In the round-up: Ferrari urge calm over the early performance of their F2012.
“There was no reason to bandy about predictions of catastrophe which was the case up to Thursday evening, nor was there any cause for elation after [Fernando Alonso] set the fastest time yesterday morning.”
“Many people ask me about how my family felt about my coming to Williams and everything. Everybody is super happy. My grandfather (Ayrton’s father), everybody because everybody has been working so hard for this to happen.”
Nico Hulkenberg: “There is still a massive amount to learn and lots of data to look at, but it feels like we have a good baseline to develop from and I’m pleased with how the day went.”
“F1 testing in Spain looks like a number of teams holding back. You never want to show your hand, it makes the other teams flag something and then work harder. There are always teams that will never complete a very quick lap, but they know and the good teams watching will know. Next test they will all show their hand a little more.”
“The car is running very well and I think there is a lot of potential. For me to get used to the peak of the new tyres and the braking was a big deal, but the next test will be better.”
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On this day in F1
Whatever you think of the modern limits on testing, at least these days when the teams test, they all assemble at the same venue.
On this day ten years ago Ferrari had Michael Schumacher testing at Fiorano and Rubens Barrichello at Mugello. On top of that McLaren and Jaguar were in Valencia and four other teams were testing in Barcelona.
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