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IN THIS ISSUE BARCELONA TEST RAIKKONEN GROSJEAN VERGNE FORMULA 1 MAGAZINE & NEWS DIGEST KARTHIKEYAN LOTUS BACK FERRARI CRISIS MCLAREN STRONG RED BULL MUDDLE MARUSSIA LAUNCH HRT LAUNCH

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PHOTO FEATURE SIR FRANK TRIBUTE

FRANK WILLIAMS THANK YOU SIR


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END OF AN ERA FRANK WILLIAMS FERRARI IN TROUBLE RED BULL CONFUSED? HRT F112 BREAKS COVER MARUSSIA LAUNCH BARCELONA PRESEASON TESTING MELBOURNE OPENER COUNTDOWN PEREZ HAS FERRARI AMBITIONS SHOCK PROMOTION FOR VERGNE BIG PICTURE: THANK YOU SIR FRANK WILLIAMS AND OTHER GOOD STUFF...

FIRSTFRAME WORD FIRST 7 March 2012 So F1 preseason testing is finally over after 12 intensive and drama packed days in Spain. Drama packed? Well yes! Ferrari’s problems with their ‘complex’ new car, Lotus going really quick, finding a major problem, skipping a test, then coming back even quicker. And of course all the speculation on the pecking order who is or isn’t sand bagging ahead of the season opener - Melbourne will reveal all. Also over (or at least on the final stages) is Sir Frank Williams and his seat on the board of the team that bears his name. And with this, an end of an era as Sir Frank was one of the original garagistes who from nothing - less than nothing as legend has it - built a Formula 1 dynasty which for huge chunks of time were a superpower in the sport. They have slipped down the rankings and last year really struggled. Nevertheless it is only fitting that we, in this issue, pay homage to a great character of Formula 1 history who we hope will be able to enjoy his ‘retirement’ with the aplomb he richly deserves. Thank you Sir Frank Williams for the memories. Content & Credits • • • • •

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Editor: Peevee Assistant Editor: Roy Franco Sub-Editor: Adrian Nel All content sourced from YallaF1.com Content providers: PVM, GMM, Reuters, FIA, Red Bull, Ferrari, McLaren, Lotus, Mercedes, Force india, Sauber, Toro Rosso, Williams, Marussia, Caterham, HRT, Pirelli, Cosworth, Renault and other F1 related organisations. Main photography by Sutton Images Additional photography services provided by F1 teams including Getty Images, LAT, Hoch Zwei, Ercole Colombo eMagazine production by YallaF1.com Contact: info@yallaf1.com 4


2012 PRE-SEASON: FERRARI SPECIAL WROOOM WITH A VIEW AND FORTY YEARS OF HEROES

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eam principal Frank Williams signaled the end of an era on Friday with his decision to follow co-founder Patrick Head into retirement and step down from the board of the GP team. Williams and Head, who left the board at the end of December after selling more than half of his shares, founded the team in 1977 and went on to oversee 113 grand prix wins, nine constructors’ titles and seven drivers’ crowns. “I turn 70 in April and I have decided to signal the next stage in the gradual but inevitable process of handing over the reins to the next generation by stepping down from the board at the end of this month,” Williams said in a statement.

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“This is not as dramatic a move as it may appear,” he noted, however. “I shall continue to work full-time as team principal and I shall continue to attend all board meetings as observer.” 07.03.2012 ISSUE 09

Williams, whose daughter Claire will join the board on April 1 as newly-appointed director of marketing and communications, will also remain as the majority shareholder in Williams Grand Prix Holdings PLC. 10


“It is no secret that Claire is my daughter but I am proud to say that she has fought hard to earn this appointment and of all the battles she has had to fight, the prejudices of her father were not the least challenging,” said

Williams. The British-based company has been listed since an initial public share offer in Frankfurt last March. The team, who will be using Renault 11

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COVER STORY FRANK WILLIAMS engines this season, last won a race in 2004. Their current drivers are Venezuelan Pastor Maldonado and Brazilian Bruno Senna, nephew of the late triple champion Ayrton who died in a Williams in 1994. The team suffered their worst season last year, finishing ninth overall with just five points. Williams has already established a clear line of succession at the company, with chairman Adam Parr taking over much of the day-to-day running of the business. “If for whatever reason I couldn’t come in to do my job, Adam would fill the gap,” Williams, who has been a tetraplegic since 1986 after fracturing his spine in a car accident, told this month’s edition of F1 Racing magazine. “He’s not a racer but, in a way, that’s probably an advantage in these distinctly commercial days. He’s very good at making financial decisions and working out costto-benefit. And he can hold his own in the F1 meetings.” Under Sir Frank’s watch, Williams made their grand prix debut as a constructor at the 1978 Argentine GP and since then has contested 572 races, winning nine F1 constructors’ championships, seven F1 drivers’ titles, scoring 113 victories in the process. 07.03.2012 ISSUE 09

