Friday 2 March 2012
BARCELONA TEST – DAY TWO
Driver: Sebastian Vettel
Laps: 85 laps
Best time: 1:23.361
Circuit length: 4.655km
Fastest lap: R. Grosjean (1:22.614)
After fog delayed the start of today’s running and the morning session was then interrupted by a number of red flags, Sebastian Vettel commented that the day of testing at the Circuit de Catalunya had not been the smoothest, but that despite the delays he believes the team is progressing well in advance of the first race.
“It was quite a messy day because of the fog and there were quite a lot of red flags out there so it was hard to get into a good rhythm,” he said. “We had our own stoppage on the circuit, but it was no problem. It’s never nice to stop but we brought the car back and it wasn’t a big problem. We didn’t fulfil the programme entirely but I think we are heading in a good way.
“I have one more day to go and so far testing has gone pretty well. Not perfect of course, it never is, but all in all I feel quite happy in the car. It’s more or less what we expected and hopefully we’ll have another two good days to prepare for the first race.
“The last couple of days of testing are always quite important as you always bring a few new things and it’s much closer to the car you will race in Melbourne, so we’ll see if that works out and hopefully we’ll be able to make another small step forward before the first.”
Sebastian’s Race Engineer, Guillaume Rocquelin added: “The fog this morning wasn’t ideal but the circuit was very good in giving everybody an extension and we did get a decent amount of laps in. However, even when the session did get going it was a fairly choppy start as there were a lot of red flags and as Sebastian said it was difficult to find a rhythm.
“But Seb got through most of the programme, which today was just background testing stuff, we weren’t focusing on performance at all. There are a lot of boxes we need to tick to go racing and we got quite a few done today.”