F1 » Jerez F1 test times – day three: 9 February – 5pm

Nico Rosberg keeps Mercedes 2011-spec car at the head of the Jerez test time for a second successive day as third session ends under red flag...

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February 09, 2012 6:29 PM

I cant see Nico or Schumi producing these times again as they will be using the 2012 car next time which will be slower as it wont have the EBD like the 2011 spec which Nico was driving today. Nico nearly a second quicker using the 2011 car compared to the 2012 models, it seems like down force is key in this sport.

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February 09, 2012 6:41 PM

Its pleasing to see Lotus and McLaren the two best looking cars so far in 2012 doing well in this first test unlike Ferrari's ugly offspring disappointing the men in red


February 09, 2012 7:02 PM
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victor. the teams can run ANY spec in testing. but the fact that merc are using an out-of-date car is puzzling. they claim that they are testing tyres, yet the 2012 car will have different downforce, different weight balance, different speeds through corners etc. maybe it is just being used to get schumi and nico into the groove again.

if times were considered relevant (which they aren't) we could be claiming that nico is faster than schumi, yet again.


February 09, 2012 7:14 PM

Victor i think Brawn is trying to evaluate the new Pirelli's compared to the 2011 ones as Pirelli have made a few changes in the compound bringing down the time difference between the hard and soft compounds to about .8sec/lap compared to last seasons 1.2sec/lap on average. They have also said that there will be more rubber on the track, i don't know if this will be done by making the tyre edge profile more shallower or making the tyres wider, but it makes sense to use the 2011 car to see what the different characteristics there is between the 2011 pirelli's and the 2012 pirelli's


February 09, 2012 8:27 PM


Merc are testing the tyres which have varied with a constant(in the form of the known 2011 car), so thet can get an understanding of how much these tyres have evolved. its certainly not a silly idea, all teams would do it if they had the time im sure.

and the times are even more less note worthy because as the track get more and more rubbered in the times will creep down. I expect all times for the second drivers to be faster (and we dont know that they are even testing for speed at this point).


February 09, 2012 9:11 PM

higdog. yes, that is what merc say they are doing, but my feeling is that a lot of their accumulated data will not be able to be used, as it will apply to a car with different balance, and with different aero effect. a bit like saying that you will test a tyre on a mini, and expect it to perform exactly the same on a mondeo.
if merc had a 2012 car running, then the accumulated info would have been vital

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