Hamilton sets quickest time of Barcelona test

2013 F1 seasonPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes, Circuit de Catalunya, 2013Lewis Hamilton set the fastest lap time of 2013 at the Circuit de Catalunya on his last day of testing.

The Mercedes driver set a rapid pace in the morning, producing a 1’20.558 to go fastest on soft tyres. A later tun on the same rubber produced a lap just a few hundredths of a second quicker.

After two days of rain the weather took a turn for the better with sunshine and track temperatures reaching 30C by midday.

Most teams completed over 30 laps before lunch, but Lotus were among the exceptions as an unwell Kimi Raikkonen was unable to drive the car.

That meant reserve driver Davide Valsecchi had to take over at short notice and the team faced a delay getting him out at the start of the test. While Romain Grosjean headed back to the track for the afternoon session a car problem halted Valsecchi after just 16 laps.

Giedo van der Garde caused the morning’s other red flag when a sensor failure on his Caterham brought him to a halt.

No one bettered Hamilton’s time during the afternoon session when most of the teams focuses on doing long runs.

Felipe Massa had a nasty surprise when a wheel came off his car on the run to turn ten. He brought the Ferrari to a stop in the run-off area and the session was red-flagged while he was recovered.

Massa had previously set the second-fastest time of the day, over seven tenths of a second slower than Hamilton managed.

Jules Bianchi had his first day in the Marussia having been announced as the team’s second race driver yesterday evening. His best time of 1’24.028 was 1.1s faster than the best time achieved by Max Chilton in the car over the previous six days.

Driver Car Best time Laps Difference Tyres
1 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes W04 1’20.558 117 Soft
2 Felipe Massa Ferrari F138 1’21.266 94 0.708 Super Soft
3 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes VJM06 1’21.627 109 1.069 Soft
4 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Renault FW35 1’22.305 34 1.747 Soft
5 Valtteri Bottas Williams-Renault FW35 1’22.468 31 1.910 Soft
6 Esteban Gutierrez Sauber-Ferrari C32 1’22.553 99 1.995 Soft
7 Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault RB9 1’22.658 59 2.100 Soft
8 Sergio Perez McLaren-Mercedes MP4-28 1’22.694 101 2.136 Soft
9 Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso-Ferrari STR8 1’23.223 114 2.665 Soft
10 Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault E21 1’23.380 46 2.822 Medium
11 Davide Valsecchi Lotus-Renault E21 1’23.448 16 2.890 Soft
12 Jules Bianchi Marussia-Cosworth MR02 1’24.028 74 3.470 Soft
13 Giedo van der Garde Caterham-Renault CT03 1’24.235 126 3.677 Soft

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  1. So many comments dismissing Hamilton’s time. Almost as if some people do not want to believe Merc has good speed.

    1. @tango11 – no, we don’t want to get your hopes up!

  2. Hmmm, on the W04, lets just say the bits they hooked on the car and their 60% wind-tunnel upgrade did what they were expected to do.

    And to those belittling the time Mr. Hamilton put up. Who told you he was desperate to do a fast time? Why don’t you see the desperation in the Ferrari garage? Massa using the Ssoft is an indication of that and then the wheel exploded in their attempt to patch things up. The RB is 2secs slower on the same tyres. Now don’t tell me Webber was having an extra load of fuel that could explain that disparity. People should start getting serious here!

  3. McLaren is not known for sandbagging (nor is Ferrari). I think Button’s concerns are legitimate. There are too many pointers to Merc having found something this season. It’s gona be between RB and Merc, at least at the start of the season. I see no facts to the contrary.

  4. I was looking at the 2012 Barcelona Quali results…If Hamilton got a 1.21.707 on the soft tyre (with a very low fuel load) and Pirelli say they expect the new tyres this year to be 0.5 seconds faster – does that not mean that Hamilton’s time today(set on a 5 lap fuel load at least) does have some bearing….? Correct me if i’m wrong, maybe i’m over analysing or it’s just plain wishful thinking!

  5. Sure, testing times don’t mean much, but they do help get people confident in their cars!

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