Lotus quickest of 2012 cars at Jerez

2012 F1 testing

Romain Grosjean, Lotus, Jerez, 2012

Romain Grosjean, Lotus, Jerez, 2012

Romain Grosjean set the fastest time for a 2012-specification F1 car in the Lotus E20 at the four-day test at Jerez.

The quickest time of all at the test was set by Nico Rosberg driving last year’s Mercedes.

Grosjean also completed the second-highest distance of any driver at the test.

Bruno Senna logged the most laps in total, covering more than three Grand Prix distances in his two days at the wheel of the Williams FW34.

Marussia were the only team not present at the test, and HRT’s Narain Karthikeyan did not drive at Jerez.

Fastest times – Jerez test

Driver Team Time Gap
1 Nico Rosberg Mercedes* 1’17.613 0.000
2 Romain Grosjean Lotus 1’18.419 0.806
3 Michael Schumacher Mercedes* 1’18.561 0.948
4 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1’18.877 1.264
5 Mark Webber Red Bull 1’19.184 1.571
6 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull 1’19.297 1.684
7 Lewis Hamilton McLaren 1’19.464 1.851
8 Daniel Ricciardo Toro Rosso 1’19.587 1.974
9 Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso 1’19.597 1.984
10 Kimi Raikkonen Lotus 1’19.670 2.057
11 Sergio Perez Sauber 1’19.770 2.157
12 Paul di Resta Force India 1’19.772 2.159
13 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber 1’19.834 2.221
14 Nico Hulkenberg Force India 1’19.977 2.364
15 Bruno Senna Williams 1’20.132 2.519
16 Jules Bianchi Force India 1’20.221 2.608
17 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1’20.454 2.841
18 Jenson Button McLaren 1’20.688 3.075
19 Pastor Maldonado Williams 1’21.197 3.584
20 Heikki Kovalainen Caterham 1’21.518 3.905
21 Pedro de la Rosa HRT* 1’22.128 4.515
22 Jarno Trulli Caterham 1’22.198 4.585
23 Giedo van der Garde Caterham 1’23.324 5.711

*2011 car

The fastest driver at the Jerez test last year was Rubens Barrichello, who set a quickest time of 1’19.832 in the Williams FW33.

Total laps – Jerez test

Driver Total laps Total distance (km)
Bruno Senna 249 1,102.572
Romain Grosjean 212 938.736
Kimi Raikkonen 192 850.176
Kamui Kobayashi 181 801.468
Nico Rosberg 174 770.472
Michael Schumacher 174 770.472
Paul di Resta 170 752.760
Heikki Kovalainen 167 739.476
Lewis Hamilton 166 735.048
Felipe Massa 164 726.192
Jean-Eric Vergne 159 704.052
Daniel Ricciardo 157 695.196
Mark Webber 150 664.200
Jenson Button 147 650.916
Sebastian Vettel 145 642.060
Pastor Maldonado 122 540.216
Jarno Trulli 117 518.076
Sergio Perez 116 513.648
Pedro de la Rosa 108 478.224
Fernando Alonso 106 469.368
Nico Hulkenberg 90 398.520
Giedo van der Garde 74 327.672
Jules Bianchi 46 203.688
Team Model Total laps Total distance (km)
Lotus E20 404 1,788.91
Williams FW34 371 1,642.79
Caterham CT01 358 1,585.22
Mercedes W02 348 1,540.94
Toro Rosso STR7 316 1,399.25
McLaren MP4-27 313 1,385.96
Force India VJM05 306 1,354.97
Sauber C31 297 1,315.12
Red Bull RB8 295 1,306.26
Ferrari F2012 270 1,195.56
HRT F111 108 478.22

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57 comments on Lotus quickest of 2012 cars at Jerez

  1. andae23 (@andae23) said on 10th February 2012, 16:25

    Cool data, but doesn’t say anything: last year Barrichello went fastest in a Williams, but the team didn’t finish in the top 10 for the first few races of the season.

    • Bleeps_and_Tweaks (@bleeps_and_tweaks) said on 10th February 2012, 16:41

      @andae23 I imagine that pretty much all on F1F will know that it’s pointless making assumptions from single lap pace, and you rightly point out the Williams was ‘quick’ at Jerez last year.

