F1 Testing 2013 Barcelona Day 5 to Day 8 Consolidated Data

Barcelona F1 Test 28th February 2013 – 3rd March 2013 Consolidated data

The table below shows the consolidated data for all drivers over all days of the second Barcelona test. It includes the best lap time recorded for each driver along with the speed in miles per hour, tyre compound used for that lap, the day in question and the total distance covered by that driver over the four days in Miles and Km.

Lap Time
Nico RosbergMercedesF1W0411m 20.130s0129.93379610Soft03/03/2013
Fernando AlonsoFerrariF13821m 20.494s0.364129.34347559Soft03/03/2013
Lewis HamiltonMercedesF1W0431m 20.558s0.428129.24338545Soft02/03/2013
Felipe MassaFerrariF13841m 21.266s1.136128.11272438Super Soft02/03/2013
Jenson ButtonMcLarenMP4-2851m 21.444s1.314127.83353568Soft03/03/2013
Nico HulkenbergSauberC3261m 21.541s1.411127.68341549Soft03/03/2013
Adrian SutilForce IndiaVJM0671m 21.627s1.497127.55315507Soft02/03/2013
Kimi RaikkonenLotusE2181m 21.658s1.528127.50145233Soft03/03/2013
Paul Di-RestaForce IndiaVJM0691m 21.664s1.534127.49324521Soft03/03/2013
Pastor MaldonadoWilliamsFW35101m 22.305s2.175126.5098158Soft02/03/2013
Valtteri BottasWilliamsFW35111m 22.468s2.338126.2590144Soft02/03/2013
Sebastian VettelRed BullRB9121m 22.514s2.384126.17289466Soft03/03/2013
Esteban GutierrezSauberC32131m 22.553s2.423126.12286461Soft02/03/2013
Mark WebberRed BullRB9141m 22.658s2.528125.96171275Soft02/03/2013
Sergio PerezMcLarenMP4-28151m 22.694s2.564125.90292470Soft02/03/2013
Romain GrosjeanLotusE21161m 22.716s2.586125.87254410Soft01/03/2013
Charles PicCaterhamCT03171m 23.115s2.985125.26335540Soft03/03/2013
Jules BianchiMarussiaMR02181m 23.167s3.037125.18179289Soft03/03/2013
Jean-Eric VergneToro RossoSTR8191m 23.223s3.093125.10330531Soft02/03/2013
Davide ValsecchiLotusE21201m 23.448s3.318124.764674Soft02/03/2013
Daniel RicciardoToro RossoSTR8211m 23.628s3.498124.49263424Soft03/03/2013
Max ChiltonMarussiaMR02221m 24.103s3.973123.79142228Soft03/03/2013
Giedo Van Der GardeCaterhamCT03231m 24.235s4.105123.60364587Soft02/03/2013

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F1 Testing 2013 Barcelona Day 8 Rosberg fastest overall as testing ends

Nico Rosberg Mercedes F1 W04 (Image Courtesy Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team

F1 Testing 2013 Barcelona Day 8 Rosberg fastest overall as Testing ends

Today was the last day of F1 pre-season testing at Barcelona’s Circuit de Catalunya. The next stop for the F1 teams is the season opening Australian Grand Prix at Melbourne in two weeks time. Prior to that they will have a lot of work to get through in a very short space of time with masses of data from the tests to analyse, new developments to add to the cars and the transit time to Australia to add into the bargain.

As for today, it was a fine day weather wise and the teams made a determined effort to complete their programmes in the last window of opportunity. Some fared better than others in this respect. Nico Rosberg determined no doubt not to be overshadowed by his new high profile team mate Lewis Hamilton set a searing pace early on with a fastest lap of 1m 20.130s set mid morning in the Mercedes F1 W04. This eclipsed Hamilton’s best from yesterday by 0.428s and stood for the rest of the day. The time was the fastest set at Barcelona over the eight days of pre-season testing. The only other driver approaching Rosberg’s time today was Fernando Alonso in the Ferrari F138, whose best lap was 1m 20.494s some 0.364s adrift of the flying Mercedes. It was a productive day for Ferrari and Alonso working on different setups and comparing tyre types including some experimental types brought along by Pirelli. In the afternoon the team continued with tyre evaluation as well as testing new aerodynamic solutions and making time for pit stop practice as well. Continue reading

