Pastor Maldonado, Lotus, Circuit de Catalunya, 2014

Maldonado on top as Spanish test ends

2014 F1 seasonPosted on Author Keith Collantine

The second in-season test of the year concluded at the Circuit de Catalunya today with Pastor Maldonado setting the fastest time for Lotus.

Drier conditions saw quicker lap times and busier programmes for most teams than yesterday, three of which completed more than 100 laps of the Spanish circuit.

The busiest driver was McLaren tester Stoffel Vandoorne, who amassed over 600 kilometres of running, more than twice what he needed to earn his Formula One superlicence. Vandoorne also performed tyre testing for Pirelli, as did Force India’s Daniel Juncadella, who off and damaged the front of his car early on in the day.

However Caterham’s plan to run Robin Fijns in today’s test had to be abandoned as repair work on the chassis Kamui Kobayashi crashed yesterday could not be completed on time.

Susie Wolff had her first run in a test session this year for Williams and had a harmless spin on her way to the fifth-fastest time.

Meanwhile Mercedes evaluated a new design of exhaust designed to amplify the sound created by the new V6 turbo engines in a bid to counter criticised of the quieter sound they produce.

Driver Car Best time Laps Difference
1 Pastor Maldonado Lotus-Renault E22 1’24.871 102
2 Nico Rosberg Mercedes W05 1’25.805 102 0.934
3 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari F14 T 1’26.480 94 1.609
4 Esteban Gutierrez Sauber-Ferrari C33 1’26.972 85 2.101
5 Susie Wolff Williams-Mercedes FW36 1’27.280 55 2.409
6 Jules Bianchi Marussia-Ferrari MR03 1’27.718 55 2.847
7 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault RB10 1’27.973 73 3.102
8 Daniel Juncadella Force India-Mercedes VJM07 1’28.278 91 3.407
9 Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren-Mercedes MP4-29 1’28.441 136 3.570
10 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso-Renault STR9 1’28.910 21 4.039

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48 comments on “Maldonado on top as Spanish test ends”

        1. Because she’s a woman, obviously.

          For the record, her time was set on mediums – which would have placed her p8, ahead of Massa. Granted – you have to consider that this was a test but I figure that Williams was going as fast as it could on this track for qualifying. You have to respect that time for what it is, Susie Wolff flexed some proper muscle at this test.

          1. @jorsh Indeed, not bad to be only a quarter of a second off a WDC runner-up. Williams will know more about track grip levels to compare the days..

            I am genuinely wondering now if Simona will beat Gutierrez and Van der Garde on pure pace once up to speed! But in the early season Sauber, it’s likely whoever was lightest would be fastest… not that a big weight handicap stopped Sutil matching or beating Esteban.

      1. “Pastor mounted the Williams of Susie Wolff, leaving everyone present wondering if this was a macho aggressiveness or payback to the Williams team Pastor is still funding… A third group on twitter were surprised it took this long for Pastor to hit something”!

  1. Those laptimes are far better than anything set during the last weekend! Fastest lap set by Vettel during the race was near 1:28. Maldonado (surprise!) set 1:24!

    Is it a different layout? Am I missing something?

  2. I find it very funny that videos on youtube with mercedes leaving pits with this exhaust were deleted. FIA guys don’t want us to understand that “megaphone” doesn’t improve the sound at all? The sound is the same. Really. Maybe a bit louder, but you don’t notice it until you hear a car with usual exhaust.

  3. It seems to me that Marussia has really taken a big step forward this season, they are now probably in the position to take the fight with Sauber. And do take in to account that they have the smallest budget in F1, They are definitely miles ahead of Caterham, which I personally think and hope would disappear next season.

    1. You want a team to “disappear”? Over 300 people are employed by Caterham, and their mortgages depend on that team existing. Plus it would reduce the grid to 20 cars, which would only add fire to the ridiculous 3 car plan.

      1. Indeed, if anything a more equitable distribution of funds (think Premier League, rather than La Liga) would allow more people to be employed and Marussia/Caterham to be firmly on the back of the Sauber.. there could be hundreds more people employed in these lower grid teams, and at least 150 to put Caterham/Marussia on the tail of the midfield.

  4. See Susie isn’t that bad? She may even have had a qualifying-spec car, best tyres and low fuel, but 2.4s slower than Maldonado under any circumstance as a rookie is not a bad result.

    1. why would a driver get a qualy-spec car in a test? i mean: it would make much more sense to test the car in race conditions, right? and given that susie has never driven a current car, have her drive a qualy set-up makes even less sense!
      respect: i think she did a great job. obviously i am paying more attention to her since she is a woman, but made a really good job. hope to see de silvestro doing tests soon…

  5. Why does Williams waste test time with Suzy Wolff?

    Oh right, her husband still owns $55 million worth of the team. How on earth he isn’t facing a conflict of interests bewilders me.

    1. The exact same thing could be said with the other test drivers.. but Susie I can see having setup feedback skills/car development skills etc. from her long time in motorsport at the highest level e.g. Karting world championships.

      The exact same thing is why Davidson is still employed by Mercedes to develop their car in-sim, same for Rossiter at Force India etc… these guys would also be thought of as ‘past it’, yet the young drivers are being groomed to race, while testers (think de la Rosa, Paffett etc.) are very valuable for their own role as well. De Silvestro is being groomed to race, Susie for testing.. Nasr is the one who will replace Massa at Williams, to keep the Brazilian sponsorships going once Massa retires.

    2. get over yourself, let her have a go, even if money is involved, how new is that in f1??????? people still make a deal out of it BECAUSE SHE IS A WOMAN and that is sexism.

    1. To clarify, because I know some people may not like that comment. I admit I have a crush on her, but at the same time if you follow her on twitter and Facebook, you can see that she is a very determined and smart person who is willing to be patient and willing to learn. I find her very inspirational.

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