ONE MORE TEST SESSSION BEFORE START OF 2013 F1 SEASON

Are we fast or not, quaestion of the day?!?
The final four-day pre-season Formula One test takes place from Thursday to Sunday in Barcelona, which will bring the total number of testing days before the season starts in Australia next month up to 12. The Circuit de Catalunya was also the venue for the previous test last week, which will allow the teams to make use of prior data as they assess tyre performance and degradation combined with a variety of different set-ups and fuel loads on their new cars.

F1 Teams and all the equipment are in Barcelona since last week test session, period in which data analysts had their hands full. Which Team has advantage we will know after the last test day, that if all teams play with open cards.

The last test at Barcelona was affected by bad weather, which meant that we experienced more degradation than usual due to the tyres not being able to operate within their intended working range. Hopefully this time we will find conditions that are slightly more representative, which will allow the teams to collect more relevant data.This year, we think that degradation will be higher than it was in 2012, and we estimate a degradation rate of around 0.15 to 0.18 seconds per lap in race conditions for the hard compound in Barcelona.
  TEAM         THURSDAY,28/2/2013  FRIDAY,1/3/2013         
Red Bull       Mark Webber         Mark Webber
Ferrari        Felipe Massa        Fernando Alonso
McLaren        Sergio Perez        Jenson Button
Lotus          Romain Grosjean     Romain Grosjean
Mercedes AMG   Lewis Hamilton      Nico Rosberg
Sauber         Esteban Gutierrez   Nico Hulkenberg
Force India    Paul di Resta       tba
Williams       Valtteri Bottas     Valtteri Bottas
Toro Rosso     Jean-Eric Vergne    Daniel Ricciardo
Caterham       Charles Pic         Giedo van der Garde
Marussia       tba                 tba
 TEAM          SATURDAY,2/3/2013   SUNDAY,3/3/2013  
Red Bull       Sebastian Vettel    Sebastian Vettel
Ferrari        Felipe Massa        Fernando Alonso
McLaren        Sergio Perez        Jenson Button
Lotus          Kimi Raikkonen      Kimi Raikkonen
Mercedes AMG   Lewis Hamilton      Nico Rosberg
Sauber         Esteban Gutierrez   Nico Hulkenberg
Force India    tba                 tba
Williams       Pastor Maldonado    Pastor Maldonado
Toro Rosso     Jean-Eric Vergne    Daniel Ricciardo 
Caterham       Giedo van der Garde Charles Pic
Marussia       tba                 tba
Each car will have a maximum of 35 sets of Pirelli’s new P Zero supersoft, soft, medium and hard compounds available in Barcelona, including the Cinturato intermediate and wet tyres if needed. The data from race simulations during the previous test session at the 4.655-kilometre Montmelo circuit indicates that the objective of two to three pit stops per race, requested by the teams, the governing body and the promoter, is on target. Even though the data collection process was hampered by cold weather, all the initial indications point to this conclusion.
 TYRE          SETS PER TEAM      2012 FASTEST TIME 
Super-soft           1             1:22.155 (3 day)
Soft                 5             1:22.030 (4 day)
Medium               5             1:22.721 (4 day)
Hard                 6             1:23.708 (4 day)
Intermediate         2             1:43.343 (3 day)
Wet                  1             1:48.596 (3 day)