The first test session of 2013 concluded with Kimi Raikkonen fastest for Lotus.
But his 1’18.148 lap fell short of the best time set by Felipe Massa yesterday.
Sebastian Vettel led the running early on the day, making a series of short runs in the Red Bull. Between each stint the team were waiting with barriers to shield the RB9 from onlookers as it arrived and more were pulled around the RB9 when it came to a stop.
Pedro de la Rosa’s first appearance as a Ferrari test driver got off to a bad start as he stopped with a fire on his second lap.
The session was red flagged while his car was recovered, and several hours passed before it reappeared.
Fortunately for Ferrari the final day’s running was extended by half an hour following a further red flag period. The session was stopped for almost an hour after a hole appeared next to the kerb between turns nine and ten. It had to be patched up with concrete before running could resume.
Vettel’s quickest time was beaten in the afternoon by Jules Bianchi using a set of soft tyres. The team originally planned to give Bianchi the full day in the car, but sent Di Resta out with two hours to go. His run in the car yesterday was curtailed by an exhaust fault.
Raikkonen took the best time off Bianchi with two hours to go by less than three-hundredths of a second. Lotus began the day continuing their comparison of different exhaust configurations.
|1||Kimi Raikkonen||Lotus-Renault E21||1’18.148||83|
|2||Jules Bianchi||Force India-Mercedes VJM06||1’18.175||56||0.027|
|3||Sebastian Vettel||Red Bull-Renault RB9||1’18.565||96||0.417|
|4||Esteban Gutierrez||Sauber-Ferrari C32||1’18.669||142||0.521|
|5||Jean-Eric Vergne||Toro Rosso-Ferrari STR8||1’18.760||92||0.612|
|6||Lewis Hamilton||Mercedes W04||1’18.905||145||0.757|
|7||Sergio Perez||McLaren-Mercedes MP4-28||1’18.944||98||0.796|
|8||Valtteri Bottas||Williams-Renault FW34||1’19.851||92||1.703|
|9||Pedro de la Rosa||Ferrari F138||1’20.316||51||2.168|
|10||Charles Pic||Caterham-Renault CT03||1’21.105||109||2.957|
|11||Luiz Razia||Marussia-Cosworth MR02||1’21.226||82||3.078|
|12||Paul di Resta||Force India-Mercedes VJM06||1’23.435||49||5.287|
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