Date Tuesday February 1 2011
Driver Gary Paffett
Location Circuit de la Communitat Valenciana Ricardo Tormo
Track length 4.005km
Weather Warm and dry throughout. Maximum ambient temperature 15.2°C, maximum track temperature 26.7°C
Laps completed 91
Kilometres covered X364km
Best laptime 1m14.292s at 16:07
Programme With the launch of our 2011 chassis scheduled for this Friday, this week’s three-day Valencia test centres on Pirelli tyre development using one of last year’s MP4-25 cars.
“The car we ran today ought to allow us to get the right loadings on the Pirellis to understand how they behave,” said Gary Paffett at the end of the day. “The tyres have changed since we last ran them in Abu Dhabi last year, and they’ll change again before the start of the season.
Today was about trying to understand the tyres – we established a good baseline and then did some long runs. Happily, the wear issues we experienced in Abu Dhabi have definitely improved; we saw better wear patterns and fewer problems with the tyres.
It’s useful to understand how the tyres go off, and how the balance changes once they do. The Medium seems to last the longest and the Super-soft the shortest, but that’s exactly what you want from a tyre – and it should lead to different strategies once we start racing.”
Lewis takes over at the wheel tomorrow, continuing our programme of understanding and developing the new Pirelli rubber.
Driver for day two Lewis Hamilton
Duration of test Three days (February 1-3)
Unofficial testing times
Pos Driver Constructor Time Laps
1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull Racing 1m13.769 93
2 Nico Hulkenberg Force India F1 1m13.938 71
3 Gary Paffett Vodafone McLaren Mercedes 1m14.292 91
4 Paul di Resta Force India F1 1m14.461 28
5 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1m14.553 98
6 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber 1m15.621 68
7 Jerome D’Ambrosio Virgin Racing 1m16.003 71
8 Vitaly Petrov Lotus-Renault 1m16.351 28
9 Michael Schumacher Mercedes GP 1m16.450 15
10 Jaime Alguersuari Scuderia Toro Rosso 1m17.214 20
11 Rubens Barrichello Williams 1m17.335 78
12 Narain Karthikeyan HRT 1m18.020 45
13 Nico Rosberg Mercedes GP 1m19.930 15