F1 2013

Grosjean heads rain-hit day two

Frenchman Romain Grosjean was fastest on the rain-hit day two of the final pre-season test at Barcelona. The Lotus driver lapped in 1:22:716 to finish the day ahead of Mclaren’s Jenson Button who had set the early pace during the morning session.

There was plenty of running in the morning as the rain eased off, with Button going 1.7 quicker than his rivals before Adrian Sutil closed to within 0.2 of the Briton just before lunch. When the running got underway again Diego Van Der Garde was soon forced to sit at the back of the garage when his Caterham developed teething problems yet again, and the Dutchman was delighted when he eventually got back on circuit just after 16:30. It didn’t last long however, the Caterham grinding to a halt out on the circuit soon afterwards and bringing his day to an abrupt end.

Giedo Van Der Garde's day was blighted by reliability issues.

Giedo Van Der Garde’s day was blighted by reliability issues.

Pastor Maldonado put in a strong showing for Williams, but was on the soft, faster tyre that enabled him to jump ahead of World Champion Sebastian Vettel who got in 65 laps in the RB9. His time placed him just 0.01 ahead of Nico Hulkenberg, who showed improved pace in the Sauber while on the medium compound tyre. Sutil, Ricciardo and Chilton closed off the fastest times, while Nico Rosberg and Fernando Alonso racked up 120 and 102 laps respectively working on race setups. Rosberg’s laps place Mercedes firmly in the lead of the unofficial testing race for mileage before the season starts. Ferrari were testing parts intended for use in Melbourne and thus Alonso was unable to set a competitive time during the day.

Full times below.

1 Romain GROSJEAN Lotus 1:22:716 88 Soft
2 Jenson BUTTON Mclaren 1:23:181 72 Medium
3 Pastor MALDONADO Williams 1:23:628 75 Soft
4 Sebastian VETTEL Red Bull 1:23:743 65 Medium
5 Nico HULKENBERG Sauber 1:23:744 79 Medium
6 Adrian SUTIL Force India 1:24:215 62 Medium
7 Daniel RICCIARDO Toro Rosso 1:25:483 61 Medium
8 Max CHILTON Marussia 1:25:598 75 Soft
9 Diego VAN DER GARDE Caterham 1:26:316 48 Medium
10 Nico ROSBERG Mercedes 1:26:655 120 Medium
11 Fernando ALONSO Ferrari 1:27:878 102 Medium



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