BARCELONA TEST – day four: “Happy with progress – now it’s time for Melbourne”

Date Sunday March 4 2012
Driver Lewis Hamilton
Location Circuit de Catalunya, Barcelona
Track length 4.655km
Weather Bright and sunny in the morning, eventually clouding over before an end-of-day shower just before the chequered flag.
Laps completed 115
Kilometres covered   535km
Best laptime   1m22.430s
Programme Final day of 2012 pre-season testing and Lewis resumed testing duties of the team’s proposed race-one aerodynamic upgrade.

The aim of today’s programme was to continue the analysis started yesterday by Jenson – and the team successfully spent the morning running through a suite of set-up and balance changes and a number of tyre comparison runs.

Into the afternoon, the aim was to put further miles on the new aero package over a simulated race distance. The programme was slightly knocked-back by a small hydraulic leak at the end of the day, but the leak fortuitously coincided with a late-afternoon rainshower, meaning the team lost little significant running.

At the end of the day, Lewis and the engineers declared themselves happy with progress, particularly over the course of a long-run.

Now, our focus turns to Melbourne…

 

   
Duration of test Four days (March 1-4)
   

  Unofficial testing times

Pos Driver Constructor Time Laps

1

Kimi Raikkonen Lotus

1m22.030

121

2

Fernando Alonso Ferrari

1m22.250

115

3

Bruno Senna Williams

1m22.296

53

4

Nico Hulkenberg Force India F1

1m22.312

101

5

Kamui Kobayashi Sauber

1m22.386

72

6

Lewis Hamilton Vodafone McLaren Mercedes

1m22.430

115

7

Vitaly Petrov Caterham F1

1m22.795

101

8

Michael Schumacher Mercedes AMG

1m22.939

100

9

Pastor Maldonado Williams

1m23.347

48

10

Daniel Ricciardo Scuderia Toro Rosso

1m23.393

100

11

Sebastian Vettel Red Bull Racing

1m23.608

23