Vital F1 | Red Bull pace looking ominous
Vital Login
Social Login

Other Sites

Network Navigation

Vital Partners

'If It's F1, It's Vital'

Red Bull pace looking ominous

The testing sessions in Barcelona thus far have done nothing to ease the fears of fans of McLaren, Mercedes and virtually every team on the grid that doesn't carry Red Bull logos on their overalls.

Red Bull Racing followed up Mark Webber's dominating day on Tuesday, with Vettel taking the spot light again on Wednesday.

Sebastien Buemi for Toro Rosso was the only man who could get near the World champion and even that was half a second slower.

Vitaly Petrov was third for Renault 0.805 seconds behind Red Bull, while McLaren and Ferrari were fourth and fifth.

Overall another solid day for Red Bull where they began to really show the pace of their new 2011 car.

'We will find out in Melbourne where we really are, I'm smart enough to know we all have zero points starting this year. We know what we have done last year but in a way it doesn't really help us this year. It's a new year and a new challenge.' 2010 F1 World champion Sebastian Vettel told the BBC after Wednesday's testing.

On the other side of the coin, was Lewis Hamilton and McLaren.

While the 2011 pre-season testing couldn't have gone any better for Red Bull, McLaren were late to launch and have struggled with reliability, set-up and pace.

The gap between the two teams was once again evident in Barcelona on Wednesday.

While Vettel was setting lap times of 1 minute 21.865 seconds, Hamilton was 1.023 seconds off the pace and fourth fasted overall.

Red Bull also enjoyed much more running time, completing 112 laps, while Hamilton could only manage 57 after suffering a hydraulics problem and then an exhaust failure.

'This year has not been the best of years for our testing programme but we've learnt a lot about the issues, We didn't have great mileage today but on the positive side the car felt quite a bit better to drive than at the last test here.' 2008 F1 World champion Lewis Hamilton told the press after the days test.

'We might turn up in Melbourne and find the car goes even better than it does now. We are a team that are able to close a gap but time will tell.'

Ferrari took the day off on Tuesday, but they too were fairly anonymous on Wednesday with Felipe Massa running 101 laps with their new aerodynamic package and new exhaust layout.

Massa was 1.459 seconds slower than Vettel, but they have shown they have the pace on short runs during the previous tests, so fully expect that gap to close over the next couple of days.

For everyone else the gap between them and Red Bull was evident.

Despite a lap time of 1 minute 25.807 seconds, Nico Rosberg was fairly happy that Mercedes were showing signs of development, Mercedes ran a modified exhaust on Wednesday with more updates to be added between now and Saturday.

'There were glimpses of the performance gain that seemed very impressive which makes me very hopeful.' the German said on Wednesday.

The most frustrated team in Barcelona yesterday was Williams. It didn't prove to be a very happy birthday for Pastor Maldonado, who spent the majority of his 26th birthday in the pits with a a problem with the KERS device.

Maldonado completed just 29 laps and was five seconds slower than Vettel.

Jerome D'Ambrosio was the slowest man in Spain for Virgin, from 64 laps the closest he could get to Vettel was 7.117 seconds.








Join Vital F1

It's easy to join up and join in on VitalF1.com, simply click the link and enjoy getting involved!

If you are already a member of Vital Football, your logins will automatically work on VitalF1.com!

The Journalist

Writer: Red5 Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Thursday March 10 2011

Time: 10:39AM

 

Have Your Say

Log in...
with your social network     OR     with your Vital account

Recent Vital F1 Articles

2016 Monaco GP - FP2 (Thursday May 26 2016)

2016 Monaco GP - FP1 (Thursday May 26 2016)

Blog: Monaco Preview (Thursday May 26 2016)

Who will win in Monaco? (Monday May 23 2016)

Lauda slams Hamilton (Tuesday May 17 2016)

Seven score race wins in Spain (Tuesday May 17 2016)

Mercedes duo crash (Monday May 16 2016)

Blog: Spanish GP Report (Sunday May 15 2016)

