2 Feb

Yesterday marked the start of the 2011 season, with the first testing. The pack were pretty spread out, and the 2010 cars seem to be slightly quicker than than the 2011 ones. Despite this Vettel in the RB7 -the new Red Bull- was the fastest by quite some margin with a time of 1.13,769, 0.2 seconds ahead of Nico Hulkenberg in the 2010 Force India. Mercedes didn’t have a good day, they suffered a hydraulics problem whilst Rosberg was driving and it took until late afternoon for them to fix, so we’ll find out how quick their car is today. D’Ambrosoio in the Virgin 2010 started his F1 career well, finishing 7th only 2.3 seconds off the Red Bull, the only other new teams testing yesterday, Hispania weren’t as good, their driver Narain Karithikeyan was second to last and only ahead of Rosberg who drove only 9 laps. The only other point of interest is that F1 new boy Paul Di Resta was only 0.5 seconds off Nico Hulkenberg in the same car, this looks promising as in testing it’s not too hard to find 0.5 seconds.

Full Standings:

Vettel – 2011 Red Bull  1.13.769

Hulkenberg – 2010 Force India  1.13.938

Paffett – 2010 McLaren  1.14.292

Di Resta – 2010 Force India  1.14.461

Alonso – 2011 Ferrari  1.14.553

Kobayashi – 2011 Sauber  1.15.621

D’Ambrosio – 2010 Virgin  1.16.003

Petrov – 2011 Renault  1.16.351

Schumacher – 2011 Mercedes  1.16.450

Alguersuari – 2011 Toro Rosso  1.17.214

Barrichello – 2011 Williams  1.17.335

Karithikeyan – 2010 Hispania  1.18.020

Rosberg – 2011 Mercedes  1.19.930


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