Grosjean sets fastest lap of the week in Barcelona F1 test

Lotus ends second Formula One test of the season on top, but Alonso crash grabs all the headlines.

The final day of the first Barcelona Formula One test is over, with Romain Grosjean setting the fastest time of the day for Lotus.

Today’s running was overshadowed by Fernando Alonso’s crash just before lunch that brought the morning session to a shuddering halt. His McLaren-Honda MP4-30 left the track at the exit of Turn 3, clipped the concrete wall on the inside of the track and ran for a fair distance along the grass towards Turn 4.

Although there was only apparently slight damage to the right-rear corner and a wrecked front wing of the car, he was airlifted to hospital after receiving treatment by the side of his car and in the circuit’s medical centre.

Alonso had just set a 1m27.956s lap before the incident, which stood as the eighth fastest time of the day. McLaren hoped to repair the car for Jenson Button, but then elected to end its day early.

Carlos Sainz Jr also suffered an off at Turn 3 after lunch, hitting the tyre barrier and removing his Toro Rosso’s front wing too. That crash ended his running.

At the top of the times, Grosjean used super-soft tyres to set his fastest lap, a 1m24.067s.

Nico Rosberg recorded a superb 1m24.321s on the medium-compound tyres that were two steps harder than Grosjean’s rubber. Rosberg also completed the most laps of the day at 129, despite spinning into the gravel in the morning.

Daniil Kvyat was third fastest for Red Bull, ahead of Sauber’s Felipe Nasr. Valtteri Bottas was fifth fastest for Williams, ahead of Sainz.

Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel (after a quiet day), Force India’s Nico Hulkenberg and Alonso rounded out those who set a time.

The second Barcelona test begins on February 26.

Barcelona Day Four times

Pos. Driver Team Time Gap Laps
 1. Romain Grosjean Lotus-Mercedes 1m24.067s   111
 2. Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1m24.321s +0.254 129
 3. Daniil Kvyat Red Bull-Renault 1m24.941s +0.874 102
 4. Felipe Nasr Sauber-Ferrari 1m24.956s +0.889 73
 5. Valtteri Bottas Williams-Mercedes 1m25.345s +1.278 127
 6. Carlos Sainz Jr Toro Rosso-Renault 1m25.605s +1.538 88
 7. Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1m26.312s +2.245 74
 8. Nico Hulkenberg Force India-Mercedes 1m26.591s +2.524 36
 9. Fernando Alonso McLaren-Honda 1m27.956s +3.889 20
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Series Formula 1
Event Barcelona February testing
Track Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya
Drivers Jenson Button , Fernando Alonso , Carlos Sainz , Nico Rosberg , Sebastian Vettel , Nico Hulkenberg , Romain Grosjean , Valtteri Bottas , Felipe Nasr , Daniil Kvyat
Article type Testing report
Tags alonso crash, barcelona, f1 testing