M it has six races in eight weeks in Suzuka the final spurt of the 2012 Formula 1 season began. In order to prepare for the grand finale, many teams have new parts in their Suzuka luggage that were tried out in the first free practice. With bright sunshine and 27 ° C, the conditions on the track were ideal for testing new parts.
Pilots test parts and work on the setup
Mercedes and Lotus tried again Systems in the rear with which the air resistance on the straight is to be reduced. However, the prospect of a race on Sunday is slim. The coordination of the sensitive technology is difficult. The track in Suzuka is not ideal.
In addition to comparing the new parts, the drivers naturally also had to look for a good setup for the rest of the weekend. After the typhoon that hit Japan last week, the slope was still very slippery. The meadows around the asphalt were still wet, which made small excursions much more dangerous.
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