Hope for the best in this test..all hopes are on those upgrades..
the three slots on the floor where there in Bahrain
looks like REDBULL are running sensors on the end of there exhaust's.. Still trying to figure it out i guess..
we should see more upgrades tommorow for comparisons sake
The black pylons will surely gain us around 1 second.
Yeah: they're probably just running the most basic of upgrades first to get a baseline, and then work from there, piling on new upgrades.
Mark Webber: "If you push to try and pass you kill the tyres but if you wait, then you find you're on the same strategy and finish behind them anyway".
Now everyone is so free even Alonso have time for twitterLotus F1 via Twitter: "It's now gone from a bit damp, to soaking wet... no running for the time being..."
A question for you today..! How many coffees in a testing day we drink at Ferrari ..? #Ithink waiting your answers ;)
Sauber have gone for mclaren typre exhaust's.. interesting
"As long as Fernando has a steering wheel in his hand he is always there" - Mark Webber
It seems that Mcs have 2 cars at testing. yes they are being driven by Paffett and Turvey, but have we missed a trick here?
surley two cars has a big advantage in terms of direct comparisons (same track conditions) between different components. Also mechanics can work on one car while the other one is out this translates to more components being tested in a given time frame - something we need.
thats right, how do they have two cars testing?
McLaren using adjustable rear brake duct
Source: F1 Zone
A rumor has begun to gather momentum in the Formula 1 paddock of McLaren using a mechanic adjustable rear brake duct, which alters the heat going into the tyre via the wheel. The device could be providing the Woking based team with a legal way to manage their tyre temperatures during a race weekend.
During pre-season testing, the device was first spotted and has been supposedly used since the Chinese Grand Prix after McLaren suffered with tyre temperature issues in the wet race in Malaysia. The device works by a mechanic adjusting the brake duct opening around the disc which in turn sends more heat through the wheel, thus increasing the temperature of the tyre.
It is currently unknown as to whether this device is present on any of the other cars on the grid. The device isn’t classified as ‘moveable aero’, and therefore is considered legal as it is believed the device isn’t adjusted during the race.
In a season which has been heavily dictated by the Pirelli tyres so far, this device could well begin to be copied up and down the grid. With a three-day test at Mugello starting today, it’ll be interesting to see whether the device is used and whether any of the other teams introduce a similar device as they prepare for the beginning the European leg of the season.
We have some lightning across the circuit now as well, it's all getting a bit dramatic..
What a Rotten bit of luck..
Fernando Alonso tops first morning session of F1 testing at Mugello
By Sam Tremayne Tuesday, May 1st 2012, 11:07 GMT
Fernando Alonso handed Ferrari the perfect start to Formula 1's in-season test at Mugello by going fastest on the opening morning.
The times, however, mattered little on a day which started wet and dried throughout as the 11-strong field - missing only HRT - headed out.
Alonso's best, a 1m22.444s, was more than one second clear of red Bull's Mark Webber, the Australian running with an array of rear sensors as the Milton Keynes squad attempts to further understand the sidepod configuration it took to Bahrain.
Toro Rosso's Jean-Eric Vergne, who stopped out on circuit barely an hour in to bring out the first of two red flags, was third fastest, ahead of Jerome D'Ambrosio in the Lotus.
Nico Rosberg, cause of the second red flag when his Mercedes stopped at Turn 4 - at the same time as Alonso's F2012 halted at Turn 8 - was fifth, ahead of Kamui Kobayashi and Oliver Turvey, the Briton deputising along with Gary Paffett for McLaren regulars Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button.
Force India's Jules Bianchi opted to sit out most of the morning due to the wet conditions, but managed to complete 18 laps in the dry. He ended eighth fastest ahead of Caterham's Rodolfo Gonzalez, Marussia's Charles Pic and Williams's Valtteri Bottas.
Pos Driver Team Time
1. Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1m22.444s
2. Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 1m23.648s + 1.204s
3. Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1m23.891s + 1.447s
4. Jerome d'Ambrosio Lotus-Renault 1m24.048s + 1.604s
5. Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1m24.100s + 1.656s
6. Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 1m24.736s + 2.292s
7. Oliver Turvey McLaren-Mercedes 1m25.303s + 2.859s
8. Jules Bianchi Force India-Mercedes 1m25.475s + 3.031s
9. Rodolfo Gonzalez Caterham-Renault 1m27.197s + 4.753s
10. Charles Pic Marussia-Cosworth 1m27.359s + 4.915s
11. Valtteri Bottas Williams-Renault 1m29.179s + 6.735s
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http://f1tests.co.cc/2012.php it could be that the 2 drivers a sharing a car but if you look at the offcial F1 website:
Championship standing: 2nd, 92 points
McLaren were not the biggest fans of reinstating in-season testing, but after the way their 2012 campaign stalled at the last round in Bahrain, they may well be grateful for the extra track time - and pit-stop practice! Neither Hamilton nor Button will drive at Mugello, but one shouldn’t read too much into their absence. Testers Gary Paffett and Oliver Turvey are more than capable of conducting whatever development programme the Woking team have planned.
Driving at Mugello: Paffett, Turvey"
Championship standing: 5th, 37 points
Mercedes’ F1 W03 can win races. Nico Rosberg has proved that. What remains unclear - probably even to the team - is whether it can become a car capable of winning on a variety of circuits in a variety of conditions. There is also still a question mark over its tyre degradation, but with Ross Brawn’s men in buoyant mood and upgrades ready to be evaluated, this test should ensure Mercedes are back at the very sharp end with the paddock arrives in Barcelona.
Driving at Mugello: Rosberg (Tue am, Thur), Schumacher (Tue pm, Wed)
car sharing on tuesday at Mercedes is clear.
They have not been on the track at the same time.
Is there a young driver loophole they are exploiting?
CAVALLINO RAMPANTE PER SEMPRE
so is test session over?? what time does it end??