Kevin fifth in rainy Catalunya

04.04.2012

Second day of testing at Circuit de Catalunya saw soaked track in the morning and although the track started to dry up towards the evening, laptimes didn't improve. Perhaps it was down to the wet-weather tyres which were at their best in full wet conditions but turned out to be too soft for damp asphalt.

Both sessions were repeatedly stopped by red flags and afternoon session was cut short when another red flag was flown five minutes before the end. Kevin managed to drive 62 laps in total and his afternoon time was 5th best of the session.

Kevin: “All in all I am satisfied with the test. Inner-team mini-competition ended 2-2 this time, I had better time than Jules in two sessions and he beat me also twice. During the previous test at Paul Ricard he was faster in every single session, so Barcelona was a big step forward for me. Another good thing was that on Wednesday afternoon when track was damp I managed put together faster lap than Jules in the same conditions and with exactly the same set-up.

But we need to work further on our cars to be faster on wet track. We really struggled on Wednesday morning on full wet asphalt. My time was only 15th, Jules’ one 13th and gap to the leaders was nothing to cheer about.

Obviously I would have liked to drive more laps but red flags were waved far too often. On Tuesday afternoon I guess they were put out about 40 times when somebody went off. I managed to do only one fast lap on new tyres but Jules didn’t get even that.

Rain also hindered our progress a little bit. There was no point to do long stints because the risk of the mistake is very high. We both had minor offs in quick succession at the very same place on Tuesday morning and both of them brought out red flags. I had quite a funny incident when my car went off. It got stuck in the gravel and I then hit the FIRE switch trying to “unfire” the car. But as it turned out, FIRE stands for fire extinguisher. I realized my fault very quickly because helmet visor was opened and extinguishing powder hit my face directly. Car was also covered with extinguishing stuff and it took several hours for poor mechanics to clean it up. This was also the reason I couldn’t return to the track in the morning.”

Morning session

Rank Driver                Team              Time     Laps
1    Nico Müller           Draco             1:48.116   24
2    Kevin Magnussen       Carlin            1:48.246   23
3    Marco Sørensen        Lotus             1:48.337   36
4    André Negrão          Draco             1:48.613   31
5    Robin Frijns          Fortec            1:49.186   23
6    Vittorio Ghirelli     Comtec            1:49.222   18
7    Richie Stanaway       Lotus             1:49.280   32
8    Jake Rosenzweig       ISR               1:49.388   29
9    Sam Bird              ISR               1:49.411   30
10   Alexander Rossi       Arden Caterham    1:49.530   38
11   Giovanni Venturini    BVM Target        1:49.552   20
12   Nick Yelloly          Comtec            1:49.589   11
13   Jules Bianchi         Tech 1            1:49.720   40
14   Nicolay Martsenko     BVM Target        1:49.835   26
15   Kevin Korjus          Tech 1            1:50.024   33
16   Carlos Huertas        Fortec            1:50.077   32
17   Arthur Pic            DAMS              1:50.130   32
18   Will Stevens          Carlin            1:50.158   31
19   Mikhail Aleshin       RFR               1:50.185   29
20   Daniil Move           P1                1:50.666   27
21   Anton Nebylitskiy     RFR               1:50.943   26
22   Zoël Amberg           Pons              1:51.117   32
23   Lucas Foresti         DAMS              1:51.122   51
24   Lewis Williamson      Arden Caterham    1:51.203   43
25   Walter Grubmüller     P1                1:51.422   19
26   Yann Cunha            Pons              1:52.296   32

Afternoon session

Rank Driver                Team              Time     Laps
1    Richie Stanaway       Lotus             1:50.044   23
2    Marco Sørensen        Lotus             1:50.331   13
3    André Negrão          Draco             1:50.593   18
4    Nick Yelloly          Comtec            1:50.639   25
5    Kevin Korjus          Tech 1            1:50.699   29
6    Jules Bianchi         Tech 1            1:50.900   32
7    Lewis Williamson      Arden Caterham    1:50.900   35
8    Nico  Müller          Draco             1:50.908   17
9    Walter Grubmüller     P1                1:50.953   37
10   Robin Frijns          Fortec            1:51.152   12
11   Carlos Huertas        Fortec            1:51.177   23
12   Arthur Pic            DAMS              1:51.200   39
13   Sam Bird              ISR               1:51.207   14
14   Vittorio Ghirelli     Comtec            1:51.476   35
15   Alexander Rossi       Arden Caterham    1:51.695   28
16   Giovanni Venturini    BVM Target        1:51.731   26
17   Nicolay Martsenko     BVM Target        1:52.131   21
18   Daniil Move           P1                1:52.137   31
19   Mikhail Aleshin       RFR               1:52.163   22
20   Zoël Amberg           Pons              1:52.373    9
21   Yann Cunha            Pons              1:52.712   22
22   Anton Nebylitskiy     RFR               1:52.982   20
23   Jake Rosenzweig       ISR               1:53.583   19
24   Kevin Magnussen       Carlin            2:07.383   18
25   Will Stevens          Carlin            no time     
26   Lucas Foresti         DAMS              no time     

Third and final pre-season test will be held in two weeks time on April 18-19 at Motorland Aragón.
 

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