It was another productive morning of testing as multiple drivers nudged or surpassed the 100 lap mark in a bid to gather as much information before the season opener in Australia. Here is how everyone got on.
Sebastian Vettel led early on, indeed he had the fastest time when the mandatory lunch break commenced. That supremacy was short lives after the break, though. He spent the afternoon doing a race simulaition punctured by long stints in the garage. Minutes from the end of the day, his RB9 stopped at the end of the pitlane after stopping for tires. The problem is unknown.
Fernando Alonso commenced his second day in the F138 in relative quietness. He ended the day fifth without any major technical issues.
Sergio Perez was the star of the early afternoon when he completed a short stint on soft tires to go to the top of the time sheets by almost 4 tenths. He was the only man to break the 1:22s barrier.
Kimi Raikkonen experienced more technical difficulties on his second day in the E21. His running was hampered as a result. When he eventually got out on the track, he was quick to get up to speed. He ended the day third fastest.
Lewis Hamilton was he most productive man of the day, circulating the track a massive 121 times. This reliability contrasts that of Mercedes’ yesterday when Rosberg only competed 54 laps.
Paul di Resta never threatened the fast guys today. His day was relatively quiet with a modest 62 laps completed.
Rookie Valtteri Bottas got his first taste of the 2013 Williams. He was up there all day on the time sheets comet wing solid work as his preseason officially began. 98 laps represented a hard day’s work completed.
Daniel Ricciardo completed his second day at Barcelona rather inconspicuously. He ended the day 7th fastest on 70 laps.
The two back marker teams completed good work. Caterham doesn’t seem to look quite as strong as Marussia at the moment, finishing last today, but Charles Pic was the only other driver to surpass 100 laps. Marussia’s Max Chilton was less productive on 68 laps and caused a red flag in the last four minutes of the day for stopping at turn 12.
The halfway point in the test marks the point where several drivers will get to have their first taste of their cars in the Barcelona circuit.
Pos Driver Team Time Gap Laps
1. Sergio Perez McLaren 1m21.848s 97
2. Sebastian Vettel Red Bull 1m22.197s +0.349 84
3. Kimi Raikkonen Lotus 1m22.697s +0.849 43
4. Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m22.726s +0.878 121
5. Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1m23.247s +1.399 76
6. Valtteri Bottas Williams 1m23.561s +1.713 98
7. Daniel Ricciardo Toro Rosso 1m23.718s +1.870 70
8. Paul di Resta Force India 1m23.971s +2.123 62
9. Nico Hulkenberg Sauber 1m24.205s +2.357 88
10. Max Chilton Marussia 1m25.115s +3.267 67
11. Charles Pic Caterham 1m26.243s +4.395 102