Alonso quickest on busy day in Barcelona

2013 F1 testingPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Fernando Alonso, Ferrari, Circuit de Catalunya, 2013Fernando Alonso concluded his three days of running at the Circuit de Catalunya by putting Ferrari on top of the times.

But his best effort of 1’21.875 was fractionally slower than the quickest lap of the test so far, set by Sergio Perez yesterday.

With wet weather expected tomorrow, several teams took the opportunity to conduct long runs in the afternoon session. Romain Grosjean completed a race distance in the Lotus, covering more laps in one day than Kimi Raikkonen managed in the previous two. He also set the third-fastest time behind Nico Hulkenberg.

Nico Rosberg was fourth-fastest for Mercedes ahead of the two Williams drivers, who shared the running in the FW35 today. Pastor Maldonado was 0.151s faster than team mate Valtteri Bottas.

Force India ran their fourth different driver in seven days as Adrian Sutil returned to the cockpit. He ended up eighth, almost exactly a second slower than Alonso in a closely-matched field.

The final moments of the session were disrupted by the only red flag of the day when Giedo van der Garde’s Caterham came to a stop on the run to turn three, just after setting his best time of the session.

Marussia kept Max Chilton in the car for the third day in a row and he ended the test tenth-fastest.

Driver Car Best time Laps Difference Tyres
1 Fernando Alonso Ferrari F138 1’21.875 97 Soft
2 Nico Hulkenberg Sauber-Ferrari C32 1’22.160 91 0.285 Soft
3 Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault E21 1’22.188 119 0.313 Soft
4 Nico Rosberg Mercedes W04 1’22.611 108 0.736 Medium
5 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Renault FW35 1’22.675 79 0.800 Soft
6 Valtteri Bottas Williams-Renault FW35 1’22.826 68 0.951 Soft
7 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes MP4-28 1’22.840 71 0.965 Hard
8 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes VJM06 1’22.877 78 1.002 Soft
9 Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault RB9 1’23.024 108 1.149 Medium
10 Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso-Ferrari STR8 1’23.366 106 1.491 Soft
11 Max Chilton Marussia-Cosworth MR02 1’25.690 58 3.815 Soft
12 Giedo van der Garde Caterham-Renault CT03 1’26.177 93 4.302 Soft

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