Mugello- Day 1 Report

Results: Jules Bianchi, P8- 1:25.475

The first races rain followed the teams in Florence, Italy after a short break in Bahrain. The whole day was disrupted with rain as the teams stayed pretty much indoors on the first day of the in-season testing which is making a return after a long gap. The maximum number of laps managed was by Rosberg as he did 49 laps.

Jules Bianchi was in the Sahara Force India car today, mostly sitting in the garage as they only ran for 19 laps. He sat for most part in the start and then came out to do two stints of some running and clocked a time of 1:25.475 for which he ended at P8 (though time & position matter less). One notable change was the front wing of the car as the nose was very different from the one’s the team is using. The team didn't mention about the new parts on the car as they talked about the aero developments. The rain didn’t help to make out as to how much the other teams brought in and how much all are gaining.

                          Image of the new front wing (via Autosports)        

Jules Bianchi, "This morning we had to wait for a long time for the track to dry. We did some runs on the intermediates just to check the car's systems and when the conditions improved I went back out on the dry tyres to get confident with the car and to feel the track conditions. There was a chance to do some aero checks and we got some good aero data, but it was difficult to check all the developments so that will need to be done later this week."
Jakob Andreason, "We expected the wet weather conditions today so we tried our best to work around them and made sure Jules was out on track when the track was at it's driest. After some installation laps on the intermediates, he switched to the medium compound just before lunch and did a couple of runs to get a dry baseline and measured some of the aerodynamic pressures on the car. With the rain intensifying in the afternoon we opted to run a very limited programme and prepared the car for tomorrow. Jules got out towards the end of the session to do the final system check, which leaves us well paced to maximise tomorrow when we expect much drier conditions."

Tomorrow it will be Paul Di Resta taking over, the weather is predicted to be dry but we have to wait and see as to if it rains or not. As HRT said few days ago, they won't be here for the testing and so we won't see Karthikeyan here. On other note, today 18 years ago F1 Legend Aryton Senna died in the crash in Imola. Interestingly, it happened in Italy and today all the teams are in Italy. We remember him always, one of the true F1 racer ever to race. Additionally, let's not forget Roland Ratzenberger who also lost his life on the same weekend as Aryton - F1's black weekend.

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