Romain Grosjean, Lotus, Mugello, 2012

Grosjean and Kobayashi tied at the top in Mugello

2012 F1 testingPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Romain Grosjean, Lotus, Mugello, 2012Two drivers shared the fastest time in the second day of testing at Mugello.

Romain Grosjean and Kamui Kobayashi both set laps of 1’21.603 – identical to within one-thousandth of a second.

Grosjean was first to set the time, crossing the line early on the session. Kobayashi matched his effort when he took to the track on soft tyres in the final ten minutes of running.

Earlier on Kobayashi had caused a red flag when he stopped on track in his Sauber. Paul di Resta had more serious problems in his Force India. An hydraulic glitch confined him to the pits for most of the say, only emerging to set a time in the final hour of running.

They weren’t the only team to hit trouble. McLaren test driver Gary Paffet did 59 laps before stopping with a gearbox problem.

A power steering glitch held up Marussia as they split their running between Charles Pic and Timo Glock.

Red Bull also juggled two drivers, Mark Webber running in the morning at Sebastian Vettel in the afternoon. The pair were third and fourth fastest.

Sister team Toro Rosso switched between Jean-Eric Vergne and Daniel Ricciardo halfway through the day.

Michael Schumacher had a busy day for Mercedes, logging 144 laps.

The session began on a damp track and drivers completed their first laps on intermediate tyres. But they quickly switched to slicks as the surface dried out.

Driver Car Best time Laps Difference
1 Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault E20 1’21.603 97
2 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari C31 1’21.603 87 0.000
3 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault RB8 1’21.825 64 0.222
4 Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault RB8 1’21.997 54 0.394
5 Felipe Massa Ferrari F2012 1’22.257 106 0.654
6 Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso-Ferrari STR7 1’22.422 65 0.819
7 Daniel Ricciardo Toro Rosso-Ferrari STR7 1’22.588 22 0.985
8 Michael Schumacher Mercedes W03 1’23.404 144 1.801
9 Charles Pic Marussia-Cosworth MR01 1’23.982 46 2.379
10 Vitaly Petrov Caterham-Renault CT01 1’24.312 112 2.709
11 Gary Paffett McLaren-Mercedes MP4-27 1’24.480 59 2.877
12 Timo Glock Marussia-Cosworth MR01 1’24.499 37 2.896
13 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes VJM05 1’24.749 14 3.146
14 Bruno Senna Williams-Renault FW34 1’24.842 100 3.239

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