Autodromo Internazionale del Mugello, near Florence, Italy
1-2-3 May 2012
Day Two - Wednesday 2 May
The second day of testing at Mugello began as positively as the first for us today. Charles achieved a further 46 productive laps in chassis MR01-01 during this morning’s session, but a sweet start to the day turned slightly more sour in the afternoon when it was time for Timo to take over the car.
Just as the weather intervened during yesterday’s pm session, the team’s afternoon on Wednesday suffered a downturn in fortune when the start of Timo’s programme was abbreviated by a power steering issue. This confined him to the garage until the final hour of running.
This morning we were conducting set-up evaluations with Charles, comprising race-oriented work and some detailed exploration of the front suspension, which is not possible during race weekend Fridays. He also began an evaluation of some brand new rear suspension components, with a continuation of this work having been scheduled for this afternoon with Timo, along with the track debut of a new front wing as part of our wider aerodynamic upgrade for the European season.
Some planned changes were made to the car in the lunch break and the opening hour of the afternoon session to accommodate the change of driver and programme. Timo completed an installation run but it was clear on that lap that a power steering problem had surfaced. The team opted to change the steering rack which took two hours and Timo was finally able to start work on his programme at 17.00hrs (local).
Timo will be back in the car for the final day of testing tomorrow.
Charles Pic #25
“The dry conditions this morning meant we were able to really make some good progress with the set-up programme. The track was a little bit damp at first, but it got better and better all the time as the temperature started to increase. I was very happy with the direction we were taking and we got some good data from the car. The developments we have here are a definite step forward and I think because of our programme there was quite a lot more to come from the package. Although my running is complete I will stay here for the final day tomorrow as there is a lot we can continue to understand from the car to prepare us fully for Barcelona next weekend.”
Timo Glock #24
“Not a great second part of the day as our problems cost us half of the afternoon session. I had to get used to the track quickly, which was not easy as there are a lot of blind corners. We did some basic set-up work for the last hour and a half which I was happy with, but we have a big programme for tomorrow now and I hope it will be a trouble-free day for me.”
John Booth, Team Principal
“On a positive note we have seen very clear signs that we have made a good step with our upgrade package, so it is a shame that our progress has been hampered again this afternoon. Yesterday was similarly frustrating - for all of the teams actually - but Charles has at least been able to attack most of his programme elements. We will therefore be hoping for a more consistent day tomorrow so we can even up the balance in terms of mileage and feedback to ensure we are as prepared as possible for when we field the full upgrade package in Barcelona.”