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errari have admitted that they are not happy with where they stand after twelve days of Formula 1 pre-season testing, with team principal Stefano Domenicali and Fernando Alonso coming out at Maranello to rally the troops as the team step up another gear to sort out the ‘complex’ F2012 ahead of the forthcoming Australian GP. Speaking to team staff on Monday, Domenicali declared, “It’s obvious that we can’t be happy with how the test went considering our goals, but let’s not forget that the Championship still has to start.”

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I’m expecting some great responses from you all and the wish to show who we are,” said the team boss. At the same meeting, Fernando Alonso


echoed Domenicali’s words, ““Above all I want to thank you all for the work you’ve done. These were some very intense months and weeks and I know that you’re giving it your all,

that you’re working 24/7 on the track and here at the Works to provide me and Felipe [Massa] with a strong car.” Adding, “The new single-seater has 19

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REPORT FERRARI CRISIS some characteristics, which are difficult to understand and maybe we’re not where we want to be yet. But we’ve all live through many Formula 1 seasons and we all know very well that until we’re not in Australia we don’t really know where we stand regarding the others.” Reports that Ferrari are in trouble with the F2012, ahead of the season opener in Australia, have been gathering steam especially in Italy where the media have high expectations of their ‘national’ F1 team. The Spaniard alluded to this unique pressure on the Scuderia, saying, “There’s lots of talk and many ideas, but nobody knows the truth. For example yesterday Red Bull, considered by many to be the front-runner, had only a few laps and the last time on the sheet: if something similar had happened to us, hell would have broken loose, but here nobody really noticed it.” “More than ever we have to give it our all to improve, from the one who’s responsible for the rear-view mirror to the one who’s responsible for the piston. We’re united and we’re giving it our all, because we all want the same,” said the two times world champion. “I just want to remind you of an episode two years ago: at the last test in Barcelona we were fifth behind Red Bull, McLaren, Sauber and Force India and two weeks later we gained a one-two win in Bahrain. What counts is not to be first in the first race, but in November, at the end of the Championship,” concluded Alonso. 07.03.2012 ISSUE 09

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essimistic? Maybe, but it would be better to define it as realistic. Pat Fry is an engineer and his impressions are based on data. One would be hard pressed to get him to make declarations or appeals just for effect. His analysis of the twelve days of testing carried out these past two months between Jerez and Barcelona is lucid and not does not leave much room for illusion, although it does not abandon itself to self flagellation of the masochistic kind. It would have been quite easy to blow smoke in people’s eyes at the end of a final test day when Fernando Alonso posted the second fastest time in 1.22.250, but that’s not in character for the Scuderia’s Technical Director. 07.03.2012 ISSUE 09

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REPORT FERRARI CRISIS “In the hunt for the podium in Melbourne? At the moment I’d say no,” commented Fry. “We are disappointed with the performance level seen at these tests and I think we have a lot of work ahead of us. Clearly the decision relating to the exhausts that we took last week meant we took a few steps backwards in terms of development. How much? Difficult to say right now. In testing, you can only make assumptions regarding what fuel loads the other cars are running and it will only be in Melbourne that we will get a clear answer as to whether we have to be very disappointed or just a little, how far we really are off the front runners and consequently how much ground we have to make up to get there.” The aim of the technical group is clear: “We must improve in general the level of aerodynamic downforce on the car, but we are well aware that the pace of development is more or less the same for everyone. We will have a few updates for Melbourne, basically aimed at readapting the car to the exhaust configuration we have chosen to run for at least the first four races of the season.” The exhausts are one of the most commonly discussed points in conversation with Fry: “We have been working on the current configuration for really just two weeks. We found a bit of performance but there’s no doubt that the original solution is the one that gives the most. I think we can claw back, at best, at least 25% of the downforce we had last year, even 07.03.2012 ISSUE 09

