F1 Testing: Hulkenberg Fastest in Barcelona, 2 More Days of Testing


What Happens When No One Knows Anything

12:21pm EST — Nico Hulkenberg held on to his position as fastest at the end of the session, as second quickest Fernando Alonso spun off, causing a red flag and for the session to be ended completely.  Pedro de la Rosa posted the third quickest time, with the top three all in the 1:20s range.  The top six posted times faster than Kimi Raikkonen’s record lap at the circuit in 2008 (1:21.670).

1. Nico Hulkenberg, Williams, 1:20.614, 99 Laps
2. Fernando Alonso, Ferrari. 1:20.637, 134 Laps
3. Pedro de la Rosa, Sauber, 1:20.973, 114 Laps
4. Tonio Liuzzi, Force India, 1:21.056, 90 Laps
5. Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull, 1:21.258, 125 Laps
6. Jaime Alguersuari, Toro Rosso, 1:21.571, 104 Laps
7. Michael Schumacher, Mercedes GP, 1:21.689, 85 Laps
8. Lewis Hamilton, McLaren, 1:22.152, 93 Laps
9. Robert Kubica, Renault, 1:24.912, 53 Laps
10. Jarno Trulli, LotusF1, 1:25.524, 70 Laps
11. Timo Glock, Virgin Racing, 1:25.942, 52 Laps

With Williams working on qualifying simulations, their time was certain to be at or near the top.  Most of the other teams, barring Alonso in the Ferrari, spent their time working on race simulations, complete with pitstop practices.  LotusF1 had continued problems with failures, as “a seal failed in the power steering,” according to Mike Gascoyne, which stopped the car for a while.  It is still very difficult to make any determinations from these times, with no knowledge of fuel loads and set-ups.  Look for a comparison of all the Barcelona times when the session is complete on Sunday.

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