F1 » Barcelona (II) F1 test times - day one: 8 March - 1pm

Mark Webber lowers the F1 2011 pre-season benchmark around Barcelona's Circuit de Catalunya, lapping more than two seconds clear of anybody else for Red Bull Racing as Davide Valsecchi beaches his Team Lotus machine

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Liam - Unregistered

March 08, 2011 1:42 PM

McLaren must be in a lot of trouble...

that new nose of the car is ridiculous and they are trying something radical on the rear wing too...

I hope they don't use that nose on the car for the season, it's horrible

paul - Unregistered

March 08, 2011 2:22 PM

i've never seen the mclaren less than 2.5 - 3 seconds off the pace...
scary stuff...
maybe they should START thinking of ways to bypass the 107% qualifying rule CAUSE AT THIS PACE THEY PROBABLY WONT BE AT THE TRACK ON SUNDAY AFTERNOON!!!


March 08, 2011 2:39 PM

McLaren confirmed that the "bubble" nose houses additional measuring equipment and is only for testing purposes. Seems from the layout they are looking at the downforce generated by the front wing.

I think this just shows how far behind they are in their testing. I don't think the times are representative of the real pace of the car. I think they are still a long way away from finishing the test program and really going for out and out performance.

Alan D - Unregistered

March 08, 2011 3:07 PM

Paul: "i've never seen the mclaren less than 2.5 - 3 seconds off the pace..."

You've also never seen a season when the tyre compounds and and fuel load can make 10 seconds difference to pace. Its always difficult to know how to interpret pre-season timings, but this year we don't have any sort of benchmark to refer back to.

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