Formula One: 2013 2nd Barcelona Test Recap

f1-2013-barcelona-test-2-vettel-rb9This past weekend was the final pre-season test ahead of the 2013 Formula One World Championship. Once again, the teams returned to the Circuit de Catalunya for one final tune-up before the season-opening Australian Grand Prix which was only two weeks after the conclusion of the test.

So who would enter the new season with the momentum from a strong showing in the final test?

Day 1 (February 28)

The first day of the final test was largely considered a write-off. Steady rain during the morning that only the latter part of the afternoon’s running could be done on slick tyres. For the most part, the running was done on wets and inters. While wet weather running is more entertaining for the fans, most of the races are in the dry so the data picked up wasn’t what the teams wanted.

Mark Webber was the fastest driver on the day as he put in a quick lap on the drying track. The rest of the runners took it easy rather than push and risk going off on a circuit that was still damp off the racing line.

  1. Mark Webber – Red Bull-Renault – 1:22.693
  2. Lewis Hamilton – Mercedes – 1:24.348
  3. Jean-Eric Vergne – Toro Rosso-Ferrari – 1:25.017
  4. Valtteri Bottas – Williams-Renault – 1:26.458
  5. Sergio Perez – McLaren-Mercedes – 1:26.538
  6. Esteban Gutierrez – Sauber-Ferrari – 1:26.574
  7. Paul di Resta – Force India-Mercedes – 1:27.107
  8. Felipe Massa – Ferrari – 1:27.541
  9. Max Chilton – Marussia-Cosworth – 1:28.166
  10. Charles Pic – Caterham-Renault – 1:28.644
  11. Romain Grosjean – Lotus-Renault – 1:34.928

Day 2 (March 1)

f1-2013-barcelona-test-2-grosjean-e21Once again, rain got in the way of a clean day of running at Barcelona. However, the track dried out enough for slicks by lunch which was an improvement over Thursday’s track conditions. Also making a marked improvement over Thursday was Lotus’ Romain Grosjean who went from slowest on Thursday to fastest on Friday.

At the other end of the timesheets were the usually quick Nico Rosberg and Fernando Alonso. However, they were both focusing on long runs. With dry running time at a premium early in the 2nd Barcelona test, raw speed wasn’t the priority for Mercedes and Ferrari.

  1. Romain Grosjean – Lotus-Renault – 1:22.716
  2. Jenson Button – McLaren-Mercedes – 1:23.181
  3. Pastor Maldonado – Williams-Renault – 1:23.628
  4. Sebastian Vettel – Red Bull-Renault – 1:23.743
  5. Nico Hulkenberg – Sauber-Ferrari – 1:23.744
  6. Adrian Sutil – Force India-Mercedes – 1:24.215
  7. Daniel Ricciardo – Toro Rosso-Ferrari – 1:25.483
  8. Max Chilton – Marussia-Cosworth – 1:25.598
  9. Giedo van der Garde – Caterham-Renault – 1:26.316
  10. Nico Rosberg – Mercedes – 1:26.655
  11. Fernando Alonso – Ferrari – 1:27.878

Day 3 (March 2)

f1-2013-barcelona-test-2-hamilton-w04After two days of wet weather in Barcelona, the sun came out and the temperatures approached 30° C. With the weather looking more representative of the conditions we’d expect during the season, it was Lewis Hamilton who topped the test for Mercedes. Hamilton was also the first driver to dip into the 1:20s during winter testing at Barcelona.

Of note is that Adrian Sutil was third fastest having been announced as the second Force India race driver at the start of the test. Jules Bianchi, the other driver FI was considering for a race seat, made his first appearance for Marussia after the team announced on Friday that he was replacing Luiz Razia after his promised sponsorship didn’t materialize. Finally, Kimi Raikkonen missed his scheduled day of testing because he was feeling unwell. Romain Grosjean and Davide Valsecchi replaced the Iceman for the day.

