The Vodafone McLaren Mercedes team appeared to have a perfect day on the Catalunyan circuit. Sergio Perez was on top of the unofficial times in the second round of the preseason testing of the new racing machines.
Sergio Perez ended the second day of the preseason testing on the Circuit de Catalunya in Barcelona, Spain with the fastest time in the Vodafone McLaren Mercedes. The new team driver from Mexico put 97 laps on the MP4-28 in what the team termed "an extremely productive day" with his best unofficial lap time of 1:21.848.
Perez started the day on short runs and setup changes to test the "rack-to-tunnel aero correlation" before the afternoon when the Woking, UK based team switched to the longer runs on the soft Pirelli tyres. Jenson Button will be in the cockpit for the final two days on the 4.655km circuit.
Unfortunately for Vettel, he had to stop on track which ended his day early. "We had some issues with reliability today and we couldn’t do as many laps as we wanted, but I think it’s better that this kind of thing happens today rather than in Australia,” Vettel said.
The team's Race Engineer Coordinator Andy Damerum said: “The stops we had today weren’t too serious and we’ll have everything sorted for tomorrow. We know where the issues are." They hope to have clean runs tomorrow when Mark Webber will take over the RB9 as they continue in their testing mode.
With a lap time of 1:22.697, Kimi Räikkönen again showed that the Lotus F1 Renault team may end up giving the three top teams a run for the gold this season. Both the Finn and Romain Grosjean had set top times in Jerez testing, and once again Räikkönen had the E21 in the top three.
Said Räikkönen: “If yesterday wasn’t an ideal day then today was more of the same. Fortunately, once we were able to get a lap in we could see that the car has good pace. We test to find any problems so in that respect we’re doing a good job, but it’s frustrating. It’s no secret that we want to get more laps on the board and that’s the target for the rest of this test and the final sessions next week.”
|2||Sebastian Vettel||Red Bull||1:22.197||84|
|7||Daniel Ricciardo||Toro Rosso||1:23.718||70|
|8||Paul Di Resta||Force India||1:23.971||62|