The penultimate day of the first Barcelona test came to a conclusion today. A day full of close times, long runs and some more tire understanding painted a picture of a very close field for 2013. A red flag within the last 15 minutes of the day cut the running a little short but the day was nevertheless productive. This is important with rain in tomorrow’s forecast. Here is how everyone got on.
Mark Webber had his first go in the RB9 at Barcelona. His running was inconspicuous as he never threatened the top if the time sheets. He ended the day 9th.
Fernando Alonso completed his third and final day if this first Barcelona test in style at the top of the time sheets. His time didnt eclipse that of Perez from yesterday but the time shows that Ferrari has made progress.
Jenson Button had a fairly low key day in his Mclaren. He didn’t threaten the top times just like Webber, but was productive nonetheless.
Romain Grosjean had a very productive day. He didnt have any notable mechanical issues and completed a race distance. To top it all off, he had the third fastest time of the day, just over three tenths off the ultimate pace.
Nico Rosberg was back in the car today after a rather disappointing outing on Tuesday. Today he completed 106 laps to make up for the lost mileage.
Nico Hulkenberg showed how handy the Sauber is over one lap by putting the C32 second fastest. He was very close to the 100 lap mark today.
Adrian Sutil made his F1 testing comeback today with Force India. In what has been rumored to be a shootout between him and Jules Bianchi for the final race seat at Force India, the German finished the day eighth.
Both Williams drivers had a chance in the car today. They were able to complete solid mileage given that they each only had half of a day to drive. They were 5th and 6th on the time sheets.
The final three spots on the chart were taken by Jean Eric Vergne, Max Chilton and Giedo van der Garde, respectively. The latter was the cause of the day’s only red flag after he stopped on track with 15 minutes left to run.
The final day of testing in the first Barcelona test may quite possibly reveal a more clear competitive order. Expect some more race simulations and faster times.
Pos Driver Team Time Gap Laps
1. Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1m21.875s 97
2. Nico Hulkenberg Sauber 1m22.160s +0.285 91
3. Romain Grosjean Lotus 1m22.188s +0.313 119
4. Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1m22.611s +0.736 108
5. Pastor Maldonado Williams 1m22.675s +0.800 79
6. Valtteri Bottas Williams 1m22.826s +0.951 68
7. Jenson Button McLaren 1m22.840s +0.965 71
8. Adrian Sutil Force India 1m22.877s +1.002 78
9. Mark Webber Red Bull 1m23.024s +1.149 108
10. Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso 1m23.366s +1.491 106
11. Max Chilton Marussia 1m25.690s +3.815 58
12. Giedo van der Garde Caterham 1m26.177s +4.302 83