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Pre Season

Vergne completes domination of test

Vergne completes domination of test

Red Bull Racing's Jean-Eric Vergne ended with a trio of fastest times across the three days of the Young Driver Test in Abu Dhabi, the Frenchman finishing nearly two seconds clear of his rivals at the end of the final day.

 

Vergne top again on day two in Abu Dhabi

Vergne top again on day two in Abu Dhabi

Red Bull Racing's Jean-Eric Vergne continued to set the pace on the second day of Formula One's Young Driver Test in Abu Dhabi, with the Frenchman ending the two sessions fractionally ahead of Ferrari driver Jules Bianchi.

Vergne tops first day of Abu Dhabi test

Vergne tops first day of Abu Dhabi test

Red Bull development driver Jean-Eric Vergne set the pace on the opening day of F1's 2011 Young Driver Test in Abu Dhabi, the Frenchman topping the timesheets in both the morning and afternoon sessions at the Yas Marina track.

2011 F1 Young Driver Test Preview

2011 F1 Young Driver Test Preview

The annual Young Driver Test will take place at Abu Dhabi's Yas Marina circuit this week, with a plethora of up-and-coming drivers taking to the track in order to get a bit of a taste of some up-to-date Formula One machinery.

Barcelona Test II - Combined Times

Barcelona Test II - Combined Times

The combined times from the final five day pre-season test in Barcelona make happy reading for Mercedes, with Michael Schumacher leading the way in the upgraded W02 car, but less happy reading for Jerome d'Ambrosio.

Heavy rain washes out final day in Barca

Heavy rain washes out final day in Barca

The four teams that remained behind to the bitter end of the pre-season testing calendar saw their day largely ruined by heavy rain, which blighted the team's preparations for the season opener in Melbourne.

Schumie tops day four to ease Merc fears

Schumie tops day four to ease Merc fears

The heavily revised Mercedes W02 car showed a fine turn of pace on the penultimate day of Formula One testing in Barcelona, with Michael Schumacher setting the fastest lap of the winter so far to end the day clear of his rivals.

Barcelona Test - Day 4 as it happened

Barcelona Test - Day 4 as it happened

Friday's action in Barcelona promised to be as telling as testing can be, with all twelve 2011 cars possibly in action together for the only time this pre-season. Follow the action as it happened with Patronise F1's liveblog.

Speedy Perez puts Sauber ahead in Barca

Speedy Perez puts Sauber ahead in Barca

Mexican sponsor magnet Sergio Perez gave the Sauber team a boost on the third day of the final pre-season test at the Circuit de Catalunya, beating Red Bull and Ferrari to the bragging rights with an impressive lap during the morning session.

Ominous Vet blitzes the field on day two

Ominous Vet blitzes the field on day two

Red Bull Racing's rivals were given plenty to think about on the second day of the final pre-season test of the year at the Circuit de Catalunya, as Sebastian Vettel set the fastest lap of the test season so far to lead the way on day two.

Webber fastest as final Barca test begins

Webber fastest as final Barca test begins

Mark Webber finished clear of his rivals for Red Bull at the end of a quiet opening day in Barcelona, where a lack of competitors, some minor illness and muggy conditions rather blighted the efforts of the drivers throughout the day.

2011 Pre-season Test Preview - Barcelona

2011 Pre-season Test Preview - Barcelona

The final pre-season test ahead of the start of the 2011 season is all set to get underway at the Circuit de Catalunya in Barcelona, with plenty of teams hoping to make a step forward in performance before the proper racing begins.

Barcelona Test - Combined Times

Barcelona Test - Combined Times

What do the combined times from Barcelona's four-day test tell us about the pace of Formula One's 2011 field? Well, virtually nothing, aside from that Felipe Massa was quickest. Still, here they are for your entertainment and amusement. 

Massa leads final day of Barcelona test

Massa leads final day of Barcelona test

The pre-season test in Barcelona came to a conclusion with a relatively uninteresting final day, which saw a series of hard-to-read race simulations from most drivers and a late session-topper from Ferrari's Felipe Massa.

Rosberg ahead on rain-affected third day

Rosberg ahead on rain-affected third day

The weather once again intervened on Sunday in Barcelona, with teams contending with a wet track all morning. As the times tumbled towards the end of the day, though, it was Nico Rosberg for Mercedes GP who finished ahead.

Vettel stays top on day two in Barcelona

Vettel stays top on day two in Barcelona

Red Bull and Sebastian Vettel underlined their position as early favourites for the 2011 Formula One season on a busy second day at the Circuit de Catalunya, with the German looking strong over a single lap and a race distance.

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