F1 News, Views and Reviews

Heidfeld Fastest On Barcelona Test Day 1

Nick Heidfeld was the fastest driver on the first day of testing at the Catalunya Circuit, Barcelona.

The BMW driver was around 1/2 a second faster than Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen who put in another solid day for the Italian team.

Jarno Trulli was third;

“This morning started off with drizzly conditions but the rain quickly tailed off, giving us the chance to have a good day’s work,” said Trulli. “The afternoon was windier but the track surface was fine.

“The car felt well balanced from the start and we worked on several new things on the aero side which gave us positive results. We were competitive throughout the day and we collected a lot of data so this was a useful start to the test.”

The big talking point was Jenson Button who spent most of the day on top of the times, before finishing 4th.  It was the first official test of the new Brawn GP Mercedes against other cars, and it certainly looked good.

Piquet was 5th, followed by Bourdais in the new Toro Rosso Ferrari launched earlier today.

The new Toro was faster than the counterpart Red Bull of Mark Webber in 7th, just ahead of Sutil in the Force India and Nakajima in the Williams.

McLaren were slowest, as they sought to extreme methods of completely changing the floor on the MP4-24.  Desperate times calling for desperate measures?

Pos  Driver        Team                       Time     Laps
 1.  Heidfeld      BMW-Sauber           (B)  1:20.339   92
 2.  Raikkonen     Ferrari              (B)  1:20.908   80
 3.  Trulli        Toyota               (B)  1:20.937  118
 4.  Button        Brawn-Mercedes       (B)  1:21.140   82
 5.  Piquet        Renault              (B)  1:21.662  124
 6.  Bourdais      Toro Rosso-Ferrari   (B)  1:22.158   96
 7.  Webber        Red Bull-Renault     (B)  1:22.246  115
 8.  Sutil         Force India-Mercedes (B)  1:22.452  127
 9.  Nakajima      Williams-Toyota      (B)  1:22.813  111
10.  Kovalainen    McLaren-Mercedes     (B)  1:22.948   87
Heidfeld - Fastest

Heidfeld - Fastest

Raikkonen - Proving the F60s consistency

Raikkonen - Proving the F60's consistency

Button - The Brawn GP Mercedes IS fast

Button - The Brawn GP Mercedes IS fast

Webber - Satisfied...

Webber - Satisfied...

Bourdais - The new Toro is fast

Bourdais - The new Toro is fast

McLaren in serious trouble?

McLaren in serious trouble?

Barrichello watching proceedings closely

Barrichello watching proceedings closely


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