11/05/2012

Spanish GP - Practice One Results

Results: Hulkenberg 10th (1:25.339), Bianchi 18th (1:26.630).

I'd say that was a pretty decent session for Sahara Force India. Nico Hulkenberg was running the old-spec car whereas Jules Bianchi was running all the upgrades for comparison.

Nico was 1.3s quicker than Jules but that's not a reason to worry, don't forget Jules is much more inexperienced than Nico so we'd expect the German to be faster than the Frenchman - even without the upgrades. Infact that 1.3s gap would have been smaller however Nico's lap was actually pretty special! Alonso topped the session but there was a big gap of 0.378s between him and the second placed Vettel which suggests that Fernando was running a lower fuel load for a glory run around his home track. If we exclude his glory run from the analysis, Hulkenberg was only 0.531s behind Vettel; that's special! :-)

We're looking ahead now to FP2 where di Resta will be back in the car, replacing Jules. Additionally Narain Karthikeyan will be in the car down at HRT.

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