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Christopher Bruce2012-03-04 19:18:04

Roundup of Weekend Formula 1 Testing News

Roundup of Weekend Formula 1 Testing News

The final round of Formula 1 testing is over and all that is left is for the cars to hit the track in Australia in two weeks on March 18. 

On Saturday, Sergio Perez in the Sauber was the fastest car on track, but most cars completed large numbers of laps as race simulations. The other major news from Saturday was Red Bull and McLaren revealing the first upgrades to their 2012 cars. The upgraded Red Bull has a new exhaust design and new front wing. While the McLaren received aerodynamic upgrades. 

Barcelona Formula 1 Test Day 3 Round 3
Position Driver Team Time Difference Laps
1 Perez Sauber 1m22.094   114
2 Button  McLaren 1m22.103 0.009 44
3 Ricciardo  Toro Rosso 1m22.155 0.061 131
4 Massa  Ferrari  1m22.413 0.319 122
5 Di Resta  Force India 1m22.446 0.352 108
6 Senna  Willaims  1m22.480 0.386 111
7 Kovalainen Caterham 1m22.630 0.536 64
8 Webber Red Bull  1m22.662 0.568 70
9 Rosberg Mercedes 1m22.932 0.838 129
10 Raikkonen Lotus 1m25.379 3.285 43

On Sunday, Kimi Raikkonen in the Lotus was the fastest driver for the day, and the Lotus F1 Team had the fastest car during the final round of testing on three out of four days. Due to gearbox problems, Sebastian Vettel in the Red Bull managed just 23 laps. 

Barcelona Formula 1 Test Day 4 Round 3
Position Driver Team Time Difference Laps
1 Raikkonen Lotus 1m22.030   121
2 Alonso Ferrari  1m22.250 0.220 115
3 Senna  Wiliams 1m22.296 0.266 53
4 Webber Force India 1m22.312 0.282 101
5 Hulkenberg Sauber 1m22.386 0.356 72
6 Kobayashi McLaren  1m22.430 0.400 115
7 Petrov Caterham  1m22.795 0.765 101
8 Schumacher Mercedes 1m22.939 0.909 100
9 Maldonado Williams 1m23.347 1.317 48
10 Ricciardo  Toro Rosso  1m23.393 1.363 100
11 Vettel Red Bull 1m23.608 1.578 23

Source: Autosport (Saturday Times), Autosport (Redbull Upgrade), Autosport (McLaren Upgrade), Autosport (Sunday Times)

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OK, everything's set to begin the new season. I think we'll know where each team is exactly during FP3 and qualifying session at Albert Park. Let's see what happen then :)
05.03.2012 @ 02:18
It's almost starting. Excited to see if Lotus will keep its early pace in Australia
05.03.2012 @ 12:32


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