It was a damp and soggy day in Barcelona today. Scattered rain, and occasional hail, showers curtailed a vast majority of the dry running for the day. As a result, the day was punctuated by red flags. There were some dry spells, however, of which the drivers took advantage. Here is how everyone got on.
The rain made any dry running scarce, but when the track was dry, it was Lewis Hamilton who made the most of it. He set the fastest lap, just 3 tenths up on former teammate Jenson Button. The Mclaren man, along with Massa and Bianchi, all appeared at the top of the time sheets, but it was the 2008 Champion who prevailed.
The rain did give the teams their first opportunity to run the Intermediate and full wet tires on their 2013 cars, so the day wasn’t all ruined.
Now the first Barcelona test has come to a close, the teams have a very short time to digest the mountains of information gathered before testing resumes this upcoming Tuesday. If the weather cooperates, be on the lookout for some more race simulations and possibly some legitimate qualifying runs. Though the teams will never say it outright, they will be starting to show their hands come Barcelona Part Two.
Pos Driver Team Time Gap Laps
1. Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m23.282s 52
2. Jenson Button McLaren 1m23.633s +0.351 70
3. Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso 1m24.071s +0.789 80
4. Jules Bianchi Force India 1m25.732s +2.450 96
5. Esteban Gutierrez Sauber 1m26.239s +1.957 61
6. Giedo van der Garde Caterham 1m27.429s +4.147 50
7. Felipe Massa Ferrari 1m27.563s +4.281 80
8. Mark Webber Red Bull 1m27.616s +4.334 64
9. Max Chilton Marussia 1m29.902s +6.620 51
10. Romain Grosjean Lotus 1m34.800s +11.518 41
11. Valtteri Bottas Williams no time 23
12. Pastor Maldonado Williams no time 13