Wednesday, February 3, 2010

F1 Testing – And they’re Off!

(Mercedes W01; Source:

On Monday the Formula 1 Winter Olympics kicked off in Valencia, Spain, where seven F1 Constructors showed off their new wares by running their respective 2010 Challengers for the first time this year, as BMW Sauber, Ferrari, McLaren, Mercedes, Renault, Scuderia Toro Rosso and Williams took part in the 3-Day test session.

Day 1 saw Ferrari’s Felipe Massa on top ahead of Sauber’s Pedro De la Rosa, with the TERMINATOR, nee Michael Schumacher nipping at their heels...

Day 1 Testing results

Day 2 saw Massa once again atop the Time Sheets, although this time he was followed by Sauber’s Kamui Kobayashi ahead of McLaren’ s Lewis Hamilton.

Day 2 Testing results

Day 3 once again saw the Scuderia on top, albeit this time it was Fredrico Suave’s turn, nee Fernando Alonso making his Ferrari track debut, as Fred was followed by De la Rosa, giving Ferrari and Sauber a clean sweep of the top two spots for all three days of testing, while Messer Schumacher was third again.

Day 3 Testing results

Yet, there’s a very good reason they call it the Winter Olympics, as in all testing times are somewhat suspect… As you’ll never know who’s on a “Flyer” for that day’s publicity or Sponsor’s attention by running light tanks ‘N fresh rubber to throw down a full tilt boogie ‘Qualie blast… So we’ll see who’s really at the head of the charts when everyone shows up at Bahrain, eh?

And interestingly, there seems to be a potential Tug-O-War going on between the upstart Stefan GP vs. Campos Meta 1 who are struggling to find funding, as Stefan GP has reportedly already sent a container of equipment to Bahrain without even having a Grid slot…