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Post by Ed » Fri Feb 22, 2008 11:22 am

Testing continued at Barcelona and Valencia with improved weather conditions.

Williams Driver Kazuki Nakajima set the fastest time of the day at Barcelona ahead of Heikki Kovalainen and Pedro de la Rosa.

13 drivers from 6 teams set lap times.

Position Driver Team Best Lap Total Laps
1 NAKAJIMA Williams 1'22.153 32
2 KOVALAINEN McLaren 1'22.185 64
3 DE LA ROSA McLaren 1'22.208 92
4 MASSA Ferrari 1'22.213 96
5 ROSBERG Williams 1'22.248 109
6 WEBBER Red Bull Racing 1'22.477 82
7 COULTHARD Red Bull Racing 1'22.499 104
8 BADOER Ferrari 1'22.535 102
9 ALONSO Renault 1'22.657 61
10 GLOCK Toyota 1'22.901 110
11 PIQUET Renault 1'23.286 105
12 KOBAYASHI Toyota 1'24.132 56
13 HULKENBERG Williams 1'24.222 54

Ferrari continue testing at this track tomorrow.

At Valencia, BMW Sauber concluded their 3 day private test session. Nick Heidfeld set the fastest time of the day with a 1:12.258, Robert Kubica set a 1:12.293 while test driver Christian Klien set a time of 1:23.857

The majority of the teams will have their final pre-season test session next week in Barcelona.

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Post by GhoGho » Fri Feb 22, 2008 11:34 pm

Ed wrote: Williams Driver Kazuki Nakajima set the fastest time of the day at Barcelona ahead of Heikki Kovalainen and Pedro de la Rosa.

13 drivers from 6 teams set lap times.

Position Driver Team Best Lap Total Laps
1 NAKAJIMA Williams 1'22.153 32
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Best lap in an 08 car so far is Hambones' 1:22.135
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Post by Ed » Sat Feb 23, 2008 3:07 pm

Final day for testing at Barcelona for Ferrari. They ran a race weekend simulation starting from 3rd practice. Felipe Massa completed his simulation successfully however Luca Badoer had to stop during the final stint of the race due to an oil leak.

Felipe's fastest lap was a 1:20.508 covering 95 laps while Luca Badoer best time was a 1:21.808 covering 75 laps.

The final combined test of the pre-season starts on Monday in Barcelona. Michael Schumacher will be driving one of the Ferrari cars

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Post by Ed » Tue Feb 26, 2008 9:47 am

The final major testing session of the pre-season got underway on Monday with all the teams setting lap times except for the Super Aguri team.

Lewis Hamilton was fastest ahead of Kimi Raikkonen and Michael Schumacher. The 3 were pretty close.

Track conditions were damp in the morning drying in the afternoon.

18 drivers from 10 teams set lap times.

Position Driver Team Best Lap Time Number of Laps
1 HAMILTON McLaren 1'22.276 78
2 RAIKKONEN Ferrari 1'22.319 82
3 SCHUMACHER Ferrari 1'22.428 83
4 NAKAJIMA Williams 1'22.724 54
5 KOVALAINEN McLaren 1'22.852 71
6 ROSBERG Williams 1'22.974 108
7 ALONSO Renault 1'23.021 79
8 HEIDFELD BMW 1'23.075 75
9 SUTIL Force India 1'23.091 62
10 WEBBER Red Bull Racing 1'23.115 71
11 VETTEL Toro Rosso 1'23.188 95
12 LIUZZI Force India 1'23.239 43
13 GLOCK Toyota 1'23.270 70
14 KLIEN BMW 1'23.442 42
15 PIQUET Renault 1'23.609 86
16 KOBAYASHI Toyota 1'23.880 29
17 BARRICHELLO Honda 1'24.460 115
18 WURZ Honda 1'24.667 109
19 COULTHARD Red Bull Racing 1'24.826 25

Testing continues on Tuesday

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Post by Ed » Wed Feb 27, 2008 10:23 am

2nd day of testing at Barcelona saw Lewis Hamilton once again top the timesheets ahead of team-mate Heikki Kovalainen and Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen.

The top 3 dropped below the 1:22 mark for the first time in '08 specification cars. They were most likely on light fuel loads

The track was try for the whole day allowing the teams to maximise their time on the track.

19 drivers from 10 teams set lap times.
David Coulthard was substituted by Sebastian Vettel due to a trapped nerve.