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if we need to see what that costs us in fuel consumption and corner turn-in stability. At the moment it’s still causing us problems, but it’s the most obvious way to try and improve performance and increase aerodynamic downforce. We will continue to work on it, as 07.03.2012 ISSUE 09

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The Red Bull exhausts? I think that’s a question for Charlie Whiting.” Fry was asked if he thought qualifying could throw up some surprises and the Reds technical director agreed. “I think we can indeed expect a different scenario

to the recent past, with the performance differences reduced so that maybe you won’t be able to count on making the cut out of Q1 with a calm lap on hard tyres and the same could be said for Q2: we will get the answer in Australia.” 29

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orld champions Red Bull are considering taking the older version of its new car – the RB8 – to Melbourne for the 2012 Formula 1 season opener according to authoritative Auto Motor und Sport magazine, after the radically updated model made a troubled debut late last week as the pre-season test period ended. 07.03.2012 ISSUE 09

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REPORT RED BULL CHOICES Rivals and pundits believe the reigning champions are still leading the field, but the latest Barcelona-spec car – featuring a significantly different exhaust layout – did not complete many laps. Moreover, it also did not appear to be fast. “When I watched Webber’s long run on Saturday afternoon,” said an engineer for a rival team, “it was nothing special – not the lap times nor the tyre wear.” After his final day in the cockpit of the revised RB8, Mark Webber did not seem terribly convinced, “The thing that everyone’s obviously asking about is the changes we made to the car but I have to say the car was not massively different to the one I drove on Thursday. We went through our normal programme, nothing drastic happened, and we just keep working away.” Sebastian Vettel, meanwhile, was dead last after just 23 laps on Sunday, and is quoted as saying: “It wouldn’t be fair for me to judge the upgrades, so we have to rely on the data collected by Mark.” Another rival engineer said there is visual evidence that the exhaust gases on the revised layout “are not going where they (Red Bull) want them to go”. 07.03.2012 ISSUE 09

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hey are the reigning back-to-back Formula 1 world champions and the favourites heading into 2012, but Sebastian Vettel has admitted Red Bull is not perfect and there is a long list of improvements on the horizon. “Yes, last year was nearly faultless”, the German is quoted by the Guardian newspaper. But he admits he made mistakes. “Fridays have been poor,” said the world champion. “I made mistakes. I crashed the car.” Dr Helmut Marko elaborated: “He threw the car away four times unnecessarily.” Vettel, 24, continued: “We got the concentration back when it mattered but on Fridays you only have a couple of hours to prepare the car — so we can improve on that. “We had a meeting in January and went over the things that we need to do better and you would be surprised. It was a long list. There were lots of points to improve.” Even heading into the fresh 2012 season, there are already new items on that list: Marko bluntly described the final day of pre-season testing, when Vettel did a paltry 23 laps and was dead-last, as “shit”. But amid rumours the team might have to scrap its Melbourne update package for now, the Austrian insists Red Bull collected “sufficient” data from Mark Webber’s work last Saturday. “We had three very good tests, but not perfect,” Vettel admitted to RMC. “Sure, there were a few pieces here and there that worked less well than expected, but overall there were not too many surprises. I feel good with the car, it (Sunday) was no big deal.” 37

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HRT F112 BREAKS COVER

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ll the hard work has finally paid off today as the F112, the car with which HRT Formula 1 Team will compete this season, completed its first laps at the Circuit de Catalunya, in Barcelona. Since the car passed the last crash test and was homologated, the team has carried out work shifts to cover 24 hours a day to make sure it could make it, for the first time in its history, to the first Grand Prix of the season having run previously. The car was able to run after the team took advantage of one of the filming days available during the season. The car made it to the circuit from Munich, Germany, just after one in the afternoon and the mechanics and engineers got straight down to business, working on relevant adjustments. It was a combined team effort, working against the clock, which saw its rewards four hours later when Narain Karthikeyan led the car out onto the track. Pedro de la Rosa, Dani Clos and Tonio Liuzzi were also present, as were Carlos Gracia, President of the Spanish Motorsports Federation and Salvador Servià, General Director of the Circuit de Catalunya. The tests were carried out without any setbacks and the car carried out over ten laps. The team was able to check that the car functioned properly both from a mechanical and aerodynamic point of view as from a systems standpoint. The team will prepare the necessary material in the upcoming days and head down under for the first Grand Prix of the season which will take place at Melbourne, Australia, in just two weeks. Luis Péres-Sala, Team Principal said, “I’m very satisfied today as it is a very important day for us because we were able to test some things out with the new car during this filming day. I’m very proud of each and every member of this team because everyone has contributed their little bit for this to be possible. Now we focus on Australia because we still have a lot ahead”. 07.03.2012 ISSUE 09

