This Friday has come to an end the second round of preseason testing in Formula 1 and has done so with the rain protagonist. Water drop on the Circuit de Catalunya has altered plans equipment testing at least have been able to collect some data on the performance of their cars in the wet and rested for a week before the final practice session that also be held in Barcelona between February 28 and March 3.
From early morning the riders were met with track wet and cold weather which complicate their work. The state of the track that has lived a session with enough incidents because many drivers have tested the loopholes and the session has had many interruptions and up to 8 red flags, all without consequences because they were slightly off track by.
Felipe Massa was the first track to get out first thing in the morning on a complicated day for rider Brazilian finished in seventh place after running 80 laps. The truth is that times serve as little reference to rain tires mounted riders means, which can be useful if it rains in the first races of the year but, logically,not improve the times marked in earlier days when there were dry conditions.
In fact the best times on Friday came in a slot in the middle of morning when the rain had stopped and had dry rail. Lewis Hamilton was the one who set the fastest lap as he began to roll stopping the clock at 1:23:282. The second place went to Jenson Button to four tenths but did soft tires.
Mark Webber finished in eighth place and also had problems with his Red Bull but was the standard pattern of most pilots. Jules Bianchi also got behind the wheel of Force India and was fourth but his fight is to convince their bosses to grab a steering wheel holder. At least they had problems, tell Luiz Razia, Who has traveled to Barcelona but is out driving a single kilometer watching his mate Max Chilton Marussia monopolized the wheel of the four-day test.
The times of the last session were:
- Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m23.282s 52 laps
- Jenson Button McLaren 1m23.633s 0351 70 laps
- Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso 80 laps 1m24.071s 0789
- Jules Bianchi 2450 Force India 96 laps 1m25.732s
- Esteban Gutierrez Sauber 61 laps 1m26.239s 1957
- Giedo van der Garde 4147 Caterham 50 laps 1m27.429s
- Felipe Massa Ferrari 80 laps 1m27.563s 4281
- Mark Webber Red Bull 4334 64 laps 1m27.616s
- Max Chilton 6620 Marussia 1m29.902s 51 laps
- Romain Grosjean Lotus 11 518 41 laps 1m34.800s
- Valtteri Bottas Williams (no time) 23 laps
- Pastor Maldonado Williams (no time) 13 laps