2012 F1 testing
Kamui Kobayashi set the fastest lap of the Circuit de Catalunya test on the final day of running at the track.
Despite being hampered by an exhaust problem, Kobayashi posted a fastest lap of 1’22.312, beating the quickest time of the test.
He also completed more than two Grand Prix distances. With a quarter of an hour to go, having already covered over 660km in a single day, his car came to a stop and brought out the red flags. The session was briefly re-started before being red-flagged again.
Kobayashi is the eighth different driver to have been quickest in the eight days of testing so far – joining Kimi Raikkonen, Michael Schumacher, Nico Rosberg, Fernando Alonso, Sebastian Vettel, Nico Hulkenberg and Pastor Maldonado.
Maldonado set the second-quickest time of today in his Williams ahead of Paul di Resta. The Force India driver caused a red flag when he went off at Campsa during the session.
Jenson Button was fourth-fastest, McLaren once again completing a busy day’s running of well over 100 laps.
Ferrari’s day was once again punctuated by a lengthy delay while they made a set-up change. But Felipe Massa nonetheless logged 100 laps in the F2012 – the first time this week Ferrari have reached a century of tours.
Nico Rosberg, eighth fastest, joined Kobayashi and Maldonado in completing more than two full Grand Prix distances in a single day.
Heikki Kovalainen’s running in the Caterham was badly interrupted by an engine change. But things were worse for Marussia, who had to scrap their running entirely.
The team had planned to give Charles Pic his third day in the 2011 MVR-02. But suspension damage from yesterday’s running could not be repaired in time.
According to the team, a replacement for the broken part was available, but they did not wish to run before completing an analysis of the failure at their factory, which could not be done in time for Pic to get any meaningful running done.
The teams will return to the track for a final four-day test beginning on March 1st. However Ferrari and Red Bull will begin an end their running one day later than the rest, in order to test last-minute upgrades for their cars.
|1||Kamui Kobayashi||Sauber-Ferrari C31||1’22.312||144|
|2||Pastor Maldonado||Williams-Renault FW34||1’22.561||134||0.249|
|3||Paul di Resta||Force India-Mercedes VJM05||1’23.119||101||0.807|
|4||Jenson Button||McLaren-Mercedes MP4-27||1’23.200||115||0.888|
|5||Felipe Massa||Ferrari F2012||1’23.563||103||1.251|
|6||Mark Webber||Red Bull-Renault RB8||1’23.774||85||1.462|
|7||Jean-Eric Vergne||Toro Rosso-Ferrari STR7||1’23.792||92||1.480|
|8||Nico Rosberg||Mercedes W03||1’23.843||139||1.531|
|9||Heikki Kovalainen||Caterham-Renault CT01||1’26.968||70||4.656|
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