In the round-up: Red Bull reserve driver and ex-Toro Rosso driver Sebastien Buemi will join Anthony Davidson in Toyota’s Le Mans 24 Hours team.
From the forum
- Buemi and Davidson to drive second Toyota at Le Mans
- Ptrwiv asks about going to watch the Mugello F1 test
- Problems for Sebastien Loeb on the first day of the Rally of Sweden
- IndyCar relaxes its “no blocking” policy
Williams engineering chief Mark Gillan: “Teams are obviously pushing things, and some teams are pushing things harder than others to the spirit of the regulations. But it is for Charlie and the FIA to police it. We are keeping a good eye on it and we will investigate any alternative solutions. But what works on one car will not automatically bolt onto another car.”
“Ferrari were clearly struggling to understand their new F2012 and spent most of the four days doing aerodynamic assessment tests. The car, they said, was behaving inconsistently in the corners, and so far fixing its behaviour at one stage – the entry, say – messes it up at either the mid-corner or exit, or both.”
“When you go out at the right time, with the right tyres and low fuel you can set a good time. My guess is that [at the next test] in Barcelona we will see what the other cars are made of. You cannot go into a season on staged test lap times. I think that teams that are able to do a lot of mileage without issues will be in good shape.”
Pirelli motorsport director Paul Hembery: “The tyres performed exactly in line with our expectations here in Jerez. We?óÔé¼Ôäóve had a very positive reaction from the drivers and teams so far, who have reported more grip at the rear, fewer ‘marbles’ and a reduced lap time difference between the compounds as well as faster overall performance ?óÔé¼ÔÇ£ which is precisely what we wanted. We?óÔé¼Ôäóre happy with the level of degradation and we had no issues, as was the case for all of last year.”
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Comment of the day
Alonso posted his time in first lap of six-lap stint, so he made the time having five more laps of fuel on board at least.
Compare that to Hamilton?óÔé¼Ôäós best stint (not the fastest lap of the day though) ?óÔé¼ÔÇ£ 1’19.8 on the first lap of 13-lap stint, ended by the red flag. So at least 12 laps worth of fuel in the tank as he posted it.
Vettel did his best 1’19.6 in an eight-lap stint.
Interestingly, Senna in Williams posted 1’20.1 (not far off) in another 13-lap stint, so he also had at least 12 laps left doing a flying lap.
I know that this doesn?óÔé¼Ôäót mean anything, but there?óÔé¼Ôäós nothing better to do right now (in F1 world anyway), so we may as well continue to not draw conclusions from those times.
Happy birthday to Willis!
On this day in F1
Happy birthday to 1964 world champion – and the only driver to win both F1 and motorcycle world championship titles – John Surtees, who is 78 today.