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Formula 1 test Barcelona: start of the test final

Formula 1 current: F1-Test Barcelona (25.2.)
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M it has a lot of action the first day of testing started in Barcelona. There were more red flags on the Circuit de Catalunya until lunch than in the bullring in the Catalan capital.

Di Grassi unharmed after departure

The most violent departure Virgin pilot Lucas di Grassi afforded himself. The Brazilian got off the track before turn nine and hit the tire wall. To facilitate the observer, the pilot was able to get out unharmed. It is unlikely that the car will return to the runway in the afternoon.

Interestingly, the Virgin VR-01 was missing the rear wing after the crash, although the car hit forward. It is still unclear whether the part has already come loose. 'We are still investigating the accident,' commented the crash pilot in the afternoon. Only two weeks ago, part of the front wing of Timo Glock's car had said goodbye without outside interference. Since Virgin developed its car without wind tunnel tests, the issue could become even more explosive.

Lotus and Ferrari with problems

First driver on the 4.655 kilometer long Circuit de Catalunya was Lotus test driver Fairuz Fauzy shortly after 9 a.m. Like most of the others, the Indian turned back into the pits after a short introductory lap. Fauzy's second round also ended early. With a small hydraulic problem, the green and yellow racing car rolled out and won the first red flag of the day. In the meantime, however, the problems have been resolved and the second newcomer besides Virgin was able to

The start of the last week of testing did not go according to plan for local hero Fernando Alonso. After just seven laps, the Ferrari newcomer had to park his company car. The F10 had to be pulled back to the pits on the tow rope. According to the Italians, a defect in the engine electronics should have led to the stop. For safety reasons, the Italians decided to change the entire engine. After the three-hour break for repairs, the two-time world champion drove again shortly before the lunch break and moved up to fifth in the classification.

Red Bull clearly in the lead

The fastest pilot in the morning was Mark Webber. Sebastian Vettel's team mate drove with 1: 21.487 minutes more than a second faster than the rest of the field. Even though Webber probably didn't do much on his two-round turnWith petrol on board, the Red Bull earned recognition from the competition: BMW technical director Willy Rampf: 'That is a great time even with little fuel in the tank. The Red Bull is at the front.' However, Webber had to end the planned long run in the afternoon with a defect.

In the morning, Williams driver Nico H├╝lkenberg was briefly at the top of the time classification. The young German is currently third in the time table, just behind compatriot Nico Rosberg.

Alguersuari as endurance runner

Jaime Alguersuari wound most of the laps in the morning in Toro Exit Rosso. The Spaniard did 72 laps under the best conditions. In the time classification, the youngster is just behind world champion Jenson Button in seventh place.


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