F1 Testing 2013 Barcelona Day 7 Hamilton sets blistering pace in the Mercedes

Lewis Hamilton Mercedes F1 W04 | Image Courtesy Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team

F1 Testing 2013 Barcelona Day 7 Lewis Hamilton sets blistering pace in the Mercedes F1 W04

Much to everyones relief the penultimate day of the F1 Test at Barcelona dawned dry with the prospect of blue sky and sunshine. This was in stark contrast to the cold, damp and grey conditions faced by the teams on the opening two days.

The first significant news of the day came from the Lotus Team who announced that Kimi Raikkonen had suspected food poisoning and was not well enough to take part in the days on track proceedings. With Romain Grosjean having already left the circuit after completing his testing programme the team drafted in reserve driver Davide Valsecchi to undertake the morning duties. In the mean time Romain Grosjean was asked to return to Barcelona to take over in the afternoon session. At the time of writing this report Kimi Raikkonen is expected to be well enough to return to the cockpit of the Lotus E21 tomorrow.

Overnight we also heard the news from the Marussia team that it had signed Jules Bianchi to replace Luiz Razia whose finance package had gone of the rails and despite great efforts by him and the team was seemingly irrecoverable. Continue reading

F1 Test 2013 Barcelona Day 6 Grosjean bounces back in the Lotus E21

F1 Test 2013 Barcelona Day 6 Grosjean bounces back in the Lotus E21

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On a damp and dreary Day 6 at the F1 Test 2013 in Barcelona, Romain Grosjean bounced back to the top of the timesheets once again underlining the potential of the Lotus E21, Grosjean set the fastest time of the day in mid afternoon but his lap of 1m 22.716s was some way off the pace of Sergio Perez best lap last week of 1m 21.848s. This was mainly down to the mixed conditions and cold temperatures. Grosjean’s next time out in the cockpit of the E21 will be in Melbourne. Pirelli’s Paul Hembery told Sky Sports that the teams had been unable to get the tyres into their ideal working temperature range and degradation had been high. Continue reading

F1 Test 2013 Barcelona Day 5 Webber fastest in the RB9

F1 Test 2013 Barcelona Day 5 Webber Fastest in the RB9
Lewis Hamilton – Mercedes F1W04 112 laps (Image Courtesy Mercedes F1 Team)

F1 Test Barcelona Day 5 Webber fastest in the RB9

On a day of mixed weather conditions at Barcelona’s Circuit de Catalunya on the 5th day of F1 Testing 2013 at the Spanish Circuit the Red Bull RB9 driven by Mark Webber showed its true colours.

The morning was damp and wet with the tricky conditions on track giving the teams and drivers no opportunity to challenge or even get close to the fastest time of 1m 21.848s set by Sergio Perez in the McLaren MP4-28 last week. The morning session saw two red flag stoppages the first caused by the spinning Lotus E21 of Romain Grosjean early in the session followed by an off track excursion by Esteban Gutierrez in the Sauber C32 just before the lunch break. Lewis Hamilton set the fastest time in the morning with a 1m 41.614s lap in the Mercedes F1 W04. Continue reading

F1 Testing 2013 Analysis and Mileage Jerez and Barcelona (Test 1)

F1 Testing 2013 Analysis and Mileage Jerez and Barcelona (Test 1)

With a single F1 Pre-Season Test at Barcelona remaining prior to the opening Grand Prix in Australia and following initial Tests at Jerez and Barcelona a considerable amount of data has been gathered. Whilst this data is of limited use for providing a definitive guide to performance for the upcoming season it is all we have and does provide an indication especially with regard to reliability and consistency of pace.

The Charts and Tables below show laps completed and distances covered by all teams and drivers in Miles and Km split by Circuit. There are also tables showing lap times for each day of every test so far and this also includes consolidated fastest laps by each driver for both Jerez and Barcelona (Circuit de Catalunya).

