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Barcelona Test Day Three - Maldonado on top Again

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Barcelona Test Day Three - Maldonado on top Again
Feb 21, 2015, 6:44 PM

Pastor Maldonado topped the times for the second time in three days as the Lotus squad completed a trouble-free day at Circuit de Catalunya.

Pastor Maldonado topped the times for the second time in three days as the Lotus squad completed a trouble-free day at Circuit de Catalunya. McLaren, meanwhile, hit more trouble as the replacement seal the team had banked on following Thursday's issues failed in a similar manner, leading to severely curtailed running.

2012 Spanish Grand Prix winner Maldonado used Pirelli's super soft tyre to edge Max Verstappen for bragging rights, albeit the Toro Rosso teenager set his time in cooler morning conditions.

Verstappen completed 129 laps, the most by far and the rookie might have racked up more  had he not been stopped short by a car failure at the end of pit lane with 20 minutes to go.

Motor Racing - Formula One Testing - Test Two - Day 3 - Barcelona, Spain

Lewis Hamilton's third-fastest time for Mercedes contained no super-soft showboating and the Englishman will surely be satisfied with a series of long runs that suggest the world champions retain a significant edge on Red Bull and Ferrari.

Marcus Ericsson missed most of the morning with an unspecified gearbox issue but ran untroubled in the afternoon and vaulted to fourth on the time sheets on soft specification tyres.

Sebastian Vettel was first out of the garage in the morning and promptly beached his Ferrari in the turn five gravel but the former world champion shrugged off any embarrassment to complete a number of long runs in the afternoon. He ended the day fifth with a healthy tally of laps completed.

Motor Racing - Formula One Testing - Test Two - Day 3 - Barcelona, Spain

Daniil Kvyat ran a complete race simulation for Red Bull in the afternoon and ended the day with sixth fastest, 2.2s shy of Maldonado with an impressive tally of 111 laps, second only to fellow Renault power runner Verstappen.

Williams continued to play its cards close to is chest as it split its driving between Felipe Massa and Valtteri Bottas.

Massa was fifth fastest with 55 laps in the morning before handing over to Bottas who made do with endless out/in lap runs as the team practice pit stops. The Finn did eventually set a time during his 49-lap afternoon but it came just a few minutes before the chequered flag. Massa ended the day seventh on the time sheet with Bottas ninth.

Motor Racing - Formula One Testing - Test Two - Day 3 - Barcelona, Spain

Pascal Wehrlein's second day with Force India produced 81 laps and eighth fastest time on Force India's extended 2015 Pirelli tyre test.

It was another deeply frustrating day for Jenson Button who has got the worst of the McLaren-Honda luck at this test.

The re-engineered MGU-K seal which curtailed his running on Thursday proved not to be an effective solution and the Englishman ended the day at the tail of the time sheets with just 24 laps completed, less than half that managed by Fernando Alonso on Friday. The team later stated that another design iteration of the seal is due to arrive in Barcelona this evening/.

Barcelona Test - Day Three

1 Pastor Maldonado Lotus 1:24.348s 104 laps

2 Max Verstappen Toro Rosso 1:24.739s 0.391s 129

3 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:26.076s 1.728s 101

4 Marcus Ericsson Sauber 1:26.340s 1.992s 53

5 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1:26.407s 2.059s 105

6 Daniil Kvyat Red Bull Racing 1:26.589s 2.241s 111

7 Felipe Massa Williams 1:26.912s 2.564s 55

8 Pascal Wehrlein Force India 1:27.333s 2.985s 81

9 Valtteri Bottas Williams 1:27.556s 3.208s49

10 Jenson Button McLaren 1:29.151s 4.803s 24

 
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