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Round-up of the final test at the Circuit de Catalunya before the teams head to the Australian Grand Prix. Mercedes set the pace on the final two days, Nico Rosberg putting in the fastest lap of the week. The team was also the busiest, putting in 481 laps, underlining their reliability, but how reflective of the running order will the timesheets prove to be?
A round-up of the first of two tests at the Circuit de Catalunya before the season opening round in Melbourne. McLaren’s Sergio Pérez set the pace, fractionally ahead of Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso, before the final day was hit by rain. Williams had perhaps the most productive week, racking up 367 laps before the wet track hampered everyone’s plans. Meanwhile, Adrian Sutil made his return to Formula One…
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Round Five of the 2012 Formula One season sees the teams heading to their first race of the year on European soil. The Circuit de Catalunya is a venue the teams know very well from winter testing. After eight days there earlier in the year, the teams will have a head start in preparing for this weekend’s race although they will still have to consider the higher track temperatures. There’s also the added intrigue of last week’s in-season test in Italy…
So that wraps up pre-season testing for 2012 with Lotus’ Kimi Raikkonen setting the quickest lap of the week as Lotus topped three of the four days’ timesheets. Of course, that’s just the headline times and too much shouldn’t be read into it any more than doom and gloom should be implied from Sebastian Vettel’s position at the bottom of the overall timesheet.
Here endeth pre-season testing. Kimi Raikkonen finished as he started off testing in Jerez a month ago – sitting at the top of the timesheets, this time with the fastest lap of all eight days of testing at the Circuit de Catalunya. Sebastian Vettel, on the otherhand, was left propping up the table as a crash in which he damaged Red Bull’s latest front wing and gearbox problems limited him to a handful of laps.
Sergio Pérez topped the timesheets on the penultimate day of testing in Barcelona that was interrupted by rain towards the end of the session. The Sauber driver set a lap time of 1 minute 22.094 on Pirelli’s soft tyre compound – three tenths slower than the time that put him quickest on Day 3 of last year’s test at the Circuit de Catalunya.