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Pedro de la Rosa: “Today has been a very special day because the car saw the light for the first time; Narain did some installation laps and then various times laps without any issues. This is very important, it might not seem like it, but any sort of mileage before Australia is vital to see that the car is in good conditions. From here it is our job to try and improve it and make it progress�. 07.03.2012 ISSUE 09

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NEWS HRT LAUNCH Narain Karthikeyan: “Today was a shakedown of the F112 and I have had the honour to be the first driver to test it. The first impressions are quite good; it’s definitely a step up from last year. We couldn’t do any set-up work or stuff like that but everything seems to be working fine and there are no major problems so we can look forward to the season now. Everyone has worked hard and the new team management has put everything together in a very short period of time. They’ve done a proper job with the car and I’m sure that it’s a big step forward from last year, so hopefully we can take the competition to the teams we were fighting last year”.

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he MR01, the Marussia F1 Team’s contender for the 2012 season, has made its on-track debut. The Anglo-Russian team is running its new car for the first time today at Silverstone in the UK for a promotional event ahead of the season-opening Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne next weekend. The MR01 is the product of a ground-up reevaluation of the way the team designs its racing cars. As such, the car is almost entirely ‘new’ with very few carryover components from last year’s MVR-02. This presented the design team, led by Technical Consultant Pat Symonds, with the challenge of going back to basics to produce a solid mechanical package, whilst maintaining an eye towards achieving the incremental performance steps required to move the team forward. The starting point for the MR01 design programme was a consideration of the Marussia F1 Team’s people and resources. The former three-base operation has been consolidated into one site, the Marussia Technical Centre in Banbury, bringing the various elements of the business together to form ‘one team’. In particular, the design department and practices now benefit from far greater integration and collaboration. Furthermore, the aerodynamic department has been completely restructured and the aero methodology reinforced, blurring the boundaries between CFD (Computational Fluid Dynamics) and experimental work in the wind tunnel, as well as enhancing the fidelity of the team’s aero approach. The technical partnership forged with McLaren Applied Technologies in July of last year has been influential in the process and the relationship is starting to yield benefit as the advanced facilities that the Marussia F1 Team has access to have been used to prove the correlation process with the MVR-02. It is however early in the relationship and the MR01 will become a beneficiary of the relationship in due course. The key design priorities were to address previous aerodynamic deficiencies and, mechanically, 07.03.2012 ISSUE 09

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achieve greater weight saving. At the same time a lot of the detail of the car has been refine before, stepping closer to the engineering boundaries. The car can best be described as a sig Timo Glock commences his third season with the team, providing the all-important eleme is joined by Frenchman Charles Pic, who embarks on his rookie year in Formula One, having mad been racing in single-seater formulae for six years and has won races at every level. John Booth, Team Principal, Marussia F1 Team, commented: “We are very pleased to be runn MR01 for the first time this morning. It has been a long and frustrating wait for everyone in t but we can now get back on track – literally – and start working towards the first race of the in Australia next weekend. Today is the first of two promotional events, so while the drivers able to get a feel for the car, they won’t be able to draw any real conclusions until we start ru anger in Melbourne. Nevertheless, this is an important day for us and we’ll enjoy every minu with the new car.” Marussia F1 Team drivers Timo Glock and Charles Pic will each enjoy some track time with the car over the next two days, albeit with the car running on demonstration tyres as opposed to the Pirelli P-Zero 2012 season performance tyres.

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day’s session at Circuit de Catalunya, Grosjean bolted on a set of Pirelli soft tyres and proceeded to set the fastest lap of the day of 1 minute 23.252 seconds. With 73 laps on their


chart the Lotus team will no doubt be relieved that their woes appear to be over. Grosjean said, “The car was feeling very good and it’s great to bounce back from

our dramas to set the fastest time of the day. It’s clear we have solved the problem we encountered and now we have to complete a very full test programme this week. The 61

