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Friday, November 19, 2010

Break out the new rubber

ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - NOVEMBER 19: Rubens Barrichello of Brazil and Williams F1 Team in action during the Formula 1 Pirelli Tyre Testing at the Yas Marina Circuit on November 19, 2010 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Andrew Hone/Getty Images)


“We’re very pleased with this first day of testing and the excellent working relationship that has been struck up between our engineers and all the teams and drivers. We’re gathering plenty of useful information and valuable suggestions, as well as some encouraging comments. So far, I would say that everything has gone according to plan. In particular we are very pleased with the reliability and stability of our tyres as well as with the turn-in performance of the front tyre. The lap times set by all the teams have been excellent, and they have each covered a lot of ground as can be seen from the number of laps run. The teams are also making the most of these test sessions to try out different set-ups and some new ideas for 2011, which provides us with an even greater challenge and more meaningful results. I would say that we are in a strong position now to approach the first official tests in February 2011 with a good package.” - Paul Hembery, Pirelli motorsport director.

  1. Felipe Massa Ferrari 1m40.170s 94 laps
  2. Sebastian Vettel Red Bull 1m40.500s 77 laps
  3. Gary Paffett McLaren 1m40.874s 94 laps
  4. Kamui Kobayashi Sauber 1m40.950s 83 laps
  5. Robert Kubica Renault 1m41.032s 39 laps
  6. Rubens Barrichello Williams 1m41.425s 91 laps
  7. Paul di Resta Force India 1m41.615s 20 laps
  8. Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1m41.778s 81 laps
  9. Jaime Alguersuari Toro Rosso 1m42.019s 71 laps
  10. Adrian Sutil Force India 1m42.859s 20 laps
  11. Timo Glock Virgin 1m44.124s 78 laps
  12. Heikki Kovalainen Lotus 1m44.686s 88 laps
  13. Pastor Maldonado Hispania 1m45.728s 83 laps
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