Saturday, March 12, 2011


Mercedes fastest on rain in Barselona
P.    Driver             Team                   Time       Gap  Laps
1. Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 1m22.544s 97
2. Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1m22.910s + 0.366 74
3. Vitaly Petrov Renault 1m22.937s + 0.393 27
4. Sergio Perez Sauber-Ferrari 1m24.117s + 1.573 90
5. Nick Heidfeld Renault 1m24.735s + 2.191 20
6. Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 1m25.039s + 2.495 38
7. Davide Valsecchi Lotus-Renault 1m25.406s + 2.862 50
8. Sebastien Buemi Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1m26.004s + 3.460 48
9. Nico Hulkenberg Force India-Mercedes 1m26.030s + 3.486 31
10. Luiz Razia Lotus-Renault 1m26.723s + 4.179 29
11. Jerome D'Ambrosio Virgin-Cosworth 1m32.060s + 9.516 57

Pos  Driver             Team                  Time        Gap    Laps
1. Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1m21.865s 112
2. Sebastien Buemi Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1m22.396s + 0.531s 120
3. Vitaly Petrov Renault 1m22.670s + 0.805s 116
4. Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1m22.888s + 1.023s 57
5. Felipe Massa Ferrari 1m23.324s + 1.459s 101
6. Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 1m24.334s + 2.469s 118
7. Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 1m24.436s + 2.571s 107
8. Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1m25.807s + 3.942s 100
9. Jarno Trulli Lotus-Renault 1m26.090s + 4.225s 98
10. Pastor Maldonado Williams-Cosworth 1m26.989s + 5.124s 29
11. Jerome D'Ambrosio Virgin-Cosworth 1m28.982s + 7.117s 64

Pos  Driver               Team                  Time       Gap     Laps
1. Sergio Perez Sauber-Ferrari 1m21.761s 95
2. Felipe Massa Ferrari 1m22.092s + 0.331s 132
3. Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 1m22.466s + 0.705s 97
4. Rubens Barrichello Williams-Cosworth 1m22.637s + 0.876s 105
5. Michael Schumacher Mercedes 1m22.892s + 1.131s 89
6. Nick Heidfeld Renault 1m23.541s + 1.780s 32
7. Heikki Kovalainen Lotus-Renault 1m23.990s + 2.229s 40
8. Vitaly Petrov Renault 1m24.233s + 2.472s 24
9. Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1m24.334s + 2.573s 108
10. Jaime Alguersuari Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1m24.779s + 3.018s 107
11. Jerome D'Ambrosio Virgin-Cosworth 1m27.336s + 5.575s 96
12. Jarno Trulli Lotus-Renault 1m34.485s + 12.724s 6

Pos  Driver              Team                   Time        Gap   Laps
1. Michael Schumacher Mercedes 1m21.268s 67
2. Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1m21.614s + 0.346s 141
3. Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1m21.788s + 0.520s 22
4. Nick Heidfeld Renault 1m22.073s + 0.805s 67
5. Rubens Barrichello Williams-Cosworth 1m22.233s + 0.965s 89
6. Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 1m22.315s + 1.047s 98
7. Jaime Alguersuari Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1m22.675s + 1.407s 72
8. Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1m22.933s + 1.665s 64
9. Heikki Kovalainen Lotus-Renault 1m23.437s + 2.169s 138
10. Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 1m23.653s + 2.385s 42
11. Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1m23.921s + 2.653s 26
12. Pastor Maldonado Williams-Cosworth 1m24.108s + 2.840s 11
13. Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1m25.837s + 4.569s 57
14. Jerome D'Ambrosio Virgin-Cosworth 1m27.375s + 6.107s 46
Pos  Driver                Team               Time       Gap    Laps
1. Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1m43.814s 35
2. Pastor Maldonado Williams-Cosworth 1m44.333s + 0.519s 23
3. Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1m44.560s + 0.746s 33
4. Michael Schumacher Mercedes 5
5. Fernando Alonso Ferrari 5
This test session in Barcelona showed us that the fastest are those who were Red Bull and Ferrari, followed by Renault, Mercedes GP, they have faster package than last test session, and maybe McLaren, given that it is a great team with many employees and a big budget, so it can respond to problems quickly.

Red Bull and Ferrari with the standard program, standard fast and durable car, with some minor problems. They will lead the battle for the top places in Australia. T think and Lotus-Renault
is close to them.

Michael Schumacher on the fourth day of testing had a time of 1:21.2, although with qualifying set-up of the car, which is very impressive time, later repeated by Nico Rosberg, also with little fuel, had 1:21.7. The question now is whether the seven-time world champion Michael Schumacher is back and whether he showed his true talent we saw at Ferrari, the first two or three races will show whether these were real performance.

McLaren is struggling to find the raw performance, but more importantly the durability of the car is not very good, so with these two problems, they have really a lot of work to do before they join the Red Bull and Ferrari. But as you mentioned earlier is a great team with a great budget.

Follow teams from the middle, Toro Rosso has shown excellent results, Sauber, Williams, Force India sinking further, so there will be a tough job to keep last year's ranking, and may be defeated by Lotus (but they don`t have KERS), so now the weakest triplet mey be lead by Force India team. Virgin standard slow, while the HRT team failed to collect enough parts to drove at least one lap on the track in Barcelona. I say would not finish the first race in Australia.

Another main topic of conversation are Pirelli tyres, undoubtedly the main theme before, during and after the Australian GP. Some drivers made it clear that they are not happy with them, although most od them not wishing to make statements in public about their quality. There is some concern about the effectiveness of full wet tyres, which have not been tested as needed. But I do not know why so much fuss when for us is supposed to make racing much more interesting.

This year we also have movable rear wing, but they are burdened with so many rules for their use, so I do not know and why did they made it moveable. There will be many irregularity on this topic. All expect to have more overtaking, but whether it will be so we'll see soon, after a few races, but at the moment there are a few gray spots in the area of ​​the F1 rules.

Most drivers are also complaining, especially those with KERS in their car, they must push many buttons at the exit of each turn in order to maximize the advantage of KERS system, and movable rear wing.

Everybody says, Melbourne qualifying will win the fastest car but the race would be won by team that understood behavior of tyres. Australian Grand Prix will answer many unanswered questions at this point.