Formula 1 test update

Latest news from F1 as pre-season tests take place in Jerez, while Villeneuve could return

The third day of the third F1 test has just ended with Red Bull’s Mark Webber topping the timesheets. Before today there had been very little dry running, but finally the Spanish sun has started shining on Jerez, allowing Webber to become the first man this season to dip below 1 minute 20 seconds. Of course what can be read into that is limited, but it’s fun to speculate. Alonso (Ferrari), Button (McLaren), Hulkenburg (Williams) and Schumacher (Mercedes) are next up, all separated by a smidge over a second. Times in themselves are not crucial, but getting plenty of laps in is. It’s the only way to discover how the cars react to various fuel loads and the different compounds of Bridgestone rubber. Hulkenburg scored more laps than the rest with 137 under his wheels, but most of the field have been enjoying reliable runs. It’s no surprise to still see Di Grassi in the Virgin and Kovalainen in the Lotus at the bottom of the laptime chart, but only 0.01s splits them and they’re just over two seconds off Schumacher’s time. Away from Jerez, Stefan GP fired up their 2010 Toyota for the first time today as they wait to be granted an F1 entry. They have also confirmed their potential driver line-up of Kazuki Nakajima and Jacques Villeneuve.

See how yesterday's Jerez F1 testing session went

Click here for a gallery of some F1's 2010 star cars

Follow evo on Twitter and Facebook for the car latest

Recommended

Lotus Evora GT410 review – more refined but no less fun
Lotus Evora

Lotus Evora GT410 review – more refined but no less fun

Softer set-up results in the most useable modern Evora, but doesn’t sacrifice its handling abilities
14 Mar 2020
Lotus Evora GT410 revealed to rival Porsche 911 Carrera  
Lotus Evora

Lotus Evora GT410 revealed to rival Porsche 911 Carrera  

Sitting alongside the more focused GT410 Sport, the new Lotus GT410 aims to offer greater practicality and comfort than before
29 Jan 2020

Most Popular

Naturally aspirated engines – best of the breed from 4-pots to V12s
Naturally aspirated engines - group
Supercars

Naturally aspirated engines – best of the breed from 4-pots to V12s

The naturally aspirated engine is capable of stirring emotions a turbocharged motor can only dream of. We celebrate the best of the breed.
22 Jan 2021
TOM’S Racing Toyota GR Yaris revealed – homologation special gains focus
TOM’S Racing Toyota GR Yaris front
Toyota GR Yaris

TOM’S Racing Toyota GR Yaris revealed – homologation special gains focus

Japanese racing outfit TOM’S becomes the latest firm to mod the new Toyota GR Yaris
20 Jan 2021
BMW i4 to have more power than the M3 Competition
BMW i4 prototype
BMW

BMW i4 to have more power than the M3 Competition

BMW has revealed more details about its all-electric 4-series Gran Coupe and its 4sec 0-62 time
22 Jan 2021