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Catalunya F1 test times – day three: 5pm

Pastor Maldonado quickest for Williams on day three in Spain
Full lap times as of 5pm local time, on day three of the four-day F1 group test at Catalunya in Spain.

1. Pastor Maldonado Venezuela Williams-Renault 1m 22.391s
2. Michael Schumacher Germany Mercedes-Mercedes 1m 23.384s
3. Kamui Kobayashi Japan Sauber-Ferrari 1m 23.582s
4. Jenson Button Britain McLaren-Mercedes 1m 23.918s
5. Jean-Eric Vergne France Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1m 24.433s
6. Mark Webber Australia Red Bull-Renault 1m 24.771s
7. Felipe Massa Brazil Ferrari-Ferrari 1m 24.771s
8. Paul di Resta Britain Force India-Mercedes 1m 25.646s
9. Timo Glock Germany Marussia-Cosworth 1m 26.173s *
10. Vitaly Petrov Russia Caterham-Renault 1m 26.448s

* denotes 2011 car

All times unofficial





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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

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...



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