F1 2013 Pre-Season Testing, Barcelona, Jerez

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F1 2013 Pre-Season Testing Information Hub (Image courtesy Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team)

The links below to F1 2013 Pre-Season Testing reports from Barcelona (Circuit de Catalunya) and Jerez provide easy central access to the fastest times, fastest drivers, laps completed, daily testing summary and breaking F1 news from the tests.

BARCELONA

F1 Test Barcelona Day 1 – Nico Rosberg fastest from Raikkonen
F1 Test Barcelona Day 2 – Sergio Perez powers ahead in the McLaren MP4-28
F1 Test Barcelona Day 3 – Fernando Alonso fastest in the Ferrari F138
F1 Test Barcelona Day 4 – Lewis Hamilton fastest at rain swept Catalunya
F1 Test Barcelona Day 5 – Mark Webber fastest in the RB9
F1 Test Barcelona Day 6 – Romain Grosjean bounces back in the Lotus E21
F1 Test Barcelona Day 7 – Lewis Hamilton sets blistering pace in F1W04
F1 Test Barcelona Day 8 – Nico Rosberg fastest overall as testing ends

Jerez

F1 Test Jerez Day 1 – Jenson Button and McLaren show the way
F1 Test Jerez Day 2 – Grosjean and Lotus top the timesheets
F1 Test Jerez Day 3 – Massa and Ferrari up the tempo
F1 Test Jerez Day 4 – Raikkonen rounds out the Jerez test on top in the Lotus E21

Barcelona Running Order:Williams FW35 was unveiled in the Pit Lane just after 08.30 CET, 07.30 GMT on 19/02/2013

Williams Fw35 Launch article

F1 Testing – What does it all mean anyway?

Although F1 Pre-Season Testing provides useful insight into the performance of the Drivers, Cars and Teams there are so many variables that attempting to draw conclusions is tricky. F1 Teams will also do their best to disguise their performance and to hide their new developments from prying eyes whenever they can. As is often heard, the first time we will see a true indication of performance, speed and reliability is in qualifying for an in the Australian Grand Prix itself. Until then perceived performance is an indicator but relatively academic in reality. Occasionally though a car and driver combination is fast out of the box and this can be particularly difficult for the teams to hide. Such was the case with Jenson Button and Brawn GP in 2009. However, although the car was immediately fast in testing there was still a great deal of scepticism and uncertainty that Brawn could have turned the old Honda outfit into a winning team in such a short timescale. It didn’t take long though for the team to confirm their rivals worst fears and they romped away with the drivers and constructors world championship titles. The key to their success was the innovative double diffuser with which they stole the march on the other teams and left them struggling to catch up for much of the season. It will be interesting to see whether F1 2013 Pre-Season Testing provides similar clues.

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