Grosjean leads day two at Jerez

2013 F1 seasonPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Romain Grosjean, Lotus, Jerez, 2013Romain 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

Driver Car Best time Laps Difference Tyre
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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