Nico Hulkenberg, Force India, Barcelona, 2012

Hulkenberg on top as second day of Barcelona test ends

2012 F1 testingPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Nico Hulkenberg, Force India, Barcelona, 2012
Nico Hulkenberg, Force India, Barcelona, 2012

Force India headed the times sheets at the end of the second day of testing at the Circuit de Catalunya thanks to Nico Hulkenberg.

The team’s new recruit for 2012 lapped the Spanish track in 1’22.608 – over half a second fastest than Sebastian Vettel’s best time for yesterday.

The world champion completed his week’s testing with the third-fastest time, but spent a long time in the pits during the middle of the day. Mark Webber will take over from him tomorrow.

Between the pair was Sauber’s Sergio Perez, despite suffering an exhaust problem late in the session.

Fernando Alonso moved up to fourth late in the session with a lap of 1’23.180.

Fifth-fastest Daniel Ricciardo stopped twice on the track, causing two red flag interruptions. He did not return to the track following the second which was caused by a driveshaft problem.

Lewis Hamilton was sixth-quickest and was the busiest driver of the day, completing 120 laps.

Williams test driver Valtteri Bottas had his first run in the FW34 but ended the day eighth, over a second off the next-slowest car. Behind him were Caterham debutant Vitaly Petrov and Charles Pic in Marussia’s 2011 car.

Driver Car Best time Laps Difference
1 Nico Hulkenberg Force India-Mercedes VJM05 1’22.608 112
2 Sergio Perez Sauber-Ferrari C31 1’22.648 85 0.040
3 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault RB8 1’22.891 104 0.283
4 Fernando Alonso Ferrari F2012 1’23.180 87 0.572
5 Daniel Ricciardo Toro Rosso-Ferrari STR7 1’23.639 50 1.031
6 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes MP4-27 1’23.806 120 1.198
7 Nico Rosberg Mercedes W03 1’24.555 82 1.947
8 Valtteri Bottas Williams-Renault FW34 1’25.738 117 3.130
9 Vitaly Petrov Caterham-Renault CT01 1’26.605 69 3.997
10 Charles Pic Marussia-Cosworth MVR-02 1’27.343 108 4.735

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