  1. Lewis Hamilton – Mercedes – 1:20.558
  2. Felipe Massa – Ferrari – 1:21.266
  3. Adrian Sutil – Force India-Mercedes – 1:21.627
  4. Pastor Maldonado – Williams-Renault – 1:22.305
  5. Valtteri Bottas – Williams-Renault – 1:22.468
  6. Esteban Gutierrez – Sauber-Ferrari – 1:22.553
  7. Mark Webber – Red Bull-Renault – 1:22.658
  8. Sergio Perez – McLaren-Mercedes – 1:22.694
  9. Jean-Eric Vergne – Toro Rosso-Ferrari – 1:23.223
  10. Romain Grosjean – Lotus-Renault – 1:23.380
  11. Davide Valsecchi – Lotus-Renault – 1:23.448
  12. Jules Bianchi – Marussia-Cosworth – 1:24.028
  13. Giedo van der Garde – Caterham-Renault – 1:24.235

Day 4 (March 3)

f1-2013-barcelona-test-2-alonso-f138For the second day running, it was a Mercedes on top of the timesheets. This time, it was Nico Rosberg who was fastest and even topped his teammate’s fast time from the day before by over four-tenths of a second. As with the day before, the second fastest car was a Ferrari F138, this time driven by Fernando Alonso.

As this was the last day of testing, most teams were working on long runs and doing last checks of upgrade packages for Australia. Ferrari was evaluating a new exhaust while Williams was testing their rear-end package.

  1. Nico Rosberg – Mercedes – 1:20.130
  2. Fernando Alonso – Ferrari – 1:20.494
  3. Jenson Button – McLaren-Mercedes – 1:21.444
  4. Nico Hulkenberg – Sauber-Ferrari – 1:21.541
  5. Kimi Raikkonen – Lotus-Renault – 1:21.658
  6. Paul di Resta – Force India-Mercedes – 1:21.664
  7. Pastor Maldonado – Williams-Renault – 1:22.415
  8. Sebastian Vettel – Red Bull-Renault – 1:22.514
  9. Valtteri Bottas – Williams-Renault – 1:22.524
  10. Charles Pic – Caterham-Renault – 1:23.115
  11. Jules Bianchi – Marussia-Cosworth – 1:23.167
  12. Daniel Ricciardo – Toro Rosso-Ferrari – 1:23.628
  13. Max Chilton – Marussia-Cosworth – 1:24.103

Best Times of the Test

  1. Nico Rosberg – Mercedes – 1:20.130
  2. Fernando Alonso – Ferrari – 1:20.494
  3. Lewis Hamilton – Mercedes – 1:20.558
  4. Felipe Massa – Ferrari – 1:21.266
  5. Jenson Button – McLaren-Mercedes – 1:21.444
  6. Nico Hulkenberg – Sauber-Ferrari – 1:21.541
  7. Adrian Sutil – Force India-Mercedes – 1:21.627
  8. Kimi Raikkonen – Lotus-Renault – 1:21.658
  9. Paul di Resta – Force India-Mercedes – 1:21.664
  10. Pastor Maldonado – Williams-Renault – 1:22.305
  11. Valtteri Bottas – Williams-Renault – 1:22.468
  12. Sebastian Vettel – Red Bull-Renault – 1:22.514
  13. Esteban Gutierrez – Sauber-Ferrari – 1:22.553
  14. Mark Webber – Red Bull-Renault – 1:22.658
  15. Sergio Perez – McLaren-Mercedes – 1:22.694
  16. Romain Grosjean – Lotus-Renault – 1:22.716
  17. Charles Pic – Caterham-Renault – 1:23.115
  18. Jules Bianchi – Marussia-Cosworth – 1:23.167
  19. Jean-Eric Vergne – Toro Rosso-Ferrari – 1:23.223
  20. Davide Valsecchi – Lotus-Renault – 1:23.448
  21. Daniel Ricciardo – Toro Rosso-Ferrari – 1:23.628
  22. Max Chilton – Marussia-Cosworth – 1:24.103
  23. Giedo van der Garde – Caterham-Renault – 1:24.235

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