Mugello, Italy – 2nd May 2012

Driver: Vitaly Petrov

Chassis: CT01-#1

Total laps: 112

Fastest lap: 1.24.312 (lap 53)

0901 – 0903: Installation lap, 1 lap, intermediate tyres
0903 – 0942: System checks
0942 – 0955: Run 2, 8 laps, medium tyres
0955 – 1009: Changes – front wing flap angle, front / rear ride height, front anti-roll bar  
1009 – 1022: Run 3, 8 laps, medium tyres
1022 – 1037: Changes – front wing flap angle, front brake blanking
1037 – 1049: Run 4, 7 laps, medium tyres
1049 – 1100: Changes – front wing flap angle
1100 – 1112: Run 5, 7 laps, medium tyres
1112 – 1127: Changes – front wing flap angle 
1127 – 1142: Run 6, 9 laps, hard tyres
1142 – 1152: Changes – n/a
1152 – 1205: Run 7, 8 laps, hard tyres
1205 – 1223: Changes – front wing flap angle, rear ride height
1223 – 1225: Run 8, 1 lap, medium tyres
1225 – 1230: Changes – n/a
1230 – 1239: Run 9, 6 laps, medium tyres
1239 – 1245: Changes – front wing flap angle, rear brake blanking, rear ride height
1245 – 1257: Run 10, 7 laps, hard tyres
Lunch
1437 – 1441: Run 11, 2 laps, super soft tyres
1441 – 1449: System checks 
1449 – 1501: Run 12, 7 laps, medium tyres
1501 – 1512: Changes – n/a
1512 – 1524: Run 13, 7 laps, hard tyres
1524 – 1532: Changes – n/a
1532 – 1544: Run 14, 7 laps, hard tyres
1544 – 1612: Red flag / Changes – n/a
1612 – 1619: Run 15, 4 laps, hard tyres
1619 – 1646: Changes – front / rear brake blanking, front wing flap angle, rear wing 
1646 – 1657: Run 16, 6 laps, soft tyres
1657 – 1710: Changes – front wing flap angle, rear wing
1710 – 1720: Run 16, 6 laps, soft tyres
1720 – 1734: Changes – rear ride height, front wing flap angle, front anti-roll bar
1734 – 1746: Run 17, 7 laps, soft tyres
1746 – 1753: Changes – front wing flap angle
1753 – 1801: Run 18, 4 laps, soft tyres

Team Quotes

Vitaly Petrov: “I have very good memories of Mugello as this is where I won in F3000, so coming back is good. I’m not sure the track is right for today’s F1 cars – you get very close to the walls and it’s maybe a bit small for the cars now, but it’s still a good challenge putting together a quick lap. I think we can be pleased with what we have achieved here today. The car has run faultlessly all day and we have completed everything we targeted in today’s runplan. This afternoon we started running some new parts and even though it’s too early to make any judgements on what sort of step forward they give us, I can say the new rear wing we tried immediately felt like it was giving us more downforce. The car’s balance felt better and there was more grip, so that’s definitely a step in the right direction. Hopefully we can have a similar day tomorrow and give ourselves a good chance of making more progress when we’re back racing in Spain next week.”

Jody Egginton, Caterham F1 Team Chief Engineer: “Day two in Mugello has been a good one for the team. The weather is obviously a vast improvement over yesterday and with Vitaly in the car we managed to complete 112 laps, helping us catch up with the time we lost on track yesterday with the rain. This morning we ran through a program on a variety of tyre compounds that gave us the chance to evaluate the new parts we put on the car in the afternoon. From that we have generated a very good amount of data the team on track and back at the factory can use to accurately assess what we have gained with the updates which include new bodywork, a new rear wing and a look at a revised exhaust layout. Tomorrow we will be looking to replicate the same sort of program with Heikki in the car and with the forecast looking good for the last day of the test we want to be able to leave Mugello having completed everything we planned.”