Lotus-E20_Jerez  Following the first Formula1 official testing and considering how much the cars were running on that circuit we thought that it would be fun to put everything on paper and see what the teams and drivers did in those 4 days of tests.

  This first days times are completely irrelevant because the teams were more preoccupied to see how all the system’s are working and also what are the best set-ups for different scenarios. The times could not be considered as a valid reference because most of the teams have used different quantities of gas as well as used tyres at different levels in order to cover as much aspects of what a race could bring as possible.

  Anyways putting aside Mercedes who used it’s W02 car from the previous season the general impression was that the new Lotus E20 seems to be a very well build car and will be the car to keep an eye on in Australia. Kimi and he’s teammate Grosjean were extremely happy with the car but the rival also saw that there is a lot of potential in the new E20, while Ferrari and Red Bull were having lots of reliability problems and both teams made a relatively low number of laps and if we are to take a closer look at the number of laps we’ll se that Lotus, Williams and Caterham were the most productive teams in term of mileage.

  Pirelli also had some interesting data to share with us, and their official numbers regarding the tyre use was as follows: 181 total tyre sets from which 57 sets were soft (P Zero Yellow), 91 were medium (P Zero White) and 33 were hard(P Zero Silver). none of the teams used the super-soft (P Zero Red) since that tyre remain unchanged compared with the 2011 season.

  The longest stint on hard tyres was 26 laps long while the medium compound was use for 27 consecutive laps, meanwhile the soft tyre lasted for 20 laps.

Below are two tables with the best drivers times and number of laps made and with the teams and the number of kilometers made by each during all four test days:

Fastest times:


Pos. Drivers Teams Time Laps
01. Deutschland Nico Rosberg Mercedes AMG Petronas 1m17.613s 174
02. France Romain Grosjean Lotus F1 Team 1m18.419s 212
03. Deutschland Michael Schumacher Mercedes AMG Petronas 1m18.561s 174
04. Spain Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1m18.877s 106
05. Australia Mark Webber Red Bull 1m19.184s 151
06. Deutschland Sebastian Vettel Red Bull 1m19.297s 146
07. United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton Vodafone McLaren Mercedes 1m19.464s 166
08. Australia Daniel Ricciardo Scuderia Toro Rosso 1m19.587s 157
09. France Jean Eric Vergne Scuderia Toro Rosso 1m19.597s 159
10. Finland Kimi Raikkonen Lotus F1 Team 1m19.670s 192
11. Mexico Sergio Perez Sauber F1 Team 1m19.770s 116
12. United Kingdom Paul di Resta Sahara Force India 1m19.772s 170
13. Japan Kamui Kobayashi Sauber F1 Team 1m19.834s 182
14. Deutschland Niko Hulkenberg Sahara Force India 1m19.977s 90
15. Brazil Bruno Senna Williams F1 1m20.132s 250
16. Italy Jules Bianchi Sahara Force India 1m20.221s 46
17. Brazil Felipe Massa Ferrari 1m20.454s 164
18. United Kingdom Jenson Button Vodafone McLaren Mercedes 1m20.688s 147
19. Columbia Pastor Maldonado Williams F1 1m21.197s 122
20. Finland Heikki Kovalainen Caterham F1 Team 1m21.518s 167
21. Spain Pedro de la Rosa HRT F1 Team 1m22.128s 108
22. Italy Jarno Trulli Caterham F1 Team 1m22.198s 117
23. Netherland Giedo van der Garde Caterham F1 Team 1m23.324s 74

Longest runners:


Pos. Team Km
01. Lotus F1 Team 1789 km
02. Williams F1 1643 km
03. Caterham F1 1585 km
04. Mercedes AMG Petronas 1541 km
05. Scuderia Toro Rosso 1399 km
06. Vodafone McLaren Mercedes 1386 km
07. Sahara Force India 1364 km
08. Sauber F1 Team 1315 km
09. Red Bull 1306 km
10. Scuderia Ferrari 1196 km
11. HRT F1 Team 478