Second day of Pirelli F1 test in Abu Dhabi

By Lee Catuzzi

The second and final test on the new Pirelli tyres ended today in the beatiful settings of the Yas Marina in Abu Dhabi.
Yesterday Felipe Massa was the quickest with World Champion Sebabstaina Vettel second.
Today Ferrari dominated again with Fernando Alonso doing 1:40:529 followed closely by Michael Schumacher  by 0.156.
“Overall, I am quite happy with the behaviour of the tyres,” Alonso said. “They are not too different to the previous manufacturer [Bridgestone] so in a way I think it will be a very smooth transition with no big drama.”

Yesterday hints were dropped by Rosberg in relation to the fact that that Mercedes was still not achieving top speed with the new tyres and the car was actually worse than before.
Schumacher today, has definitely shown the opposite and a glimpse of his old self.
“For the first step, from what we have seen here, I feel positive about the tyres,” Schumacher said when asked if the new tyres will suit him better.

Vettel was at the track again with its title winning RB6 and manage to finish third fastest.  “There is still a lot to do, but I think the tyres are already better than expected,” said the German.
“Since February we haven’t really had time to do any in-depth testing on track, so these two days have given us a chance to reflect on things we have tried during the season.”

Newly re-signed Rubens Barrichello was fourth fastest with its Williams after completing 101 laps while evaluating different braking systems.
Robert Kubica struggled with some understeer but managed 5th fastest. A good exchange of data with Pirelli should give the French Team a good start for the February tests.

Things went well at McLaren too where british drivers Oliver Turvey and Gary Paffett were separated by barely a tenth of a second, finishing six and seventh fastest.

Lotus had a positive day too with Jarno Trulli replacing Heikki Kovalainen on the second day, “It’s been a very positive day,” he said. “It was good to try the Pirelli tyres for the first time and while we have obviously got a lot of work ahead of us I think this was a good start.

Force India tested with Paul di Resta and Tonio Liuzzi and concentrating mainly on weighting distribution aero setting and general balance as well as tyres.

Sauber had both their 2001 line up drivers at disposal with Kobayashi in the morning and Perez in the afternoon. Both drivers experienced some technical problems but achieved some good data gathering for the season ahead.

Jaime Buemi, replaced team mate Alguersari in the Toro Rosso doing 98 laps in total, achieving the tenth fastest position.

Overall quite a good response from most of the drivers on the tyres that will  be used from next season.
Pirelli’s last season in a single seater was 20 yers ago.

With all the data that Pirelli has accumulated in these two day test they will develop the tyres that will then be used for the F1 pre-season tests which will start next February.

There will be four of such tests before the 2011 season starts in Bahrain on 13 March.
The first three tests are in Spain, on 1-3 February at the Ricardo Tormo circuit near Valencia, 10-13 February at Jerez and 18-21 February at Barcelona’s Circuit de Catalunya.

The final test will be in Bahrain a week before the first race, from 3-6 March.

Pos.  Driver                               Car                   Best Time     Laps
1        Fernando Alonso           Ferrari             1:40.529      105
2       Michael Schumacher     Mercedes        1:40.685      74
3       Sebastian Vettel              Red Bull          1:40.825      66
4       Rubens Barrichello        Williams          1:41.294      100
5       Robert Kubica                 Renault            1:41.614       91
6       Gary Paffett                     McLaren           141.622       46
7       Oliver Turvey                  McLaren           1:41.740      30
8       Paul di Resta                  Force India       1:41.869      35
9       Kamui Kobayashi          Sauber               1:42.110      43
10     Sebastien Buemi            Toro Rosso       1:42.145      98
11      Tonio Liuzzi                   Force India       1:42.416      46
12     Sergio Perez                    Sauber               1:42.777      46
13     Jarno Trulli                     Lotus                 1:44.521      83
14     Pastor Maldonado         HRT                   1:44.768     65
15     Timo Glock                     Virgin                 1:44.783     82

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