F1 » Catalunya F1 test times – day four: 24 February – 11am


Jenson Button paces the early running on day four in Barcelona

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LJ - Unregistered

February 24, 2012 10:54 AM

Kamui just did a 1:22.7 - almost a second faster than his Quali time for last season, so my hopes are rising for his season now =).

LJ - Unregistered

February 24, 2012 11:06 AM

idd, teams are still sandbagging. But it's nice to speculate =).

Pastors's 1:22.391 was done on low fuel I have no doubt. Kamui just did a 1:22.5 and did 6 laps. Very encouraging to see.

DBL

February 24, 2012 11:34 AM

They're not sandbagging, they are are just running various setups for different circuits in race mode, carrying fuel with worn tyres to simulate the start of a race, simulating the tyre change, and simulating tyre changes onto both option tyres. Races are more important than outright qualifying laps so the big teams who expect to be winning races are not doing fast laps. They will be getting the setups of the 2012 cars sorted for the 2012 tyres. Taking fuel out and going for it can be left to the other teams to grab the headlines for now (remember who was fastest at the end of the 2011 Jerez test). They might not even put one in right at the end of the last test day either, no point if they have full data from testing to show what the times could be achieved if carrying less fuel.

sodesu - Unregistered

February 24, 2012 12:12 PM

Sauber & Williams at the top right now, and I'm starting to think that these two might be in decent shape for the upcoming season after all. Not so much because of the times but mostly because they have been pretty consistent (Sauber especially) and also been getting great mileage (Williams especially). The times are always hard to judge by but consistency and mileage will always be important factors in your pre-season preparations.

richard

February 24, 2012 12:27 PM

victor. i very much doubt that any team would deliberately go to a limited test session, and then go slowly, so as to fool others. these cars are testing, and they need to find out how the cars perform at all levels. it would be pretty foolish to not try a fastest lap, and then find when it comes to qualifying, that a serious anomaly arises.

some cars may go out for a serious bout of fast laps, to impress, but sandbagging? no way.

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