Sergio Perez, Sauber, Barcelona, 2012

Perez quickest on rain-hit third day of testing

2012 F1 testingPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Sergio Perez, Sauber, Barcelona, 2012
Sergio Perez, Sauber, Barcelona, 2012

Sergio Perez was fastest for Sauber in the third day of the final test at the Circuit de Catalunya.

Perez set his fastest time on soft tyres, edging Jenson Button by nine-thousandths of a second. The McLaren driver used the same compound for his time.

Third-placed Daniel Ricciardo used super-soft tyres to set a best time just six-hundredths of a second slower than Perez.

Felipe Massa used the same rubber to set the day’s fourth-best time, with a 1’22.413 in the Ferrari.

The Italian team set tongues wagging by cancelling their media activity at the track over the weekend, meaning their drivers will not be quizzed by journalists.

A 1’22.446 for Paul di Resta, also on super-soft tyres, gave him the fifth-fastest time.

McLaren and Red Bull ran new upgrades for their cars. Button had a quiet morning and logged just 44 laps by the end of the day.

Kimi Raikkonen also had limited running as the team made changes to the steering on his Lotus E20.

Rain fell at the circuit in the second half of the afternoon session, limiting the teams’ opportunity to run on slicks. However several drivers were able to do race simulations before the track became wet.

The session ended with the top nine drivers covered by less than nine-tenths of a second.

In marked contrast to yesterday there was just a single red flag during the session, caused by Bruno Senna’s Williams.

Meanwhile HRT confirmed they will not run in the final day of testing tomorrow. They are now aiming to give the F112 its first run in a filming day at the track on Monday.

Driver Car Best time Laps Difference
1 Sergio Perez Sauber-Ferrari C31 1’22.094 114
2 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes MP4-27 1’22.103 44 0.009
3 Daniel Ricciardo Toro Rosso-Ferrari STR7 1’22.155 131 0.061
4 Felipe Massa Ferrari F2012 1’22.413 122 0.319
5 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes VJM05 1’22.446 108 0.352
6 Bruno Senna Williams-Renault FW34 1’22.480 111 0.386
7 Heikki Kovalainen Caterham-Renault CT01 1’22.630 64 0.536
8 Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault RB8 1’22.662 70 0.568
9 Nico Rosberg Mercedes W03 1’22.932 129 0.838
10 Kimi Raikkonen Lotus-Renault E20 1’25.379 43 3.285

Image ?? Sauber F1 Team