Lotus test driver Jolyon Palmer topped the times on day two of the post Spanish Grand Prix test at Barcelona.
Lotus test driver Jolyon Palmer topped the times on day two of the post Spanish Grand Prix test at Barcelona. But the time was short of the one set the day before by Spanish GP winner Nico Rosberg, who lapped in 1m 24.374 on soft tyres.
With the help of super soft Pirellis, the reigning GP2 champion eclipsed the morning best of Mercedes' Pascal Wehrlein by almost six tenths of a second, though he remained almost 1.7s shy of Nico Rosberg's Tuesday benchmark set on development rubber on his way to recording 1m26.641s late in the afternoon.
It was a positive outing for the Englishman, though Wehrlein will be more than satisfied with second having recorded the top lap total of the day at 137 despite still suffering from the illness which kept him out of the Force India cockpit on Tuesday.
The 20-year-old German DTM star topped the times for much of the afternoon and ended the day .417s adrift of Palmer and just under two tenths ahead of Pierre Gasly's Red Bull.
Having switched to the senior Red Bull squad from Toro Rosso for his second day of F1 activity, 19-year-old Gasly failed to record a flying lap in the morning as he focused on in/out runs but added 53 laps in the afternoon to his morning total of 22 on his way to third on the time sheet.
Jenson Button had a productive day for McLaren Honda after his 'scary' Sunday afternoon recording fourth best totals on both lap time and laps completed, his final tour taking him into three figures.
Fellow Englishman Alex Lynn celebrated his GP2 race win for DAMS on Sunday with 52 laps for Williams, ending the day four hundredths of a second adrift of Button.
Late call up Esteban Ocon was another man celebrating a weekend victory with an F1 test outing. The reigning European F3 champion and GP3 round one feature race winner replaced Nick Yelloly (who himself had replaced the ill Pascal Wehrlein on Tuesday) for the second day of testing at Force India.
Ocon managed 94 laps, ending the day 0.553s behind Lynn and .41s ahead of Ferrari tester Esteban Guttierez.
Carlos Sainz's Toro Rosso spent some of the afternoon stranded at the pit lane entry but the Spaniard still managed a lap total bettered only by Wehrlein on his way to eighth fastest time.
Propping up the time sheets was Ferrari favourite Rafaelle Marciello who switched over to the Sauber customer team for the second day, this time ending up ninth fastest after 75 laps, 0.832s slower than Sainz.
There were some murmurings about Ferrari's test plans, with Esteban Guttierrez driving today, fulfilling sponsor commitments, after Marciello ran yesterday. With Ferrari having the opportunity to carry out further work on the huge package of development parts they brought to Barcelona for last weekend's race, it was odd that race driver Raikkonen was not pressed into action to validate things he was unable to validate last weekend. He ended up running the old package, rather than the new one.
Barcelona Test Day Two
1 Jolyon Palmer Lotus 1m26.080 87 laps
2 Pascal Wehrlein Mercedes 1m26.497 137
3 Pierre Gasly Red Bull 1m26.683 75
4 Jenson Button McLaren 1m26.927 100
5 Alex Lynn Williams 1m26.967 52
6 Esteban Ocon Force India 1m27.520 94
7 Esteban Gutierrez Ferrari 1m27.930 119
8 Carlos SainzToro Rosso 1m27.997 126
9 Raffaele Marciello Sauber 1m28.829 75
1 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1m24.374s 146 laps
2 Marcus Ericsson Sauber 1m26.624s 98
3 Raffaele Marciello Ferrari 1m26.648s 125
4 Daniil Kvyat Red Bull 1m26.904s 101
5 Pastor Maldonado Lotus 1m27.338s 60
6 Nick Yelloly Force India 1m27.396s 109
7 Pierre Gasly Toro Rosso 1m27.639s 131
8 Felipe Massa Williams 1m27.911s 54
9 Oliver Turvey McLaren 1m28.542s 68
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Barcelona Testing: Palmer Ends Day Two on Top
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