Barcelona Test, Day 3: Wet and dry running for Vitaly
A damp start in Barcelona turned to sunshine in the afternoon as Vitaly got back behind the wheel of the R31. Nick will be in the car for the final day of testing tomorrow.
Fastest Lap: 1:23.463
Total laps: 93
What we learned today:
– We gathered some useful data on the intermediates Pirelli tyres as Vitaly and the team completed its first significant mileage on them
– The R31 was fitted with a different spec of exhaust tail pipe. Aero data was collected to assess its effect on car performance.
Vitaly: “We used the intermediates to begin with and it was one of our first opportunities to do a lot of laps with them. The only issue we had was warming them up because it was very cold early on. The plan was to do a race distance in the morning and we managed quite a lot of long runs while the track was wet. Then, we put the slicks on just before lunch and started improving the set-up. We learned a lot of new things and I’m starting to understand the tyres more and how to get the most from this car.”
Alan Permane’s technical programme notes
– It was a slow start to the day with the wet conditions, but we did some long runs on the intermediates. However we were interrupted by several red flags.
– For the afternoon, Vitaly started a set-up programme, and we made some good progress with the suspension changes at the front and rear. We also did some work with tyre pressures and found some more improvements. Overall the car has responded well to the changes today and Vitaly has been much happier.”
Did You Know?
During the average day of testing, the drivers will change gear around 2,500 times.
Pos Driver Team/car Time Gap Laps 1. Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1m23.168s 92 2. Vitaly Petrov Renault 1m23.463s + 0.295s 93 3. Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1m23.858s + 0.690s 93 4. Pastor Maldonado Williams-Cosworth 1m24.815s + 1.647s 60 5. Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 1m24.995s + 1.827s 139 6. Jarno Trulli Lotus-Renault 1m25.454s + 2.286s 48 7. Sergio Perez Sauber-Ferrari 1m25.557s + 2.389s 115 8. Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1m25.720s + 2.552s 102 9. Sebastien Buemi Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1m26.155s + 2.987s 31 10. Felipe Massa Ferrari 1m26.508s + 3.340s 123 11. Timo Glock Virgin-Cosworth 1m26.598s + 3.430s 97 12. Giorgio Mondini Hispania-Cosworth 1m28.178s + 5.010s 39 13. Daniel Ricciardo Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1m28.329s + 5.161s 42 14. Narain Karthikeyan Hispania-Cosworth 1m30.722s + 7.554s 32