Barcelona Test – Day Four







Published by Gerald Ferreira Date: February 22, 2013
Categories: Mercedes-Benz, Mercedes-Benz Racing

Date
Friday 22 February
Track
Circuit de Catalunya
Driver
Lewis Hamilton
No of Laps
52 laps
Best Lap Time
1:23.282
Kms Covered
242 km
Track Length
4.655 km
Weather
Cold and wet
Mercedes-Benz Barcelona
Lewis Hamilton completed his fourth day of pre-season testing today at the Circuit de Catalunya in cold and wet conditions. His mileage today of 242 km takes his total to 1513 km with the new F1 W04.
  • The morning programme focused on making the most of opportunities for dry running before the rain began in earnest
  • Lewis was able to complete an 18-lap run (16 timed laps) on the medium tyre just before midday
  • In the wet conditions in the afternoon, the team focused on systems checks and tyre evaluations
Testing will resume at the Circuit de Catalunya on Thursday 28 February for the final pre-season test of 2013.
Lewis Hamilton
The conditions today meant that we didn’t complete as many laps we would have done in the dry but we have gone through the test items that we wanted to achieve this week. We have been working on our consistency over long runs and we managed one run this morning on dry tyres; the car felt okay but the conditions were also very cool, so we cannot draw too many conclusions. Like I said in Jerez, I can feel that we have a good foundation with this car but there is still a lot to learn and we know that the name of the game is to improve our downforce. From a personal point of view, my relationship with the team is growing all the time and it’s going really well. I’m happy working with the guys, we are working in the right direction together and I’m pushing to extract the most from the team, just like they are with me.
Ross Brawn
Overall, we’ve had a good week in Barcelona and achieved the programme that we set ourselves for this second test. The rain today was a little unfortunate; however we made the best of the conditions and were still able to take some useful data out of the day. Nico and Lewis are becoming more familiar with the car and its behaviour as each day progresses, and Lewis is settling into the team very well. Both drivers are providing excellent feedback which is pushing the development of the car both here and at the factory, and it is very rewarding to see their enthusiasm and commitment. We now have just four days of testing left until the first race in Australia, and a lot of work will be done before we return to Barcelona next week.
TIMES
Pos
Driver
Car
Time
Laps
1.
Lewis Hamilton
MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS
1:23.282
52
2.
Jenson Button
McLaren
1:23.633
70
3.
Jean-Eric Vergne
Toro Rosso
1:24.071
80
4.
Jules Bianchi
Sahara Force India
1:25.732
61
5.
Esteban Gutierrez
Sauber
1:26.239
96
6.
Giedo Van Der Garde
Caterham
1:27.429
50
7.
Felipe Massa
Ferrari
1:27.553
80
8.
Mark Webber
Red Bull
1:27.616
64
9.
Max Chilton
Marussia
1:29.902
51
10.
Romain Grosjean
Lotus
1:34.800
41
11.
Valtteri Bottas
Williams
-
23
12.
Pastor Maldonado
Williams
-
13