Maldonado fastest for Lotus on final day of Barcelona test
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Posted By: Justin Hynes  |  14 May 2014   |  6:12 pm GMT  |  193 comments

Pastor Maldonado signed off a productive test for Lotus with the fastest time of the final day of testing in Barcelona, the Venezuelan recording a lap of 1:24.871 on the supersoft tyre to finish just under a second ahead of Mercedes Nico Rosberg, who set his time on medium tyres. In the morning the German also trialled Mercedes’ ‘megaphone’ exhaust, designed to increase noise.

After Lotus test driver Charles Pic put in 70 laps yesterday for the second fastest time, Maldonado enjoyed an even more solid run today, logging 102 laps of the Circuit de Catalunya and claiming the fastest time late in the session with a run on the supersoft tyre.

He finished 0.934s ahead of Rosberg, who also passed a century of laps. The German began his day’s work testing Mercedes’ much anticipated and rather aesthetically challenging ‘megaphone’ exhaust but without notable success, with a number of trackside sources saying  that the noise emitted from Nico Rosberg’s car was not significantly louder. Indeed it is believed that the device is just 3db louder than the normal exhaust.

The results of the test will be analysed by the FIA and discussed with the sport’s teams before a decision is made on whether to adopt the solution.

Rosberg was followed on the timesheet by Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen, who enjoyed a much better day at the wheel of the F14 T than yesterday. Thanks to an engine problem and an off the Finn completed just 20 laps yesterday but today he powered through 93 laps for a best time of 1:26.480, almost half a second clear of Esteban Gutierrez. The Sauber driver was involved in an incident in the morning when a fire briefly broke out at the back of his car in the pit lane. It was quickly extinguished and the Mexican was soon back on track for an eventual tally of 84 laps.

Elsewhere, Williams Development Driver Susie Wolff took over from Felipe Massa at the wheel of the Williams FW36, for a full day of testing, her first since driving the team’s 2013 car at last year’s Young Driver Test at Silverstone. This latest test is an advance of her scheduled appearance in Friday practice at this year’s British and German Grands Prix.

After an early spin Wolff completed 27 laps in the morning session. She improved again in the afternoon, eventually claiming the day’s fifth-fastest time with a lap of 1:27.280, set on the soft tyre. In total she completed 55 laps.

Behind her Jules Bianchi finished sixth but was confined to the garage for most of the afernoon with a technical problem. The team managed, however, to get him out on track again in the final minutes of the session.

Seventh place went to Sebastian Vettel. After losing time yesterday when a gearbox problem cut short their running, Red Bull Racing again missed out this morning, with repairs dragging on well into the first part of the session. Vettel eventually emerged some three hours into the action, and completed a couple of runs before lunch. The afternoon was more productive for the German and he had completed 72 laps by the time the flag fell.

“The problems of yesterday made a bit late out this morning but the afternoon was productive and we did a lot of laps, which considering the time we had it was good,” said Vettel. “We used the tyres used last weekend as we want to try to understand the car more and in terms of that I think we have learned a lot, so I would say it was a useful, if not perfect, day.”

Behind the four-time champion came Force India tester Daniel Juncadella and, getting a first F1 outing, McLaren’s Stoffel Vandoorne. Both were conducting tyre testing for Pirelli and afterwards Vandoorne said he was pleased with his first day in F1.

“This has been a fantastic day for me: my first experience in a Formula One car, and a really great opportunity to get plenty of laps under my belt,” he said after racking up the day’s largest total – 136 laps. “I want to say a big thank you to the team – everyone has been incredibly helpful and positive. It’s also great to have been able to contribute to the test programme: 136 laps today was a fantastic achievement, and it’s great that it’s earned me my Formula One Superlicence.”

Daniil Kvyat was ninth for Toro Rosso. The Russian brought out the red flags twice in the morning and then spent most of the afternoon in the garage. Caterham, meanwhile, did not run at all, with the team announcing in the morning that damage caused by Kamui Kobayashi’s accident yesterday was severe enough to prevent the team taking part.

Barcelona Test – Day 2 Times
1 Pastor Maldonado Lotus 1m24.871s 102 laps
2 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1m25.805s 102 laps
3 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m26.480s 94 laps
4 Esteban Gutierrez Sauber 1m26.972s 85 laps
5 Susie Wolff Williams 1m27.280s 55 laps
6 Jules Bianchi Marussia 1m27.718s 55 laps
7 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull Racing 1m27.973s 72 laps
8 Daniel Juncadella Force India 1m28.278s 91 laps
9 Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren 1m28.441s 136 laps
10 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso 1m28.910s 21 laps

 

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Pastor Maldonado signed off a productive test for Lotus with the fastest time of the final day of testing in Barcelona, the Venezuelan recording a lap of 1:24.871 on the supersoft tyre to finish just under a second ahead of Mercedes Nico Rosberg, who set his time on medium tyres. In the morning the German also trialled Mercedes’ ‘megaphone’ exhaust, designed to increase noise.

