Pastor Maldonado was quickest for Williams on the third day of testing at the Circuit de Catalunya.
The Williams driver set his best time on super-soft tyres early in the session. His lap was three-tenths quicker than the fastest time seen at the test previously, set by Nico Hulkeberg.
Michael Schumacher was second-fastest for Mercedes, almost a full second slower than the Williams. Following the problems with the new W03 yesterday Schumacher completed a busy programme of well over 100 laps.
Third fastest was Kamui Kobayashi, who caused a red flag a few minutes before the lunch break when his car stopped during a fuel run-out test.
McLaren continued to pile on the laps with Jenson Button completing over 100 tours in the MP4-27. He was fourth-quickest ahead of Jean-Eric Vergne’s Toro Rosso.
Mark Webber ended the day sixth but brought out the red flags with half an hour to go when his car stopped halfway around the lap.
The Ferrari of Felipe Massa spent a while in the pits in the morning due to a technical problem. He later emerged to set the seventh-fastest time, but caused the final red flag of the day, moments before the chequered flag was about to be shown, when he stopped while leaving the pits
Paul di Resta, Timo Glock and Vitaly Petrov completed the runners, with HRT absent and Lotus having returned to their factory earlier in the week.
The Force India driver lost part of his engine cover during the test. Glock, who had his first running of the year in last year’s car, carried out tyre comparison work and had a minor off which caused another red flag. Petrov was delayed by suspension problems in the Caterham.
The second test concludes at the circuit tomorrow, though the teams will return for a final four-day pre-season test next week.
|1||Pastor Maldonado||Williams-Renault FW34||1’22.391||106|
|2||Michael Schumacher||Mercedes W03||1’23.384||127||0.993|
|3||Kamui Kobayashi||Sauber-Ferrari C31||1’23.582||99||1.191|
|4||Jenson Button||McLaren-Mercedes MP4-27||1’23.918||114||1.527|
|5||Jean-Eric Vergne||Toro Rosso-Ferrari STR7||1’24.433||78||2.042|
|6||Mark Webber||Red Bull-Renault RB8||1’24.771||97||2.380|
|7||Felipe Massa||Ferrari F2012||1’24.771||84||2.380|
|8||Paul di Resta||Force India-Mercedes VJM05||1’25.646||83||3.255|
|9||Timo Glock||Marussia-Cosworth MVR-02||1’26.173||108||3.782|
|10||Vitaly Petrov||Caterham-Renault CT01||1’26.448||70||4.057|
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