F1 Testing: Ferrari Tops in the Wet, Lotus, Sauber in the Dry

May 2, 2012 Updated: October 1, 2015
Romain Grosjean set Wednesday's fastest time during Formula One Testing at the Mugello Circuit, tied by Kamui Kobayashi in the closing minutes. Andrew Hone/Getty Images
Romain Grosjean set Wednesday's fastest time during Formula One Testing at the Mugello Circuit, tied by Kamui Kobayashi in the closing minutes. (Andrew Hone/Getty Images)

After two days of Formula One test at Italy’s Mugello circuit, teams are finally getting a chance to work on improvements.

The first day was interrupted by frequent rain showers and frequent red flags; teams couldn’t compare laps because track conditions would change each time around.

“It’s a shame about the rain, which complicated the running of this first day of testing,” Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso told Formula1.com. “We had a pretty busy work program, but we only managed to get through a part of it.”

Day Two was dry and sunny, letting the teams get on with their test schedules. Romain Grosjean turned in the fastest time on the day in his Lotus E20, only to be tied by Kamui Kobayashi’s Sauber in the closing seconds.

The two Red Bulls ran third and fourth.

McLaren used test drivers Gary Paffett and Oliver Turvey instead of Jenson Button and Lewis Hamilton. The team spent the day analyzing tire performance and aero balance.

Thursday will be the final day of testing at Mugello. The teams will prepare for the Spanish Grand Prix on May 13.