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REPORT BARCELONA TEST during a morning stint. Fourth fastest on the day was Mark Webber in the Red Bull RB8 with 102 laps on the charts. The Australian’s best time was set in the afternoon. Most laps on the day went to Nico Rosberg who pounded around the Spanish Grand Prix venue no fewer than 128 times in the Mercedes AMG W03. Rookie Jean Eric Vergne, in the Toro Rosso STR7, was the last of the drivers within one second of the top time of the day. He amassed 113 laps. Seventh fastest and just under a second down on Grosjean was Paul di Resta in the Force India VJM05, who was just short of a 100 laps at the end of day one. Felipe Massa was eighth fastest, also just shy of a second down on the pace setting Lotus, with 105 laps completed in the Ferrari F2012. Vitaly Petrov made the most of his third outing with his new team, notching up 123 laps in the Caterham CT01 and ending the day ninth fastest and 1.624 seconds down on the top time. At the foot of the timing screens was Pastor Maldonado in the Williams FW34, who only managed 58 laps and was over two seconds adrift of the best on the day. The team had issues that curtailed their running, which they were investigating into the night.

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omain Grosjean ended fastest of all on day two of the final Formula 1 pre-season testing at Circuit de Catalunya, in Barcelona, repeating his accomplishment of 24 hours earlier in the Lotus E20, after the Frenchman attacked the top of the timing sheet with a succession of fast laps that saw him conquer top spot again on what will be his final run in the cockpit until the first free practice session of the season, in Melbourne.

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REPORT BARCELONA TEST It was a case of deja vu as again he left his run of fast laps until the very end of the day with his fastest lap of 1 minute 22.614 seconds enough to ensure that he leaves Barcelona on a high note, as he is also the only driver to have topped the timing screens on two consecutive days in ten days of testing. The Lotus driver was among the busiest on the day, completing 124 laps of the Spanish Grand Prix venue with a variety of long and short runs during the course of the day. When asked about their earlier problems, Grosjean gave the strengthened E20 the thumbs up, saying: “Not at all, the car feels fine. It has the same good feeling that it did in Jerez; I can push and trust the car and you can really play with it which is very enjoyable. If you push a little bit too much you know how it will respond. You push too hard? You get understeer. Push a little bit harder in a fast corner? You get a little bit more understeer. The E20 never snaps on you or responds in an unpredictable manner. For a driver, it’s exactly what you want from a car.” The day started well for jean Eric Vergne in the Toro Rosso STR7, the rookie going fastest early on with a set of soft Pirelli tyres, but after 30 laps the STR7 caught fire exiting Turn 8, caused by a Ferrari engine failure. The car only reappeared right at the end of the day, but the Frenchman did not do any meaningful laps, but rather focused on pitstop practice. Nevertheless 07.03.2012 ISSUE 09

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when it was on song the STR7 was setting the early pace, and Vergne stayed glued to the top of the timing screens until late in the day when countryman Grosjean snatched top spot. 07.03.2012 ISSUE 09

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was back in the cockpit of the Red Bull RB8, ended the day third fastest with 85 laps on his chart.The German’s best time was set during an afternoon run. Fourth fastest, and the only other

driver within a second of the fastest lap, was Fernando Alonso in the ‘complex’ Ferrari F2012. The Spaniard spent the afternoon on a full race simulation on soft and medium Pirellis of the type to be used in Melbourne. He 73

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REPORT BARCELONA TEST amassed the most laps on the day, with 125 tours of his home circuit. Heikki Kovalainen surprised many with a strong run ending the day fifth fastest, in the Caterham CT01, and the best the team has ever been relative to the front runners, although the Finn had a set of super softs bolted on for his run. He also notched up 104 laps in the process. Sixth fastest on the day went to Kamui Kobayashi whose day was compromised with hydraulic issues on the Sauber C31. He ended the day with 77 laps to his credit. The Force India VJM05, with Nico Hulkenberg in the cockpit, was sidelined with a drive line problem which forced the team to scupper their entire afternoon programme. Way down in eight and ninth respectively were the Mercedes powered pair of Michael Schumacher in the Mercedes AMG W02 and Lewis Hamilton in the McLaren MP4-27. The only team to use both their drivers on the day were Williams with Bruno Senna doing 48 laps and setting the 10th best time, while Pastor Maldonado only managed 20 laps and ended the day slowest of all, but spent most of his time practicing pitstops with his crew. The track stayed open for business until 5.30 pm, the extra half hour added at the end to make up for the fact that the start was delayed, when thick fog in the area meant the Safety Helicopter could not take off.

