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Fernando Alonso calls the Ferrari F10 the ‘best car ever’

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Test Jerez 2010

When in Rome, do as the Romans do, there is no one who seems to understand this better than Fernando Alonso, its probably due that that that our two time world champion in a Renault car has called the Ferrari F10 the best car he has ever driven.

This ‘epiphany’ came to him after testing at the Jerez tracks with other teams and being able to score the sixth quickest and second quickest times in testing. He had also set the best time in the first session of testing at Valencia.

“As of today, this is the best car I’ve ever had,” Fernando Alonso told the media.

“The two days that I tested it was sunny and the track was dry and I could work more than I thought so I’m very happy. We have done a good job in terms of reliability and long runs.”

Photo : Ferrari Spa

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February 22nd, 2010 at 3:31 pm

Michael Schumacher back in action for Ferrari

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I would like to apologise to our readers, i havent been able to update a lot due to family matters, internet problems and now exam time. However i will keep bringing you things you like and want the most. I received a request for Michael Schumacher photos from Barcelona testing and we have got 2 awesome photos for our readers from Ferrari Media Services. Michael was fullfilling the test driver role in the Ferrari formula one team in Barcelona.

Michael Schumacher back to racing for Ferrari at Barcelona Testing

Michael Schumacher back to racing for Ferrari at Barcelona Testing

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February 26th, 2008 at 7:01 pm

Day 2 Barcelona Test Report By Williams F1 team

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I needed an excuse to post Williams F1 photos, so here they are ::

Williams F1

Williams F1

Williams F1

Press Release Test Report follows:

Circuit: Circuit de Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain. 4.655km
Weather: Rain all morning, easing in the afternoon. Air temperature: 15°C

Pos Driver Team Best Time Total Laps
1 F Massa Ferrari 1:30.673 14 / 40
2 M Webber Red Bull Racing 1:31.213 38 / 43
3 L Badoer Ferrari 1:31.288 27 / 33
4 D Coulthard Red Bull Racing 1:31.654 43 / 44
5 F Alonso Renault F1 1:31.731 8 / 28
6 N Rosberg AT&T Williams 1:31.963 41 / 97
7 T Glock Toyota 1:32.407 23 / 33
8 J Trulli Toyota 1:32.571 31 / 47
9 N Hulkenberg AT&T Williams 1:33.102 24 / 53
10 K Nakajima AT&T Williams No time 0 / 33
11 N Piquet Renault F1 No time 0 / 1

Dickie Stanford, Test Team Manager, AT&T Williams F1:

“We spent the whole morning practising pitstops with the race team and both race drivers today. We completed approximately 40 pitstops in total. Nico Hulkenberg then took over from Kazuki in the afternoon and continued set-up work on the car while Nico ran through some systems checks. The wet conditions really played havoc with the session for the second day in succession but we’re expecting a drier day tomorrow, during which we will again run all three drivers.”

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February 21st, 2008 at 1:51 pm

Honda formula one Jerez testing report

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Honda F1 Racing Jerez Testing : Rubens Barrichello, Jerez Test, 05 December 2007, Action
The Honda Racing F1 Team completed its final test of 2007 at the Jerez circuit in Spain today. The four-day test focused on the continued evaluation of the 2008 electronics system along with the opportunity to run the Bridgestone Potenza ‘slick’ tyres for 2009.

Jenson Button began the test on Tuesday to continue the team’s development work on the new electronics, which exclude traction control and drivers aids, and were tested for the first time at Barcelona in November. Jenson also completed an initial evaluation with the slick tyres, setting his fastest lap of the day whilst running on the slicks. He completed a total of 70 laps.

Rubens Barrichello joined the team for the second and third days of the test. On Wednesday, Rubens continued the programme with further tuning of the electronics, alongside braking systems development, and covered 103 laps. On Thursday, he spent the morning on electronics work before running the slick tyres in the afternoon, completing 89 laps in total.

The Honda engineers asked Anthony Davidson, a member of the wider Honda family, to complete the test on Friday in order to provide further perspective for the 2009 slick tyre evaluation. Anthony completed 102 laps over the day.

Jenson Button
“The test in Jerez went well. I continued our work from Barcelona last month concentrating on the evaluation of the new electronics system which is compulsory for all teams next year. There are no driver aids with this system, which means no traction control and no engine braking control, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. You have to be very smooth and progressive with the throttle, which suits my driving style. I also had the opportunity to run on the slick tyres and that was fun. It was the first time that I have driven with slicks on an F1 car and I really enjoyed it. Obviously the downforce levels in 2009 will be different but I had a good feeling from this short trial.”

