F1: Barcelona, Final Testing Day: Hamilton Fastest and Reliable


While it was at least sunny on this last day of off-season testing in Barcelona, multiple teams complained that the wind made running difficult.  Force India, for example, said early in the day, “Adjustments being made to programme today due to the high winds and bad track conditions – times are two secs off same time yesterday.”  Red flags continued to plague the teams as well, with one appearing with fifteen minutes left because of a Heikki Kovalainen spin in the LotusF1, and another stopping the action with a couple of minutes left, which ended the session.  Lewis Hamilton set the fastest time earlier in the day, 1:20.427, in qualifying simulations.

1. Lewis Hamilton, McLaren, 1:20.472, 134 Laps
2. Mark Webber, Red Bull, 1:20.496, 59 Laps
3. Felipe Massa, Ferrari, 1:20.539, 113 Laps
4. Adrian Sutil, Force India, 1:20.611, 99 Laps
5. Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull, 1:20.667, 76 Laps
6. Michael Schumacher, Mercedes GP, 1:20.745, 122 Laps
7. Rubens Barrichello, Williams, 1:20.870, 83 Laps
8. Kamui Kobayashi, Sauber, 1:20.911, 67 Laps
9. Sebastien Buemi, Toro Rosso, 1:22.135, 87 Laps
10. Robert Kubica, Renault, 1:23.175, 106 Laps
11. Heikki Kovalainen, LotusF1, 1:25.251, 65 Laps
12. Lucas di Grassi, Virgin Racing, 1:26.160, 47 Laps

Hamilton, like many other drivers, spent the afternoon in a race simulation.  Both Mark Webber and Sebastien Vettel drove the Red Bull Sunday in Barcelona, in the afternoon and morning, respectively.  It showed continued pace, with a second and fifth fastest time in the hands of its two drivers.  Rubens Barrichello, who posted the seventh fastest time, also caused a red flag, later saying “we saved the best for last but unfortunally [sic] had to stop due to a hidraulic [sic] problem…car is good…now Bahrain.”  All the teams had begun packing up early, so it truly is off to Bahrain.  Expect the usual full-test analysis, both for Barcelona and a consistency comparison of each team over the entirety of the off-season testing.  [reposted from the author’s work at Formula1Blog]

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