F1 » Barcelona F1 test times - day four: 21 February - 5pm

Felipe Massa top after the final day of F1 testing in Spain

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50 Cent - Unregistered

February 21, 2011 4:45 PM

So far the RB is a front runner in testing. they look quick under all sorts of different fuel loads and are the car to beat this season. Ferrari looks like a contender too. They show their speed under different fuel loads as well and they may be sand bagging a bit, but this could be said about RB as well. The biggest disappointment is McLaren so far. The car looks slow, and I don't think there is any card being held close to the chest. Usually when you do that you have a go at various sectors to compare your speed to your rivals...unfortunately, at least for now, McLaren looks like a dog.

Alan D - Unregistered

February 21, 2011 4:49 PM

Something that's becoming apparent from the testing is the tyres don't last long. Pirelli and the FIA seem to think this is a good thing. I'm not so sure.

They seem to be casting off a lot of marbles. If they cast off more than the Bridgestones did then it means that passing someone off line is going to be harder than ever.

The softs clearly start going off from lap 1 and the difference is significant. So when it comes to qualifying, you'd better wait for the clear track and hope you get one good flyer in, because if you get blocked that's your lap and your tyres ruined.

And if you've done three laps on softs to get pole position, that probably means you will need to pit by lap 8 because by then the soft tyres on a heavy car will be shot. Will the harder tyres last the rest of the race or will we see cars making three stops per GP?

Sounds like races will depend more than ever on tyre strategies and passing in the pits. It may be less predictable, but I don't think its going to ref

derek848 - Unregistered

February 21, 2011 5:18 PM

Shouldn't the safety of the drivers be the first concern?I don't get that idea.I appreciate that the racing should be closer,but not at the expense of driver safety.Kers also looks to be nothing but a bomb waiting to happen?Tyres that go off in a couple of laps just doesn't sit with me...

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