Position Driver Team Best Lap Time Number of Laps
1 HAMILTON McLaren 1'21.234 82
2 KOVALAINEN McLaren 1'21.434 71
3 RAIKKONEN Ferrari 1'21.722 72
4 ROSBERG Williams 1'22.309 75
5 MASSA Ferrari 1'22.513 102
6 FISICHELLA Force India 1'22.516 102
7 VETTEL Red Bull Racing 1'22.558 110
8 KUBICA BMW 1'22.625 96
9 BUTTON Honda 1'22.659 67
10 LIUZZI Force India 1'22.942 89
11 NAKAJIMA Williams 1'22.977 100
12 TRULLI Toyota 1'23.112 98
13 ALONSO Renault 1'23.112 79
14 BARRICHELLO Honda 1'23.159 74
15 HEIDFELD BMW 1'23.284 77
16 BOURDAIS Toro Rosso 1'23.323 98
17 WEBBER Red Bull Racing 1'23.458 58
18 PIQUET Renault 1'23.467 45
19 GLOCK Toyota 1'23.561 80

Final day of testing tomorrow

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Post by Ed » Thu Feb 28, 2008 6:30 am

Final day of testing at Barcelona saw Jarno Trulli set the fastest time of the day as well as the quickest lap so far in an '08 specification car.
Coulthard was second fastest and Rosberg third fastest.

19 drivers from 10 teams set lap times

Position Driver Team Best Lap Time Number of Laps
1 TRULLI Toyota 1'20.801 81
2 COULTHARD Red Bull Racing 1'21.258 76
3 ROSBERG Williams 1'21.293 77
4 KOVALAINEN McLaren 1'21.309 87
5 WEBBER Red Bull Racing 1'21.368 81
6 PIQUET Renault 1'21.443 114
7 ALONSO Renault 1'21.454 128
8 NAKAJIMA Williams 1'21.796 124
9 RAIKKONEN Ferrari 1'21.933 80
10 HAMILTON McLaren 1'22.011 103
11 GLOCK Toyota 1'22.155 66
12 FISICHELLA Force India 1'22.233 102
13 MASSA Ferrari 1'22.286 49
14 KUBICA BMW 1'22.299 93
15 BOURDAIS Toro Rosso 1'22.457 98
16 SUTIL Force India 1'22.521 107
17 HEIDFELD BMW 1'22.624 61
18 BUTTON Honda 1'23.754 89
19 WURZ Honda 1'24.154 109

This was the final major pre-season testing. Most teams will conduct shakedown of their cars next week before heading to Australia.

We hope you enjoyed our coverage of the pre-season tests and look forward to the start of the season in Australia from the 14th of March

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Post by Ed » Tue Apr 15, 2008 10:28 am

Testing returned to Barcelona today with 9 drivers from 9 teams present.

New test rules allow only one car per team to test during the season. This test session has been modified from a 3 day to a 4 day session to cater for testing of the 2009 spec tyres however teams can choose when they can test with those tyres hence the fastest times vary widely.

Felipe Massa set the fastest time of the day with a 1:18.613 however his fastest time was set on 2009 spec tyres.

Rank Driver Team Best Time Laps
1 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1m18.613 67
2 Alex Wurz Honda Racing 1m21.059 70
3 Pedro de la Rosa McLaren 1m21.566 103
4 Nick Heidfeld BMW Sauber 1m22.109 93
5 David Coulthard Red Bull Racing 1m22.193 59
6 Kazuki Nakajima Williams 1m22.431 72
7 Timo Glock Toyota 1m22.590 85
8 Nelson Piquet Renault 1m22.629 78
9 Tonio Liuzzi Force India 1m22.846 79

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Post by Ed » Thu Apr 17, 2008 11:58 am

Day 2 of testing at Barcelona once again saw 9 drivers from 9 teams present with a number of teams trying the slick tyres for 2009.

Rank Driver Team Best Time Laps
1 BARRICHELLO Honda 1:18.928 79
2 FISICHELLA Force India 1:19.721 79
3 MASSA Ferrari 1:20.283 113
4 COULTHARD Red Bull Racing 1:20.392 89
5 HAMILTON McLaren 1:20.452 96
6 ALONSO Renault 1:20.616 119
7 ROSBERG Williams 1:20.800 103
8 GLOCK Toyota 1:20.870 112
9 HEIDFELD BMW 1:20.981 98

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Post by Ed » Thu Apr 17, 2008 12:16 pm

Day 3 of testing at Barcelona saw 10 drivers from 10 teams present. Michael Schumacher tested for Ferrari the slick tyres for 2009.

Sebastian Bourdais crashed the new Toro Rosso heavily but has was OK. The debut of the new car originally planned for the Turkish Grand Prix may now be delayed. (More)


Rank Driver Team Best Time Laps
1 ALONSO Renault 1:18.483 100
2 SCHUMACHER Ferrari 1:19.323 83
3 SUTIL Force India 1:19.424 102
4 KUBICA BMW 1:19.785 112
5 ROSBERG Williams 1:19.841 65
6 BARRICHELLO Honda 1:19.920 141
7 HAMILTON McLaren 1:20.591 102
8 BOURDAIS Toro Rosso 1:20.715 71
9 WEBBER Red Bull Racing 1:20.849 87
10 TRULLI Toyota 1:20.867 90

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Teams head to Paul Ricard for testing...........

