Williams driver tops testing times ahead of Ferrari's Fernando Alonso
26 February 2010

Williams driver Nico Hulkenberg was fastest on day two of the final Formula One test in Barcelona.

Most of the teams who took part today ran on low fuel to prepare qualifying set-ups, before switching to longer race simulation stints in the afternoon. Teams also took advantage of the dry weather, something which hasn’t been a regular feature of the year’s previous tests.

See the pics from today's action in Barcelona

Hulkenburg was faster than Ferrari's Fernando Alonso, who had been setting the pace for much of the day.

Virgin was back on track with Timo Glock after his team mate Lucas di Grassi damaged the team’s car yesterday. Jarno Trulli ran for Lotus – the two aforementioned teams are the only ones of F1’s new quartet to take part in the pre season testing following the continued absence of both Campos Meta and US F1.

Unofficial testing times

1. Hulkenberg Williams-Cosworth 1:20.6142. Alonso Ferrari 1:20.6373. de la Rosa BMW-Sauber 1:20.9734. Liuzzi Force India-Mercedes 1:21.0565. Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1:21.2586. Alguersuari Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1:21.5717. M.Schumacher Mercedes GP 1:21.6898. Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1:22.1529. Kubica Renault 1:24.91210. Trulli Lotus-Cosworth 1:25.52411. Glock Virgin-Cosworth 1:25.942

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26 February 2010

Can't help wonder if this is yet another low fuel run by the Spanish Estafador!

Typically he'll do a low fuel qualifying just to get up the grid, but quickly falls back during the race especially when he has to pit early (or gets lucky(?) with a crashing team mate). Makes him look quick, but everybody would be quicker if they didn't have to carry fuel!

26 February 2010

So Alonso has done a qualifying run, whoopee! Do you really think Schumacher and Hamilton are 4 seconds off the pace, I don't think so!

26 February 2010

Doesn't mean a thing,it's what happens on race week and ultimately on race day itself,Schumacher was quoted as saying that several cars could be in with a shout this season, i'd take the experience of a seasoned F1 driver any day because he's been at the sharp end.

26 February 2010


Please read what Autocar wrote,most teams are running low

fuel in the test today.

Also he can not pit early for fuel,this season there will be no

fuel pit stops,and as for the times,they mean little or nothing.

26 February 2010

[quote kdwilcox]Symanski; Please read what Autocar wrote,most teams are running low[/quote]

I know that the teams will be running different fuel loads, and one's low fuel may be different from another's!

Yes, I do know also that this year there won't be any refueling during a race. Historically Alonso would go light to try and get some limelight during qually, but we'll have to see if he's grown up this year. Will the toys be flying out the pram if Massa is quicker?

And I totally agree that the times during testing are almost completely meaningless. Although I do remember one year during pre-season testing that a certain rookie was quicker than a two times world champion. McLaren played it down, but ultimately we found that Hamilton was the real deal.

26 February 2010

[quote kdwilcox]Please read what Autocar wrote...[/quote]

You sweet, naive, innocent boy.

Hulkenberg goes fastest by 0.023s! Here comes Schumacher!

26 February 2010

By pretending to spin off, the dirty little bugger Alonso has scuppered Schumacher's final flying laps, which were sure to see him top the time sheet.

He's brought to Ferrari the most effective tactics from his recent time at Renault.

26 February 2010

[quote VirginPower]By pretending to spin off, the dirty little bugger Alonso[/quote]

Are you suggesting that two times World Champion Fernado Alonso is a cheat?

Quite agree too.....

26 February 2010

The cars look bloody awful in action. The front tyres are puny and the proportions are shot.

Next year the regulations should increase both rear and front tyre width and allow for a wider body to accommodate the fuel tanks. Or just bring back refuelling; after all, that is the most fuel-efficient way to complete a race.

26 February 2010

So,you suggest that two times world champion

Fernado Alonso is a cheat.

Well i do not need to suggest that 7 times world champion

M.Schumacher is a 3 times cheat,it is a fact.

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