Vettel put Red Bull on top of the first day of pre-season testing at Barcelona

Vettel put Red Bull on top of the first day of pre-season testing at Barcelona

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Sebastian Vettel quickest on first day of F1 testing at the Circuit de Catalunya in Barcelona.Vettel was able to slightly better his time to end the day with a 1m23.265s with Nico Hulkenberg second in SAHARA ForceIndiaF1 in VJM05 followed by Lewis Hamilton.

The opening day of the second official pre-season test saw 11 teams in action, with only HRT missing. McLaren’s Lewis Hamilton was third fastest, ahead of Daniel Ricciardo in the Toro Rosso. Ricciardo covered 76 laps as he evaluated set-up configurations in the STR7. Although his day ended an hour earlier than expected due to a technical issue, he was pleased with progress.

Some of the drivers comment after the first day test:

Nico Hulkenberg: “Once gain it’s good to do so many laps and I’m pleased with how things went today. It was only my second day in the car and I’m still bedding in and getting used to things, but after each run I felt a bit more comfortable. We started with some aero runs and more data gathering this morning, and then moved to longer runs in the afternoon. The car feels consistent and the drivability is good so I feel positive heading into tomorrow.”

Daniel Ricciardo: “It was a good day with 76 laps under my belt,” said the Australian. “In the morning, apart from working on the overall development of the car, we were also getting ready for Melbourne, running through various procedures, working to a set time scale, as if it was a race weekend. That went well and in the afternoon, we did some race-type runs which were successful until the car stopped with just the final hour to go.”

Michael Schumacher: “My initial feelings with our new car are certainly good. I’m happy with the different evaluations that we have done over the last week, but obviously with the rule changes, we won’t know more until later. It’s certainly an improvement and we have worked hard on the areas we had defined last year. The aerodynamics figures look good so I’m not worried about the shape of the nose! Even though we had the hydraulic problem today, I’m pleased with all the mileage we have achieved so far with the new car.”

Sergio Perez: "We obviously didn’t cover the mileage we wanted to today, but such things happen in testing,” said Sauber's head of track engineering Giampaolo Dall’Ara. “In the morning we had some doubts related to the structure, which didn’t occur in Jerez and therefore appear to be track related. It is important to discover something like this during testing instead of at a Grand Prix weekend.

Romain Grosjean: “We completed a few aero runs and then started timed runs, but I was very quickly aware that the car wasn’t responding as it should,” explained the Frenchman. “It’s not ideal to lose track time, but fortunately we will have the chassis which ran perfectly in Jerez so I should get some good track time tomorrow. It’s far better that we have an issue like this now rather than in Melbourne.”

Charles Pic: "It’s great to be back in action after almost three months away from the race track," said team principal John Booth. "Although it is disappointing that we are not here with our 2012 car, the opportunity to use the MVR-02 with its impressive reliability to complete a whole series of pit stop scenarios with the race team and Charles is invaluable. We finished the afternoon off with a full race simulation. Overall a positive way to start our 2012 season testing.”

Today's Time:
Pos Driver Car Time Laps
1. Sebastian Vettel Red Bull 1:23.265 - 79
2. Nico Hulkenberg Force India 1:23.440 - 97
3. Lewis Hamilton McLaren 1:23.590 - 114
4. Daniel Ricciardo Toro Rosso 1:23.618 - 76
5. Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1:24.100 75
6. Michael Schumacher MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS 1:24.150 - 51
7. Sergio Perez Sauber 1:24.219 - 66
8. Bruno Senna Williams 1:25.711 - 97
9. Heikki Kovalainen Caterham 1:26.035 - 31
10. Romain Grosjean Lotus 1:26.809 - 7
11. Charles Pic Marussia 1:28.026 - 121

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