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    OFFICIAL #F1 Report: Williams F1 - 2012 Test 1 (Jerez), Test Day 1 07/02/2012 6:06pm
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    OFFICIAL #F1 Report: Mercedes AMG - 2012 Test 1 (Jerez), Test Day 1

    Date: Tuesday 7 February 2012 Track: Circuito de Jerez Driver: Nico Rosberg / Michael Schumacher No of Laps: 56 laps / 42 laps Best Lap Time: 1:20.219 / 1:20.794 Kms Covered: 248 kms / 186 kms Track Length: 4.428 kms Weather: - Nico tested during the morning while Michael was in the car for the afternoon - Both drivers completed a set-up programme which focused on learning about the behaviour of the 2012 Pirelli tyres - The reliable 2011 car also allowed the team to accumulate valuable mileage on a number of test items for the 2012 season Michael will continue the test programme tomorrow, with Nico in action again on Thursday. --- Nico Rosberg "We made a very good start to our testing programme today and completed 56 laps this morning. I was driving the 2011 car, so it felt comfortable straightaway. We tested some different things in perfect weather conditions and started learning about the 2012 Pirelli tyres and how they work. I was really happy to be out on track in my Mercedes and I know that, back at the factory, our development of the new car is running according to our plan." --- Michael Schumacher "After a long break, it feels terrific being back in the car and hitting the circuit again. Our main job was to get a first impression of the tyres for 2012 and to start understanding them. They feel like a step forward, more consistent and comfortable to drive, and the biggest difference is with the rear tyre. Thanks to everybody at Pirelli for their good job this winter. Let's see what we can learn tomorrow."


    Date: Tuesday 7 February 2012

    Track: Circuito de Jerez

    Driver: Nico Rosberg / Michael Schumacher

    No of Laps: 56 laps / 42 laps

    Best Lap Time: 1:20.219 / 1:20.794

    Kms Covered: 248 kms / 186 kms

    Track Length: 4.428 kms

    Weather:

    - Nico tested during the morning while Michael was in the car for the afternoon
    - Both drivers completed a set-up programme which focused on learning about the behaviour of the 2012 Pirelli tyres
    - The reliable 2011 car also allowed the team to accumulate valuable mileage on a number of test items for the 2012 season Michael will continue the test programme tomorrow, with Nico in action again on Thursday.

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    Nico Rosberg
    "We made a very good start to our testing programme today and completed 56 laps this morning. I was driving the 2011 car, so it felt comfortable straightaway. We tested some different things in perfect weather conditions and started learning about the 2012 Pirelli tyres and how they work. I was really happy to be out on track in my Mercedes and I know that, back at the factory, our development of the new car is running according to our plan."

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    Michael Schumacher
    "After a long break, it feels terrific being back in the car and hitting the circuit again. Our main job was to get a first impression of the tyres for 2012 and to start understanding them. They feel like a step forward, more consistent and comfortable to drive, and the biggest difference is with the rear tyre. Thanks to everybody at Pirelli for their good job this winter. Let's see what we can learn tomorrow."

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    OFFICIAL #F1 Report: Sauber F1 - 2012 Test 1 (Jerez), Test Day 1 07/02/2012 6:06pm

    OFFICIAL #F1 Report: Sauber F1 - 2012 Test 1 (Jerez), Test Day 1

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    February 7th 2012

    Kamui Kobayashi was at the wheel of the new Sauber C31-Ferrari. The car proved to be reliable which allowed Kamui to cover more than one hundred laps and the team to carry out a comprehensive test programme. Circuit: Jerez de la Frontera / 4.428 km Driver: Kamui Kobayashi (JP) Weather: Sunny all day, air 5-17°C, track 6-25°C Chassis / engine: C31.02 / Ferrari 056 Mileage today: 106 laps Fastest lap: 1:21.353 min --- Giampaolo Dall'Ara (Head of Track Engineering): ---
    "We had a productive first day of testing; the car proved to be reliable which is always a good start and enabled us to do some long runs. The systems' checks were positive and the temperatures are alright as well. For evaluation we worked on tyres and set-up and were running different fuel loads. We also carried out some mechanical work and did intense pit stop practice with new procedures in place. At the end of the test programme we finally checked the fuel system." --- Kamui Kobayashi: ---
    "I'm happy. The new car feels fine. We managed good mileage today despite a small problem in the morning session. Running today wasn't about performance but focused on checking systems and reliability. Nevertheless I got the impression the new Pirelli tyres might be good for us. I am looking forward to the next tests and to further work on the car." --- What comes next Tomorrow and on Thursday Sergio Perez will be driving before handing back the car to Kamui on Friday. ---
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    OFFICIAL #F1 Report: Caterham F1 - 2012 Test 1 (Jerez), Test Day 1

