilometres in just one day, Physically I feel well, I actually thought that I might be more tired than I am. I’m pleased by the work we’ve done today, because we could test the car under all conditions. I’m happy for myself and the team: we concluded the foreseen programme and there is lots of data to analyse over the upcoming days, so we can prepare ourselves the best possible way for the next test session, without any particular problems. The only stop I had doesn’t worry me at all, because we know what caused it. I think we’re heading in the right direction, but we’re aware of the fact that there’s still lots of work ahead of us.

For sure we can say that we’ve got a reliable car, but it’s much too early for the rest, although I really hope so. The one who does the best work, day after day on the track and at home, wins the title. I’m not the most important thing here. What counts is that we know that we’ve got a fast and constant car.”

I’d say Felipe is somewhat understating the new cars performance.

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