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. My mind got stuck in 2011… When I saw “Lotus quickest”, I thought Green Lotus, I mean Caterham, ex-Lotus.

  2. The first three days were quite exciting but today was a bit flat.
    One of the best things to come out of the entire test though was the very small number of mechanical breakdowns. With 9 new cars on the track I expected loads more mebarassing puffs of smoke.

  3. AndrewTanner (@andrewtanner) said on 10th February 2012, 21:36

    I’d like to think that with the combined data of a few days testing, you would be able to pinpoint fastest laps as being relative to the other teams around them, as in, what we will see come Melbourne.

    However, given that Gascoyne said that they were pretty much running high fuel throughout the whole test it just throws the whole thing into disarray!

    Brilliant! That’s EXACTLY what I want. Ambiguity is fantastic in F1. Love it.

  4. Enigma (@enigma) said on 10th February 2012, 22:24

    @keithcollantine I think you forgot to include Jules Bianchi’s 2 or 3 laps from Thursday, before he crashed.

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