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Pastor Maldonado quickest for Williams on day three in Spain

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eagle - Unregistered

February 23, 2012 5:38 PM

It seems strange that Maldonado top of the time sheets in a Williams is not causing much professionally commentary. After all he is a paying driver and we are used to Wiliams producing not so fast cars just recently, so how could this be, is everyone getting cognitive disonance. Or do these practice times actually mean diddly squat, but why do so many have an iterest in them. Or is that everyone is allowed to grab the headlines - will it be caterham's turn tomorrow?


February 23, 2012 5:47 PM

Webber was quickest for a time (around 9 am), set a time on hard tyres that remained top until Scumacher displaced him, the Mercedes also on hard tyres went on to complete a twelve lap run (averaging 1m26s). Red Bull also did a lot of practice pit stops, where they ended having delays on wheel changes (dodgy new wheel nuts).

herowassenna - Unregistered

February 23, 2012 5:55 PM

@eagle, i haven't watched any of the testing, I have just checked the end of day times.
Williams were at the back last year, without the money of the front runners and with a brand new design team, what makes you think that they are anyway competitive.
This proves above all else, that testing is a waste of time to get an idea of who's performing.
Last year, Williams were quickest in testing but look at their race performance.
Lotus were fast in Jerez, but nowhere here because they discovered problems at Barcelona.
Who knows what fuel levels Ferrari, Red Bull and Mclaren are running. Alonso may claim that they know only 20% of the car, but could the potential blow everyone away in Melbourne? After all, Rory Byrne is heavily involved in the design of he car.
Until Q3 in Melbourne, we won't have any idea of these cars potential.
I just don't believe Williams, Lotus and Force India are going to be at the front this year...

eagle - Unregistered

February 23, 2012 6:22 PM

You're probably right. Although, I don't remember Williams setting the headlines last Year, but I'll trust your memory over mine. But Renault were at the front and of course carried that form into the first few races of the year before going backwards. McLaren were also making headlines for being slow and unreliable and it was only a complete rethink that allowed them to be competitive in Australia.
Reading the BBC report, they use the fact that Maldanado is top proves that testing time are a waste of time.
My disguised point was that the professional commentators Crash, Autosport et al have just almost ignored the fact without passing any comment. It should deserve a comment like the BBC's or some opinion if they have genuine pace or not. Autosport have a team down there with the purpose of feeding us news and this is potentially a big one - it deserves comment.
Let's hope that at least we see the gap from fastest to slowest close up some the star drivers can make the d


February 23, 2012 6:38 PM

Alot of people in the paddock are talking about how good they think the Force India is.
Sebastien Buemi was saying that Force India have built a really good car, that it was handling very well and that he thinks the Force India is the 2nd best car at the moment behind the Red Bull with The Mclaren in 3rd.
He also said that the Ferrari looked horrible on track, twitchy & terrible traction.
Obviously no one knows about the lotus now because they haven't tested this wk now.


February 23, 2012 7:35 PM

Without the benefit of all the teams' data the times mean diddly squat as you quite rightly put it.

But trying to make something of it will keep us mere mortals interested, amused and entertained for the next 21 days until the wheels start rolling in Australia.
When some of us will boast that they were right all the time, others will hang their heads in shame, we will be happy, sad, angry, disintrested(or at least seemingly) fuming or gloating, one thing is for certain we will have something to say!!

Yiannis-Athens_Greece - Unregistered

February 23, 2012 7:44 PM

Hello from Greece!

So,let's start the predictions!

As for Qualifying pace at this moment:
1.Red Bull

2.McLaren + 0.2-0.3 per lap (quite close lap times when they race against RBR at the same time and at the same rubber-question rises for their true weight and as this of RBR of course..

5.Force India + 0.4-0.5 : good lap but on supersoft rubber at 22/2

6.Sauber + 0.4-0.6 : good lap but on supersoft 22/2

7-8.Williams + 0.5-0.7 :good lap on supersoft 23/2 but on a warmer track surface than on 22/2 (Force India's and Sauber's laps)

7-8.Ferrari + 0.5-0.7 :they could move way up the order till Melbourne

9.Toro Rosso + 1.4-1.6 :1 second adrift in the same rubber to Force India's and Sauber's lap times at the same time.

10.Caterham (gap unknown)
11-12 Marussia-HRT (not tested their 2012 cars)

It seems that we will not find out Mercedes true pace until next Barcelona test.Maybe they come close to Mclaren(4th).

Lotus pace is an another question.Having in mind their Jerez pace it seems

Yiannis-Athens_Greece - Unregistered

February 23, 2012 7:48 PM

Lotus pace is an another question.Having in mind their Jerez pace it seems that they can come closer to McLaren (3rd).

I take the risk to predict!

So, what's you opinion???

Greetings from Greece!!!

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