TopGear.com at F1 testing in Jerez
We snuck along to the first Formula One test in Jerez to report back on the upcoming season...
Posted: 07 Feb 2013
To avoid that situation, everyone, in every team, is putting in the hours. Literally all of them. Testing is a 24 hour operation with teams running day and night shifts. Day shifters start at 9am, setting up the car, running it and collecting data that they hand over to the night crew at 8pm. They then work through the night to set up the car and analyse data so the it's ready for the next day's running.
And, of course, everyone is trying to get to grip with (pun intended) the tyres - especially since we had a go at building them. Gianluca Pisanello, Chief Engineer for Caterham, is well aware of their importance in the coming months, but right now there's not a lot of intelligence to go on.
"Honestly? It's too early for us to know too much about the tyres. The drivers are reporting that they do feel different to last year, they come up to their performance range earlier and they have more pace, but it's too early to say for sure how they will perform."