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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