Webber fastest in rain-hit Barcelona test

2013 F1 seasonPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Mark Webber, Red Bull, Circuit de Catalunya, 2013Mark Webber was quickest for Red Bull as rain returned to the Circuit de Catalunya.

Persistent showers played havoc with teams’ plans as testing resumed in Spain.

Intermediate and wet-weather tyres were used throughout the morning on a track that started damp and was doused by fresh rain.

Romain Grosjean caused a red flag early in the day when he skidded off the slippery track on his fifth lap. Later Esteban Gutierrez caused another interruption when he went off at turn three.

Only in the second half of the afternoon session did the track dry sufficiently for slick tyres to be used.

With less than half an hour to go the red flag came out again when Felipe Massa stopped at Campsa. The Ferrari driver had covered over 100 laps during the test.

Webber traded fastest times with Lewis Hamilton in the final minutes but ended up ahead and increased his margin over the Mercedes driver to 1.6 seconds.

By the end of the test the track had dried enough that Webber was able to get within a second of the best time seen last week – Sergio Perez’s 1’21.848.

More rain is expected at the circuit tomorrow with most teams swapping their drivers overnight.

Driver Car Best time Laps Difference Tyres
1 Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault RB9 1’22.693 90 Soft
2 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes W04 1’24.348 113 1.655 Medium
3 Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso-Ferrari STR8 1’25.017 59 2.324 Medium
4 Valtteri Bottas Williams-Renault FW35 1’26.458 85 3.765 Soft
5 Sergio Perez McLaren-Mercedes MP4-28 1’26.538 100 3.845 Hard
6 Esteban Gutierrez Sauber-Ferrari C32 1’26.574 92 3.881 Soft
7 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes VJM06 1’27.107 57 4.414 Medium
8 Felipe Massa Ferrari F138 1’27.541 112 4.848 Medium
9 Max Chilton Marussia-Cosworth MR02 1’28.166 78 5.473 Medium
10 Charles Pic Caterham-Renault CT03 1’28.644 83 5.951 Medium
11 Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault E21 1’34.928 52 12.235 Medium

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