Feb 22

Formula One teams Barcelona testing report day 2

Formula One day 2 test report

GP2 Series - Barcelona - Circuit de CatalunyaToday’s testing report from Formula One teams & drivers.



 Formula One teams Barcelona testing results day 2

Unofficial testing times

Pos Driver Constructor Time Laps


Nico Hulkenberg Force India F1




Sergio Perez Sauber




Sebastian Vettel Red Bull Racing




Fernando Alonso Ferrari




Daniel Ricciardo Scuderia Toro Rosso




Lewis Hamilton Vodafone McLaren Mercedes




Nico Rosberg Mercedes AMG




Valtteri Bottas Williams




Vitaly Petrov Caterham F1




Charles Pic Marussia



Red Bull Racing

Driver:                 Sebastian Vettel
Car:                    RB8
Laps:                   104 laps
Best time:             1:22.891
Circuit length:       4.655km
Fastest lap:           N. Hulkenberg (1:22.608)

After spending yesterday on development, Sebastian Vettel and a full Red Bull Racing race team put the RB8 through the rigours of a full race simulation today.

Sebastian said: “I’m happy that we got a lot of laps done. Unfortunately, we had a little bit of a problem, it was small, but with testing you stop whenever there’s a issue, take a look and see what’s what and that always takes up a bit of time. But nevertheless, in the afternoon I was quite happy. We got a lot of laps done, more than 100, so we got through most of the programme.

“I think we are on the right road with the car,” he added. “The first impressions at the last test were fine. The car reacted the way we expected. I keep talking about the loss of downforce compared to last year, as we don’t have the tools we had, but this is the same for everyone, not just us. So, we’ll get on top of it and we’ll spend the coming days trying to make improvements, find more performance and make the car faster. But so far, so good.”

Head of Race Engineering Ian Morgan said “It was again so cold this morning that we had problems with pit stop practice, simply because the equipment was freezing up as we tried to use it. After that we ran a bit of a free practice simulation, but we discovered a small problem, which lost us some time. It was only a minor issue and didn’t require major work, but it meant that we had to run a compressed Quali simulation before lunch. Afterwards we got through a whole race distance, which, at the car’s first go, is always very encouraging.

“Mark is in the car tomorrow for his race simulation, so we hope we can get through the full programme with him with no dramas.”

source: Red Bull Racing, redbullracing.com

BARCELONA TEST – day two: “1000km in two days – the whole team should feel proud”

Date Wednesday February 22 2012
Driver Lewis Hamilton
Location Circuit de Catalunya, Barcelona
Track length 4.655km
Weather Warm and sunny all day. Maximum ambient temperature 16.8°C, maximum track temperature 33.3°C
Laps completed 121
Kilometres covered 563km
Best laptime: 1m23.806s at 14:22


Lewis Hamilton undertook another mile-crunching outing for the Vodafone McLaren Mercedes team, clocking up 121 laps and more than 500km of running during the second day of pre-season testing at Barcelona’s Circuit de Catalunya.

The focus for the morning was on data gathering and set-up evaluation before the team carried out a race-distance simulation in the afternoon.

Lewis said:

“To have completed more than 1000km in the past two days is incredibly encouraging – the whole team should feel proud.

“The car behaves really well in the high-speed corners – I think the baseline of our car is higher than it was last year – and it’s better overall at high-speed. It’s performing well in Turns Three and Nine, too.

“We don’t know the fuel-loads of the other cars, so it’s still hard to determine the pecking order. We didn’t bring any upgrades here, but our understanding of the car has developed since the test in Jerez. We’re learning more about how the tyres work, how the temperatures behave and how to balance the car using set-up. It’s been an extremely productive few days – and I think Jenson will continue to improve the car tomorrow.

“Now, I’m just looking forward to the final test – it’s where you get a really good feeling of where the car will be. It’s also exciting because it’s the last stop before the first race!”

Driver for day three: Jenson Button
Duration of test: Four days (February 21-24)

source: Vodafone McLaren Mercedes, mclaren.com

Scuderia Ferrari

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source: Scuderia Ferrari, ferrari.com


Date             Wednesday 22 February 2012
Track            Circuit de Catalunya
Driver            Nico Rosberg
No of Laps        82 laps
Best Lap Time        1:24.555
Kms Covered        382 kms
Track Length        4.655 km
F1 W03 Mileage     1164 km
Weather         Cool & sunny

Nico Rosberg was at the wheel of the MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS F1 W03 car at the Circuit de Catalunya in Barcelona today.

