Mark Webber's fastest time of the day caused raised eyebrows in the paddock. With a time of 1.21.487 minutes, the two-time GP winner gave everyone who R ed Bull were no longer among the favorites after the Jerez test drives.
'It's a very good time, even with little gasoline on board', judged Sauber - Head of Technology Willy Rampf and added:' Webber has done three rounds like this. ' Not even the experts know what the time is really worth. There is still uncertainty about how to classify the times.
Red Bull long run with a stopover
'Wait until the afternoon, then the mark will run an endurance run', Sebastian Vettel indicated for lunch. But the racing simulation in question became a race in two parts. At 3:18 p.m., the Red Bull rolled out on the track and only continued its journey an hour later, still managing a workload of 109 laps. The oil pressure in the transmission had plummeted. The stop was purely a precautionary measure, according to the team.
Nico Hülkenberg came closest to the Red Bull. Since the Williams pilot only has a fast Turned round, the suspicion was that he too had gone on the trip with little gasoline in the tank. The German rookie lost 1.017 seconds to the fastest time.
Mercedes GP in third place
For Nico Rosberg, the last drive of the day ended as it did for Webber at the crane. The Mercedes GP W01 rolled without Gasoline on the track. Intentionally to get information about the accuracy of the fuel gauge. The Mercedes GP driver had set the third fastest time of the day with 1.22.514 minutes. Like Red Bull, the Silver Arrows team is desperately waiting for new development parts. They should arrive tomorrow and the day after tomorrow.
'Aerodynamically so much will change until Bahrain. That is why we are not concentrating on details but on a basic setup and see how the car behaves on long runs,' explained Rosberg in the eveningsatisfied.
It was a day of red flags in general. In addition to Webber and Rosberg, Lotus test drivers Fairuz Fauzy, Lucas di Grassi in the Virgin, Jenson Button and superstar Fernando Alonso were also stranded.
Ferrari: engine change after electronic defect
Alonso had to watch for three hours after an electronic defect. That's why the Spaniard only managed 73 laps a day. His time of 1.24.170 minutes reveals that the local hero was again mainly with a lot of gasoline on board. Like all drivers, the new Ferrari driver also complained about bad tires. Normal for Barcelona when there is still little rubber on the track.
The hardest worker on the first day of testing in Barcelona was Jaime Alguersuari with 111 laps. The last red flag of the day saved the Toro Rosso pilot. Button was left without gas. In his 100th lap.
Di Grassi ends up in the tire wall
While newcomer Lotus reeled off 75 laps with the overwhelmed Fauzy, the Virgin VR-01 is still a lucky bag. After 31 laps, it was time for Lucas di Grassi to close. When trying to experiment with the shift strategy and the differential, the hydraulics went crazy. 'The stern broke out without warning,' said the Brazilian. Result: The Virgin ended up in the tire wall. The nose and rear wing broke.