BARCELONA TEST – day two: “I definitely feel we have a competitive car”

Date Friday March 2 2012
Driver Lewis Hamilton
Location Circuit de Catalunya, Barcelona
Track length 4.655km
Weather Foggy and overcast at dawn, clearing by mid-morning to remain warm and sunny for the rest of the day. Maximum ambient temperature 18.9°C, maximum track temperature 37.2°C
Laps completed 65
Kilometres covered   303km
Best laptime   1m24.111s at 12:50
Programme Second day of testing at Barcelona, and Lewis jumped into the car today. When early-morning fog kept the circuit closed, the team continued rehearsing full-race-crew pitstops in the pitlane.However, the majority of the day was spent making lengthy adjustments to set-up in order to more fully understand the effects of change on the car. This meant the day was centred more around development, and less on headline-making laptimes.The day also saw the expected conclusion of our evaluation of our launch-spec aero package. For Saturday and Sunday, we plan to introduce a suite of new components for evaluation ahead of the opening race in Australia in a fortnight’s time.

At the end of the day, a satisfied Lewis said:

“Today was all about testing set-up. It was a good day: we learned quite a lot and improved a few things. We didn’t get a lot of mileage, as we had a lot of downtime inbetween changes.

“Our car feels better set-up wise, we still haven’t added the new aero package – so I think we’ll get a better picture of what the car will be like in Australia over the next two days. But I definitely feel like we have a competitive car.

“This year’s winter testing has been way better than last year. I’ve not had any problems, we’ve ironed out a lot of issues and I feel very comfortable. I’m fit and ready for Melbourne.”

 

Driver for day three Jenson Button
Duration of test Four days (March 1-4)
   

  Unofficial testing times

Pos Driver Constructor Time Laps

1

Romain Grosjean Lotus

1m22.614

124

2

Jean-Eric Vergne Scuderia Toro Rosso

1m23.126

45

3

Sebastian Vettel Red Bull Racing

1m23.361

85

4

Fernando Alonso Ferrari

1m23.447

125

5

Heikki Kovalainen Caterham F1

1m23.828

104

6

Kamui Kobayashi Sauber

1m23.836

77

7

Nico Hulkenberg Force India F1

1m23.893

36

8

Michael Schumacher Mercedes AMG

1m23.978

79

9

Lewis Hamilton Vodafone McLaren Mercedes

1m24.111

65

10

Bruno Senna Williams

1m24.925

48

11

Pastor Maldonado Williams

1m25.801

20