Like yesterday, the times rapidly tumbled one the rain stopped for good. Jenson Button, Romain Grosjean, Sebastian Vettel, Nico Hulkenberg, Pastor Maldonado, Adrian Sutil and Nico Rosberg all enjoyed time at the top of the timesheets, but it was the Frenchman in the Lotus who ended the day on top, just mere tenths off Mark Webber’s fat lap from yesterday.
A development of note today was the emergence of a passive DRS on the Red Bull. The world champions were known to have been grappling with some sort of passive drag reduction device, and today it came to the fore. Whether it can compete with the systems developed by Sauber, Lotus or Meecedes is yet to be determined, however. With Melbourne-spec parts starting to appear on all the cars, lookout for even faster times in the final two days of testing.
Along with fast lap times, long runs were fortunately viable activities on the drying Spanish circuit. Nico Rosberg and Fernando Alonso both spent a vast majority of the afternoon attempting race simulations. There were others who did longer runs, but these two were the busiest.
There is no rain predicted for the final two days of testing. With many still coming to grips with their cars and the tires, everyone will be working absolutely flat out for the final half if the test to work out any issues. Melbourne is fast approaching, but the variables are unyielding.
Pos Driver Team Time Gap Laps Tyres
1. Romain Grosjean Lotus 1m22.716s 88 Soft
2. Jenson Button McLaren 1m23.181s + 0.465s 72 Medium
3. Pastor Maldonado Williams 1m23.628s + 0.912s 75 Soft
4. Sebastian Vettel Red Bull 1m23.743s + 1.027s 65 Medium
5. Nico Hulkenberg Sauber 1m23.744s + 1.028s 79 Medium
6. Adrian Sutil Force India 1m24.215s + 1.499s 62 Medium
7. Daniel Ricciardo Toro Rosso 1m25.483s + 2.767s 61 Soft
8. Max Chilton Marussia 1m25.598s + 2.882s 75 Soft
9. Giedo van der Garde Caterham 1m26.316s + 3.600s 48 Medium
10. Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1m26.655s + 3.939s 120 Medium
11. Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1m27.878s + 5.162s 102 Medium