Hamilton tops showery final day of testing

By on Friday, February 22, 2013

Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton set the fastest time on the final day of the second pre-season test at the Circuit de Catalunya.

Hamilton's time of 1:23.282s was set during a dry interlude on a day disrupted by intermittent showers.

Former team-mate Jenson Button was second for McLaren, ahead of the Toro Rosso of Jean Eric Vergne.

Jules Bianchi staked his claim for the remaining Force India seat by setting the fifth fastest time.

The morning session featured several red flags when the weather was at its worst.

Felipe Massa skated into the gravel at Turn 4 after just ten minutes of running, with Giedo van der Garde narrowly avoiding an accident when he slid off at the final corner. The Caterham driver stopped again shortly before lunch. Vergne and Sauber's Esteban Gutierrez found the gravel at Turn 5 as the tricky conditions caught drivers out. Mark Webber also stopped on track while Gutierrez was simultaneously finding the gravel.

The Mexican also caused the first red flag of the afternoon session when he spun at Turn 4. Pacesetter Hamilton also stopped out on track during the final hour of running while the day came to a premature end when Bianchi parked at the pit exit with five minutes remaining.

Neither Williams driver set a competitive time as both Valtteri Bottas and Pastor Maldonado concentrated on pit stops.

The third and final pre-season test takes place at the Circuit de Catalunya next week, commencing on Thursday.

Day 4 times:

Pos Driver Team/Car Time Laps
1 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:23.282 52
2 Jenson Button McLaren 1:23.633 70
3 Jean Eric Vergne Toro Rosso 1:24.071 80
4 Esteban Gutierrez Sauber 1:25.732 60
5 Jules Bianchi Force India 1:26.239 96
6 Giedo Van der Garde Caterham 1:27.429 50
7 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1:27.553 80
8 Mark Webber Red Bull 1:27.616 64
9 Max Chilton Marussia 1:29.902 51
10 Romain Grosjean Lotus 1:34.800 41
11 Valtteri Bottas Williams No time 23
12 Pastor Maldonado Williams No time 12

All 4 days combined:

1 Sergio Perez McLaren 1:21.848 174
2 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1:21.875 283
3 Nico Hulkenberg Sauber 1:22.160 179
4 Romain Grosjean Lotus 1:22.188 160
5 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull 1:22.197 150
6 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1:22.611 162
7 Kimi Raikkonen Lotus 1:22.623 87
8 Pastor Maldonado Williams 1:22.675 178
9 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:22.726 173
10 Valtteri Bottas Williams 1:22.826 189
11 Jenson Button McLaren 1:22.840 141
12 Adrian Sutil Force India 1:22.877 78
13 Mark Webber Red Bull 1:23.024 172
14 Jean Eric Vergne Toro Rosso 1:23.366 186
15 Daniel Ricciardo Toro Rosso 1:23.718 143
16 Paul di Resta Force India 1:23.971 144
17 Max Chilton Marussia 1:25.115 241
18 Esteban Gutierrez Sauber 1:25.124 128
19 Jules Bianchi Force India 1:25.732 96
20 Giedo Van der Garde Caterham 1:26.177 143
21 Charles Pic Caterham 1:26.243 151
22 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1:27.563 80

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