After the tests in Mugello, followed by yesterday’s test sessions here at the Catalunya circuit, the Team eagerly awaited the F2012’s updates introduced for this weekend’s race. The results were very promising. It seemed that it was less problematic to get into Q3. Today’s third position conquered by Fernando was unexpected. In the end the Spaniard will start from second position after the stewards’ decision that Lewis Hamilton will have to move to the back of the grid.
Meanwhile Felipe wasn’t lucky today. He couldn’t get beyond Q2, mainly because of the heavy traffic. On his fast lap with a new set of softs the Brazilian got stuck behind the drivers who were warming up their tyres before launching their own fast laps.
So the F2012 made a step forward in terms of performance, but we know that we still have lots of work to do to prepare a single-seater able to constantly fight for the top positions.
And again the key to this GP is the tyres: how they will be managed and how they will perform. The teams made different decisions regarding the tyres and tomorrow’s lower temperatures could make the difference on the track. After the Spanish GP’s 66 laps we’ll know who took the right decision.