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    Jerez F1 winter testing

    Today is the first day for the new cars on track. Here's the lineup:

    Red Bull Mark Webber
    McLaren
    Jenson Button
    Ferrari Felipe Massa
    Mercedes Nico Rosberg & Michael Schumacher (2011 car)
    Lotus Kimi Räikkönen
    Force India Paul di Resta
    Sauber Kamui Kobayashi
    Toro Rosso Daniel Ricciardo
    Williams Pastor Maldonado
    Caterham Heikki Kovalainen
    HRT Pedro de la Rosa (2011 car)


    Marussia is at home trying to get their 2012 car together.


    Here's the standings so far:

    1 Räikkönen Lotus 1m19.670s55
    2 Di Resta Force India 1m19.772s +0.10260
    3 Rosberg Mercedes 1m20.219s +0.54956
    4 Ricciardo Toro Rosso 1m20.694s +1.02440
    5 Kobayashi Sauber 1m21.353s +1.68362
    6 Webber Red Bull 1m21.474s +1.80417
    7 Button McLaren 1m22.366s +2.69622
    8 Massa Ferrari 1m22.815s +3.14551
    9 Kovalainen Caterham 1m23.178s +3.50828
    10 Maldonado Williams 1m23.371s +3.70125
    11 De la Rosa HRT 1m24.209s +4.53932

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    Caterham seemed to really impress today. Just 4 tenths of a second behind Ferrari and above Williams isn't bad for the young team. It'll be an interesting fight for the middle field teams.
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    Do you have test times from last year? It would be interesting to compare since the loss of EBD.

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    First test times are generally pretty meaningless, but nice to see Kimi start strong--I'd like to see him mixing it up near the front with Lewis, Fernando, Jenson and Sebastian.

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    Day two of testing has just started. There are a few changes in the lineup:


    • Nico Rosberg won't be out today for Mercedes, only Schumacher
    • Jules Bianchi joins Paul Di Resta at Force India
    • Sergio Perez replaces Kobayashi at Sauber

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    The best time for all of the 2010 Jerez testing was 1:19.832


    Pics from Tuesday.
    http://www.formula1.com/gallery/testing/2012/667.html

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    Schumacher went well under the 1:19 mark with a 1:18.651 in the '11 spec car*. Webber has got the new Red Bull down to 1:19.184.

    * They are probably running a few 2012 bits and pieces on it.

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    I know it is early in testing, but it is not looking too good for Williams. Sad to see such a once great team struggle.

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    Times for Day 2:

    1. Michael Schumacher Mercedes 1m18.561s
    2. Mark Webber Red Bull 1m19.184s
    3. Daniel Ricciardo Toro Rosso 1m19.587s
    4. Jules Bianchi Force India 1m20.221s
    5. Kimi Raikkonen Lotus 1m20.239s
    6. Paul di Resta Force India 1m20.272s
    7. Felipe Massa Ferrari 1m20.454s
    8. Jenson Button McLaren 1m20.688s
    9. Sergio Perez Sauber 1m20.711s
    10. Pastor Maldonado Williams 1m21.197s
    11. Heikki Kovalainen Caterham 1m21.518s
    12. Pedro de la Rosa HRT 1m22.128s

    Kovalainen ran 139 laps, Schumacher 132, Räikkönen 117 and Ricciardo 100. Force India got 115 laps with Bianchi and Di Resta.

    Williams were working on reliability, but still would be nice to see some more pace as I'm betting they aren't the only ones not going for qualifying simulations.

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    It's time for Day 3 of 4 and there are quite a few changes in the lineups:


    • Vettel takes over at Red Bull
    • Hamilton, McLaren
    • Alonso, Ferrari
    • Rosberg, Mercedes
    • Grosjean, Lotus
    • Hülkenberg, Force India
    • Vergne, Toro Rosso
    • Senna, Williams
    • van der Garde, Caterham
    • The HRT team has finished testing. (they obviously thought the car was quick enough )

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    Grosjean just beat Webber's time from yesterday and set the quickest lap for a 2012 car so far: 1m18.901s.

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    Both test drivers Bianchi and van der Garde have spun off today and the cars have had to be returned to the pits by trucks. Not the best way to impress your teams.

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    Curious to see how much Alonso gets out of the new Ferrari as Massa seems so far to be lost with the 2012 challenger.....Ah the joys of Winter Testing and which team of the mid to backmarkers will do a low fuel run to gain some sponsorship dollars.....
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    How cold is it in Jerez? I saw reports of snow in southern Spain as well as in North Africa.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TC in Indy View Post
    How cold is it in Jerez? I saw reports of snow in southern Spain as well as in North Africa.
    Today it was 14°C / 57°F at the end of testing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bezzen View Post
    Today it was 14°C / 57°F at the end of testing.
    Thank you Bezzen. And how about the weather up your way in Sweeden? It looks like most of Europe is locked in an arctic grip.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TC in Indy View Post
    Thank you Bezzen. And how about the weather up your way in Sweeden? It looks like most of Europe is locked in an arctic grip.
    It's pretty decent now at -8 C / 18 F. It was pretty damn cold this past weekend though, we had -26 C / -15 F here in the middle of Sweden. I think the coldest up north was -42 C / -44 F. It was really only freezing for a couple of days though and was pretty much normal winter weather from there on. The difference with this cold though is that it's sort of the same temperatures across the whole Europe, not just up here in the North. We Swedes are pretty used to it but large parts of continental Europe aren't.

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    Will Buxton tweeted that it was 0 C (32 in American language) when he arrived at the track this morning.

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    Well Alonso puts the 2012 Ferrari on the top of the timesheets this morning, so maybe the car ins't as bad as Massa was moaning about.....Looks like Massa best get his A game together quick or it could be either a long season or a very short season for the #2 at Ferrari....

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    Just musing but if Massa is let go in early or mid-season, who would be the replacement? Likely or otherwise?

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    I think Massa has lost "something" every since he was hit with the spring. I know its just testing, but I"m impressed by the Lotus and and it will be fun seeing what they can do with a decent driver. Redbull looks good as expected, McLaren seems to be a bit behind but does more once the season begins than anyone. Williams again looks set for a long season.

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    Autosport's test blog is suggesting that Fernando's run was a full out effort for a single quick lap--"glory run"--designed for the Italina press and doesn't reflect the car. Supposedly, he said they only understand about 20% of the issues with the car so far. I think it may well be the car. I really hope that Ferrari, McLaren and "Lotus" step up quite a bit this season so that Vettel gets challenged.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sneva33 View Post
    Just musing but if Massa is let go in early or mid-season, who would be the replacement? Likely or otherwise?
    Sergio Perez.
    "It takes a special level of incompetance to make a schedule this terrible. America is possibly the greatest country in the world overall for tracks. To make a bad schedule in America takes effort. A special kind of effort. A kind of effort that only IndyCar could come up with."

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    Quote Originally Posted by sneva33 View Post
    Just musing but if Massa is let go in early or mid-season, who would be the replacement? Likely or otherwise?
    What's Ralf doing with himself these days?

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