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[3 Mar 2012 | 7 Comments | 5,181 views]
F1 Testing: Day 2 Analysis

Day two of the final test before the season curtain raiser in Melbourne saw Lotus’ Romain Grosjean top the timesheets for the second day running. Once again, the Frenchman set his best lap on Pirelli’s soft compound and it should be noted that Sebastian Vettel’s best time was on the medium compound. More interestingly, however, Grosjean ran a full race simulation alongside Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso.

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[1 Mar 2012 | 5 Comments | 3,511 views]
F1 Testing: Day 1 Analysis

After a disastrous second test, Lotus and Romain Grosjean returned to where they’d left off at the end of the first test – at the top of the time sheets. Meanwhile Red Bull, Ferrari and, in particular, Mercedes are already well into running long stints. That comes ahead of race simulations which, for me, are more informative than the headline-grabbing quick laps set on unknown fuel quantities.

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[24 Feb 2012 | One Comment | 2,257 views]
2012 Testing Round-Up – Barcelona 1

The second week of testing concluded with Sauber’s Kamui Kobayashi posting the fastest lap of the week. He also put in the most mileage of any driver – 244 laps over his two days at the wheel, pipping Williams’ Pastor Maldonado on both counts. Four different teams topped the timesheets across the four days…

Grand Prix View, Headline, Race Preview, Spanish GP »

[17 May 2011 | 4 Comments | 2,844 views]
Preview – Spanish Grand Prix

Round Five of the 2011 Formula One season and the first race of the year on European soil. The Circuit de Catalunya is a venue the teams know very well from winter testing. The question everyone is wondering, though, is whether 2011’s changes will transfer to the notoriously overtaking-unfriendly track…

Grand Prix View, Race Preview, Spanish GP »

[17 May 2011 | One Comment | 2,976 views]
Track Notes – Barcelona

With long straights and a variety of corners, the Circuit de Catalunya is seen as an ‘all-rounder’ circuit ideally suited to testing, and because of this many drivers are said to be able to drive around it blindfolded.

The lap starts with a straight, dipping down to Turns 1 and 2 – ‘S’ bend which often sees cars overshoot at the start, as they get squeezed by the pack. Indeed, only Melbourne has produced more first lap retirements over the last five years. From here they race through the Turn …

Testing, Weekend in Pictures »

[21 Feb 2011 | No Comment | 1,251 views]
Barcelona Test Perspective

Pictures from the third group test at the Circuit de Catalunya, Barcelona with all the teams in action, although Hispania were running their 2010 car…