Perez on top as lap times fall in Barcelona

2013 F1 testingPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Sergio Perez, McLaren, Circuit de Catalunya, 2013Sergio Perez was quickest for McLaren on the second day of testing in Barcelona.

Perez’s lap of 1’21.848 was two-tenths faster than the quickest time seen in testing at the Circuit de Catalunya last year and four-tenths quicker than the pole position time at last year’s Spanish Grand Prix.

As was the case yesterday, Sebastian Vettel headed the times for much of the session. The Red Bull driver caused the first red flag of the day when his car stopped at the pit lane exit 45 minutes before the end of the session.

It was another day of limited running for Kimi Raikkonen. He lost several hours’ running due to a gearbox problem, having been delayed by a telemetry fault yesterday.

After spending much of the session in the pits he quickly set the third-fastest time after he rejoined the track.

Lewis Hamilton had a busy day for Mercedes, completing 121 laps in the W04. Charles Pic was the only other driver to pass the hundred laps mark, enjoying better reliability from his Caterham on the second day.

The session effectively ended when Max Chilton stopped on the track with five minutes to go, causing a second red flag. Marussia had paused their running earlier in the day so their engineers could spend time evaluating the data they had gathered.

Driver Car Best time Laps Difference Tyres
1 Sergio Perez McLaren-Mercedes MP4-28 1’21.848 97 Soft
2 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault RB9 1’22.197 84 0.349 Soft
3 Kimi Raikkonen Lotus-Renault E21 1’22.697 43 0.849 Medium
4 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes W04 1’22.726 121 0.878 Hard
5 Fernando Alonso Ferrari F138 1’23.247 76 1.399 Medium
6 Valtteri Bottas Williams-Renault FW35 1’23.561 98 1.713 Soft
7 Daniel Ricciardo Toro Rosso-Ferrari STR8 1’23.718 70 1.870 Medium
8 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes VJM06 1’23.971 62 2.123 Medium
9 Nico Hulkenberg Sauber-Ferrari C32 1’24.205 88 2.357 Medium
10 Max Chilton Marussia-Cosworth MR02 1’25.115 67 3.267 Soft
11 Charles Pic Caterham-Renault CT03 1’26.243 102 4.395 Medium

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