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Driver R.Grosjean J-E.Vergne S.Vettel F.Alonso H.Kovalainen K.Kobayashi N.Hulkenberg M.Schumacher L.Hamilton B.Senna P.Maldonado

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f any peculiarity has emerged during Formula 1 preseason testing is that there is a general reluctance – probably by design – by the top teams to end a days testing at the top of the timing screens and as a result the fastest man on day three of Barcelona testing was Sergio Perez in the Sauber- c31 but only by fractions of a second!

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Daniel Ricciardo was fastest for the first half of the morning, doing an impressive 30 something lap run in the Toro Rosso STR7 on softs. He covered the most ground on the penultimate day, with 131 laps credited, and

only 0.061 seconds off the top time. For a change the Ferrari F2012 of Felipe Massa spent most of the day at the sharp end of the timing screens, finishing the day fourth fastest with 131 laps completed. The Brazilian 83

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REPORT BARCELONA TEST also had a go on the Pirelli intermediate tyres when the rain came down. On the fringes of the on track action, Ferrari team has clamped down on media briefings and access during this stanza of testing in Barcelona, declaring on Twitter: “The decision has been taken to keep the whole team fully focused on the job and there is not any polemic intent behind it.” Result: Many pissed off journos wandering around the paddock. Fifth fastest was Paul di Resta, who was back in the cockpit of the Force India VJM05, and comleted a 52 lap race simulation on his way to racking up 108 laps. The only red flag period of the day was caused when Bruno Senna’s Williams FW34 stopped out on track apparently out of fuel. The Brazilian was sixth fastest with 111 laps to his credit. Again showing strong pace was Heikki Kovalainen in the Caterham CT01, ending the day seventh fastest – only half a second down on the top pace – with 64 laps to his name. Mark Webber was on a very different programme on his return to the cockpit of the Red Bull RB8, as he did not do a single run over half a dozen laps on his way to the eighth best time and 70 laps on his chart but also only half a second down on Perez’s best. With 129 laps covered in the Mercedes AMG W02, Nico Rosberg was ninth fastest and 0.838 seconds off the pace. As mentioned above, Raikkonen was last on the timing sheets.

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ormula 1 pre-season testing in Barcelona ended as it began a month earlier at Jerez de la Frontera, with comeback world champion Kimi Raikkonen topping the timing sheets, in the Lotus E20. The Iceman bounced back in fine style after his first troubled day back in the cockpit 24 hours earlier, when he was slowest of all and with comparatively few laps to his credit as the team grappled with a steering issue.

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in the afternoon session the time remained unchallenged until the end of the day. Notable was the fact that the Finn did a pretty impressive race simulation of 65 laps using three sets of Pirelli softs and a hard set – drop

off was less than two seconds on each set. Raikkonen said, Kimi Räikkönen, Lotus F1 Team Race Driver: “I was happy with today’s running. We didn’t have any major issues so it was certainly 91

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better than yesterday. Everything worked, we tried a lot of set-ups on the car and it all came together well. It was a long time in the car today but I feel fine. It was cooler today so the tyres didn’t work as well as otherwise but everything was okay. Of course, the fastest time at the end of the day looks good but 07.03.2012 ISSUE 09

no-one will know how fast any of the cars are until we get to qualifying at Albert Park. All the changes we have made over testing have been improving the car, so we’ll have to see what happens in Melbourne in a couple of weeks’ time. I’m feeling positive.” On the opposite side of the spectrum, 92


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very bottom of the timing sheets. At the sharp end of proceedings all day was Fernando Alonso in the Ferrari F2012. The Spaniard 0.220 seconds down on the driver (Raikkonen) whose place he took at the Maranello squad in 2012. Bruno Senna, who again appeared to 93

