F1 » Barcelona F1 2012 test line-up

A full rundown of who will drive when during this coming week's four-day test at the Circuit de Catalunya in Spain

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Rick - Unregistered

February 19, 2012 6:19 PM

I wonder why Mercedes don't give their drivers each 2 days in a row like the other teams do. I would think it's better to give each driver two days so that they can work on setting up the car with some consistency. Somehow I don't see the logic of Mercedes' approach.

James Harrison

February 19, 2012 7:28 PM

Seriously sick of HRT, if they can't afford **** then don't bother, if they end up shaking down their 2012 car in Melbourne Qualy again they shouldn't be allowed into F1 at all, they have no sponsoship, no young drivers, and nowhere near the same amount of motivation to move up the grid as Caterham or Marussia. WHAT'S THE POINT!?


February 19, 2012 10:59 PM

Mercedes have just completing a private test (one day private in exchange for missing the final day of Jerez), allowing the team to turn up to Barcelona with over 300 km of testing on the W03, all gathered away from the prying eyes of the press and other teams.

fish fingers - Unregistered

February 20, 2012 1:12 AM

People still think Mercedes are doing the wrong thing yawn

Said it all through last year, they will be strong in 2012 and if there is a driver change for 2013, Hamilton will join up with Brawn.

Racehound - Unregistered

February 20, 2012 4:21 AM

agree with you Rick on Mercedes lack of organisation there! For crying out loud, if they cant get their drivers in for 2 days each at a time, wtf is going on? Dont have their new car for the first 4 day test, then when their new car is ready they get a private test session, thereby missing out on all the data they could have been collecting about their competitors had they been present at the group test. Complete shambles at Mercjerkers!!! Looks like Nico will definitely be on his way to Ferrari next season if Mercjerks have a crap car this year OR if they mess him around like they did last year to accommodate Schumacher.

jake butler - Unregistered

February 20, 2012 10:22 AM

so, why bother teams having test/devolopment if theyr only used for one test in the yr, little simulator works and poss the odd friday session? Only williams are using their TEST driver for TESTING...in my view, it should be COMPLUSORY in FP1, all F1 teams should run one test driver or not run at all in FP1. How do people like Bianchi, Bird, Guittierez all prove themselves in the machienery if they each get one pre-season test, one young drivers test and days and days on an advanced and expensive playstation??? if in-season testing is so restricted, why not allow the test drivers a chance in FP1??? Sorry test drivers, the FIA continue to fail you...


February 20, 2012 10:35 AM
Last Edited 1535 days ago

george. i doubt it. haug has made a statement today, to the effect that there are no innovations on the Merc, and in fact it is an evolution of the 2011 car.

so dont put your money on it!


February 20, 2012 12:46 PM

blzbub..first test used an old car. Second test merc gathered information on Pirelli demo tires. And the max at a film shoot for mileage was 100km. There were no prying eyes as no one really cares what they have done to the car. IT's a mid packer.

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