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 Post subject: In-season Test, Mugello Circuit, 1-3 May
PostPosted: 26 Apr 2012, 09:52  
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First in-season test since 2008, and the only one this season.

Caterham: Rodolfo Gonzalez (Tues), Vitaly Petrov (Wed), Heikki Kovalainen (Thurs)
Ferrari: Fernando Alonso (Tues, Wed), Felipe Massa (Thurs)
Lotus: Jerome D'Ambrosio (Tues), Kimi Raikkonen (Wed), Romain Grosjean (Thurs)
Sauber: Kamui Kobayashi (Tues, Wed), Sergio Perez (Thurs)
Force India: Jules Bianchi (Tues), Paul di Resta (Wed), Nico Hulkenberg (Thurs)
Williams: Valtteri Bottas (Tues), Bruno Senna (Wed), Pastor Maldonado (Thurs)

Not attending: HRT

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 Post subject: Re: In-season Test, Mugello Circuit, 1-3 May
PostPosted: 26 Apr 2012, 10:38  
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Have McLaren said any more? They announced their test drivers would be running but then Hamilton said he'd like to drive. I wonder if Hamilton did get a day if Button would then want one to.

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 Post subject: Re: In-season Test, Mugello Circuit, 1-3 May
PostPosted: 27 Apr 2012, 15:44  
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McLaren have confirmed there are no changes to their testing plans, neither Button nor Hamilton will take part.

http://www1.skysports.com/formula-1/news/12433/7709292/
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 Post subject: Re: In-season Test, Mugello Circuit, 1-3 May
PostPosted: 27 Apr 2012, 17:37  
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What is the logic in McLaren decision to have only Paffett and Turvey testing. There aren't too many opportunities for testing on current rules. No matter what they are testing.
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 Post subject: Re: In-season Test, Mugello Circuit, 1-3 May
PostPosted: 28 Apr 2012, 11:04  
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Maybe trying to give their races drivers some time off? Allow them to have time off for testing so they can do some sponsor commitments later on. :lol:

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 Post subject: Re: In-season Test, Mugello Circuit, 1-3 May
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isn't this Ferrari's testing circuit?

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 Post subject: Re: In-season Test, Mugello Circuit, 1-3 May
PostPosted: 28 Apr 2012, 14:39  
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What is the logic in McLaren decision to have only Paffett and Turvey testing. There aren't too many opportunities for testing on current rules. No matter what they are testing.

I don't know, maybe different drivers give different feedback? I can't imagine the McLaren engineers wouldn't be interested in what two long-time, professional development drivers would have to say.

Also: to keep a strong line-up of development drivers, you have to provide them with opportunities. Otherwise they might start looking for better deals elsewhere, and then you might not only lose them, but also run the risk of a rival team finding out more about your car than you'd like. All of that makes sense to me.

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 Post subject: Re: In-season Test, Mugello Circuit, 1-3 May
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I think they should have let Lewis go there if he wanted. Jenson wasn't interested so he have a vacation. With Lewis they would have something to compare how test drivers perform. Lotus schedule is therefore better IMHO.
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 Post subject: Re: In-season Test, Mugello Circuit, 1-3 May
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tderias wrote:
isn't this Ferrari's testing circuit?

Ferrari owns Mugello, which hosts MotoGP and DTM races. I don't think it has ever hosted a F1 race. Lower series races there has been. The real Ferrari test track is Fiorano near Maranello. It is Ferrari's private track for testing only: Fiorano Circuit
With current testing ban it is useless for F1 testing. Neither Mugello or Fiorano gives Ferrari any advantages when compared to other F1 teams.
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 Post subject: Re: In-season Test, Mugello Circuit, 1-3 May
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oh yea... Fiorano thats the one... thanks reppo :)

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Mercedes candidates ? Probably Race Drivers ... With current Tyre & Testing situation you simply can't miss any opportunity. Strange decision from McLaren!

So far only Force India is taking about updates.

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 Post subject: Re: In-season Test, Mugello Circuit, 1-3 May
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Ferrari will run in Mugello only some of the planned upgrades they are bringing for the Spanish race.
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 Post subject: Re: In-season Test, Mugello Circuit, 1-3 May
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donald29 wrote:
Maybe trying to give their races drivers some time off? Allow them to have time off for testing so they can do some sponsor commitments later on. :lol:


I was joking about the McLaren drivers not testing to do PR stuff, but Button is actually doing a demo run in Hungary tomorrow.

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 Post subject: Re: In-season Test, Mugello Circuit, 1-3 May
PostPosted: 30 Apr 2012, 12:45  
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Is this being telvised on SkyF1?
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 Post subject: Re: In-season Test, Mugello Circuit, 1-3 May
PostPosted: 30 Apr 2012, 15:41  
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mikhailv wrote:
Is this being telvised on SkyF1?

there will be a few updates on sky sports news the something about it on the f1 show on friday
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