Romain Grosjean, Lotus, Barcelona, 2012

Grosjean fastest for Lotus as testing resumes in Barcelona

2012 F1 testingPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Romain Grosjean, Lotus, Barcelona, 2012
Romain Grosjean, Lotus, Barcelona, 2012

Lotus declared themselves happy with the modifications made to their front suspension after setting the pace as testing resumed at the Circuit de Catalunya.

Romain Grosjean set the quickest time using soft tyres in the final half-hour of the session.

Second-fastest was Jenson Button, who did his best time in the McLaren in the morning running.

Mark Webber spent much of the day doing longer runs before setting a personal best of 1’23.380 on mediums later on in the day.

The session was stopped twice, once when Sergio Perez ran out of fuel in his Sauber, and again when Vitaly Petrov came to a stop in the Caterham. Petrov had taken over from team mate Heikki Kovalainen who is suffering from food poisoning, but is expected to be able to drive later on in the test.

Nico Rosberg was the busiest runner of the day, completing 128 laps.

There was little to choose between the drivers, with the top eight covered by little more than a second.

Driver Car Best time Laps Difference
1 Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault E20 1’23.252 73
2 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes MP4-27 1’23.510 64 0.258
3 Sergio Perez Sauber-Ferrari C31 1’23.820 118 0.568
4 Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault RB8 1’23.830 102 0.578
5 Nico Rosberg Mercedes W03 1’23.992 128 0.740
6 Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso-Ferrari STR7 1’24.216 113 0.964
7 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes VJM05 1’24.305 98 1.053
8 Felipe Massa Ferrari F2012 1’24.318 105 1.066
9 Vitaly Petrov Caterham-Renault CT01 1’24.876 123 1.624
10 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Renault FW34 1’25.587 58 2.335

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