Barelona testing, 21st February, times and debrief PDF Print E-mail

Third day of testing at the Circuit de Catalunya today as the weather conditions finally improved.

Barcelona testing
21 February 2008
Day 3 of 3

Quick stats:
Number of drivers participating: 13
Fastest lap: Kazuki Nakajima 1:22.153

Sunny, windy
Air: 16°C,
Track: 30°C

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Kazuki NakajimaWilliams1m22.15332
Heikki KovalainenMcLaren 1m22.18564
Pedro de la RosaMcLaren 1m22.20892
Felipe MassaFerrari1m22.21396
Nico RosbergWilliams1m22.248109
Mark WebberRed Bull Racing1m22.47782
David CoulthardRed Bull Racing1m22.499104
Luca BadoerFerrari1m22.535102
Fernando AlonsoRenault1m22.65761
Timo GlockToyota1m22.901110
Nelson PiquetRenault1m23.286105
Kamui KobayashiToyota1m24.13256
Nico HulkenbergWilliams1m24.22254

Vodafone McLaren Mercedes

Date:Thursday 21st February 2008
Drivers:Heikki Kovalainen and Pedro de la Rosa
Location:Circuit de Catalunya, Barcelona
Track Length:4.655km
Weather:The track was damp to start, but quickly dried. Conditions remained clear during the day
Track temperature:30°C
Air temperature:16°C
Laps run today:156
Kilometres covered today:Heikki - 298km / Pedro - 428km
Best lap time today:Heikki - 1m22.185 at 16:23 / Pedro - 1m22.208 at 15:17
Programme:Heikki and Pedro were able to take to the track for the first time this week as the weather conditions at the Circuit de Catalunya improved. The focus for the team today was aerodynamic development tests.
Next Test:Circuit de Catalunya, Barcelona (Monday 25th - Wednesday 27th February)

 ING Renault F1 Team

The ING Renault F1 Team completes a third day in Barcelona as the weather improves

Fernando Alonso, R28-01, 61 laps, 284 km, fastest lap: 1’22.657

Nelson Piquet, R28-02, 105 laps, 489 km, fastest lap: 1’23.286

Having endured two days of wet and cold weather, the team was greeted by dry and sunny conditions for the final day of testing at the Spanish circuit. The team was running two R28s with the team’s race drivers, Fernando Alonso and Nelson Piquet, remaining on driving duty.

Having only completed limited running over the previous couple of days, both drivers were keen to run busy programmes. Fernando spent the day carrying out set-up work and completed a total of 61 laps. Nelson also completed a set-up programme in the morning and then simulated a race distance in the afternoon bringing his total to 105 laps.

The team now turns its attention to next week and a further week of testing in Barcelona.

Fernando Alonso: “We have been waiting for a long time to do some dry running and we made the most of it. The track conditions were not perfect, but they were good enough for what we wanted to test and they remained consistent for the whole day. We tested some small things with the car and I was happy with the performance and behaviour of the car. Now I’m looking forward to next week for our last three days here in Barcelona.

Nelson Piquet: “Finally the weather improved and we were able to do a full day’s work. The track conditions were reasonable, and we were able to learn some things about the performance of the car in the morning. We did long runs in the afternoon and simulated a race distance with pit stops, which went well and the car showed good consistency.”

Christian Silk, Chief Test Engineer: “The only day of dry running this week, so there was a big push to try and get as much done as possible. We were reasonably happy with the balance of the car, and just a few small reliability issues. With Nelson our priority was to continue accumulating miles to get him settled in the car, and we continued with our usual set-up programme with Fernando. But overall a frustrating week due to the weather and hopefully we will have a better time next week.”

