The second day of testing at Barcelona brought plenty of surprises; Sergio Perez going fastest in the Mclaren was just one of them. The Mexican has been denounced by many as a ‘foolish’ investment by the Woking-based team, and though he may not match up to team mate Jenson Button in raw pace, a simulated qualifying ‘hot lap’ put Perez top of the pack at the end of day two.
Kimi Raikkonen chased down World Champion Sebastian Vettel in 2nd by continuing the solid speed exhibited by Lotus, although gearbox maladies kept him in his garage most of the morning. Lewis Hamilton was solid but unspectacular in 4th, his fastest time on the hard Pirelli compound placing him ahead of arch-nemesis Fernando Alonso who had been the centre of attention this morning after a rumour there was doubt over the F138’s surfaced in the Ferrari motorhome.
Valtteri Bottas was midway down the order, ahead of Daniel Ricciardo, Paul Di Resta, Nico Hulkenberg, Max Chilton and Charles Pic.
|2||Sebastian VETTEL||Red Bull||1:22:197||84||Soft|
|7||Daniel RICCIARDO||Toro Rosso||1:23:718||70||Medium|
|8||Paul Di RESTA||Force India||1:23:971||62||Medium|