GPl Archives 27 February 2013 Issue #59 - Page 120

Hamilton ended up doing more than double as he notched up 110 tours of the Barcelona circuit, which also happened to be more than anyone else on the day. He was fourth fastest, fractionally down on Raikkonen and almost a second off Perez’s best. “We had a good day today and it was nice to get so many laps in. We’re making continual steps forward in terms of our understanding of the setup and the tyres. We’re focusing on our own programme and just getting on with it,” said Hamilton at the end of the day. Fifth fastest was Fernando Alonso in the Ferrari F138, with 76 laps to his credit but well over a second down on the top time. Making his debut in the new, and controversial, Williams FW35 was rookie Valtteri Bottas ending the day sixth fastest and with 98 laps on his chart. Daniel Ricciardo was seventh best with 70 laps in the Toro Rosso STR8, followed by Paul di Resta with 62 laps in the Force India VJM06 and Nico Hulkenberg ninth in the Sauber C32 with 88 laps ticked off. Marussia ‘won’ the battle of the minnows with Max Chilton 10th in the MR02 with 67 laps, and Charles Pic slowest of all again, as he was 24 hours earlier, in the Caterham CT03. Chilton stopped on track at the very end of the session bringing out the final red flag stoppage of the day. The track remained closed after the Marussia was recovered.