German driver Nico Hulkenberg has continued his strong form by topping the timesheets in Catalunya. The driver who is returning to F1 with Force India, after spending a year as a reserve driver, was 2nd fastest in yesterday’s test. Today, he completed 112 laps and set a fastest lap time of 1.22.608.
In 2nd place was Sergio Perez in the S31. The Mexican driver racked up 85 laps with a time of 1.22.648, just .040 off Nico Hulkenberg.
In 3rd place was defending world champion Sebastian Vettel. The German who topped the time sheets yesterday completed 104 laps of Catalunya before setting a lap time of 1.22.891.
Fernando Alonso driving for Ferrari came in 4th place with a lap time of 1.23.981 after 87 laps. Behind him, Daniel Ricciardo in a Toro Rosso completed 50 laps and had a fastest lap time of 1.23.639. McLaren’s
Lewis Hamilton in the MP4-27 for McLaren completed the most laps of anybody today – 120 laps – but could only manage sixth place with a lap time of 1.23.806, 1.2 off Hulkenberg’s fastest time.
In 7th place, Nico Rosberg brought the MGP WO3 around Catalunya in a time of 1.24.555 after 82 laps.
Behind Rosberg was Williams test driver Valtteri Bottas in eighth. He completed 117 laps of Catalunya with a fastest lap time of 1.25.738.
“I really enjoyed today.” Bottas said. “The FW34 again showed good reliability, as we completed 117 laps while doing some interesting tests with the car set-up. I’m looking forward to assisting the team at race weekends this season and can’t wait to drive the car again.”
In ninth place is Vitaly Petrov who was confirmed at Caterham last friday. The russian had a short enough day and only ran 69 laps. After the session, he had secured a time of 1.26.605.
In last place for today was Charles Pic in the Marussia. He was running the 2011 car as they still have not launched the 2012 car.
Hispania and Lotus did not take part in the test. Hispania have yet to pass the FIA crash test after failing halfway through testing at Jerez. Lotus have a problem with the sidepods and have withdrawn from Catalunya to fix them.
1. Nico Hulkenberg, Force India, 1:22.608, 112 Laps
2. Sergio Perez, Sauber, 1:22.648, 85 Laps
3. Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull, 1:22.891, 104 Laps
4. Fernando Alonso, Ferrari, 1:23.180, 87 Laps
5. Daniel Ricciardo, Toro Rosso, 1:23.639, 50 Laps
6. Lewis Hamilton, McLaren, 1:23.806, 120 Laps
7. Nico Rosberg, Mercedes, 1:24.555, 82 Laps
8. Valtteri Bottas, Williams, 1:25.738, 117 Laps
9. Vitaly Petrov, Caterham, 1:26.605, 69 Laps
10. Charles Pic, Marussia, 1:27.343, 108 Laps