      However there is some merit in looking through the times. For example the ease and consistency with which RBR were able to lap in the low 01:21’s with what will probably have been high fuel, is significant. Mclaren and Ferrari both did similar runs and seemed to be a few tenths away. It’s interesting to look at, but still clutching at straws at the moment.

      • Randy (@randy) said on 10th February 2012, 18:18

        What we can see is that some teams (i.e. McLaren) have a pretty big performance left in the bag related to their best posted times.

        Now i don’t have any info on how much 1 lap of fuel is worth in a lap time (i heard someone said it is about 0.3s per lap, though i’m not sure), but rough estimations would suggest that Mclaren could drop their laptimes considerably to about high 1:16s.

        I’m basing my calculations on the longest stint that i have seen with a low initial time all week, and it’s from McLaren. RBR and Lotus had long stints but with high initial times and sadly i can’t find any comparable stint from Ferrari.

        • Bigbadderboom said on 10th February 2012, 18:48

          I agree that Mclaren probably have more development potential. They are also the team able to react and develop from track data the quickest. But the real question is will they? I’m sure they will try a less radical philospohy this year and not chase down dead ends (octopus exhausts). I’m quietly confident for them this year.

          • I have a feeling they have a lot in the bag. No doubt RBR are going to be fast, but McLaren has this development reputation. Its been so for the past few years, so the team that’s in Woking seem to been working very well. Both on cars and simulator.

            I have a feeling its going to be even more exciting this season. Edge of the seat at some races like the old days. We have 6 champions on the gird, one word for that is simply “cracker”.

            Mclaren havn’t won the Constructors’
            Championship since 1998 and drivers since 2008 so am hoping (secretly praying) there potential hasn’t been shown yet.

            Another note, Lewis has been a, how shall we put it, inconsistent for a little to long. When hes on it, hes on it like a crack addict, but when he’s in cloud 9, he’s just not there.

            Button on the other hand has been the definition of consistency. Am a little bias but so what, its still true :)

            New Non-Dennis era at McLaren now don’t forget, Martin Whitmarsh is building a great team and the futures looking good. Am looking forward to a great season leading up to another in 2013

            Hope I made sense case I went off on one there. Think this is my biggest reply ever!

          • coefficient (@coefficient) said on 10th February 2012, 20:22

            Don’t forget “octopus” was only a “dead end” because Ferrari and Red Bull protested the heat shielding materials Mclaren were using in testing and the FIA chose to ban them. It would have worked fine but so determined were they to reap the advantage of their “eureka moment” that they tried to make it work with lesser heat shielding materials which ultimately cost them the entire winter. Lucky they’d designed the car around an EBD so when they fitted a more basic itteration it worked immediately.

      • snowman.john (@snowman-john) said on 10th February 2012, 21:47

        Do you have any data to back this up? … I’ve been looking for the timing data similar to the stuff the FIA post after a race weekend, please help! @bleeps_and_tweaks

      • Yeah, I agree. The Williams was at its best early in the season last year too. It went backwards after testing, but the testing position wasn’t entirely unrepresentative.

  2. JamieFranklinF1 (@jamiefranklinf1) said on 10th February 2012, 16:25

    I don’t know if it was meant to be this way, but the team’s number of laps doesn’t seem to have any order, unless I am being completely stupid.

  3. Keith Collantine (@keithcollantine) said on 10th February 2012, 16:30

    Caterham towards the bottom of the times but according to Mike Gascoyne:

    Always ran high fuel as well, pleased with pace on high fuel

    • coefficient (@coefficient) said on 10th February 2012, 20:27

      Fair enough but I think High and Low fuel levels are relative. High fuel for the top teams is probably full tanks whereas high fuel for an aspiring young team is probably 12 laps worth. don’t get me wrong, I really want Caterham to come good, just don’t want to over egg the pudding. They will improve this year but I doubt they will penetrate the field further than Sauber/STR. If they’re battling with them, they’ve done well.

      • Mike (@mike) said on 11th February 2012, 3:35

        don’t want to over egg the pudding

        That’s a fantastic bit of language :D.

        Also I agree. Catching the tail of the mid field is one thing. Getting in the thick of it is harder yet.

    • AndrewTanner (@andrewtanner) said on 10th February 2012, 21:31

      They must have been running some major fuel as they didn’t even finish definitively faster than HRT and Caterham now have KERS.