– A productive morning session allowed the team to make good progress through the planned technical programme

– A transmission oil leak was found early in the afternoon which could not be resolved in time to complete any productive running

– Nico completed 82 laps today, adding a further 382 km to take the F1 W03’s total mileage to 1164 km

Michael will be back in the car tomorrow before Nico finishes the test programme on Friday.

Nico Rosberg
“It was good to get into proper testing today. Early in the morning, it was a bit too cold on the track to collect some decent information, however later we were able to get into our planned work. In the afternoon session, unfortunately we had a transmission oil leak which meant that I wasn’t able to complete any further running. That doesn’t affect my positive feelings about our test programme, and things like that can happen in the early stages of running a new car. Now I am looking forward to driving again on Friday.”

source: Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team, mercedes-gp.com

Lotus F1 Team

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source: Lotus F1 Team, lotusrenaultgp.com

Barcelona Test Report, 22 February 2012

Nico Hulkenberg enjoyed a busy second day of testing in Barcelona as Sahara Force India topped the timesheets.

Day Two Stats
Chassis: VJM05-02
Laps: 112
Mileage: 521 km
Fastest lap: 1:22.608

Nico Hulkenberg: “We started the day with some aero work – trying some constant speed runs and collecting more data. Then, the rest of the day was spent working on the balance of the car and trying out all four tyre compounds. I did some short runs, long runs and just got a feel for the tyre characteristics and how the car reacts to them. Once again the car has been very drivable all day and our baseline set-up has proved to be a good starting point for running all the different compounds.”

Jakob Andreasen, Chief Engineer
“Nico’s second day in the car saw a continuation of the programme we started yesterday with aero runs, balance and set-up work, and a full day of tyre comparisons. We got through all the items on the job list and once again the car has run faultlessly, which is a credit to the design team at Silverstone. Nico’s feedback on the handling of the car continues to be positive and we now have a good feel for the set-up directions we need to take to extract even more performance.”

source: Sahara Force India F1 Team, forceindiaf1.com

Test in Barcelona – Day two

Barcelona, 22nd February 2012 – The Sauber F1 Team and Sergio Pérez had a much better day. The Mexican completed a good test programme at the Circuit de Catalunya, including a full tyre comparison of all compounds, as well as aero and set up work. For Thursday and Friday Kamui Kobayashi will take over at the wheel of the Sauber C31-Ferrari.

Circuit Circuit de Catalunya / 4.655 km

Driver : Sergio Pérez (MX)
Weather Sunny all day, air 6-19°C, track 9-26°C
Chassis / engine
C31.02 / Ferrari 056
Mileage today 85 laps
Fastest lap : 1:22,648 min (before lunch, super soft tyres)

Giampaolo Dall’Ara (Head of Track Engineering)
“This was a far more positive day. Despite an exhaust problem in the late afternoon, we went through a good programme. Quite a few high priority points have been ticked off the job list. In the morning we started with aero comparisons, and then did some proper mechanical set up work. We also carried out a full comparison of all tyre compounds – super soft, soft, medium and hard – and ran different fuel loads. Of course it is not possible to really judge the car’s performance yet as we don’t know the other teams’ programmes, but today was productive and now we can work out the programme for tomorrow when Kamui takes over.”

Sergio Pérez:  “Today was a lot better, even though in the end we lost a bit of track time because of the exhaust problem. I am happy with how things went, we have gathered plenty of information to go through now and I believe we are working in the right direction. I hope we get some more work done with Kamui driving the next two days, and then we will be well prepared for next week’s final pre-season test session.”

What comes next Kamui Kobayashi takes over on Thursday and Friday.

source: Sauber F1 Team, sauberf1team.com


Circuit: Catalunya, 4.655 kms
Driver: Daniel Ricciardo
Car: STR7 – 01
Laps: 50
Best time: 1:23.639

Today was Daniel’s last day in the car for this test and he did not complete as many laps as expected because of a couple of stoppages. The last one cost the most time, due to a problem with a drive shaft. Tomorrow, Jean-Eric Vergne takes over driving duties for the final two days of this test.

