Rivalry is Revived!!!!! McLaren’s Lewis Hamilton set the pace in Spain on Friday as a three-day test session got underway in Barcelona. Hamilton was over half a second quicker than former team mate, Renault’s Fernando Alonso.
Hamilton worked with McLaren tester Gary Paffett, sixth fastest, on Bridgestone tyre evaluation, with the Circuit de Catalunya providing a more high speed and abrasive surface compared to the previous test sessions of late.
It was Paffett’s first run in the new MP4-23, and it was also his first test without driver aids. As a result the Briton spent some time during the day familiarizing himself with the team’s 2008 package and during this process had a couple of minor spins.
Renault had two R28s in action, fresh from the car’s official launch in Paris on Thursday. Alonso ran 61 laps, with team mate Nelson Piquet Jr adding a further 46 after a few disruptions to his session. The Brazilian ended the day seventh fastest.
“Both drivers had reasonable programmes, but to start with the balance of the car was poor so we had to spend the day working on that,” explained Renault’s chief test engineer, Christian Silk. “By the end of the day we had found a reason balance and we were quite happy with the performance of the car. Fernando completed most of his programme, but Nelson had a few delays, so we can hopefully make some more progress in the next couple of days.”
Am sure that Alonso ll be determined to put in a better effort in the next session. I just got to say one thing we are in store for a cracker this season!!!!
But the surprise package of this testing was from the team Force India yup!!!! Giancarlo Fisichella their main driver had a good outing as he finished 4th in the testing and he said “It was a good day today and I think we made a lot of progress,” reported the Italian after 100 laps. “We did some runs to work on set-up and looked at some parts to improve reliability and had no big problems over the day. I felt more comfortable in the car too - we are definitely going in the right direction and the times were pretty good. I'm very happy as we're showing the potential we have now.” This is great news for all formula 1 fans of India. Can we witness a Force India victory this season?? lets wait and watch.