Vitaly Petrov, Renault, Jerez, 2011

2011 F1 testing day 6: Jerez

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Vitaly Petrov, Renault, Jerez, 2011
Vitaly Petrov, Renault, Jerez, 2011

Today is the third day of testing at Jerez.

Nick Heidfeld will get his first run in the Renault as the team decide whether to draft the driver in as a replacement for Robert Kubica.

Almost all the teams are running different drivers today, you can find a full list of who’s driving below.


The following drivers will be participating in today’s test:

Team Car Driver
Red Bull RB7 Sebastian Vettel
McLaren MP4-26 Lewis Hamilton
Ferrari F150th Italia Fernando Alonso
Mercedes W02 Michael Schumacher
Renault R31 Nick Heidfeld
Williams FW33 Rubens Barrichello
Force India VJM04 Paul di Resta
Sauber C30 Kamui Kobayashi
Toro Rosso STR6 Sebastien Buemi
Lotus T128 Heikki Kovalainen
Virgin MVR-02 Jerome d’Ambrosio

HRT are not present at this test.

Best times at this test so far

Team Driver Time
1 Mercedes Michael Schumacher 1’20.352
2 Ferrari Felipe Massa 1’20.413
3 McLaren Jenson Button 1’21.009
4 Toro Rosso Jaime Alguersuari 1’21.214
5 Sauber Sergio Perez 1’21.483
6 Red Bull Mark Webber 1’21.522
7 Force India Adrian Sutil 1’21.780
8 Virgin Timo Glock 1’22.208
9 Renault Vitaly Petrov 1’22.493
10 Williams Pastor Maldonado 1’22.591
11 Lotus Jarno Trulli 1’23.216


Today’s test is at the Jerez circuit in Spain:

The teams are testing at the Circuito de Jerez, formerly the home of the Spanish (1986-1990) and European Grands Prix (1994 and 1997):

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Direction: Clockwise
Length: 4.428km
Fastest lap (all-time): 1’15.629 (Michael Schumacher, Ferrari)

2010 best times

The teams tested at Jerez for eight days last year, split into two sessions. These are the combined best times:

Team Car Driver Time
McLaren MP4-25 Jenson Button 1’18.871
Renault R30 Robert Kubica 1’19.114
Sauber C29 Kamui Kobayashi 1’19.188
Red Bull RB6 Mark Webber 1’19.299
Force India VJM03 Vitantonio Liuzzi 1’19.650
Toro Rosso STR5 Jaime Alguersuari 1’19.919
Mercedes W01 Nico Rosberg 1’20.061
Ferrari F10 Fernando Alonso 1’20.115
Williams FW32 Rubens Barrichello 1’20.341
Virgin VR-01 Timo Glock 1’22.433
Lotus T127 Jarno Trulli 1’23.470

Following the test live

Williams are providing live times from the test on their website here:

If you find any other good sources for live times, please post them in the comments.

You can follow live updates from F1 Fanatic and other people at Jerez using the Live F1 Twitter app (no Twitter account needed):

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27 comments on “2011 F1 testing day 6: Jerez”

    1. He already has, but will be back tomorrow.

      1. And he left before, but came back in after 3 years on the sidelines :-p .

  1. alonso_elmatador
    12th February 2011, 7:45

    go Fernando go!! davidson WHO!!!!

    2008’s fake wc=davidson!
    2009’s fake wc= alexander lyons!

    1. What the hell are you doing?

      1. alonso_elmatador
        12th February 2011, 11:45

        none of ur business???

    2. you give Ferrari/Alonso fan a bad name

      1. alonso_elmatador
        12th February 2011, 11:46


  2. i hope Heidfeld will earn the Renault-seat until Kubica returns!

  3. It shows you how much we can take from testing when you look at the times from last year.

  4. Rahul Bhambha
    12th February 2011, 8:58

    Hey Keith

    This website is translating from French to English.

  5. Is that a small version of the track a bit north east of the actual track?

    1. Yes, it is a kart track mimicking the track for cars. Nice touch, isn’t it?

      1. Looked mighty big for a kart-track… But yes, that is quite a cool idea.

  6. The live timing here shows laps and if you click on drivers names it gives you all their lap times set on the day:

    1. Nice Link, Thanks Bas

  7. Looks like the opening on the front of the McLaren Keith pictured before might still be meant for an exhaust opening, with McLaren alternating between the exhausts on the back blowing over the diffusor and possibly partly through the starter hole and the other ending in the tea tray. (some discussions on Twitter going on).

    Apparently takes them over 2 hrs to change floors and systems for the comparisons

  8. Interesting to compare Alonsos 15 laps stint with Schumi doing the same at the same time.

    Alonso started with a 1:26.338 then had about 6 laps in the 1:26.5 range and ended with a 1:27.85 and a 1:28.977, while Schumi started with a comparable 1:26.521, had only 2 comparable laps before dropping off and finished with a 1:28.671 and a last lap of 1:32.327.

    Seems the Ferrari was not only a bit faster at the start, but kept the low times going far longer.

  9. Quick Nick now 2. fastest time…

  10. Why has Hamilton only completed 28 laps, are there problems with the car??

    1. They were reported to alternate 2 exhaust systems, one classical and another with front exits. The change between the variants is about 2+ hours of work.

      And he did a lot of outlap, timed lap, inlap runs. Same for Button yesterday.

      Remember, McLaren have the new car out on track only for the 3rd day, just like Virgin and FI. They are still making checks of everything they have on the car. Only part of the day is used for longer runs.

      1. Thanks BasCB. I was begining to think McLaren may have problems. With all that short runs they were still only .7 secs behind the front. Let’s hope Jensen gets some long runs in tomorrow, and that they find the best option with the exhausts.

        1. I just did see some reports, they were having a bit of a problem with not enough spare parts limiting the running to shorter stints today.
          But that does not sound like the car is slow, just a manufacturing issue.

  11. And now he is even faster than Alonso – thumbs up Nick, good to see You in action again…

  12. The cars are slower than yesterday

  13. the ferrari again in the first two places, the worst that car has been is 5th when massa had a problem. 2 days in first, 3 days in second and 1 day in 5th.

    They are doing at least 100 laps per day. and they are not even looking at performace.they are looking at reliability,working on set up as massa said yesterday. .etc.

    by the way heilfield is faster than alonso ’cause i’m pretty sure they are trying to get everything out of the car and will do the same with senna in order to compare or decide which one is faster and who is going to drive the car.

    good to see this!!

    1. yup…reminds me of last year. And to a certain extent 2009. Not quite so good as you make out then

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