Post by mlittle » Thu May 15, 2008 10:36 am

Formula 1 teams headed to the multi-circuit Paul Ricard facility in Le Castellet, France for several days of testing in preparations for both the upcoming Monaco GP and the Canadian GP in early June...........

Times from today's test(on the circuit's 2D-SC configuration; 2.25 miles)
1} Lewis Hamilton, McLaren-Mercedes, 1:05.600 sec[84]
2} Kimi Raikkonen, Scuderia Ferrari, 1:06.089 sec[103]
3} Robert Kubica, BMW-Sauber, 1:06.177 sec[124]
4} Mark Webber, Red Bull/Renault, 1:06.348 sec[93]
5} Sebastien Vettel, Toro Rosso/Ferrari, 1:06.371 sec[91]
6} Nico Rosberg, Williams-Toyota, 1:06.571 sec[154]
7} Alexander Wurz, Honda, 1:06.681 sec[131]
8} Timo Glock, Toyota, 1:06.935 sec[93]
9} Vitantonio Liuzzi, Force India/Ferrari, 1:07.346 sec[106]
10} Lucas di Grassi, ING Renault, 1:07.430 sec[146]
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Post by Ed » Thu May 15, 2008 12:17 pm

Thanks mlittle for the update.

Just want to add that the 2D SC configuration is 3.593 km in length (in metric :wink: )

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Post by mlittle » Thu May 15, 2008 12:25 pm

Ed wrote:Thanks mlittle for the update.

Just want to add that the 2D SC configuration is 3.593 km in length (in metric :wink: )

Thank you, Ed. :)

Unless I'm mistaken, they're supposed to run that configuration the first two days, to simulate the high-downforce conditions of Monaco, and then for the third day of their 3-day test they'll switch over to another configuration so that the teams can simulate low-downforce setups for Gilles Villeneuve.
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Post by Ed » Thu May 15, 2008 1:23 pm

Spot on mlittle, this from the Red Bull release:
"First day of a three day test that sees Mark Webber running today, David Coulthard tomorrow and Sebastien Buemi on the final day. This is one of the most complex tests of the season as the Le Castellet circuit offers a variety of track types, so that today and tomorrow, we are concentrating on Monaco set-up, while for the final day, the activity switches to a different layout with a long straight to prepare for the Canadian Grand Prix."

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Day 2 from Le Castellet..........

Post by mlittle » Fri May 16, 2008 8:29 am

The second day of testing for all the Formula 1 teams continued at the Circuit Paul Ricard in Le Castellet, France; as on Wednesday, the teams ran on the 2.25 mile(3.593 km) 2D-SC configuration, allowing teams to test various high-downforce setups for the upcoming Monaco GP.......

1} Kimi Raikkonen, Scuderia Ferrari, 1:05.381 sec[102]
2} Heikki Kovalainen, McLaren-Mercedes, 1:05.471 sec[89]
3} Robert Kubica, BMW-Sauber, 1:05.905 sec[135]
4} David Coulthard, Red Bull/Renault, 1:06.001 sec[82]
5} Jenson Button, Honda, 1:06.091 sec[155]
6} Sebastien Bourdais, Toro Rosso/Ferrari, 1:06.125 sec[110]
7} Jarno Trulli, Toyota, 1:06.205 sec[120]
8} Nelson Piquet, Jr., ING Renault, 1:06.355 sec[193]
9} Kazuki Nakajima, Williams-Toyota, 1:07.086 sec[129]
10} Adrian Sutil, Force India-Ferrari, 1:07.104 sec[56]
11} Giancarlo Fisichella, Force India-Ferrari, 1:07.123 sec[64]
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Post by Ed » Sat May 17, 2008 12:09 pm

Final day of testing at Paul Ricard. The cicuit configuration was switched to the low downforce configuration (1E-V2-SC-Short - 5.255km) to simulate the Canadian Grand Prix conditions.

Weather conditions affected the running.

Pos Driver Constructor Time Laps
1 Jarno Trulli Toyota 1m31.360 26
2 Nelson Piquet Renault 1m31.634 60
3 Pedro de la Rosa Vodafone McLaren Mercedes 1m32.143 53
4 Sebastian Vettel Toro Rosso 1m32.480 49
5 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1m33.246 19
6 Nick Heidfeld BMW Sauber 1m33.371 30
7 Sebastain Buemi Red Bull Racing 1m34.064 16
8 Giancarlo Fisichella Force India 1m34.071 31
9 Jensen Button Honda Racing 1m36.501 19
10 Adrian Sutil Force India 1m43.877 13
11 Nico Hulkenberg Williams 1m44.741 35

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