Hulkenberg tops Day Two

By on Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Nico Hulkenberg was the pace setter on the second day of testing in Barcelona.

The German's morning lap time of 1.22.608 wasn't bettered in the afternoon session as he finished 0.040s faster than Sauber's Sergio Perez.

Several drivers passed the 100 lap barrier - Hulkenberg,  Sebastian Vettel, Lewis Hamilton, Valtteri Bottas and Charles Pic, who was driving the 2011 car.

A few teams ran race simulations in the afternoon, with Red Bull also practising several pit stops as they look to copy a device used by Mercedes in 2011 where wheel nuts are attached to the tyre rim.

There were only a couple of red flags - both caused by Daniel Ricciardo and both technically inflicted. The Australian only managed 48 laps on a frustrating day for Toro Rosso.

Vitaly Petrov made his Caterham debut, with the team pleased with his professional approach. Nevertheless, the day was about making the rather tall Russian comfortable in the CT01 as he could only manage 9th.

The test resumes tomorrow at 9am local time (GMT+1), with several teams changing drivers at the mid-point of the test.

1  Hulkenberg Force India  1m22.608s 112
2  Perez Sauber  1m22.648s  +0.040 85
3  Vettel Red Bull  1m22.891s  +0.283 104
4  Alonso Ferrari  1m23.180s  +0.572 87
5  Ricciardo Toro Rosso  1m23.639s  +1.031 48
6  Hamilton McLaren  1m23.806s  +1.198 120
7  Rosberg Mercedes  1m24.555s  +1.947 82
8  Bottas Williams  1m25.738s  +3.130 117
9  Petrov Caterham  1m26.605s  +3.997 69
10  Pic Marussia  1m27.343s  +4.735 108

If you liked this post then share it with your friends on social media websites. You can also follow us on Facebook and Twitter to stay up to date with the latest F1 news.