What looked like a day to be topped by a Mercedes once again, turned around after the lunch break when times started to tumble down. The first day back to testing looked to be pointless with all the rain that fell, but this didn’t stop anyone from braving the cold all in the name of testing progress.
The morning was comparatively quiet alongside the action of the afternoon. Hamilton led the morning session with Massa close behind him.
In the afternoon, there were countless changes of fast lap as the track conditions steadily improved. Mark Webber, Lewis Hamilton, Valtteri Bottas, Felipe Massa, Esteban Gutierrez, Sergio Perez and others enjoyed time at the sharp end of the time sheets. Marke Webber eventually ended the day fastest with a very impressive 1:22 after meticulously working his way down all day.
The afternoon was reminiscent of a wet qualifying session with fastest time constantly fluctuating. What the rain lacks in testing benefit, it sure makes up for with some excitement.
Rain is forecasted for tomorrow with sunshine on hand for Saturday and Sunday.
P Driver Team Time
1 Webber Red Bull 1m22.693s
2 Hamilton Mercedes 1m24.348s +1.655
3 Vergne Toro Rosso 1m25.017s +2.324
4 Bottas Williams 1m26.458s +3.765
5 Perez McLaren 1m26.538s +3.845
6 Gutierrez Sauber 1m26.574s +3.881
7 di Resta Force India 1m27.107s +4.414
8 Massa Ferrari 1m27.541s +4.848
9 Chilton Marussia 1m28.166s +5.473
10 Pic Caterham 1m28.644s +5.951
11 Grosjean Lotus 1m34.928s +12.235