F1 » Catalunya F1 test times – day two: 22 February – 3pm

Nico Hulkenberg still quickest at Catalunya on second afternoon

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richard loveridge - Unregistered

February 22, 2012 3:23 PM

I have been reading this site awhile and laughing alot. Many here haven't got a clue.
these test times mean 150% nothing. Something that does mean something so far is vettels comment about Lewis and McLaren yesterday. Which crashf1 failed to report. Vettel said Lewis did really only long runs yesterday and he looked quick. Vettel acknowledged McLaren look strong at start of season.

Yet most on here think McLaren are stuffed. If you ask me after watching the tests and using the actual information we have McLaren do look strong. Especially since Lewis has been using medium tires today as opposed to hulkenberg and vettel for example on the softs. Some here need to stop fanboy rubbish and look at other info besides crashf1 who actually miss alot. Vettel further said mclarens long runs yesterday were intriguing times. If you ask me McLaren have a better platform to go from because its philosophy is so different.


February 22, 2012 3:47 PM

wow richard! i think that most of the posters here know that testing times mean nothing. but 150% nothing? i didnt think that you could go above 100%. still you learn something every day!
then after dismissing the times, you go on to hold great store by them. ??????
vettel , of course would talk up lulus performance, as he is the main competition. now look at lulus comments, and he talks up vettels performance.
finally, if you are going to go by performance in testing, maybe you should realise that lulus "fastest" time yesterday , was set on softs, whilst vettels was set on hards. and the only two times that beat sebs today, were set on supersofts, with seb still on mediums.

yes, there are certainly fanboys, but there are also a number of knowledgable people too. if you dismiss us all, why do you look at the site??

Laughing - Unregistered

February 22, 2012 3:53 PM

well, richard, i have been reading your post and laughing a lot, too.

if the tests mean nothing (more than nothing at 150%)then why are you on here checking out the times of the test?



February 22, 2012 4:16 PM
Last Edited 1529 days ago

15:01 The disappointment in the press room is audible as the battle comes to an end. Vettel passes Hamilton and pulls away.
14:58 'About a car length between them, with different tyres on each car, and Hamilton just about keeping Vettel at bay'.
14:58 AUTOSPORT's Tremayne is getting quite heated about the Vettel/Hamilton tussle. 'This is decent actually' he reports.
14:57 Ditto Toro Rosso.
14:57 We've not seen much of Rosberg and the Mercedes and for those asking why - we are attempting to find out.
14:56 Vettel is on hard tyre incidentally while Hamilton is on more worn mediums.
14:56 Hamilton stays ahead of Vettel this time, the pair are pretty much nose-to-tail. It's only testing but you feel this battle has a slight edge.
14:53 Vettel is 2.5s quicker that time around, and the gap is therefore minimal as the pair head down the main straight.
14:52 Perez pits, and we now have Hamilton and Vettel out on circuit, both on long runs - and with less than 3s between them.
. . via Autospor

I too have been looking at the comments on this site, and reflecting quietly on the points made. Each man, or woman, has the right to an opinion. The best thing each of us can do is simply read, consider and contemplate on each of our fellow poster's notes. If one cannot find agreement, then post one's own opinion.

I have learnt the skill of reflection from the musings of Marcus Aurelius, a man who really can only be rivaled in magnificence by that Welsh Wonder, David Coulthard. A true dragon.

Selnor - Unregistered

February 22, 2012 5:08 PM

The times we get mean nothing really. Only the teams really know what times are quick. Personally I think many on this site will be surprised that vettel will not be on pole come Australia.

Looking at as much info as possible on average over long runs taking the fastest times of each long run in each session and then averaged vettel comes up 5th. With Alonso actually being fastest in long runs. Of course we still don't know fuel loads, engine setting, tires etc of all runs.

But some are starting to believe McLaren have something. Also that Ferrari are actually very quick.

I would not bet on vettel so easy this season. It will be interesting to see how public react if vettel isn't doing so well. He's clearly had one of the biggest gaps in car performance to a rival sinceschuis benneton.


February 22, 2012 6:29 PM
Last Edited 1529 days ago

blzbub. you put down the vettel/hamilton duel, but what you didnt add, was the fact, (quoted on autosport) that vettel was on hards and lulu on mediums. so the bull on hards appeared to be faster than the macca on mediums. but the spoiler was the fact that we do not know what fuel loads either was using.

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