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REPORT BARCELONA TEST extract more out of the Williams FW34 than his team mate, ended the day third fastest with 53 laps on his chart before handing over to Pastor Maldonado who then reeled off 48 laps. He ended the day ninth fastest and a second down on Senna. Fifth fastest was Nico Hulkenberg who completed 101 laps in the Force India VJM05. Next best was Kamui Kobayashi who completed 72 laps in the Sauber C31, before an issue on the Ferrari power plant ended their day prematurely with 90 minutes of testing still remaining. Although only sixth fastest at the end of the final day, Lewis Hamilton showed the most impressive pace during race simulation mode in the McLaren MP4-27, the 2008 world champion completing 115 laps. Biggest mover, compared to the his first run on the opening day, was Vitaly Petrov who ended the day seventh fastest in the Caterham CT01 with 101 laps on his chart. His time was 2.1 seconds up on his best time on Thursday. The last driver within one second of Raikkonen’s best was Michael Schumacher in the Mercedes AMG W03 who ended the day eighth on the timing sheets with exactly 100 laps to his credit. The seven times world champion kept busy with 10 lap stints on soft rubber. Tenth fastest, sandwiched between Maldonado and Vettel on the timing screens, was Daniel Ricciardo in the Toro Rosso STR7 with 100 laps notched up. HRT and Marussia were not present on the final day or any day in Barcelona for that matter. Barcelona Test Day 4 – Sunday, 4 March 2012 P 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11

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Time 1:22.030 — 1:22.250 +0.220 1:22.296 +0.266 1:22.312 +0.282 1:22.386 +0.356 1:22.430 +0.400 1:22.795 +0.765 1:22.939 +0.909 1:23.347 +1.317 1:23.393 +1.363 1:23.608 +1.578

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exican driver Sergio Perez has admitted the possibility he could be paired with Fernando Alonso next year at Ferrari. The Italian team has put Felipe Massa on notice, with Mexican Perez – currently driving for Ferrari-powered Sauber – at the head of Ferrari’s driver development programme. At the same time however, Red Bull’s reigning world champion Sebastian Vettel regularly declares his desire to one day race a Ferrari.

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FOR THE RECORD SERGIO PEREZ “Ah, yes,” Perez told the Spanish sports daily Marca. So who is the real front-runner for Massa’s seat? “We will see,” he insisted, “as ultimately it depends on this year, which for me is very important.” Perez, 22, admitted at least that he is a leading candidate. “Yes, but this season is yet to even start and everything changes very fast in a year. There are many things that are yet to have been seen,” he said. “For me, Ferrari is the greatest team for which all the drivers dream of one day winning the championship but … let’s see. I would love to be there some day.” Perez acknowledged that Spaniard Alonso, Ferrari’s much-loved number one, would be a difficult teammate. “Very difficult, I would say Alonso is the most difficult on all of the grid to have as your teammate, I respect him a lot,” he insisted. Reportedly on the cusp of a top seat, Perez is nonetheless still fending off suggestions he is a ‘pay driver’, due to his strong backing by the Mexican sponsor Telmex. “In these days you do depend more on your support,” admitted Perez, “but I believe the talent remains the priority. “Even with the drivers having support, I don’t think there are any bad drivers on the grid. “I was criticised a lot for coming with the Telmex money, but if you look back, a driver who wins five races in GP2 and loses the title by 10 points will normally go in[to] F1 the next year. “It [Telmex] is an influence, but to say it’s why I’m here is not fair,” he insisted. 07.03.2012 ISSUE 09

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ookie Jean Eric Vergne remembers every single moment of the day that he was called and told he had been promoted to to race driver at Toro Rosso for the 2012 season, admitting it was a “shock promotion.” Speaking to the official F1 website, Vergne said, “Helmut [Marko] called me on the morning of December 14. What a wake-up call! “Shock promotion” is a good way to put it. And of course it was the best day of my professional life so far. I remember every single detail of that day.”

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FOR THE RECORD JEAN ERIC VERGNE “I knew that they were evaluating the data of the current drivers and, of course, you always hope that a situation might arise where suddenly you are in the picture. And voila, it happened – the best phone call I’ve ever received.” “I had that one day to really understand what had just happened because the next day I was already at the Red Bull Racing factory to work with the simulator.” “Believe me, I have been prepared quite well so far as a Red Bull youngster. I was connected to F1 well before the past two weeks, so the level of surprise level has not been that high.” “What is definitely a difference is that (in the past) I have been with a team with 40 people in total. “Now around 60 people are working just for me on a race weekend, so that is indeed way above what I knew. But as the objective is to be fast, these are all fantastic aspects of Formula 1.” Vergne – known as Jev to his mates – is quick to dismiss talk of promotion to the Red Bull senior team, “That is dream[ing] of the future. Right now I want to do my job at Toro Rosso – learn as much as possible and show them that I was promoted for a reason. “And I haven’t done a race yet so it does not make much sense to think about 2013. First things first, and the first thing right now is doing a good test season and then taking that to the Melbourne grid. And then to take it race by race.” 07.03.2012 ISSUE 09

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