Kubica ends the Valencia test top of the table

Posted on February 3, 2011

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Robert Kubica has parked Lotus Renault at the top of the time sheets at the end of the first 2011 test in Valencia.

Robert Kubica topped the time sheets on the final day of the first test. Credit: Lotus Renault

The Pole recorded a 1m 13.144s about an hour before the end of the session on the third and final day.

The new Renault has an innovative forward facing exhaust aimed at boosting downforce to the car now double diffusers are banned.

The design raised eyebrows when it was unveiled earlier this week, not least because it will have been a challenge to engineer safely and effectively.

But there is speculation McLaren could be sporting something similar when it launches tomorrow and certainly for the past two seasons it has been the innovative cars which have gone racing ahead off the line.

There’s little to be gained from comparing the cars directly at this point. Clearly Red Bull and Renault have speed and the Ferrari looks very reliable early of the gate.

But a lot of the work done this week has been on the new Pirelli tyres and it’s clear they are more fragile than the Bridgestone tyres we saw last season.

This can only be a good thing because it will shake up the races. If the cars are stopping two, three, even four times in some races cars are going to have to overtake to make progress. It will also be much more difficult to cover other drivers on strategy so cars will have to do more on the track.

We’ll learn more about relative pace as testing goes on but for now it’s just fun to have new stories every day!

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