Pastor Maldonado, Williams, Barcelona, 2012

Maldonado quickest on third day of Barcelona test

2012 F1 testingPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Pastor Maldonado, Williams, Barcelona, 2012
Pastor Maldonado, Williams, Barcelona, 2012

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.

Driver Car Best time Laps Difference
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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85 comments on “Maldonado quickest on third day of Barcelona test”

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  1. Maldonado’s time was a glory run. Yesterday Bruno Senna told brazilian journalists that FW34 is an awful car in low speed corners.

    I think people should look more carefully to Mercedes. W03 is a very tricky car and Michael showed a very good pace today, quite similar to Jenson and Webber.

    Also, W03 has some interesting details specially in the rear. Giorgio Piola reported that Mercedes found a way to use again a double decker diffuser. Schumacher looked quite confident today.

    1. Maldonado has said the same thing, but he also said that its improved every day he’s been in the car.

      I think it could well just be a quali sim.

  2. i think williams time is really good……there is some hope for them.
    personally i think this is mainly down to the cheif engineer mike coughlan.

  3. No point in pre guessing the coming season. No matter how much F1 Know how you have, each season start is a clean sheet.

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