Rubens Barrichello
“It was very nice to be back driving the car this week for my first test since the last race of the season in Brazil. I had two good days of running without traction control as we worked on the development of the new electronics system to prepare for next year’s regulations. The only issue this week was the number of circuit red flags which seemed to happen whenever we tried to run on new tyres, so there was certainly a better lap time possible. It was also good to be using slick tyres once again this week.”

Steve Clark – Head of Race & Test Engineering
“This week’s test was our second session with the new electronics system. Recent work on the engine dyno has rectified the power delivery issues that we identified three weeks ago in Barcelona and has seen us make good progress on the track. This, and other work underway to adapt to the 2008 electronics regulations, is useful preparation ahead of the debut of the RA108 early next year and for this reason it has been a very productive test. The major talking point of this week was the opportunity to run the Bridgestone Potenza slick tyres which will be introduced in 2009. Additionally these tyres are planned for use without tyre blankets and a much reduced aero package. The combination of cold tyres and low downforce made for some pretty interesting out-laps for our drivers but overall they enjoyed the experience. For engineers and drivers alike, the return to racing on slicks is something we are very much looking forward to.”

Andi Zuber, Jerez Test, 05 December 2007, Action

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December 8th, 2007 at 2:12 pm

Force India F1 to Jerez for second winter test

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Press Release :

F1 Force India Team Logo

The Force India F1 Team will be back in action at the Circuit de Jerez, southern Spain, for the second test of its winter development programme. Over the four day test from 4 – 7 December, the team will again run two former Spyker B-spec F8-VII cars in its interim livery of burgundy and white.

As part of its ongoing evaluation and development programme, Roldan Rodriguez and Giedo van der Garde will drive for one day each, while Giancarlo Fisichella, Franck Montagny and Ralf Schumacher will join the team for a full day’s testing. Following their outstanding performance and feedback at the team’s test in Barcelona Christian Klien and Vitantonio Liuzzi will also participate for one day.

Vitantonio Liuzzi commented, ‘I was pleased with how Barcelona went and I am happy to be invited back to participate in another test with the team. Everyone is very professional, there’s a good atmosphere and I think a lot of potential. For the moment I will concentrate on doing my best in this next test, but it feels good so far – we will see how Jerez goes.’

Christian Klien added, ‘I am looking forward to another test with the team in Jerez and to continuing the good work we started in Barcelona. Everyone in the team is very focussed and determined to be even more competitive in 2008, so I am happy to be part of the current evaluation programme. I will be concentrating on helping them to get the most out of the car and again working well with the engineers.’

Thirty-four year-old Giancarlo Fisichella is one of the most experienced drivers on the F1 grid. He made his debut in 1996 with the Minardi team before moving to Force India’s predecessors Jordan in 1997. In his long career, which has also spanned stints at Benetton, Sauber and Renault, Giancarlo has scored three race victories. The Italian said, ‘Whilst no drivers have been officially confirmed by Renault, the team has given me permission to explore other options. I was invited to test with Force India F1 Team at Jerez and I was very happy to accept it.’

Ralf Schumacher, 32, started his Formula 1 career back in 1997 with Jordan. He has since raced for Williams and most latterly Toyota. He has picked up a haul of 27 podiums and six victories. ‘I have known Vijay for many years over my time with Toyota. I fully understand his passion for the sport and know that he will put this drive into Force India to make it a success. For any driver, driving for a young dynamic team with high ambitions is a good opportunity, but at the moment it is just one test to see how we get on working together, and whether this is possible. I think I can help the team with its development programme but we will see.’

Franck Montagny made his F1 race debut last year with Super Aguri, however has a wealth of F1 experience thanks to his testing roles at Renault, at which he spent three years, and at Toyota where he was the team’s test and reserve driver this season. He has also competed in the Le Mans 24 Hours. The Frenchman commented, ‘I was in contact with Vijay Mallya from my time at Toyota. Towards the end of the year we talked about the future and I heard about the possibility of testing with Force India. Of course I was very tempted as I am sure that with the new owners, the team will be very strong.’

Fisichella and Montagny will open the test on Tuesday 4 December

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November 30th, 2007 at 5:46 pm