Romain Grosjean, Lotus, Circuit de Catalunya, 2013

Grosjean ends his last day of testing on top

2013 F1 seasonPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Romain Grosjean, Lotus, Circuit de Catalunya, 2013Romain Grosjean went from the bottom of the times sheets on Thursday to the top of them on Friday.

Making his final appearance in the Lotus E21 before the first race of the season, Grosjean set the quickest time around the Circuit de Catalunya today with a lap of 1’22.716.

Rain disrupted activity at the track for the second day in a row. The tenth day of testing began on a very wet circuit with more rain falling.

It took until the lunch break for the track to dry sufficiently for drivers to be able to use slick tyres. Much of the afternoon running was dry, but few drivers elected to carry out long runs.

Nico Rosberg was an exception, completing well over 100 laps in the Mercedes.

The latter minutes of the session were disrupted by a red flag caused when Giedo van der Garde came to a halt on the run to turn five.

The Caterham was recovered in time for the cars to return to the track but another stoppage for Pastor Maldonado with five minutes to effectively ended the session.

Two other stoppages earlier in the day were caused by Daniel Ricciardo and Romain Grosjean, both of which also appeared to experience technical failures.

Driver Car Best time Laps Difference Tyres
1 Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault E21 1’22.716 88 Soft
2 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes MP4-28 1’23.181 72 0.465 Medium
3 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Renault FW35 1’23.628 74 0.912 Soft
4 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault RB9 1’23.743 65 1.027 Medium
5 Nico Hulkenberg Sauber-Ferrari C32 1’23.744 79 1.028 Medium
6 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes VJM06 1’24.215 62 1.499 Medium
7 Daniel Ricciardo Toro Rosso-Ferrari STR8 1’25.483 61 2.767 Soft
8 Max Chilton Marussia-Cosworth MR02 1’25.598 75 2.882 Soft
9 Giedo van der Garde Caterham-Renault CT03 1’26.316 48 3.600 Medium
10 Nico Rosberg Mercedes W04 1’26.655 120 3.939 Medium
11 Fernando Alonso Ferrari F138 1’27.878 102 5.162 Medium

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