04/03/2012

Barcelona - day four

Result: Hulkenberg 4th (1:22.312).

The final day of pre-season testing went well for Force India with Nico Hulkenberg completing 101laps today.

The German set a time of 1:22.312, good enough for 4th place and just 0.282s behind Raikkonen who topped the session. Our regular readers will be fed up of us saying this but for the benefit of the less experienced F1 fans, the laptimes from today count for nothing due to different fuel loads and car configurations. An example of this is that the 2011 World Champion, Vettel, finished last today!

We will only really know who is quick and who is not at the first qualifying session of the season in Australia on the 17th March. Melbourne is waiting ...

Here is some data from the test:

Total number of laps completed - THIS Barcelona Test (1st - 4th March)
1) Ferrari (467)
2) Mercedes (436)
3) Caterham (392)
4) Toro Rosso (389)
5) Sauber (381)
6) Lotus (361)
7) Force India (343)
8) Williams (338)
9) McLaren (288)
10) Red Bull (280)
11) HRT (0) - not in attendance.
12) Marussia (0) - not in attendance.

Total number of laps completed - BOTH Barcelona Tests (21st - 24th February & 1st - 4th March)
1) Mercedes (835)
2) Ferrari (816)
3) Williams (792)
4) Sauber (776)
5) McLaren (751)
6) Force India (736)
7) Toro Rosso (685)
8) Red Bull (645)
9) Caterham (632)
10) Lotus (368)
11) Marussia (337) - in 2011 car.
12) HRT (0) - not in attendance.

Combined Best Times - BOTH Barcelona Tests (21st - 24th February & 1st - 4th March) (Force India)
1) Hulkenberg (1:22.312, test 2/day 4)
2) Di Resta (1:22.446, test 2/day 3)
3) Hulkenberg (1:22.608, test 1/day 2) 
4) Di Resta (1:23.119, test 1/day 4)
5) Hulkenberg (1:23.440, test 1/day 1)
6) Hulkenberg (1:23.893, test 2/day 2)
7) Di Resta 1:24.305, test 2/day 1)
8) Di Resta (1:25.646, test1/day 3)

Meanwhile our other F1 hope, Narain Karthikeyan, just tweeted the following:

"Will finally get my hands on the shiny-new F112 tomorrow. Yes its only a filming day with 100km running on demo rubber but it will certainly help".

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