F1 » Jerez F1 2012 test line-up confirmed

A full rundown of who will drive when during next weeks four-day test at Jerez in Spain

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February 05, 2012 4:03 AM

In a sport with limited testing it baffles my brain that Marussia and Mercedes won't be there maximizing the full test time. Everybody knows that the first test is in early feb and they need to ensure that the car is ready for this. Expect more of the same midfield running from Merc GP this year i'm afraid. As for Marussia they should just quit now.


February 05, 2012 4:51 AM
Last Edited 1464 days ago

The top three teams have their slower drivers prove the car on February 7th-8th
Mark Webber
Jenson Button
Felipe Massa

And their faster drivers exploit the car on February 9th-10th
Sebastian Vettel
Lewis Hamilton
Fernando Alonso

This is a sensible strategie.

neil - Unregistered

February 05, 2012 2:05 PM

Why do the teams not have the drivers testing on the same days ? would have thought they could make better comparisons if they were there at the same time ???


February 05, 2012 3:23 PM

@neil: The teams don't test their drivers on the same day for several reasons. At this stage of a new season the teams deliberately have prepared only one car because the first test or two is important to sort out the aerodynamics which impacts the final bodywork design. Especially this season if the teams with the stepped nose find this is the wrong direction or significant profile changes are required, it would not make sense to have already built multiple examples of a design that does not work. Also drivers are all different heights and have varying arm and leg lengths. With only one car it would be too time consuming to change the cockpit configuration, seat, pedal position, etc. to facilitate a driver swap. Individual drivers also like different chassis settings in terms of stiffness and other handling characteristics which would also be time consuming to change during each test day.:.


February 05, 2012 3:59 PM

I agree, in fact in all teams the drivers running second look like a role call of the best drivers in each team and only Lotus bucks the trend by sending out Kimi first. This must be to ease him back into F1 and put little pressure on him to start, with the expectaton of greater rewards later. This will be an extremely competitive season between teams and teammates.

I do not agree drivers running second are the more favoured.

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