Distance covered by Team and Driver in Miles for Jerez and Barcelona (Test 1)

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F1 Test Barcelona Day 4 Hamilton fastest at rain swept Catalunya

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F1 Test Barcelona Day 4 Hamilton fastest at rain swept Catalunya

It all went red at the F1 Test at Barcelona 2013 today as rain swept in and dampened the proceedings for most of the day. The red was not due to Ferrari but rather a total of seven red flag stoppages caused by various issues. Six of the eleven teams were responsible for the stoppages, with Sauber accounting for two of them. The only teams to escape on track issues were McLaren, Lotus, Williams, Toro Rosso and Marussia.

For Williams it was the full race team team that worked harder today than the two drivers who between them did a total of 36 laps with Bottas on 23 and Maldonado 13. None of the laps however were completed, so no times were recorded as the team were focusing on pit stop practice and they certainly got plenty of that.

The day started off wet, with Massa, Hamilton, Button and Bianchi taking turns to top the timesheets, but as the racing line dried it was Lewis Hamilton in the Mercedes F1W04 that emerged with the fastest lap of 1m 23.282s at around mid morning. As the rain continued to affect the proceedings on and off and with a good soaking at lunch time Hamilton’s time stood for the rest of the day.

Jenson Button was second quickest in the McLaren MP4-28 completing 70 laps followed by Jean-Eric Vergne’s Toro Rosso STR8 third fastest with a 1m 24.071s and 80 laps. For Force India today it was Jules Bianchi driving the VJM06 bidding to secure the final race seat for the 2013 F1 season. He completed 61 laps with a fastest time of 1m 25.732s. Whether or not it will be enough to convince Force India to give him the drive is anybody’s guess and they don’t seem to be in any hurry to make the decision.

Esteban Gutierrez was today’s high miler and despite the red flag interruptions and rain he still managed to complete 96 laps taking Sauber’s overall total from the two tests so far to an impressive 2,175 miles more than any other team. Others piling on the miles today were Jean-Eric Vergne and Felipe Massa who both completed a total of 80 laps.

Trying to make sense of times in testing is notoriously difficult and the teams will try to disguise their pace if they can and will make mitigating statements regarding their performance. Two such statements came today form Lewis Hamilton who downplayed reports from other drivers that Mercedes looked strong by hinting that they would struggle to win races this year. Eric Boullier was also somewhat reserved about Lotus’ strong performance in the tests so far, but it has to be said that the new E21 is looking good in the hands of Both Kimi Raikkonen and Romain Grosjean.

F1 test Barcelona 2013 Mileage Data by Driver and Team



With the technical innovations always receiving a huge amount of attention from photographers, journalists and technical experts up and down the pitlane, the other critical area that is far easier to analyse is mileage and reliability. In this regard at Barcelona while the rest have been busy popping in fastest times of the day, it is Sauber and Red Bull Racing as mentioned earlier that have covered the most miles overall in testing so far (Using 2013 spec cars) and in doing so have potentially been able to gather more tyre data than any of the other teams. Familiarity with the new Pirelli P Zero tyres is every bit as critical as the development of the cars, possibly more so and was emphasised by many of the teams as a key area of focus in the build up to testing. This could prove to be key when the flag falls in Melbourne.

F1 Test Barcelona 2013 – Day 4 Timing data

Lap Time
Total Diff
Lewis HamiltonMercedes AMG F1 Team11m 23.282s0.0000.00052150.4
Jenson ButtonVodafone McLaren Mercedes21m 23.633s0.3510.35170202.4
Jean-Eric VergneScuderia Toro Rosso31m 24.071s0.4380.78980231.4
Jules BianchiSahara Force India F1 Team41m 25.732s1.6612.45061176.4
Esteban GutierrezSauber F1 Team51m 26.239s0.5072.95796277.6
Giedo Van Der GardeCaterham F1 Team61m 27.429s1.1904.14750144.6
Felipe MassaScuderia Ferrari71m 27.553s0.1244.27180231.4
Mark WebberInfiniti Red Bull Racing81m 27.616s0.0634.33464185.1
Max ChiltonMarussia F1 Team91m 29.902s2.2866.62051147.5
Romain GrosjeanLotus F1 Team101m 34.800s4.89811.51841118.6
Valtteri BottasWilliams F1 Team1100.0000.0002366.5
Pastor MaldonadoWilliams F1 Team1200.0000.0001337.6

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F1 Test Barcelona 2013 Day 3 Alonso fastest in the Ferrari F138

F1 Test Barcelona 2013 Day 3 Alonso sets the fastest lap early on.

