F1 test Jerez: rain, tires and Red Bull

Preview: Formula 1 Test Jerez 2010
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A fifth of the test drives are already over and many experts believe that we have not yet seen the new world champion on the track. Sebastian Vettel is, despite the late completion of his R ed Bulls continues to be one of the hottest contenders for the title. On Wednesday, the new RB6 by star designer Adrian Newey will be presented to the public in order to face the first comparison with the competition shortly afterwards.

The day before there are the first pictures of Adrian Sutil's new racing car. Recently there had been rumors, Force India could lose the starting permit due to a missing financial report in England. But team owner Vijay Mallya reassured his team through the media.

Virgin fastest F1 newcomer

The third new car is the Virgin F1-Renner from Timo Glock in Jerez. After a successful rollout in Silverstone, the VR01, which was developed purely on the computer, now has to prove in an intensive test that practice keeps what the simulation promises. With Virgin, a new team made it to the second test. Lotus wants to present its new car on Friday, from the other newcomers USF1 and Campos nothing is in sight yet.

In Valencia certain Ferrari the pace. At first glance, the best times on all three days look like the Italians have a clear lead. The new petrol tanks, which are almost twice as large, make the analysis of the times pure speculation. In addition, times in Valencia should always be enjoyed with particular caution. Renault driver Robert Kubica remembers the winter tests two years ago very well: 'We were miles away in Valencia when we took the BMW-Sauber for the first time and suddenly we were in the front row at the season opener in Australia.' Jerez should provide significantly more reliable data from the layout.

Ferrari: First Alonso, then Massa

Fernando Alonso will be the test program according to the plans of Scuderiastart on Wednesday and Thursday. Felipe Massa then takes over for the rest of the week. Ferrari has already announced that it will not make major changes to the car. Only small mechanical updates are planned. Meanwhile, work on the second chassis is being continued in Maranello, which will be used for the second Jerez week.

At Mercedes GP you saw yourself slightly behind in the first test. According to team boss Ross Brawn, the problems are recognized and should now be resolved. The Silver Arrows also want to present a clearly visible aero update by Bahrain. Incidentally, it is unlikely that the new test and replacement pilot Nick Heidfeld will be deployed in Jerez. The regular drivers Michael Schumacher and Nico Rosberg should collect as many kilometers as possible.

Teams have to expect rain

However, there is not only news from the teams . Tire supplier Bridgestone is now also making the two harder compounds available after only the soft rubbers were at the start in Valencia. Maybe the slicks have to stay in the garage entirely. According to current forecasts, it should rain on three out of four test days. There is only a good chance of an uninterrupted program on Thursday. As there are only 15 test days available this season, a wet slope is the last thing the teams want to see. Rain would be a disaster, especially for Red Bull, Virgin and Force India.

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