BARCELONA TEST – day three: “A good feeling about the new package”

Date Saturday March 3 2012
Driver Jenson Button
Location Circuit de Catalunya, Barcelona
Track length 4.655km
Weather Warm and sunny in the morning, before growing increasingly overcast. A brief rainshower hit the track at 4pm. Maximum ambient temperature 15.9°C, maximum track temperature 32.2°C
Laps completed 44
Kilometres covered   204km
Best laptime   1m22.103s at 14:58
Programme Today was Jenson’s last day in the car before Melbourne and, appropriately, he spent it evaluating the new race package we intend to race in Australia later this month.

The morning was spent successfully installing and understanding the suite of new aero components, but this was interrupted by a hydraulics issue which kept the car in the garage until after the lunch break.

The day was further disturbed by a mid-afternoon rainshower – so today’s proposed set-up, tyre-comparison work and a long run were postponed, and will be conducted by Lewis tomorrow.

Jenson said:

“When you get new parts, you want to go out and put lots of laps on it in order to compare it to what you had previously – but we weren’t able to do that today. We had a hydraulics issue in the morning, which meant we didn’t do much running.

“So it wasn’t the easiest morning – and then we didn’t do much running in the afternoon either because of the rain. We put a couple of good laps in but didn’t get any set-up work done – because of the rain.

“It was nice to drive the new package, and I have a good feeling about it, but I need to work with it for a bit longer to find the right balance for it.

“Hopefully, Lewis will put some more laps on the car tomorrow.”

 

Driver for day four Lewis Hamilton
Duration of test Four days (March 1-4)
   

  Unofficial testing times

Pos Driver Constructor Time Laps

1

Sergio Perez Sauber

1m22.094

114

2

Jenson Button Vodafone McLaren Mercedes

1m22.103

44

3

Daniel Ricciardo Scuderia Toro Rosso

1m22.155

131

4

Felipe Massa Ferrari

1m22.413

122

5

Paul di Resta Force India F1

1m22.446

108

6

Bruno Senna Williams

1m22.480

110

7

Heikki Kovalainen Caterham F1

1m22.630

64

8

Mark Webber Red Bull Racing

1m22.662

70

9

Nico Rosberg Mercedes AMG

1m22.932

129

10

Kimi Raikkonen Lotus

1m25.379

43