F1 » Jerez F1 test times - day four: 20 February

Reigning F1 World Champion Jenson Button puts his new McLaren-Mercedes MP4-25 on top of the pile for the first time as pre-season 2010 testing wraps up at Jerez in southern Spain

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CarCrazed - Unregistered

February 21, 2010 12:07 AM

Alan, I'm not disagreeing with you (quite the opposite actually) but Jenson did that time at a Qualy run -only 4 laps if i recall correctly- yet Jarno seemed to concentrate on finding a baseline setup and doing race-like stint runs -he did mostly 15 to 20 laps on his good runs-. On the Virgin side, they kept fighting with reliability problems (they seem to have a persistent hydraulic issue) so they did mostly checking runs, as opposed to performance runs.

What I'm trying to say is, there is a very good chance Lotus and Virgin are a bit closer than we think, still a few secs behind though


February 21, 2010 2:01 AM

I think these times are far more meaningful as it has been dry and there were mainly 2 kinds of tests going on... JB did hes best time on 3 timed runs and pitted, rest of the day he went slower as on longer runs... what did catch my eye was Alonso... 35 laps averaging '22s and a shorter run of around 15 or 20 laps and all in 21's except one lap in 22s... thats something quite telling.. the Mac was 0.8 secs slower in longer runs... things are looking good for both teams imho...


February 21, 2010 12:04 PM

considering that we don't know what stage of the development cycle the teams are in relative to each other i wouldn't read too much into these times.
i still think ferrari will be a big threat and as franco alluded to in his interview (on another site) ferrari haven't done much testing with a light fuel load yet so nobody knows their true performance. my only hope is that massa outpaces franco as people like him deserve no reward.
oh and seems like button is settling in at mclaren which is good to see. as a brit i want to see a strong british team.

fish fingers - Unregistered

February 21, 2010 8:33 PM

Alonso needs a dominant car to be at his best imo- if the car is equal or not quite there he gets v. frustrated. Huge fan of Massa, he always gets the best out of a car no matter how good or bad

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