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Felipe Massa's day three pace tops combined Jerez timesheets, but is lap time as valuable as Sebastian Vettel's high of 298 total laps?

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Buck Bundy

February 09, 2013 11:44 AM

Interesting to see that not only did Vetell do the most laps, but as a team Red Bull did too with 472 laps, way ahead of the rest with Sauber the only other team in the 400s with 430.

Bianchi certainly impressive, and Lotus looks to have the quickest driver pairing, if only Grosjean can play well with others. Race of Champions victory tells us nothing!

David Winstanley - Unregistered

February 09, 2013 11:53 AM

Although these times don't mean a great deal, they do give some indication of what's what, and it's interesting to see the Mercedes Mercedes and the Mclaren Mercedes alternating positions in the times.

albertswift - Unregistered

February 09, 2013 12:10 PM

Bianchi is not that impressive ,i am sure they allowed him a low fuel run on new tyres to justify signing him .Rossiter for me is more impressive no experience of a modern formula 1 car on a slower day

Hail Aurelius - Unregistered

February 09, 2013 12:47 PM

Uhm, I really do fancy that Vergne fella....there really is something there. I shall see if he can actually improve and deliver from the get go...I am sure I am not the only one interested about the Red Bull/Webber saga. Indeed, there is intrigue if he can actually jump ship all together, but who goes out and who gets in??


February 09, 2013 12:58 PM

Unfortunately the bottom 4 are no surprise. Slow drivers in slow cars are not good for the sport as a whole.

Admittedly testing is just that and we shouldn't read too much into the times but it is certainly shaping up to be a very interesting season for the guys at the pointy end.

JJJ - Unregistered

February 09, 2013 10:04 PM


Thing is as those 4 drivers are really close to one another there's probably not much more to get from those cars, even if you put a top driver in there. Of course that's one of those mysteries of F1 we'll never solve as for varying reasons none of the top drivers will ever say 'hey let me do a lap in that thing, I wonder what I can do with that car'.

If one of the drivers of either of these teams was a lot faster than the other than you might say 'oh that's a slow driver'. As it is now though, all signs point to these cars just being slow, unless you actually think these drivers are not only all so slow, but also so equally slow that they just happen to fall between 2 tenths of a second. Makes way more sense that they all drive pretty close to the limit of these cars actually.


February 09, 2013 11:12 PM

One thing I could never understand is why a lot of people say (I don't read too much out of these tests/testing times means nothing), the main sores of this saying is the drivers themselves, but comes the first race results and they will be the first to say (these results are of no surprise, we know where we stood). To me testing is very important as it show where a team stands and what their weaknesses are. Teams can improve their cars with every outing, but the starting point does give an advantage and a disadvantage. So far so good, mclaren/FERRARI seems to be the fastest, RBR the most consistent but about the 2nd slowest in a straight line by about 10/15km/h, they seems to have lost some of their advantage by the new rules, Mercedes looks like being 6th fastest behind Sauber, the tyres problem of last year are still with them.

Amigo - Unregistered

February 10, 2013 12:47 AM

Interestingly Esteban Gutierrez beat Nico Hulkenberg on testing in Jerez. However, it doesn't count in actual race. The Sauber said the 2013 was stronger than 2012 car.
Let see what they will achieve in Melbourne GP and Malaysia GP.
I believe STR will beat Sauber this year.
Mercedes should hire James Key.

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