Perez quickest for McLaren at halfway stage in Spain

By on Wednesday, February 20, 2013

McLaren driver Sergio Perez set the fastest time on Day 2 of the second pre-season test at the Circuit de Catalunya near Barcelona.

Perez's time of 1:21.848s was three tenths of a second faster than reigning world champion Sebastian Vettel.

Vettel, who topped the morning session, caused the first red flag of the day when his Red Bull RB9 stopped shortly after the pit exit in the final hour of running due to a loose wheel.

It was another disappointing day for Lotus. Despite setting the third fastest lap time, Kimi Raikkonen spent much of the day in the garage as a gearbox problem limited his running to a mere four laps. He emerged with just under two hours remaining.

Lewis Hamilton set the fourth quickest time in the Mercedes W04 and was also the most productive driver, completing 121 laps at the home of the Spanish Grand Prix.

Fernando Alonso had a minor exhaust issue but was fifth, ahead of Williams rookie Valtteri Bottas in the FW35.

The only other red flag on the second day of running was caused by the Marussia of Max Chilton, who stopped during the final five minutes between Turns 12 and 13 during a planned fuel test.

A number of driver changes will take place for tomorrow's running, the most documented being the return of Adrian Sutil with Force India.

Pos Driver Team/Car Time Laps
1 S. Perez McLaren MP4-28 1:21.848 97
2 S. Vettel Red Bull RB9 1:22.197 84
3 K. Raikkonen Lotus E21 1:22.697 43
4 L. Hamilton Mercedes W04 1:22.726 121
5 F. Alonso Ferrari F138 1:23.247 76
6 V. Bottas Williams FW35 1:23.561 98
7 D. Ricciardo Toro Rosso STR8 1:23.718 70
8 P. di Resta Force India VJM06 1:23.971 62
9 N. Hulkenberg Sauber C32 1:24.205 88
10 M. Chilton Marussia MR02 1:25.115 67
11 C. Pic Caterham CT03 1:26:243 102

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