Perez pushes McLaren to top of timesheets

Sergio Perez has finished his first week of Barcelona testing by topping the timesheets at the Circuit de Catalunya. This Mexican who was well down the order yesterday following a high fuel test, set a fastest time of 1:21.848 which put the Mexican comfortably 0.3 seconds clear of Sebastian Vettel who brought his Red Bull to a 1:22.197, over five-tenths of a second faster than Nico Rosberg’s best lap on Tuesday which saw him end the day fastest overall.

Kimi Raikkonen was third on the timesheets today, having finished second yesterday. His lap time of 1:22.697 was an almost exact replica of his Tuesday lap time. His E21 was today hit by gearbox issues which prevented him running for most of the day, finally getting out on track with two hours left which allowed him to complete a grand total of 43 laps. Right behind him was Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton who set the most laps of anyone today, a noble 121 laps.

Five-tenths of a second behind the Brit is his 2007 team-mate Fernando Alonso who missed the first week of pre-season testing due to “Olympic standard training”. Alonso’s 76 laps on home soil put him over 3-tenths clear of Williams’ Valterri Bottas who managed a 1:23.561 after 98 laps of Catalunya.

Daniel Ricciardo completed 70 laps and ended the day 7th overall. The Aussie’s lap of  1:23.718 set him 2-tenths ahead of Paul di Resta who finished his second week of testing with a best lap of 1:23.971. Nico Hulkenberg was ninth overall, and was the only man with a 1.24 lap time, setting a 1.24.205 after 88 laps in his Sauber. Max Chilton was 10th with a 1.25.115 which but him leaps and bounds clear of Caterham’s Charles Pic who finished 11th and last after 102 laps; 1.26.243 was the Frenchman’s best time.

Mark Webber, Fernando Alonso, Jenson Button, Romain Grosjean, Nico Rosberg, Nico Hulkenberg, Adrian Sutil, Pastor Maldonado, Jean-Eric Vergne, Giedo van der Garde and Luiz Razia will all take to the track in their respective cars tomorrow.

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