F1 » Alonso takes 'glory' on day four at Jerez

Fernando Alonso finally gives Ferrari something to smile about in testing at Jerez de la Frontera, but raises questions over the legitimacy of his fastest times.

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February 10, 2012 8:37 PM

“FA finally gives FERRARI something to smile about, but raises questions over the legitimacy of his fastest time (1-18,877)” This is balderdash reporting at its best, whoever coined this seems to be implicating that Lotus (1-18,419) Red Bull (1-19, 184) and mclaren (1-19,464) efforts were legitimate times and FERRARI'S were not.
As I said somewhere else Mercedes (1-17,613) doesn't come into it as it was with their 2011 car, and for those that comes up with the (they were trying 2012 parts on it) I will tell them that a 2011 RBR would have gone round with easy lapping at least one full second faster.


February 10, 2012 8:44 PM
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sunny. agreed, and some seem to overlook the fact that the track was down to 8 c when he set his time. had it been a warmer track, it is very likely the ferrari could have been up to a second quicker, or maybe more. i estimate that on a warm track, cars to this years spec should be well into the 1 16s or even 1 15 sec range.
but one thing that i havent noticed or heard about. do you know if these times were set with or without drs. i reckon without.


February 10, 2012 9:07 PM

Richard, for sure that times would have been a lot better in more warmer climate, at one point it was reported on the teams monitors that sector 2 speed trap was frozen.
As far as I know the cars testing are fully equipped with DRS and KERS and I am to assume that they are both being used, but its only what I assume.


February 10, 2012 9:11 PM

Here's hoping we get a genuine Hamilton Vs Vettel this season - however I can't help getting that feeling that come the first qualifying session of the year, the Bulls will suddenly pull a 1 second lead out of the bag, as they have done in the past.
Until I see it happening consistently, I'm a bit suspicious of Alonso's time, but I hope Ferrari manage to figure it out and we get a genuine fight for the championship, rather than another walkover.
Seeing as we will never see Alonso, Hamilton and Vettel in the same team at the same time, hoping that all the cars are roughly as fast as each other is the best we can wish for. The problem for everyone else is that Mr Newey is just too damn clever.


February 10, 2012 9:15 PM

@ tifosi
Change does happen, but it's really slow in this sport. Those of us who were around back then will remember that in the 1980s and 1990s Williams and McLaren were the two big power houses. It won't always be Ferrari, Red Bull and McLaren at the top, although as you say, this year it probably will.

limited slip - Unregistered

February 10, 2012 10:24 PM

To imply that it is only Ferrari that has gone for a glory run is ridiculous, all the teams have done it as they want to see where they are in terms of raw pace. Sure, 99% of their time has been spent on testing but these are racing teams and not to throw your car around a couple of laps at full speed on low fuel seems highly unlikely to me.

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