F1 » Valencia F1 test times - day two: 2 February - 3pm

Fernando Alonso remains top in Spain from Sebastian Vettel and Paul di Resta, Heikki Kovalainen turns the first timed laps for Team Lotus but mechanical issues mean he isn't able to push for a quick time

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MRG - Unregistered

February 02, 2011 3:17 PM

Sad we haven't seen Webber on track and it is after 3PM on day two of a three day test. Red Bull favoritism is still running strong despite what they say...

Alan D - Unregistered

February 02, 2011 4:35 PM

MRG: "Sad we haven't seen Webber on track"

It is unusual for teams to have both main drivers at the track on the same day. There is little the driver can do if the other guy is in the car. They only have the one car at the circuit. I don't think it is anything to do with favouritism. You could just as easily say that Vettel gets to drive the car when it is most likely to break down, and all he is doing is finding out which buttons work and which have been wired up wrong, whereas by the time Webber gets the car he'll be able to concentrate on driving it.

Alan D - Unregistered

February 02, 2011 4:40 PM

Miso: "Virgin is just 0.7s from MacLaren. Impressive"

Virgin is just 0.7s from McLaren. Meaningless. They are both driving last year's cars so they will be there mainly to gather data on the tyres, check wear, run them at different fuel loads and wing settings. They might have added ballast to the car to simulate the balance of the 2011 cars, or they might have extra weight to simulate the effect of the KERS unit. And regardless of all that, they are probably there for PR reasons, and to make sure other teams don't get too much limelight. Maybe Virgin are stripping the weight down and turning the wick up to look impressive to potential sponsors.

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