After Lotus test driver Charles Pic put in 70 laps yesterday for the second fastest time, Maldonado enjoyed an even more solid run today, logging 102 laps of the Circuit de Catalunya and claiming the fastest time late in the session with a run on the supersoft tyre.

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YES.. AT LAST “LOTUS” IS THE FASTEST CAR IN “MONACO” I THINK MALDONADO IS GOING TO HAVE A NICE RIDE THIS WEEKEND LOL!!!

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How many people did he clean up on the fastest lap? I’d imagine it looked like something from mario kart…

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First experience with F1 many years ago was hearing the Matra V12 up close. Saw a few races in the early 70’s. But I was hooked. Given that F1 coverage across the water was relegated to printed reports for many years or possibly one or two races televised the U.S. fans were largely left in the dark until Fox televised it. F1 seems to have lost the plot, “jumped the shark”, screwed the pooch. I’ve yet to get through a full race without falling to sleep. Starting to look as though we’re stuck with the pinnacle of motorsports taking a back seat to GP2.

The sound debate is raging on. I personally think it is pathetic this year. Tires squealing? I can get that with my personal vehicle. Hybrid technology, automakers seem to have that figured out. Aren’t the batteries made from “rare earth” elements? Meaning it is a limited resource along with fossil fuel?

What are they thinking putting a 19th century hearing aid on the exhaust. They could put a stove pipe on it and the problem will remain. With an exhaust driven impeller, you have a muffler. We are stuck with the pitiful sound. If tv viewers aren’t impressed by it, people spending copious amounts of money that are not impressed by the lack of sound and slower racing simply will no longer attend. That is the problem currently. For me its all about the quickest, fastest car built to perform better than the rest. We’ve seen domination in the past. Through the years the teams that dominate always have their domination ended by rule changes. In effect getting penalized because the others can’t get it right. That holds true in all racing. Not winning? Then its time to up your game.

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I miss Formula 5000.

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From Motorsport.com:

“Formula one is not the loudest spectacle in Spain this weekend.

The feeder series GP2, still powered by naturally-aspirated V8 engines, is making more noise in Barcelona than the newly-quiet ‘hybrid’ Grand Prix machines.

Not only that, there are GP2 cars that are actually faster than their F1 counterparts this weekend.

Stephane Richelmi’s name may be almost unknown beyond the GP2 paddock, but this weekend at the Circuit de Catalunya, the Monagasque’s Mecachrome-powered DAMS ‘outqualified’ F1 stars Max Chilton, Jules Bianchi, Marcus Ericsson and Kamui Kobayashi.

Not only that, every car inside the top 13 in GP2 qualifying was faster than the Caterhams in Spain.

Force India’s Sergio Perez said earlier that the louder, faster GP2 – with budgets eight times smaller than F1 teams – is “embarrassing”.

“It’s down to the regulations and there’s nothing we can do,” said Marussia’s Graeme Lowdon.

“You couldn’t criticise fans for asking that sort of question, and it’s important people listen to it,” he is quoted by Sporting Life.”

No real surprise that the back markers are slower than GP2 but I am surprised that GP2 cars manages that on a much smaller budget than F1. Maybe a severe budget cap would be a really good idea 😉

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How about someone sets up a racing series exactly the same as GP2, but just gives the cars more power?

Call it GP1, rev limit the V8’s to 15,000 and lets go racing on the best race tracks in the world :).

It’ll be cheap, fast, great racing, uncomplicated, what more could you want? :).

Keep the aero to a minimum.

Do away with data engineers so the drivers set up the cars up with their mechanics based on what they can report back through the steering wheel.

Give them tyres to do the entire race so the battles stay out on track.

I’d watch that :).

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Agree, GP2 gives true racing fans real exciting racing. Please don’t change this formula to the Prius engines of F1.

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Lol, good point. I will watch GP2 from now on if the commentators are ok.

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A strumpet was only twice as loud.

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Carlos Marques

This is me looking at the Mercedes megaphone- what were they thinking?

http://www.reactiongifs.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/Incredulous_Buscimi.gif

I can only assume someone at Mercedes has a kid and they bought this not too long ago:

http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-fybBs2Vv7Nc/UOSSkEUNJdI/AAAAAAAAa_k/KdqJsyRmBSs/s1600/IMG_3090.JPG

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Lol at Buscemi 🙂

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The problem that F1 faces is that by taking environmental route with the new power plant, maximum efficiency means maximum boredom. What is the tv audience of one of the greatest races Le Mans? The spectacle of F1 is being eroded, it’s far too complicated and even hardened fans are losing the plot. The other racing categories are looking far more exciting Indycar, WTCC, Motogp, WRC, WSBK and DTM to name few. These categories could really benefit. We are told that we must like this new category of formula 1 well we might not want to accept and we have plenty of other options that continue to be the racing spectacle that we desire.

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I agree with F1 looking to be more “environmentally friendly” and “looking to be more relevant to road cars,” but my problem is, the way they’ve gone about it is completely of detriment to the very point of F1 in the first place.

