The programme was completed but the ambient heat and track conditions have conspired to create a tough day in terms of finding a good balance.
Giedo van der Garde is ready to wait a little more, until Spain
Jules Bianchi did well to post strong lap times periodically through the race to show his potential.
The objective of extract further performance from the early package continues.
John Booth, Marussia Team Principal: “It was a big ‘ask’ of two rookie drivers to face a qualifying session like the one we’ve experienced today..."
The team are saying that Max Chilton and Jules Bianchi are anything but racing rookies.
Asked how he responded when Marussia offered him the seat, Jules Bianchi revealed: "I immediately said yes!"
Max Chilton: "I'm happy and feeling prepared and confident for Melbourne now.
Jules Bianchi was signed by the Marussia team after Force India signed Adrian Sutil. It now looks like Marussia will have Ferrari engines in 2014. Fernando Alonso and Jenson Button claim that their respective team cars are off the pace.
Romain Grosjean places Lotus on top of second day testing on Circuit de Catalunya. Adrian Sutil was in his new seat officially for Force India, and Jules Bianchi had photo shoot with his new Marussia ride.
The move follows the Team’s termination of Luiz Razia’s contract.
It appears that the rookie Luiz Razia will lose the ride with the Marussia team before he even stepped into the cockpit. Now that Adrian Sutil is with Force India, perhaps Jules Bianchi or Narain Karthikeyan could earn the apparent available seat.
It does appear that Adrian Sutil has landed the Sahara Force India ride. That would mean Jules Bianchi will remain the team's reserve driver ... or not ...since Marussia may now have a seat available.
Jules Bianchi did a good job once again, despite the damp conditions.
Lewis Hamilton sailed to the top of the final day of testing this week on the Circuit de Catalunya before the steady rain showers came to stay in Barcelona, Spain. The Mercedes AMG driver got lucky during a break in the weather.