Pre-Season Jerez Test 10-13Feb

snowy

Champion Elect
Jerez Test Day 1

Vitantonio Liuzzi (Force India)
Fernando Alonso (Ferrari)
Kamui Kobayashi (BMW-Sauber)
Sebastien Buemi (Toro Rosso)
Mark Webber (Red Bull)
Timo Glock (Virgin)
Nico Hulkenberg (Williams)
Vitaly Petrov (Renault)
Nico Rosberg (Mercedes GP)
Jenson Button (McLaren)

1. S. Buemi		Toro Rosso STR5	1:21.031	 	8  	
2. N. Hülkenberg Williams FW32 1:22.243 +1.212 9
3. F. Alonso Ferrari F10 1:23.271 +2.240 4
4. K. Kobayashi Sauber C29 1:23.789 +2.758 5
5. N. Rosberg Mercedes GP W01 1:24.058 +3.027 4
6. V. Petrov Renault R30 1:25.440 +4.409 9
7. M. Webber RBR RB6 1:26.502 +5.471 4
 

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Champion Elect
09:50

1. N. Rosberg		Mercedes GP W01	1:20.927	 	10  	  
2. S. Buemi Toro Rosso STR5 1:21.031 +0.104 8
3. N. Hülkenberg Williams FW32 1:22.243 +1.316 15
4. F. Alonso Ferrari F10 1:22.895 +1.968 11
5. K. Kobayashi Sauber C29 1:23.787 +2.860 7
6. J. Button McLaren MP4-25 1:24.947 +4.020 5
7. V. Liuzzi FI VJM-03 1:24.968 +4.041 6
8. V. Petrov Renault R30 1:25.440 +4.513 9
9. M. Webber RBR RB6 1:26.502 +5.575 4
 

snowy

Champion Elect
And down came the rain...

It doesn't last long though...

09:24
Mark Webber and Nico Hulkenburg are trying out the damp track...
 

snowy

Champion Elect
Jenson has been seen on track with a very outlandish sensor array on his sidepods:

http://www.autosport.com/gallery/photo.php/id/13245229

Autosport caught up with a McLaren spokesman and brings them up to speed on the team's programme for measuring aerodynamic flow structures while on-track:
"Given the limited amount of testing that teams have been permitted over the past two seasons, as a team we feel it's necessary to put as much emphasis as we possibly can on accurately measuring the flow structures we encounter at the track so that we can match them to the flow structures we are able to simulate in CFD and the windtunnel back at the factory."

The team underlines that there is no need for "alarm bells", and that this is just "normal engineering work".
 

Muddytalker

Points Scorer
Although I think this time it is a 'standard procedure', as last week's times were pretty competitive, I'm pretty sure they were saying the same thing this time last year, when they had similar gadgets and the flourescent paint on the MP4/donkey.
 

snowy

Champion Elect
I am a bit suspicious... Resorting to fluorescent paint and sensor arrays suggests their lap times and the behaviour of the car are not what they expected...
 

Brogan

🦶 Leg end
Staff Member
It's deja-vu all over again :(

Time to see how the Red Bull stacks up against the competition.
 

FB

Not my cup of cake
Valued Member
Has anyone spotted Patrick Stewart in the McLaren pit? I have visions of him standing there, tugging at the bottom of his tunic and shouting "deploy the sensor array Mr Data".
 

teabagyokel

#dejavu
Valued Member
I think its brilliant here. McLaren use a test session to test the car, and you assume that their testing of the car is an indication that they're off the pace. If flourescent paint and sensor arrays give them the information to get the fastest car by Bahrain, then there's no reason not to?
 

Galahad

Not a Moderator
Valued Member
teabagyokel said:
I think its brilliant here. McLaren use a test session to test the car, and you assume that their testing of the car is an indication that they're off the pace. If flourescent paint and sensor arrays give them the information to get the fastest car by Bahrain, then there's no reason not to?
Which in general I agree with, except that nobody else is doing it, are they?
 

FB

Not my cup of cake
Valued Member
I think the problem, TBY, is two fold. Firstly, last year the Mclaren was pup and they spent a lot of time with vis-paint and various sensors attached to the car so peolpe are likely to be suspicious when they do the same this time out - especially as the other teams aren't doing the same. Secondly, test session are now far more hight profile, because of the stupid in-season testing ban, so what probably used to take place on a windy March day at Donnington when one man, a dog and a guy from Autosport were there now takes place in the full glare of the world's media (and 20,000 adoring Alonso fans).

In fairness, the Mclaren lap times don't look too bad compared to the Mercedes but they are a bit off Ferrari so they need every bit of data they can snaffle during these tests. If they then go back and reprogram their CFD and wind tunnel models then they will take a step up on their competition so best of luck to them.
 

Brogan

🦶 Leg end
Staff Member
Well based on the first test, McLaren weren't as far off the pace as they were at this point last year.

But the fact they they are once again using paint and all manner of contraptions suggests the car isn't behaving as the CFD data suggested it would.

If there is a problem, hopefully it will be a quick fix.


Edit: Beaten to it by FB's far more eloquent post :D
 

Brogan

🦶 Leg end
Staff Member
Mark Webber's Red Bull suffers its first failure of the season.

After just 40 laps he was forced to stop with an oil leak.
 

snowy

Champion Elect
1. N. Rosberg	1:20.927	 	25  	  
2. S. Buemi 1:21.031 +0.104 39 pit
3. N. Hülkenb' 1:22.243 +1.316 55 pit
4. F. Alonso 1:22.895 +1.968 34 pit
5. K. Kobayashi 1:23.287 +2.360 24 pit
6. J. Button 1:24.947 +4.020 39 pit
7. V. Liuzzi 1:24.968 +4.041 29 pit
8. V. Petrov 1:25.440 +4.513 9 pit
9. M. Webber 1:26.502 +5.575 47 pit
 

fat jez

Race Winner
Valued Member
GordonMurray said:
Flipping weather! I want to know how the ManorVirgin goes.
I'd imagine they'll need a few rides inside her until she really starts to perform to her potential. :whistle:

Maybe they could get a few tips from Vettel and "Kate's Dirty Sister" LOL
 

Brogan

🦶 Leg end
Staff Member
Is the weather still causing problems?
They should have done it here in the UK, bright and sunny where I am
 

Galahad

Not a Moderator
Valued Member
Brogan said:
They should have done it here in the UK, bright and sunny where I am
Sunny it may be, warm it definitely is not! There was snow coming down this morning!
 
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