Adrian Sutil – VJM06 – Image courtesy Sahara Force India Formula 1 Team

For Formula 1 it was a relatively quiet day at Barcelona today on Day 3 of the second F1 test of the year. Indeed there was only a single stoppage all day when the red flag came out late in the afternoon to allow for the recovery of Giedo van der Garde’s Caterham CT03 stationary out on circuit.

Today though did herald the return of Adrian Sutil, with the German driving the Force India VJM06 in a bid to wrest away the last remaining seat in F1 from rising star Jules Bianchi. Tomorrow will see Bianchi at the wheel for the first time at the Barcelona test and he’s sure to be totally committed to proving he is the man for the job rather than Sutil. In today’s test session Sutil completed a total of 78 laps setting a best time of 1m 22.877s good enough for eighth fastest time of the day.

It was the Ferrari F138 of Fernando Alonso that ended the day at the top of the time sheets with a 1m 21.875s lap, the second fastest overall of the test so far. Alonso set the time mid morning and it was never threatened throughout the rest of the day. He went on to complete just shy of 100 laps. Second fastest was Nico Hulkenberg in the Sauber C32 completing 91 laps and finishing 0.285s off Alonso’s time.

Four drivers completed over the 100 lap mark today as the teams notched up more miles than at any of the other test days this year so far. Romain Grosjean was the high miler achieving the Lotus F1 Team’s first full race simulation with the E21 completing 119 laps.  He was followed by Mark Webber in the Red Bull RB9 and Nico Rosberg in the Mercedes F1W04 both on 108 laps and finally the Toro Rosso STR8 of Jean-Eric Vergne on 106. Overall the teams completed a total of 1,076 laps equating to 3,112 miles. With two drivers on track today however it was the Williams Team that completed two race simulations and racked up most of the laps, with Pastor Maldonado on 79 and Valtteri Bottas 68. The pair finished 5th and 6th fastest respectively.

Jenson Button spent the majority of the day out of the spotlight in the McLaren MP4-28 ending with slightly less laps than most at 71 and ending the day 7th fastest with a best of 1m 22.840s close on a second adrift of Alonso.


F1 Test Barcelona Day 3 – Unofficial positions and lap times

Lap Time
Total Diff
Fernando AlonsoScuderia Ferrari11m 21.875s0.0000.00097280.5
Nico HulkenbergSauber F1 Team21m 22.160s0.2850.28591263.2
Romain GrosjeanLotus F1 Team31m 22.188s0.0280.313119344.1
Nico RosbergMercedes AMG F1 Team41m 22.611s0.4230.736108312.3
Pastor MaldonadoWilliams F1 Team51m 22.675s0.0640.80079228.5
Valtteri BottasWilliams F1 Team61m 22.826s0.1510.95168196.7
Jenson ButtonVodafone McLaren Mercedes71m 22.840s0.0140.96571205.3
Adrian SutilSahara Force India F1 Team81m 22.877s0.0371.00278225.6
Mark WebberInfiniti Red Bull Racing91m 23.024s0.1471.149108312.3
Jean-Eric VergneScuderia Toro Rosso101m 23.366s0.3421.491106306.6
Max ChiltonMarussia F1 Team111m 25.690s2.3243.81558167.7
Giedo Van Der GardeCaterham F1 Team121m 26.177s0.4874.30293269.0

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F1 Test Jerez 2013 Mileage Charts

F1 Test Jerez 2013 Mileage Charts

The charts below show the total number of miles covered at the F1 Test Jerez 2013 by Driver by day and by Team by day. It’s always easier to compare the details in graphical form rather than a table of numbers.

