Formula 1

Alonso Barca test 2013


Alonso worked his way down to the 1m21.875s mark before lunch, stayed on top for the remainder of the third day in Catalunya.

His time is the fastest seen so far at Barcelona and almost half a second quicker than the corresponding soft-compound best of 2012 winter testing at the track.

As was the case in the morning, Nico Hulkenberg and Romain Grosjean occupied second and third respectively, both within four tenths of a second of Alonso’s time.

Grosjean was the first of the day’s runners to complete a full race simulation, which included four pitstops.

Thanks largely to that stint he also ended as Thursday’s busiest driver on 119 laps.

Others ran long-race simulations of their own, although some were interrupted when Giedo van der Garde’s Caterham stopped on the Turn 3 entry 15 minutes before the session’s end.

Van der Garde had been one of the afternoon’s few improvers, and had just set his best time – a low 1m26s – before causing the stoppage.

Max Chilton also improved in the Marussia, while Valtteri Bottas, taking over from Pastor Maldonado in the FW35, ended the day sixth, fractions of a second behind his team-mate.

Jenson Button, Adrian Sutil, Mark Webber and Jean-Eric Vergne occupied seventh through to 10th, just as they did at the close of the morning.

Both Webber and and Vergne broke into triple figures on the lap count.

Sutil meanwhile will hand over to Force India’s 2012 reserve driver Jules Bianchi, his main rival for a 2013 drive with the team, for the final day tomorrow.


1. Fernando Alonso – Ferrari – 1:21.875 – 97 laps

2. Nico Hulkenberg – Sauber – 1:22.160 – +0.285 – 91

3. Romain Grosjean – Lotus – 1:22.188 – +0.313 – 119

4. Nico Rosberg – Mercedes – 1:22.611 – +0.736 – 108

5. Pastor Maldonado – Williams – 1:22.675 – +0.800 – 79

6. Valtteri Bottas – Williams – 1:22.826 – +0.951 – 68

7. Jenson Button – McLaren – 1:22.840 – +0.965 – 71

8. Adrian Sutil – Force India – 1:22.877 – +1.002 – 78

9. Mark Webber – Red Bull – 1:23.024 – +1.149 – 108

10. Jean-Eric Vergne – Toro Rosso – 1:23.366 – +1.491 – 106

11. Max Chilton – Marussia – 1:25.690 – +3.815 – 58

12. Giedo van der Garde – Caterham – 1:26.17s – +4.302 – 83


Formula 1

Motor Racing - Formula One Testing - Test Two - Day 2 -  Barcelona, Spain


Sahara Force India completed a second day of work in Barcelona as Paul Di Resta remained in the VJM06. Tomorrow Adrian Sutil takes over driving duties before Jules Bianchi gets his chance for the final day on Friday.
Day Two Numbers:
Chassis: VJM06-03
Laps: 62 laps
Mileage: 289 km 
Fastest lap: 1:23.917
Classification: P8 of 11
Paul Di Resta: “We stopped a little bit early today, but we still got plenty of running under our belt and we’re learning more and more about the car as we go along – that’s what winter testing is all about. Understanding the tyres is always a priority and we’re getting a feel for the degradation rates, which have been quite high, although we have to remember that the track temperatures here are lower than we can expect at most races. We’ve run most of the tyres apart from the super-softs so far. Learning about the tyres and a new car at the same time is never easy, but we’re pretty pleased with how things have gone during the first couple of days.”
Jakob Andreasen, Chief Race Engineer
“Another routine day of winter testing, starting with the usual aero work this morning, short runs before lunch, and longer runs this afternoon. We had a few small reliability issues with the car, which meant we were a bit short on our lap count for the day, but overall we covered off a lot of test items and tried some different set-up directions with the car. The track conditions have been reasonable with the temperatures in the mid-twenties for most of the day, and we’ve concentrated on understanding the tyres as much as we can. The new compounds are a challenge for all the teams, but we’re getting the information we need to be ready for Melbourne.”