Sergio Perez, Sauber, Barcelona, 2011

Perez fastest in his last test before F1 debut

2011 F1 testingPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Sergio Perez, Sauber, Barcelona, 2011
Sergio Perez, Sauber, Barcelona, 2011

Sergio Perez put Sauber on top on the third day of testing at Barcelona – his last test before making his F1 debut in Melbourne.

And unlike his fastest time on Tuesday, he didn’t cut the track in order to set his fastest time.

His lap of 1’21.761, set during the morning, is the fastest lap seen at the Circuit de Catalunya so far this year, beating Sebastian Vettel’s best effort from yesterday by a tenth of a second.

Perez had a problem later in the session, however, coming to a stop at the end of the pit lane in his Sauber. He was able to join the track again shortly afterwards.

The next two drivers on the times sheet were also in their last test before the first race.

Felipe Massa was second fastest for Ferrari, who have now accumulated more than a season’s worth of racing mileage on their 150??? Italia – over 6,100km.

Mark Webber was third for Red Bull.

Williams did not run KERS on Rubens Barrichello’s car today after experiencing more problems with it yesterday. However they still caused two stoppages – one shortly before the lunch break and another half an hour before the test was due to end.

A third red flag was caused by Jerome d’Ambrosio in the Virgin earlier on.

Renault split their running between Vitaly Petrov and Nick Heidfeld. The German driver back in the car after his Tuesday running was cut short as he was unwell.

Lotus also ran two drivers today, with Heikki Kovalainen taking over from Jarno Trulli. But they were delayed by reliability problems again, and further frustrated when a replacement radiator they had flown in broke during transit.

Driver Car Best time Laps Difference
1 Sergio Perez Sauber-Ferrari C30 1’21.761 95
2 Felipe Massa Ferrari 150??? Italia 1’22.092 132 0.331
3 Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault RB7 1’22.466 97 0.705
4 Rubens Barrichello Williams-Cosworth FW33 1’22.637 105 0.876
5 Michael Schumacher Mercedes W02 1’22.892 89 1.131
6 Nick Heidfeld Renault R31 1’23.541 32 1.780
7 Heikki Kovalainen Lotus-Renault T128 1’23.990 40 2.229
8 Vitaly Petrov Renault R31 1’24.233 24 2.472
9 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes VJM04 1’24.334 108 2.573
10 Jaime Alguersuari Toro Rosso-Ferrari STR6 1’24.779 107 3.018
11 Jerome d’Ambrosio Virgin-Cosworth MVR-02 1’27.336 96 5.575
12 Jarno Trulli Lotus-Renault T128 1’34.485 6 12.724

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  1. tomforpresident
    10th March 2011, 21:22

    am i the only one impressed by Kovalainen’s lap? still not up with the big guys but hopefully that gap is closing.

  2. All the cars have a certain amount of ballast added to bring them up to the minimum weight. Where you put the ballast can make a big difference, and I think this is the area where Sauber have found their speed. They’ve put their ballast in the corner of the garage with the spare wheels. I’d like to see them do well, so hopefully I’m wrong about that.

  3. This may have been a glory run but I’ve been impressed by what I’ve seen of Perez so far. He seems to have a quiet air of self-belief about him.

  4. What was that all about? that was a great lap. May not be the likes of Red Bull or Ferrari but I think with tyres rules Sauber & Torro Rosso can shed sweat from the big teams.

  5. I think Lotus should consider swapping courier companies.

  6. I can see Kamui winning a race this year and possibly both cars in the points in Australia.

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