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    OFFICIAL #F1 Report: Mercedes GP - Test Report, Barcelona - Day 4 28/02/2010 4:04pm
    2010 February 28
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    #F1 News: The Session Times in Barcelona - Day 4

    TIMES (All timings are unofficial)
    Pos Driver Car Time Laps
    1. Lewis Hamilton Vodafone McLaren Mercedes 1:20.472 134
    2. Mark Webber Red Bull 1:20.496 61
    3. Felipe Massa Ferrari 1:20.539 114
    4. Adrian Sutil Force India 1:20.611 100
    5. Sebastian Vettel Red Bull 1:20.667 76
    6. Michael Schumacher MERCEDES GP PETRONAS 1:20.745 123
    7. Rubens Barrichello Williams 1:20.870 84
    8. Kamui Kobayashi BMW Sauber 1:20.911 67
    9. Sebastien Buemi Toro Rosso 1:22.135 88
    10. Robert Kubica Renault 1:23.175 107
    11. Heikki Kovalainen Lotus 1:25.251 65
    12. Lucas Di Grassi Virgin Racing 1:26.160 49
































































































    TIMES (All timings are unofficial)
    Pos Driver Car Time Laps
    1. Lewis Hamilton Vodafone McLaren Mercedes 1:20.472 134
    2. Mark Webber Red Bull 1:20.496 61
    3. Felipe Massa Ferrari 1:20.539 114
    4. Adrian Sutil Force India 1:20.611 100
    5. Sebastian Vettel Red Bull 1:20.667 76
    6. Michael Schumacher MERCEDES GP PETRONAS 1:20.745 123
    7. Rubens Barrichello Williams 1:20.870 84
    8. Kamui Kobayashi BMW Sauber 1:20.911 67
    9. Sebastien Buemi Toro Rosso 1:22.135 88
    10. Robert Kubica Renault 1:23.175 107
    11. Heikki Kovalainen Lotus 1:25.251 65
    12. Lucas Di Grassi Virgin Racing 1:26.160 49

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    OFFICIAL #F1 Report: Ferrari - Test Report, Barcelona - Day 4 28/02/2010 4:04pm

    OFFICIAL #F1 Report: Ferrari - Test Report, Barcelona - Day 4

    www.ferrari.it

    February 28th 2010

    Circuit: Catalunya Circuit, Montmelò - 4.655 km
    Driver: Felipe Massa
    Car: Ferrari F10
    Weather: air temperature 15/19 °C, track temperature 15/23 °C. Overcast.
    Having driven the F10 on its track debut in Valencia a month ago, it fell to Felipe Massa to bring Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro's testing to a close. Today, the Brazilian driver had a packed programme, working on evaluating the handling of the car and the Bridgestone tyres under different fuel loads.

    Felipe completed a total of 114 laps, the quickest in a time of 1.20.539. ---
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    #F1 News: Last test day at lunch: a pecking-order snapshot?

    GMMf1NET

    February 28th 2010

    On the final overcast morning of the Barcelona test, many runners took fuel out of their cars and fitted new tyres to gauge raw qualifying pace. McLaren's Lewis Hamilton went into the mandatory lunch break with the quickest time of the entire test, having already said the MP4-25 is "light years" better than its predecessor. Driving the same upgrade as had Jenson Button a day earlier, it is believed Hamilton has a better grasp of the silver car than the reigning world champion. "I'm reasonably happy with it," Button said on Friday after testing the new front wing, diffuser, engine cover and exhausts. "There's more to come," he added, having set a time a full second behind Hamilton's Sunday morning best. Also quick on Sunday morning were Ferrari's Felipe Massa, Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel and Michael Schumacher in the Mercedes, encapsulating the belief that all four teams are a step ahead of their next rivals. But worryingly for all of his and teammate Fernando Alonso's competitors, Massa said the latest package put together for the F10 gives the Ferrari "more grip and more downforce". "It's encouraging, because it means that we made another step ahead compared to Jerez," said the Brazilian. Next best was Williams' Rubens Barrichello, and he told reporters in Spain that he thinks his new British employer "can be one of the teams to surprise people this year". Button said late on Saturday that Sauber could also be a surprise of 2010, before the Swiss team's Kamui Kobayashi slotted between Toro Rosso's Sebastien Buemi and Force India's Adrian Sutil on the Sunday morning timesheet. Robert Kubica had just the ninth quickest time in the Renault, comfortably ahead of the two new teams Lotus and Virgin. The Pole admitted the R30 car is not a podium contender. "We have to be realistic, so we will not go to Bahrain to fight for the podium, that's for sure," he said. Heikki Kovalainen was at the wheel of the Lotus for the final day of winter testing, after his teammate Jarno Trulli said the T127 is "probably four seconds off" the pace of the leaders. Read More...

