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Old 05-03-2012, 04:25 PM   #35
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Here are the unofficial aggregate test times from Mugello 1.-3. May:

1. Romain Grosjean, Lotus, 1:21.035, 163 Laps
2. Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull, 1:21.267, 172 Laps
3. Fernando Alonso, Ferrari, 1:21.363, 144 Laps
4. Kamui Kobayashi, Sauber, 1:21.603, 135 Laps
5. Daniel Ricciardo, Toro Rosso, 1:21.604, 139 Laps
6. Mark Webber, Red Bull, 1:21.997, 78 Laps
7. Sergio Perez, Sauber, 1:22.229, 118 Laps
8. Felipe Massa, Ferrari, 1:22.257, 106 Laps
9. Nico Hulkenberg, Force India, 1:22.325, 55 Laps
10. Jean-Eric Vergne, Toro Rosso, 1:22.422, 97 Laps
11. Pastor Maldonado, Williams, 1:22.497, 63 Laps
12. Nico Rosberg, Mercedes, 1:22.579, 178 Laps
13. Oliver Turvey, McLaren, 1:22.662, 129 Laps
14. Paul di Resta, Force India, 1:23.002, 48 Laps
15. Heikki Kovalainen, Caterham, 1:23.169, 139 Laps
16. Michael Schumacher, Mercedes, 1:23.404, 149 Laps
17. Timo Glock, Marussia, 1:23.466, 147 Laps
18. Charles Pic, Marussia, 1:23.982, 91 Laps
19. Jerome D’Ambrosio, Lotus, 1:24.048, 40 Laps
20. Vitaly Petrov, Caterham, 1:24.312, 112 Laps
21. Gary Paffett, McLaren, 1:24.480, 63 Laps
22. Bruno Senna, Williams, 1:24.842, 100 Laps
23. Jules Bianchi, Force India, 1:25.475, 19 Laps
24. Rodolfo Gonzalez, Caterham, 1:27.197, 35 Laps
25. Valtteri Bottas, Williams, 1:29.179, 28 Laps

As much as they are worth something, they seem to hint a upward spin for Lotus and RB like in Bahrain. Ferrari also seems stronger on their home turf, than in the past races. Mercedes clearly worked for their race performance. And McLaren took part after all, if without their star drivers, which makes it difficult to judge their times.

Generally speaking I think there should be more testing, as it is an integrate part of motor sport. It's only the question of balance how much test days under which conditions is allowed for what costs. For instance one could give free the Thursdays before the races, since all teams are allready on the track. This proposal, for whatever reasons, didn't find the majority in the preliminary discussions. As it is now, this was the one and only test during the current season.

Some vintage when the tests were free:
Senna's 1986 Lotus 98T with 1300 hp (photo by myself in an exhibition some 1 1/2 year ago):
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