  4. Eggry (@eggry) said on 10th February 2012, 16:30

    I feel Lotus is quite good. I expect they will be real dark horse this year though failed last year. but I don’t know it would be a championship winning car. We will know it after two Barcelona tests…

  5. BasCB (@bascb) said on 10th February 2012, 16:31

    Hm, quite a solid amount of laps done during these past few days. We are starting to see some interesting developments now, but a lot of questions remain over how the exact solutions for exhausts will develop until Melbourne. And we still do not know what the slots on the Sauber and RBR8 noses do.

  6. Eggry (@eggry) said on 10th February 2012, 16:34

    I knew Ferrari did quite few laps but I’m surprised knowing Red Bull didn’t run a lot either. Mclaren didn’t go so far either.

    • Robbie (@robbie) said on 11th February 2012, 15:09

      Which tells me Ferrari shouldn’t be singled out for having ‘problems’…they (the top teams) go out there with a certain bit of data from a certain setup they are trying to gain, then they bring it in and try something else, no doubt in a systematic way, to help them understand best exactly what their benchmark setups are from which to refine. I’ll assume, since none of them seemed to have too many reliablility issues causing any great delays, that if they needed more laps they would have run them.

  7. Good first test for all cars, No crashes. Where is the new Mercedes? Good luck to all teams this season.

  8. trebor27 (@trebor27) said on 10th February 2012, 16:46

    Nico Rosberg 174 770.472
    Michael Schumacher 174 770.472

    So interesting to see how both of the Mercedes drivers did the same laps and the same distance. Shows how efficient the Germans are at getting things done.

  9. petebaldwin (@petebaldwin) said on 10th February 2012, 16:46

    The fastest driver at the Jerez test last year was Rubens Barrichello, who set a quickest time of 1’19.832 in the Williams FW33.

    Says all you need to know – we have no idea who is fast and who isn’t. The fastest team in the test last year were the worst performing ones in the season (other than the “new” teams).

    All I can see from the times: Red Bull seem consistant, McLaren seem to have fixed whatever was causing them problems in the first few days as have Farrari… Caterham seem to be a bit adrift at the bottom and Toro Rosso seem relativly fast. Lotus are a bit unknown for me – I doubt that Grosjean has managed to fly around that much faster than everyone else without it being a quali run….

    Hopefully someone’ll do a bit more in depth analysis of long runs etc….
    We’ll see though

  10. A-Safieldin (@) said on 10th February 2012, 17:09

    So Fernando was not the fastest in todays test?? Im really confused

  11. Ollie (@olz21) said on 10th February 2012, 17:09

    The Torro Rosso drivers seem very closely matched (100th of a second). I’m already looking forward to that in-team battle and hope they get a car that can push them up the grid a bit.

  12. Ryan F said on 10th February 2012, 17:16

    Bruno Senna 249 1,102.572
    Romain Grosjean 212 938.736

    how does this equal

    Lotus E20 404 1,788.91

    seems a bit off

  13. matt88 (@matt88) said on 10th February 2012, 17:40

    the real worrying data is the few kms F2012 has done in these 4 days. Only HRT managed to do fewer laps…

    • Well, if Ferrari really are still working on their Aero, then what they will probably doing is making small changes and then making sure the results what they expected from the simulators.

      So really they won’t need as many….

      However, Yeah, it wasn’t many was it? Especially for Ferrari.

    • Quantity does not automatically equal quantity. If Ferrari were losing hours of testing with mechanical gremlins that would be a worry. 5 lap runs are more than enough for most drivers to give meaningful feedback on setup changes and new parts.

      • coefficient (@coefficient) said on 10th February 2012, 20:57

        Quality? Ferrari will do well this season. If the car is .5sec behind the quickest car FA stands a good chance.

        I want Ferrari, Mclaren, RB and Merc to be in the hunt plus others if they can.

  14. Hallard (@hallard) said on 10th February 2012, 17:53

    Awesome to see McLaren getting a solid amount of laps on the car right away.

    I just hope that the relationship between the MP4-27’s beauty and its speed turns out to be directly proportional.

  15. verstappen (@verstappen) said on 10th February 2012, 18:05

    With the same ‘basic’ setup, van der Garde came to 2 tenths from Kovalainen’s time with said setup. So he claims on dutch site F1today.

    I reaaaally have hopes. It’s time we have Ă  national Hero again!

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