New Ferrari driver quickest in his first test; Schumacher also on the pace

Fernando Alonso led the way in his first outing for Ferrari on day three of this year’s first Formula One test in Valencia.

More than 30,000 fans turned up today to watch their local hero Alonso and he didn't disappoint in, quickly getting up to speed following his close season team switch.

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Alonso was fastest for almost all of the day, edging Pedro de la Rosa’s Sauber and Mercedes' Michael Schumacher.

More worrying for Alonso's rivals was not the time he did, but the fact it came so early into a long stint - as he completed eight further laps following that effort.

McLaren's defending world champion Jenson Button was almost a second and a half off the pace, although differing fuel levels may explain at least some of the gap.

Unofficial times from day three:

1 Alonso (Ferrari) 1m11.470s2 de la Rosa (Sauber) +0.6243 Schumacher (Mercedes) +0.9684 Alguersuari (Toro Rosso) +1.1065 Button (McLaren) +1.4816 Petrov (Renault) +1.6277 Hulkenberg (Williams) +2.199

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3 February 2010

Button was driving on reverse?

3 February 2010

[quote VDG.CZ]Button was driving on reverse?[/quote]

Button's just not very fast, especially when he has to make up the difference.

3 February 2010

Low fuel runs to impress the fans and just read that Alonso has also been pretending to race and over take Button, leading to fireworks being let off in the stands. Nothing like a good bit of PR is there? Or am I just being cynical?

3 February 2010

[quote TheWizardWeb]Low fuel runs to impress the fans[/quote]

After his 1m11.470 lap he completed a further 8 laps, so hardly a low fuel run.

3 February 2010

Ferrari fastest on all three days,bmw sauber 2nd quickest all three days,and schumi 3rd on two of the days......round 1 of testing to ferrari me thinks,cant wait for round two of testing at jerez on the 10th of many cant wait for the season to start ,my loyaltys are mixed would like to see jenson & lewis to do really well for blighty,schumi because i think he is the best racer of the modern era,massa cause he is lucky to be alive and deserves to do well,alonso cause i love ferraris and so it goes on.....roll on the 14th march 2010,let the race begin!!!!!!!!!!!!

3 February 2010

Although early testing times are notoriously easy to manipulate depending on fuel and tyres, the fact that the rankings across all 3 days was pretty consistent is interesting.

Pleased to see that Sauber maintained their Day 1 performance, pleased to see Schumacher notably faster than Rosberg (just because it will annoy the knockers), pleased to see Massa having no problems at all and covering a lot of laps. And not surprised to see that the McHamilton looked fast when Lewis was driving it and slow when the No.2 No.1 driver was on board.

Concerned for Williams and Renault though. At no point have they looked quick, even if they are officially not looking for fast times.

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