You can see that Paul Di Resta was the only driver to appear in all four days of the test and that the Sauber F1 team completed more miles than any other with a total of 1,183 miles covered. The overall total for all teams at Jerez was 9,714 miles.

You can also quickly see the poor start that Mercedes had at Jerez as they ran into problems on the first 2 days of the test with both Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton.

It can also be seen that the Lotus Team did relatively few miles compared to the high milers but still managed to do well performance wise.


F1 Testing 2013 Barcelona Day 2 | Perez powers ahead in the MP4-28

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F1 Testing 2013 Barcelona Day 2 Summary (Image courtesy Mclaren Mercedes)

It was a chilly start to F1 Testing 2013 Barcelona Day 2 at the Circuit de Catalunya today. Eleven drivers were on track during the morning and afternoon sessions, all busy loading the miles onto the 2013 cars.

The disaster of the day befell Kimi Raikkonen today when the gearbox of his Lotus E21 gave up the ghost after only 4 in-out shakedown laps in the morning session. The problem kept him off track for the rest of the morning and into the afternoon. However once he did get back on track he rapidly moved up the order finishing the day third fastest after having  completed only 43 laps. The new Lotus E21 has shown consistent pace over every day of testing so far with both Raikkonen and Grosjean setting fastest times of the day. It’s certainly one to watch and it bodes well for the Enstone Team and its drivers this season. Romain Grosjean will be back in the driving seat tomorrow. The team had problems with telemetry yesterday and will now spend the rest of the week trying to rack up as many laps as possible with evaluation work and race distance simulation.

Sebastian Vettel was quick all morning and fastest overall at the midday break in the Red Bull RB9. He hit a minor snag in the afternoon session with his car stopping just outside the pitlane but this was quickly rectified and he ended a productive day having completed a total of 84 laps and finishing second fastest with a time of 1m 22.197s.

Sergio Perez was the star of the day in terms of outright pace and less than an hour into the afternoon session he powered his way to the top of the timesheets with a 1m 21.848s lap which remained unbeaten for the rest of the day puting him 0.349s clear of the rest. He finished the day just shy of the 100 lap mark with 97 laps completed.

Today’s high miler was Lewis Hamilton completing an impressive 121 laps of the Circuit de Catalunya in the Mercedes F1W04. he finished the day a credible 4th fastest on 1m 22.726s albeit almost a second adrift of Perez his successor at McLaren.

Fernando Alonso had a workmanlike day in the Ferrari F138 completing 76 laps and ending the day with a time of 1m 23.247s putting him fifth fastest overall.

The Williams team had a trouble free day with the new FW35. Valtteri Bottas completed 98 laps, finishing 6th fastest after initially concentrating on aero testing and then switching the focus to set-up work and tyres.

Another snippet of interest today came from Pirelli’s Paul Hembery who posted a picture of the tyres for Bahrain in the Pirelli warehouse. He confirmed to me over Twitter that they manufacture the tyres three months ahead to enable shipment by sea freight!

Overall today 908 laps were completed by the teams equating to 2,626 miles.

Summary of Times from F1 Testing 2013 Barcelona Day 2

Lap Time
Total Diff
Sergio PerezVodafone McLaren Mercedes11m 21.848s0.0000.00097280.5
Sebastian VettelInfiniti Red Bull Racing21m 22.197s0.3490.34984242.9
Kimi RaikkonenLotus F1 Team31m 22.697s0.5000.84943124.4
Lewis HamiltonMercedes AMG F1 Team41m 22.726s0.0290.878121349.9
Fernando AlonsoScuderia Ferrari51m 23.247s0.5211.39976219.8
Valtteri BottasWilliams F1 Team61m 23.561s0.3141.71398283.4
Daniel RicciardoScuderia Toro Rosso71m 23.718s0.1571.87070202.4
Paul Di-RestaSahara Force India F1 Team81m 23.971s0.2532.12362179.3
Nico HulkenbergSauber F1 Team91m 24.205s0.2342.35788254.5
Max ChiltonMarussia F1 Team101m 25.115s0.9103.26767193.8
Charles PicCaterham F1 Team111m 26.243s1.1284.395102295.0

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