Test in Barcelona – Day Four
3rd March 2013 – The weather conditions were again good for testing. Nico started the day with aerodynamic comparisons and then made a qualifying simulation. In the afternoon he attempted a race simulation which was aborted due to some technical issues. However, Nico completed 118 laps.
Circuit: Circuit de Catalunya, 4.655 km
Driver: Nico Hülkenberg
Weather: sunny and dry, air 6-18°C, track 9-26°C
Chassis/engine: C32-2/Ferrari 056
Laps today: 118
Fastest lap: 1:21.541
Tom McCullough, Head of Track Engineering : “On the final day of winter testing we had some technical issues, which didn’t allow us to complete the full race simulation. We will go back to our technical base and analyse all the data to exploit the full potential of the car at the first race in Melbourne. Overall the three winter tests were quite successful for our team. We completed a lot of laps and got a good understanding of our new car which will allow us to make the right decisions in the forthcoming weeks.“
Nico Hülkenberg: “We did most of the planned programme with a qualifying and a race simulation. The qualifying simulation went quite smoothly, but we have some potential left with the balance of the car and some homework to do before Melbourne. But I think that we found some interesting directions, and overall I’m quite satisfied. The race simulation didn’t go hundred percent according to plan. Tyre degradation at the beginning is very high, and it’s quite challenging to keep tyres alive.“
What comes next: For all teams, this was the final day of testing, before the season starts in Melbourne.