F1, inherently, is a sprint race, with a big song and noise and dance and show along the way. But when you hear Daniel Ricciardo’s engineer coming on the radio 6 laps into the race to tell him, “overtake or drop back 2 seconds to preserve the tyres,” that is wrong.

And this is the underlying problem.

F1 is now more of an endurance series than a sprint series.

Fortunately, all of this can be easily resolved.

F1 should focus more on mechanical grip than aerodynamic grip – as developing the whole drive train, braking systems, energy recovery, electrical systems etc etc are miles more relevant to the future of road cars, than a £200,000 front wing, that might not even work.

The powers that be should write a set of tidy, neat, concise and restrictive regulations with regards to aero and aero development, and instead, open up mechanical development.

I say this because, yes, developing the mechanics involved in these cars will be expensive, but a) this is the road companys own money therefore it is up to them how they spend it, and b) when you take into account that this technology will be installed in millions of road cars into the future that you and I will buy, the bottom line figure becomes much more respectable.

Reduced aero also allows the cars to follow more closely, reduces the affect on tyres behind, and gets the cars moving about which makes for a better spectacle for the viewers.

In short, more power + less aero = great racing.

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If F1 is concerned about the environment then hold all races in Europe. Better still the uk! I don’t want to see racing at empty tracks pointless, how much fuel was burned to get everything delivered to a track with no fans. Shocking waste of resources. The manufacturers are the tail wagging the dog. They want to show off the new technology to new markets in Asia etc. not interested in the opinions of the fans. I suggest that the damage done by a few V8s going round a track is far less than the road air and sea freight required to transport everything.

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I couldn’t agree with you more if I tried.

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On the whole though, I am completely with you – if the powers that be change the very spirit of something, the fans will walk away.

And having said that, it’s FA cup weekend, which is a perfect case in point.

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That megaphone exhaust, I keep looking at my calendar and I can’t believe it’s not April 1st.

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How about if F1 was sponsored by Halfords, they could provide speakers, nice woofer in the back too.

Then could all go to Mcdonald’s drive-thru afterwards and see who has the loudest.

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Anyone else notice the similarity between the trophies won on Sunday in Spain and the new trumpet exhausts??? Mercedes leading the way in cost-cutting?

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You can just see someone jamming a potato in that exhaust flute. Gees I can even see everyone taking shots at Mercedes from the grid spots! Then we can have a GP of whacky racers !

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I say we all just forget about the noise (or lack of) issues and deal with it. The engines are what they are, if that’s the noise they make then so be it. What is the point in trying to create artificial noise? Time to move on…

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John Cleese “Now that’s really silly!”

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James,

“Indeed it is believed that the device is just 3db louder than the normal exhaust.”

That is actually twice as loud.

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James whatever happened to the DOD post for the Spanish GP?

Did I miss it or is it missing?

Thanks

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There wasn’t one, but if there had been who’s your pick?

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Some options they could try.

Put microphone on the engine and boost sound through tv feed.

Instead of overpriced megaphone exhausts on cars just sell 99p plastic megaphones to fans at the gate to put in ear.

Hire fbi profiler to figure out vitriolic hatred of maldonado and vitriolic hatred of any criticism of Raikkonen lol.

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doesn’t look like merc put in much of an effort to me?

it should have at least been the whole length of the pipe, and tapered for the whole length like they do on the moto gp bikes, not just tacked on the end of the other pipe, I think this was another “nikki lauder” stuff you i’ll do what I want thing!

they wanted it to fail!

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Thanks Merc the 3dB extra Noise Pollution!

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How can Maldonados test time be faster than Hamilton’s qualy time? Any ideas?!

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Looks like Pastor Maldonado’s twin brother Imposter Maldonado turned up to do this test. I believe it’s the same guy who took his place for the Spanish race in 2012…

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That just looks ridiculous, it reminds me of some of the rice burners getting around here. I wonder what the data showed performance wise.

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Noticed that the Lotus time is the fastest of all the times including the pole time of the race itself last weekend. Admittedly on Super Soft tires, but still pretty fast.

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kenneth chapman

comments from an aquaintance at barca over the weekend said that the ‘new’ sound was simply awful. he’s been following F1 as long as i have so he’s heard them all.

he felt as though it was all wrong and didn’t do justice to either F1 or the cars. one of his comments was that as he was in the pits he used to be able to hear the cars although they were not on the straight. this year he said that when there were no cars on the straight he couldn’t even hear one and even when they were they were still largely inaudible until they were much closer.

sounds about right when taken with other reports.

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The first time I ever saw an F1 car (1994 Spanish GP) it was the sound that got me hooked – as the engine size decreased the screech got louder and more painful but it still sounded amazing (until Vettels farting RB). I have not seen teh turbos in the flesh – but my mate who did in Melbourne said they sounded sh..t.

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Of course they sound s***, but the problem is they sound alot worse than the 80’s turbos which is a bigger dissapointment for me.

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Aw cmon the sound doesn’t really matter. But yeah the 1994 Ferrari was a bruising fuel guzzler with a roar of a lion.

Best sound: Benetton from ’86. In qualifying.

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