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    February 7th 2012

    Driver: Heikki Kovalainen Chassis: CT01-#2 Total laps: 28 Best lap: 1.23.178 --- Heikki Kovalainen: ---
    "It's good to be back at work after the winter break and great to see how up for the season ahead the whole team are. We were first out on track this morning and the early feeling I had from the car was good. It's far too early to tell how much we've progressed but it already feels like we're going in the right direction. We obviously didn't want to end early today but we couldn't sort out the starter shaft issue in time to get back on track, but I'm reasonably pleased with what we have achieved today and I know the team will put in the work tonight to get us back out on track tomorrow and pick up where we left off today." --- Mike Gascoyne, Chief Technical Officer: ---
    "It is always a good feeling to see the new car out on track for the first time after all the hours everybody in the team has put in over the last few months to get us to this point. We had to bring day one to an early end after damage to the starter shaft meant we were unable to start the engine which is a shame because it was an unusual issue and we had enjoyed a positive morning, working through the usual day one system checks and running without any reliability issues on the car until that point. Heikki's early feedback on the car is good and there is plenty to come from this car so we are looking forward to a positive next three days in Jerez." --- Riad Asmat, Caterham Group CEO: ---
    "First I want to thank everybody back at the factory and here in Jerez for the incredibly hard work they have all put in to help produce the first Caterham F1 car. We passed our crash tests early, we were first on track today and it is a sign of how far we have come in just two seasons that we can turn up with our new car at the first test and run from the moment the lights go green. The fact we had an issue that brought the day to a premature conclusion is something we will look into - we have not had that problem before and totally unexpected issues are always one of the risks with a new car, but we will fix that and progress tomorrow." Read More...

    OFFICIAL #F1 Report: Ferrari - 2012 Test 1 (Jerez), Test Day 1

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    February 7th 2012

    Circuit: Jerez circuit - 4.428 km Driver: Felipe Massa Car: Ferrari F2012 Weather: air temperature 5/18 °C, track temperature 6/26 °C. Sunny. First day of testing in 2012 for Scuderia Ferrari who, with Felipe Massa at the wheel, gave the F2012 its debut. For the full day, work centred almost exclusively on data acquisition relating to the handling of the new car: Felipe completed a total of 69 laps, the quickest in a time of 1.22.815. Testing at this track continues tomorrow, again with the Brazilian driver at the wheel. ---
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    OFFICIAL #F1 Report: Toro Rosso - 2012 Test 1 (Jerez), Test Day 1

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    February 7th 2012

    Circuit: Jerez de la Frontera, 4.423 kms. Driver: Daniel Ricciardo Car: STR7 - 01 57 laps Best time: 1:20.694 --- Daniel Ricciardo: ---
    "It was really nice to be back in the cockpit for the first time since the Brazilian Grand Prix in November and being the first person to drive the STR7 was a little bonus. It was great to experience taking a completely new car out of the garage. We had a very productive morning, doing over 40 laps and we made good progress with our programme. Then in the afternoon, we did a couple of longer runs, but had to cut it short, although we only lost an hour. I was using the Medium tyre on that last run, having used Hard tyres for the rest of the day. So, overall, a good start and I'm looking forward to another productive day tomorrow, because this car is very enjoyable to drive. It was a good feeling going fast again. It's too early to give a true assessment of the car, but out of the box this morning, it seemed balanced and quite stable. It gave me a good feeling when I put the power down." --- Franz Tost: ---
    "We completed 57 laps today, so we are quite pleased with the first outing of the new car which seems to have a good base from which we can move forward. Daniel felt confident in the car and we ran trouble free until we lost some oil pressure, at which point the engine protector did its job and stopped the car. We are now investigating this loss of oil pressure, but we are confident we can have another good day tomorrow. As the failure happened at four o'clock, we only lost one hour's track time which we expect to make up for tomorrow. The car looks nice but the important thing is that it should be fast. My first impression, having enjoyed the rare experience of going out onto the track to watch it in action through some corners this morning, is that the basis of the car is quite good and healthy." Read More...

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