Formula 1 Official Test – Valencia Day 1
Posted on February 2, 2010 by John Trevors for Luckyroom.com
The first official day of Formula 1 tests for the 2010 season has just concluded. Seven teams and 8 drivers participated on the tests covering a total of 500 laps of the Ricardo Tormo circuit at Valencia. Felipe Massa managed to complete 102 drivers in the Ferrari F10 achieving the fastest lap of the tests at 1:12.574. Massa stated that the first impression he got from the car was very positive. The car was easy to drive and had more grip than last’s year car. No mechanical problems appeared during the testing showed a balanced behavior from the very beginning. Massa also sated that the first test day was a very satisfying one but he also noted that there is still a lot work that must be done as the other competitors also look very strong.
The Sauber car was out to the circuit with Pedro de la Rosa behind the wheel. De la Rosa stated that he didn’t face any difficulties driving the new Sauber C29 and this was reflected to his lap times as he managed the second best lap time of 1:12.784. Michel Schumacher who was featured in the Mercedes car, drove superbly looking in good shape. Despite the three years absence in the racing circuit, Schumacher was half a second faster than fellow team mate Nico Rosberg. Schumacher managed to complete 40 laps achieving the third best lap time with 1:12.947 while Rosberg drove for 49 laps and his best lap time was 1:13.543. However, Rosberg has an excuse for being unable to follow Schumacher’s pace as his seat was very low and didn’t have a clear view of the track.
Schumacher was questioned how he felt driving a Formula 1 car again responding that he felt exactly like his first ride back in 1991. The first lap was a shock but then the rest of the laps where very exciting. Rubens Barrichelo caused a red flag as his Williams suffered a throttle problem. However, Barrichelo did manage to complete 75 laps achieving a lap time of 1:14.449. The official tests continue today so stay tuned for further reports directly from Ricardo Tormo circuit.
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