2016 Spain GP - Race (Sunday May 15 2016)

Blog: Barcelona Qualifying (Saturday May 14 2016)

2016 Spain GP - Qualifying (Saturday May 14 2016)

2016 Spain GP - FP3 (Saturday May 14 2016)

2016 Spanish GP - FP2 (Friday May 13 2016)

2016 Spanish GP - FP1 (Friday May 13 2016)

Blog: Barcelona Preview (Wednesday May 11 2016)

Renault have big plans for Spain (Wednesday May 11 2016)

Who will reign in Spain? (Monday May 9 2016)

Bottas content with Russia finish (Thursday May 5 2016)

What was Sebastian to do? Fly? (Wednesday May 4 2016)

Russian roulette (Monday May 2 2016)

Blog: Russian GP Report (Monday May 2 2016)

2016 Russia GP - Race (Sunday May 1 2016)

2016 Russia GP - Qualifying (Saturday April 30 2016)

2016 Russia GP - FP3 (Saturday April 30 2016)

2016 Russia GP - FP2 (Saturday April 30 2016)

2016 Russia GP - FP1 (Friday April 29 2016)

Hamilton has one eye on retirement (Friday April 29 2016)

Horner praise for Renault (Thursday April 28 2016)

Booth returns to Formula One (Thursday April 28 2016)

Alonso believes he's still the best (Wednesday April 27 2016)

Hamilton can re-use China engine (Wednesday April 27 2016)

Blog: Sochi Preview (Tuesday April 26 2016)

Who will win in Russia? (Monday April 25 2016)

Red Bull's wings no longer clipped? (Thursday April 21 2016)

Hamilton is the benchmark says Rosberg (Wednesday April 20 2016)

Grosjean slams 'idiotic' Ericsson (Wednesday April 20 2016)

Ricciardo is all smiles (Tuesday April 19 2016)

Four take maximum points in China (Monday April 18 2016)

Embarrassed Vettel slams Kvyat (Monday April 18 2016)

Blog: Chinese GP Report (Sunday April 17 2016)

2016 China GP - Race (Sunday April 17 2016)

Blog: Shanghai Qualifying (Saturday April 16 2016)

2016 China GP - Qualifying (Saturday April 16 2016)

2016 China GP - FP3 (Saturday April 16 2016)

2016 China GP - FP2 (Friday April 15 2016)

2016 China GP - FP1 (Friday April 15 2016)

Kick in the goonies for Hamilton (Thursday April 14 2016)

Good things can happen for Renault (Wednesday April 13 2016)

Has Hamilton lost his spark? (Wednesday April 13 2016)

Blog: Shanghai Preview (Wednesday April 13 2016)

Tyre chaos in China? (Tuesday April 12 2016)

Who will win in China? (Monday April 11 2016)

Haas targeting points from every race (Wednesday April 6 2016)

Defending champ scores zero points (Tuesday April 5 2016)

Rosberg equals Sir Stirling Moss (Monday April 4 2016)

Blog: Bahrain GP Report (Monday April 4 2016)

2016 Bahrain GP - Race (Sunday April 3 2016)

Blog: Sakhir Qualifying (Saturday April 2 2016)

2016 Bahrain GP - Qualifying (Saturday April 2 2016)

2016 Bahrain GP - FP3 (Saturday April 2 2016)

Archived Vital F1 Articles

List All Vital F1 Articles
Have your say
Click here to suggest an article
Click here to suggest a poll

Vital Members League (view all)

1. Red5 1088
2. DJ 1040
3. The Fear 773
4. Villaininthemerde 612
5. johnkelv 584
6. Druss_the_Legend 555
7. Push The Button 477
8. col8 334
9. The Intimidator 182
10. __villa__ 145

Current Site Poll (view all polls)

Who will win in Monaco?
Verstappen 43%
Ricciardo 20%
Rosberg 11%
Hamilton 5%
Vettel 2%
Raikkonen 14%
Someone else 5%