Red Bull ace stars; two teams absent
25 February 2010

Mark Webber topped the opening day of the final Formula One test before the opening race in Bahrain.

The Red Bull racer lapped the Barcelona track almost a second quicker than his nearest rival, Williams' Nico Hulkenberg.

See pictures from the Barcelona F1 test

All of the teams are present at the test - which ends on Sunday - except newcomers Meta Campos and US F1.

Campos has recently been bought out, and its new owners are confident of having cars built in time for Bahrain. US F1, in contrast, has asked to miss the opening races, and will be subject to an inspection by the FIA to ascertain whether it has any realistic hopes of racing.

Test times

1 Webber (Red Bull) 1m21.487s2 Hulkenberg (Williams) 1m22.407s +0.9203 Rosberg (Mercedes) 1m22.514s +1.0274 de la Rosa (Sauber) 1m23.144s +1.6575 Button (McLaren) 1m23.452s +1.9656 Liuzzi (Force India) 1m24.064s +2.5777 Alonso (Ferrari) 1m24.170s +2.6838 Petrov (Renault) 1m24.173s +2.6869 Alguersuari (Toro Rosso) 1m24.869s +3.38210 Di Grassi (Virgin) 1m27.057s +5.57011 Fauzy (Lotus) 1m28.002s +6.515

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25 February 2010

[quote Autocar]Campos has recently been bought out, and its new owners are confident of having cars built in time for Bahrain[/quote]

The cars may be built but who will drive them?

Senna and Lopez are both rookies and have not covered the require test milage to get their F1 superlicence. If they don't test then how will they be allowed to drive!

All of the other teams have completed test milage for their rookie drivers and test drivers, that way everyone is legal to race, so I still don't see how Campos will do it, even if the car is ready.

25 February 2010

[quote MattDB]

Senna and Lopez are both rookies and have not covered the require test milage to get their F1 superlicence. If they don't test then how will they be allowed to drive!

[/quote]

Senna will have a superlicence because of his GP2 racing, but it's not certain he has the seat, he needs to bring sponsorship.

Karun Chandhok is supposed to be in with a chance because of his sponsorship. Again, he GP2 experiance may be enough.

There was talk of a 300Km testing minimum for new drivers, but I don't know how or if it has been applied.

A slow underdeveloped car in the hnds of two rookies doesn't look good, does it?

25 February 2010

[quote Autocar]Webber on top in last F1 test[/quote]

He's not. It's Hulkenberg at the mo, with a lap around a quarter of a second faster: 1m22.684s.

Early days, though.

25 February 2010

[quote VirginPower]He's not. It's Hulkenberg at the mo, [/quote]

Exactly, another misleading headline

They've only been out there a short while

25 February 2010

And it isn't the last test, the last test is on Sunday.....

25 February 2010

[quote Richard H]Exactly, another misleading headline.[/quote]

Yep. I've come to conclusion that you need to read something like EVO if you're looking for editorial that tries its hardest to be moderate, impartial, precise and professional.

Autocar's a half-decent magazine, and it does update the website more regularly than most, but I think that could partly be the cause of its failings; in trying to engender a steady flow of interest with hype and often shoddy, harried journalism.

Back on-message: Sauber appears to have created a really decent package to contest the mid-pack. I hope this enables Kobayashi to at least occasionally battle with the big boys, as he's already proven himself a potential future star.

25 February 2010

See, if you keep the headline long enough you might be lucky enough for it to come true, and sure enough at the end of the day, Webber was fasted again!!

25 February 2010

virgin racing, will be the shittest f1 team ever. (no offence)

www.KOOOLcr.com

 

25 February 2010

[quote kcrally]virgin racing, will be the shittest f1 team ever. (no offence)
[/quote]

You don't remember Andrea Moda, then?

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