Rodolfo Gonzalez, Caterham, Mugello, 2012

Rain limits running on first day of Mugello test

Posted on | Author Keith Collantine

Rodolfo Gonzalez, Caterham, Mugello, 2012Wet conditions at the Mugello circuit prevented teams from doing much meaningful running in the first day of this week’s test.

No-one completed more than 50 laps as the session began on a damp track which dried, only for the rain to return around lunch time.

Fernando Alonso took advantage of the limited dry running to set the quickest lap of the day with a 1’22.444 in his Ferrari.

Alonso came to a halt earlier in the session, bringing out the red flags as Mercedes’ Nico Rosberg also stopped on track.

Several teams chose today to run their test drivers. Jerome D’Ambrosio was fourth-quickest for Lotus behind Mark Webber and Jean-Eric Vergne.

Kamui Kobayashi ended the day sixth-fastest in an extensively revised Sauber including revised rear bodywork, a new front wing, updated diffuser and other changes.

McLaren ran Oliver Turvey and Gary Paffett – the latter completing just a handful of laps when the track was particularly wet. Michael Schumacher left the pits late in the day but did not set a time.

Marussia made their first appearance at an official F1 test this year, Charles Pic completing 45 laps in the MR01.

The red flag came out late in the day as the conditions worsened at the track. The session resumed with around half an hour remaining.

Two days of testing remain at the circuit with the weather forecast to improve tomorrow.

Driver Car Best time Laps Difference
1 Fernando Alonso Ferrari F2012 1’22.444 46
2 Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault RB8 1’23.648 24 1.204
3 Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso-Ferrari STR7 1’23.891 32 1.447
4 Jerome D’Ambrosio Lotus-Renault E20 1’24.048 40 1.604
5 Nico Rosberg Mercedes W03 1’24.100 49 1.656
6 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari C31 1’24.736 48 2.292
7 Oliver Turvey McLaren-Mercedes MP4-27 1’25.303 30 2.859
8 Jules Bianchi Force India-Mercedes VJM05 1’25.475 19 3.031
9 Rodolfo Gonzalez Caterham-Renault CT01 1’27.197 35 4.753
10 Charles Pic Marussia-Cosworth MR01 1’27.359 45 4.915
11 Valtteri Bottas Williams-Renault FW34 1’29.179 28 6.735
12 Gary Paffett McLaren-Mercedes MP4-27 1’50.898 4 28.454
13 Michael Schumacher Mercedes W03 No time 5

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