Romain Grosjean, Lotus, Mugello, 2012

Grosjean keeps Lotus on top as Mugello test ends

2012 F1 testingPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Romain Grosjean, Lotus, Mugello, 2012Romain Grosjean gave further indication of Lotus’s pace by setting the fastest time on the final day of testing at Mugello.

Grosjean’s lap of 1’21.035 put him almost a quarter of a second ahead of Sebastian Vettel.

Kimi Raikkonen was originally scheduled to drive the final day for Lotus but following the rain on Tuesday Lotus decided to run Grosjean for the remaining two days. Trackside operations director Alan Permane said it would allow them to “make better use of the time” they had left.

Fernando Alonso was third-fastest in the Ferrari, which sported a revised exhaust arrangement.

But Alonso lost around two hours in the morning after spinning off and hitting the barrier, damaging the front of the car. He had set the fastest time so far shortly before his crash.

The red flag came out twice more during the day’s running. Paul di Resta stopped during the morning, having been given extra time in the car following the team’s problems yesterday.

After the lunch break Heikki Kovalainen brought the red flags out again when he went off at the first corner.

Pastor Maldonado spent most of the time doing aerodynamic tests for Williams before moving up to seventh in the afternoon. Late improvements from Nico Rosberg and Oliver Turvey lifted them into eighth and ninth.

Driver Car Best time Laps Difference
1 Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault E20 1’21.035 66
2 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault RB8 1’21.267 106 0.232
3 Fernando Alonso Ferrari F2012 1’21.363 98 0.328
4 Daniel Ricciardo Toro Rosso-Ferrari STR7 1’21.604 117 0.569
5 Sergio Perez Sauber-Ferrari C31 1’22.229 118 1.194
6 Nico Hulkenberg Force India-Mercedes VJM05 1’22.325 55 1.290
7 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Renault FW34 1’22.497 63 1.462
8 Nico Rosberg Mercedes W03 1’22.579 129 1.544
9 Oliver Turvey McLaren-Mercedes MP4-27 1’22.662 99 1.627
10 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes VJM05 1’23.002 34 1.967
11 Heikki Kovalainen Caterham-Renault CT01 1’23.169 139 2.134
12 Timo Glock Marussia-Cosworth MR01 1’23.466 110 2.431

Mugello test combined times

Driver Team Time Gap
1 Romain Grosjean Lotus 1’21.035 0.000
2 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull 1’21.267 0.232
3 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1’21.363 0.328
4 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber 1’21.603 0.568
5 Daniel Ricciardo Toro Rosso 1’21.604 0.569
6 Mark Webber Red Bull 1’21.997 0.962
7 Sergio Perez Sauber 1’22.229 1.194
8 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1’22.257 1.222
9 Nico Hulkenberg Force India 1’22.325 1.290
10 Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso 1’22.422 1.387
11 Pastor Maldonado Williams 1’22.497 1.462
12 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1’22.579 1.544
13 Oliver Turvey McLaren 1’22.662 1.627
14 Paul di Resta Force India 1’23.002 1.967
15 Heikki Kovalainen Caterham 1’23.169 2.134
16 Michael Schumacher Mercedes 1’23.404 2.369
17 Timo Glock Marussia 1’23.466 2.431
18 Charles Pic Marussia 1’23.982 2.947
19 Jerome D’Ambrosio Lotus 1’24.048 3.013
20 Vitaly Petrov Caterham 1’24.312 3.277
21 Gary Paffett McLaren 1’24.480 3.445
22 Bruno Senna Williams 1’24.842 3.807
23 Jules Bianchi Force India 1’25.475 4.440
24 Rodolfo Gonzalez Caterham 1’27.197 6.162
25 Valtteri Bottas Williams 1’29.179 8.144

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