 Panasonic Toyota F1

Barcelona Test Day 3
Thursday February 21, 2008
Location: Circuit de Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain
Drivers: Timo Glock, Kamui Kobayashi
Track Length: 4.655km
After two days of rain, the sun finally ventured out on Thursday in Barcelona, to the relief of the six teams at the Circuit de Catalunya. Panasonic Toyota Racing was among them, taking advantage of the improved conditions to put in a full programme. Timo Glock spent the day working with the new package of aerodynamics, putting in over 100 laps. Third driver Kamui Kobayashi was in action in the other car, carrying out work on the engine, cooling and set-up. Toyota will return to the same track next week for the last three-day test of the winter as it begins the final phase of its preparations for Australian Grand Prix that will open the 2008 Formula 1 season on March 16.
Timo Glock – Chassis TF108-04
Best lap time: 1m 22.901s
Position: 10th
Total laps: 109
Total distance: 507.4km
“We made it through a lot of aero work today so we collected good data for the guys back in the factory. There were a few red flags but I was happy with the car by the end of the running. Overall it’s been a productive two days but we still have to work on the balance over long runs. It would help everybody if next week’s test stays dry because it would be good to collect more information from consistent conditions before the first race.”
Kamui Kobayashi – Chassis TF108-01
Best lap time: 1m 24.132s
Position: 12th
Total laps: 56
Total distance: 260.7km
“I had another quiet morning because the track was still damp and we wanted to wait for it to dry out before we used our mileage. We had a much busier afternoon of work on set-up and various systems including the engine and cooling. We completed the programme successfully and we collected some useful data as we look towards the last winter test, also at this circuit, next week.”
Dieter Gass, Chief Engineer Race and Test
“Finally we had a day of running in the dry today so we could at last begin meaningful work on our new aerodynamics package. It was still a difficult day because there were many disruptions for red flags. But on Timo’s car we made it through the programme of work that we had pencilled in for the first day of this week’s test. Kamui also made it through his programme and collected some useful data. We will now have to go back and analyse the findings in order to decide which direction to follow up next week. Both cars will have the new aero package so we will be able to make quicker progress. But the weather is still a question mark, with a mixture of sun and rain forecast.”


Barcelona Test Summary
The AT&T Williams team concluded the three day Barcelona test on a positive note today as Kazuki Nakajima finished the day's running by topping the timesheets.

Nico Rosberg, Kazuki Nakajima and Nico Hulkenberg were all on duty for the team, with the two Nicos venturing out on a damp, but drying, track this morning to cover long runs and complete chassis set-up work. Kazuki took over the reins from Hulkenberg in the afternoon to get in some useful dry running.

The team remain in Barcelona for the final pre-season test next week.

Test Times:
K Nakajima: 1:22.153 (32 laps) 1st
N Rosberg: 1:22.248 (109 laps) 5th
N Hulkenberg: 1:24.222 (54 laps) 13th

Sam Michael, Technical Director:
This week we continued our winter test programme at the Barcelona circuit. Although the first two days were wet, the final day was predominantly dry and that allowed us to work on chassis set-up. All three drivers were on hand and the mileage they covered was important for us to get race signoff before the Australian Grand Prix.

Nico Rosberg:
We’ve had plenty of running in the wet this week and we looked pretty good, which was positive. It wasn’t that easy to drive in the conditions, it’s hard to keep the tyres in the working window, especially without traction control, so you’re always quite on the limit. The last day was dry and so we managed to cover a lot of laps with no problems at all. Over the three days, we got some important reliability issues sorted out. We seem to be progressing well with the new car and I am happy with the improvements we’re making.

Kazuki Nakajima:
Initially it was a bit of a difficult test because of the weather but it was good for me to get some experience in wet conditions. The car is feeling good, but we couldn’t do as much work with it as we wanted to because of the bad weather. It was still a good week for us though overall.

Scuderia Ferrari

The second test day to Barcelona has ended

Maranello, 21st February 2008

Circuit: Circuit de Catalunya - 4.655 km
Drivers: Felipe Massa and Luca Badoer
Car: F2008

Second day of tests this week for the Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro, also today at the Circuit de Catalunya, just outside Barcelona.
Under favourable weather conditions Luca Badoer and Felipe Massa continued with the program started yesterday, concentrated on reliability, electronics and setup tests and the development of new aerodynamic solutions.

This is the day in numbers: 102 laps for Luca (best lap time 1.22.535) and 96 for Felipe (1.22.213).

The Scuderia will continue the tests here also tomorrow, again with Badoer and Massa on the track.

Last Updated on Thursday, 21 February 2008 20:55

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