Montmelo 10 May – The Spanish weather improved for the second free practice session on the Barcelona circuit, so that drivers and teams were able to get through their programmes on a completely dry track.
Fernando Alonso was second fastest, with a time of 1.22.825, just 0.017s off the fastest man, Sebastian Vettel. Felipe Massa ended up fifth, setting a time of 1.23.110.
The first runs saw many drivers come out on the “Prototype” Hard tyres supplied by Pirelli. Alonso did 6 laps on this rubber, one more than Massa, after which the rest of the programme resumed.
Apart from the usual set-up and long run work, the Scuderia engineers were also evaluating technical updates introduced on both F138s for this Spanish weekend. In total, Alonso did 35 laps, with Massa doing 37.
Spanish GP – A competitive start
Felipe Massa: “Everything went well today, even if this morning’s rain reduced the amount of time we had to test everything we had planned for the first session. We began that job as soon as the track dried and then finished it off in the afternoon session, paying maximum attention to the handling of the car on both types of tyre Pirelli has brought on this track, especially the new Hard. Even on the long run, the car seemed competitive and this makes me confident and so I hope we can continue to do well right to the end of the weekend”.
Pat Fry: “This morning’s rain strongly affected the work we had planned for today, preventing us from completing a sufficiently representative evaluation of the updates we brought here to Barcelona. We have got an immediate and positive validation for some of these, but with others, we will have to wait for the next races and hope for better weather. But it’s normal that if, apart from evaluating updates, one also has to pay particular attention to the tyres, a vitally important element in this season, everything gets more complicated. When the sun finally came out, thanks to a programme split between the two drivers, we were able to get a substantial amount of data on the Hard and Medium compounds. First impressions seem positive: both on a single flying lap and on a long run, we were always in the top five and the new Hard compound shows improvement in terms of performance and degradation. As usual, now we can expect a long night analysing in depth the performances we have seen today and making a more precise comparison with the competition”.
|ALONSO – chassis 299||MASSA – chassis 300|
|First Session||P1||1:25.252||20 laps||P2||1:25.455||20 laps|
|Weather: air 17/18 °C, track 19/21 °C. Cloudy, rain at the beginning|
|Second Session||P2||1:22.825||35 laps||P5||1:23.110||37 laps|
|Weather: air 22/23 °C, track 31/35 °C. Sunny|
Spanish GP – A good start
Montmelo (Barcelona,) 10 May – The first European event of the Formula 1 World Championship, following on from the opening two sets of back to back races, got off to a wet start in Montmelo. In changing conditions with the track drying out patchily after rain started falling around one hour before the start of the session, Fernando Alonso was fastest for Ferrari in a time of 1.25.252, ahead of team-mate Felipe Massa, who posted a 1.25.455. Third fastest was Jean-Eric Vergne (1.25.667) for Toro Rosso. Both Ferrari men managed a short run on the P Zero Orange tyre, the new Hard compound from Pirelli, running different programmes so as to get through a test of the various updates brought to the Catalan track. The team will continue to evaluate them in the second session that gets underway at 14h00.