Romain Grosjean beat Jenson Button’s benchmark time on the second day of F1 testing at Jerez.
The Lotus driver led the running for much of the day and ended up with a best lap of 1’18.2 to head the times. He will hand over to team mate Kimi Raikkonen tomorrow.
Daniel Ricciardo led the times early on before coming to a stop on the track. This caused the first of three red flags of the day.
The second came as Mercedes’ pre-season preparations suffered a second setback in as many days. Lewis Hamilton had just gone second fastest when he went into barrier at Curva Dry Sack, his tyres locked as he ploughed into the gravel trap.
Mercedes later confirmed the cause of the fault and said they would not be running for the rest of the day. The W04 has completed just 29 laps in the last two days.
The third stoppage of the day was caused by Luiz Razia, who was announced by Marussia as their second driver for 2013 shortly before the test began. Razia’s car came to a stop on the start/finish straight and was quickly cleared away.
Another new face at the test was that of James Rossiter, who took over Paul di Resta’s car for the final hour of running. The team were the first to complete 100 laps in a single day.
Di Resta was second-quickest ahead of Ricciardo and Mark Webber.
The session came to an early end as two drivers stopped on track with three minutes remaining. Nico Hulkenberg and pace setter Grosjean both came to a halt. With so little time remaining the chequered flag brought an end to the second day of running
|1||Romain Grosjean||Lotus-Renault E21||1’18.218||95||Soft|
|2||Paul di Resta||Force India-Mercedes VJM06||1’19.003||95||0.785||Soft|
|3||Daniel Ricciardo||Toro Rosso-Ferrari STR8||1’19.134||83||0.916||Medium|
|4||Mark Webber||Red Bull-Renault RB9||1’19.338||101||1.120||Medium|
|5||Nico Hulkenberg||Sauber-Ferrari C32||1’19.502||99||1.284||Medium|
|6||Lewis Hamilton||Mercedes W04||1’19.519||15||1.301||Medium|
|7||Sergio Perez||McLaren-Mercedes MP4-28||1’19.572||81||1.354||Medium|
|8||Felipe Massa||Ferrari F138||1’19.914||78||1.696||Medium|
|9||Pastor Maldonado||Williams-Renault FW34||1’20.693||71||2.475||Soft|
|10||James Rossiter||Force India-Mercedes VJM06||1’21.273||19||3.055||Hard|
|11||Giedo van der Garde||Caterham-Renault CT03||1’21.311||88||3.093||Soft|
|12||Luiz Razia||Marussia-Cosworth MR02||1’23.537||31||5.319||Medium|
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