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Barcelona Final Test – Summary

by F1Fan on March 1, 2010

Mclaren were again the fastest team, setting fastest laps at both last weeks second Jerez test and again for the final test held at the Circuit De Catalunya just outside of Barcelona.

Barelona Final Test Overall Fastest Lap times by Driver

PositionTeamDriver# LapsBest Lap
1McLarenLewis Hamilton2271:20.472
2Red Bull RacingMark Webber1701:20.496
3FerrariFelipe Massa2291:20.529
4Force IndiaAdrian Sutil1611:20.611
5WilliamsNico Hulkenberg1811:20.614
6FerrariFernando Alonso2081:20.637
7Red Bull RacingSebastian Vettel2521:20.667
8Mercedes GPNico Rosberg2351:20.686
9Mercedes GPMichael Schumacher2081:20.745
10WilliamsRubens Barrichello1851:20.870
11BMW Sauber F1Kamui Kobayashi1721:20.911
12BMW Sauber F1Pedro De La Rosa1871:20.973
13Force IndiaTonio Liuzzi1551:21.056
14Toro RossoSebastien Buemi1941:21.413
15McLarenJenson Button207
1:21.450
16Toro RossoJamie Alguersuari2151:21.571
17RenaultVitaly Petrov1421:22.523
18RenaultRobert Kubica1601:23.175
19Lotus RacingJarno Trulli1721:25.059
20Lotus RacingHeikki Kovalainen651:25.251
21Virgin RacingTimo Glock831:25.942
22Virgin RacingLucas Di Grassi801:26.160
23Lotus RacingFairuz Fauzy761:28.002
March 1st, 2010.

Lewis Hamilton driving the McLaren MP4-25 on the last day in Barcelona set the fastest time for the week but as the following table shows it is remarkably close at the top.

Eleven drivers set times which are only just over half of a second off of Hamiltons fastest time and within that group seven teams (Mclaren, Red Bull Racing, Ferrari, Force India, Williams, Mercedes GP & BMW Sauber F1) are just over four tenths of a second apart.

Barcelona Final Test - Total Laps Per Team

PositionTeamTotal Laps
1Mercedes GP443
2Scuderia Ferrari437
3McLaren434
4Red Bull Racing422
5Toro Rosso409
6AT&T William366
7BMW - Sauber F1359
8Force India316
9Lotus Racing313
10Renault302
11Virgin Racing163
March 1st, 2010

Of the teams using new engines this season Force India and Williams are leading the pack, with perhaps Williams showing better reliability. BMW Sauber F1 who showed great pace in the first and second tests seem to have fallen back during the last two tests but are still in the top seven.

Of the two brand new constructor teams Lotus Racing and Virgin Racing both cars are substantially of pace but at least the Lotus seems to be the more reliable o the two and has been making gradual improvement throughout the week in Barcelona.

Unfortunately the same cannot be said for Virgin Racing who have been struggling all week with the same Hydraulic problem that reared its head at the Jerez test. The team has designed new parts that are currently being manufactured that will hopefully fix the problem but they will not really know until the first practice session in Bahrain.

At least Virgin and Lotus will make it to the grid for the first race a remarkable achievement given the short time frames that these teams have been working under, unlike USF1 and Campos Meta 1 who are both hampered with financial problems due to lack of sponsorship.

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