Webber puts Red Bull on top in Barcelona

By on Thursday, February 28, 2013

Mark Webber set the fastest day on the opening day of the final pre-season test at the Circuit de Catalunya.

Webber's time of 1:22.693s was set towards the end of the day when the circuit was at its driest and marks the first time Red Bull has ended the day quickest in 2013.

Lewis Hamilton topped a wet morning session and ended the day in second place, almost two seconds shy of the Australian. The 2008 world champion completed the most laps, circulating 113 times.

Jean-Eric Vergne was third, ahead of Williams rookie Valtteri Bottas and Mexican duo Sergio Perez and Esteban Gutierrez.

Gutierrez caused one of the day's three red flags when he skated off the damp circuit at Turn 3. Lotus's Romain Grosjean also spun off during the wet weather at Turn 12.

The final stoppage of the day was caused when Felipe Massa's Ferrari stopped on the exit of Turn 9.

Pos Driver Team/Car Time Laps
1 Mark Webber Red Bull 1:22.693 90
2 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:24.348 113
3 Jean Eric Vergne Toro Rosso 1:25.017 59
4 Valtteri Bottas Williams 1:26.458 85
5 Sergio Perez McLaren 1:26.538 100
6 Esteban Gutierrez Sauber 1:26.574 92
7 Paul di Resta Force India 1:27.107 57
8 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1:27.541 112
9 Max Chilton Marussia 1:28.166 78
10 Charles Pic Caterham 1:28.644 83
11 Romain Grosjean Lotus 1:34.928 52

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