17/03/2012

Day two is near!

The second day of the 2012 F1 season begins in just under half an hours time and i think everybody associated with the sport is excited.

Yesterday we could only really conclude one thing from the free practice sessions, that was that it was near impossible to conclude anything!

Here are what our drivers and staff had to say:

Nico Hulkenberg (Sahara Force India driver):
"Both FP1 and FP2 had mixed conditions, especially FP2 with the heavy rain, which arrived just before the start of the session. But we made the best of it and I ran on the full wets, the intermediates and the soft tyres when the track had dried out. It's difficult to read much from the times because not everyone ran the soft tyres and there were lots of different fuel loads, but the main thing for me is that I have a good feeling with the car already".

Paul Di Resta (Sahara Force India driver):
"Difficult to say too much about the first or second session because the conditions were so inconsistent with the rain showers. Even so, we made the best of it and focussed on assessing the aero package we have here and managed to learn a few things. We also made some set-up changes between the two sessions and the car felt better in the evening, so that was positive. The difficult thing is that we didn't really get an impression of where everybody is in terms of performance, so there are still lots of unknowns going into tomorrow".

Jakob Andreasen (Sahara Force India chief engineer):
“On days like this you just have to be patient and wait for the right opportunities, but it's better to play the waiting game than run when the conditions are not ideal. Overall I think we were on track at the right times and on the right tyres, and it's always worth going out even if there's just a small thing you can learn. When we were on track we did some work evaluating our aero package and got some useful data. The most important thing is that we made the most of the dry periods to get the drivers into the rhythm of the track".

Narain Karthikeyan (HRT driver):
"Today we ran with a new car in mixed conditions, so tomorrow will be like starting all over again because it looks like conditions will be dry. With few laps and a new car, we were unable to assess the balance of the car. But it was important to do some mileage and we completed 19 laps which isn't too bad, but we still have a long way to go. As for the new car, these problems are common, they tend to happen in preseason testing and this is our testing".

... so the general message was "poor weather, no data" ... and this is exactly the reason why we are probably going to see one of the busiest third practice sessions ever; at least that would be my guess!

Meanwhile spare a thought for Karun Chandhok who is taking part in his first race of the season this weekend over in the US, we wish him the best of luck! Of course we'll have a full report of his weekend when his racing is done for round one.

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