GPl Archives 27 February 2013 Issue #59 - Page 116

ergio Perez signaled his arrival as a McLaren driver by topping the timing sheets at the end of the second day of Formula 1 preseason testing at Circuit de Catalunya, in what was his final stint of the week in the MP4-28. Perez has been visibly subdued during his sessions thus far as a McLaren driver, acclimatising himself to the environment in his new team and getting used to the cockpit workspace which he is now using. But about half an hour after lunch the Mexican bolted on a set of soft Pirelli tyres, and proceeded to scorch around the Spanish Grand Prix venue in a time 1:21.848 which was good enough to remain top of the timing screens until the end of the day. No better way to end his two day stint at the wheel and also send a warning signal to his rivals. The time was almost a second better than the previous day’s fastest lap and 0.349 second up on next best Sebastian Vettel in the Red Bull RB9. The world champion spent most of the early part of the day glued to the top of the timing screens, and dedicated the afternoon to race simulation runs. The RB8 caused the first of two stoppages when it coasted to a halt just after the exit of the pit lane late in the afternoon. S