    #F1 News: Mosley, Fernandes back Branson over Ferrari outburst

    GMMf1NET

    February 28th 2010

    After the famous Italian team slammed the former FIA president and the small incoming teams, Virgin owner Branson said the 'Horse Whisperer' column was "sad". On a flying visit to the final pre-season test at Barcelona, the British billionaire added: "I think it was a pity that they (Ferrari) were resistant to the budget cap and I think it is foolish actually. "I think the one thing the Virgin team will prove is that you can have a really good racing team, running very fast, within a very tight budget," said Branson. Previously, Branson and Lotus team boss Fernandes' rivalry has been feisty, as the pair challenged one another to play airline stewardess if they are beaten in 2010. But on the Ferrari issue, Malaysian Fernandes is backing Branson, and he wrote on Twitter: "Wonder what Ferrari would be like on Virgin's budget." Mosley's own reaction was predictable, telling a select few British press men last week that Ferrari is like "a frumpy old woman at a dance who sees a couple of pretty young girls come in and they resent it". Even long-time Ferrari driver Michael Schumacher does not share the views of his former employer. "Actually I think they are doing reasonably well," said the German when asked about the new teams that are up and running, Virgin and Lotus. "I think for teams that have started completely from scratch I think they are doing a very good job," added Schumacher. Read More...

    OFFICIAL #F1 Report: Bridgestone - GP2 Asia Series Report

    www.bridgestone.com

    February 27th 2010

    The medium compound Bridgestone GP2 tyre helped provide close action over the race weekend in Bahrain, with pole position taken by Jules Bianchi (ART) by a mere 0.004secs from Valsecchi. Qualifying was particularly exciting, with pole only decided in the final moments of the session, and the top seven drivers separated by less than half a second. Friday's race was won by championship leader Valsecchi, after pole-man Bianchi made a poor start. Valsecchi didn't make a perfect getaway either, dropping to third at the end of the first lap, behind Javier Villa (Arden) and Luca Filippi (Malaysia Qi-Meritus). Valsecchi made his compulsory pit-stop later than the two drivers ahead, meaning he was able to take advantage of his fresher rubber to pass Filippi and then Villa to seal his win, and secure him an unbeatable lead in the drivers' championship standings. Saturday's race with a reverse top eight grid from the first race saw Pic pick his way through the field from a fourth placed start to enjoy his first GP2 Asia Series win. The first lap saw contact between the second and third drivers on the grid. Pole-man Adrian Zaugg (Trident) tried to hold off the pack of following cars until Pic made it past on lap 5. Pic then maintained his lead to the chequered flag. The teams' championship was also decided in Bahrain, with Oliver Turvey scoring a point in Saturday's race to take iSport International out of points reach of their rivals. Valsecchi now has an unbeatable lead in the drivers' championship with 45 points, ahead of Ricci on 19. The teams' championship is lead by iSport International with 62 points, meaning they cannot now be beaten, with Arden International in second place with 28 points. The fourth and final round of the GP2 Asia Series takes place in Sakhir alongside the Formula 1 Bahrain Grand Prix on March 12-14.

    Quote from Kentaro Yamamoto - Bridgestone Motorsport GP2 Asia Series Engineer ---

    "Our Potenza medium tyres showed stable performance in Bahrain and their appearance after use showed that these were well used in both races. On Friday the tyre change strategy for the compulsory pit-stop was one of the key performance factors. Valsecchi's pit stop was the last of the top three drivers at the time and this offered him fresher tyres than the others at the end of the race, helping him to win. Many drivers, including Valsecchi, chose to change two rears in their stop while Villa changed both left tyres. Not only the pit-stop timing, but also the choice of the position of tyres changed served as variables for performance in the final part of the race." Read More...

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