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Training GP Spain 2012: Hulkenberg happy, Glock at a loss

Glock at a loss, Hulkenberg happy
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N ico Hülkenberg finished the first day of training for the GP Spain on place ten off. The German was 0.3 seconds ahead of his team-mate Paul di Resta. However, the programs of the two Force India pilots were not comparable. Hülkenberg drove endurance runs with soft tires, colleague di Resta with hard tires. One had to pit after nine laps to give the soft soles a break, the other set his fastest time in the ninth lap on the hard tires.

Force India puts an end to traction weakness

The most important news, however, was: The facelift with new side panels, exhaust and front wing works. 'Our impression of Mugello has been confirmed,' said Hülkenberg with satisfaction. 'The package delivers what the data promises.' According to the engineers, that should be worth almost half a second.

However, Hülkenberg warns: 'Unfortunately, the competition has also worked well. That is why we will fight in the same environment as before.' The important thing is that the Force India VJM05 has shed a weakness that cost time in the first four races. 'We have made good progress with traction. The exhaust and the new engine cover play a decisive role here.'

Marussia problem not yet resolved

Timo Glock was after the first day of training, on the other hand, didn't feel like laughing. 'The car cannot be driven,' Glock shook his head. The old problems with instability on the rear axle have returned. 'I only have oversteer and the car is extremely restless when braking. That costs me half a second per lap.' And that has to do with tire wear. The best indication is the comparison to Caterham. In Mugello, Glock was only four tenths off the green cars. 'Here it is a whole second.'

Although Marussia replaced the rear crash structure and the braking system and the Friday gearbox has a different housing than the suspected racing gearbox, the problem could not be solved. 'In Mugello it was completely gone. I sat in Pic's car, but suddenly he too has these problems, just a little less pronounced. Now we've exchanged everything, and it still didn't help. I'm really at a loss. ' Intensive data study is required.


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