Daniel Ricciardo: “The afternoon did not go to plan, but the morning was positive and we did all the runs we had planned for the first part of the day. We worked on making adjustments to the car balance, also trying some different mechanical changes to the car, which is why I did mainly short runs. I could feel the effect of these changes and the car reacted in the way we expected.”

source: Scuderia Toro Rosso, tororosso.com


Driver: Valtteri Bottas
Chassis / engine: FW34-01 / RS27-5281/1
Location: Circuit de Catalunya, Barcelona 4.655km
Objectives: Set-up work and tyre comparison runs
Weather: Dry and sunny all day
Ambient & track temps: 19ºC / 26ºC

Mark Gillan, Chief Operations Engineer: Valtteri did a good job today completing 117 laps without issue, working on general car set-up with a run plan tailored around familiarising him with a typical Friday P1 race session.

Valtteri Bottas: I really enjoyed today. It was great to get back in the car as I have been waiting for this day since I took part in the young driver test in Abu Dhabi last year. The FW34 again showed good reliability, as we completed 117 laps while doing some interesting tests with the car set-up. I’m looking forward to assisting the team at race weekends this season and can’t wait to drive the car again.

The Williams F1 Team will be back on track tomorrow, Thursday 23 February, with Pastor Maldonado driving the FW34 for the third day of the test.

source: Williams F1, williamsf1.com

T02 Barcelona – Day Two

Circuito de Catalunya, Barcelona – 22nd February 2012
Driver: Vitaly Petrov
Chassis: CT01-#2
Total laps: 69
Best lap: 1.26.605

Vitaly Petrov: “I think that was a pretty positive day. We completed 69 laps and got through most of what we had planned. This morning we had a couple of issues with the seating position and the brakes, but you expect that from a new car and they were little things that we were able to fix quickly. In the afternoon we put in a few more long runs and that’ll give us a lot of data to work on tonight and I think tomorrow it will be more of the same.

“Physically I feel really good. It’s obviously been a while since I’ve been in a car, but I’ve kept up my fitness levels and I enjoyed myself on track, so it’s a good first day back. One thing I have noticed is that this car behaves a little differently from my previous experience and I think I may have to adjust my driving style to get the best out of it – I’ve been quite aggressive before, but I think this car responds better to smoother inputs, so that’s something I can work on, and work with the engineers on. Let’s see what we can come up with for tomorrow.”

Mike Gascoyne, Chief Technical Officer: “A very reasonable first day with Vitaly in the car. We spent some time this morning getting him acclimatised, focusing particularly on the brakes, but he has settled in well and did exactly what we asked of him today. We have a few points to work on tonight, one of those being to understand how to give him a setup he feels most comfortable with, so tomorrow we expect to be able to continue to progress when he’s back on track for the second day.”

Riad Asmat, Caterham Group Chief Executive Officer: “A good way to introduce Vitaly to the team on track. He acquitted himself well today, putting in a decent number of laps and working well with us to fine-tune the basic setups we need to give him so he’s comfortable in the cockpit. As first days go this was pretty much faultless, and that’s exactly what we wanted from him.”

source: Team Caterham, caterhamf1.com

HRT F1 Team

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source: HRT F1 Team, hispaniaf1team.com


Barcelona Test – Day 2 – 22 February 2012
Best Lap Time 1.27.343
Number of Laps 109
Total Kms 507

Charles Pic continued to make solid progress on his second day of pre-season testing for the Marussia F1 Team in Barcelona today.

Charles was once again at the wheel of the 2011 car – the MVR-02 – and his programme for today involved working through a variety of set-up changes to provide him with further experience and understanding of the car’s behaviour. This afternoon he completed a further race simulation which means he has completed over three race distances during the course of the past two days.

The MVR-02 continued to prove its solid reliability, enabling Charles to post the fourth highest number of laps of the day – 109.

Charles Pic

“Another good day for me today with more important mileage. It was a very interesting morning as we tried quite a few set-up changes and it was very good for me to gain this experience. This afternoon we completed two long runs as part of a race simulation to enable us to work on tyre degradation and we made a run with low fuel at the end. The past two days have been good for me and I’m looking forward to being in the car again on Friday.”

John Booth, Team Principal

“Another productive day with Charles getting plenty more mileage under his belt. Today’s programme was centred around set-up work in the morning and further long run work this afternoon. Charles is getting more and more adept at understanding the behaviour of the car to set-up changes and is working well with his engineers and crew. Tomorrow we look forward to getting Timo back in the car and allowing him to spend some time evaluating the 2012 tyre compounds.”

source: Marussia F1 Team, marussiavirginracing.com


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source: Cosworth, www.cosworth.com/f1


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source: Pirelli, pirelli.com