Red Bull and Ferrari alter testing days
23 February 2012 – Red Bull considered skipping the final day of this week’s Barcelona test in order to enjoy a private day at the Circuit de Catalunya next week, GPUpdate.net has learned. Reports are also spreading in the paddock that Ferrari may be attempting a similar tactic by missing either Thursday or Friday of next week’s final pre-season test.
On Thursday, Mark Webber parked his car at Turn 8 half an hour before the end of the session. It was initially believed Red Bull may be suffering a similar fate to Lotus, in that a problem had prevented any further running this week, although this soon translated to the feeling that the World Champions could be attempting to gain a day of private running. After stopping on-track, Webber was quoted as saying that Red Bull must improve before the season-opening event in Melbourne, with ‘no question’ being the Australian’s exact words.
Lotus, which abandoned this week’s test after just two hours on Tuesday because of a chassis problem, is attempting to gain at least one extra day either in Barcelona or at Silverstone; at this point, Ferrari and HRT appear to disagree with the proposal.