GPl Archives 27 February 2013 Issue #59 - Page 156

Former teammate Jenson Button was next best in the Mclaren MP4-28, his best 0.351 seconds down on the top time and 70 laps to his credit. Jean Eric Vergne was third fastest in the Toro Rosso with 80 laps ticked off, and was the last of the trio who actually managed a lap or two during that fast lap window of opportunity which happened for about a dozen minutes around midday. In fourth was, another Frenchman, Jules Bianchi who was on duty for Force India and still in the running for a race seat with the team for this season. He did his shares no harm with a solid day’s work which included 80 laps in the bag in the VJM06. Busiest of the bunch on the final day was Esteban Gutierrez in the Sauber C32 who racked up 96 laps and ended fifth quickest and best of the rookies. Giedo van der Garde was sixth in the Caterham with 50 laps completed, ahead of Felipe Massa who only had one day in the Ferrari and it was marred by the weather. Nevertheless the Brazilian racked up 80 laps on his return to work in the F138. Mark Webber was eight in the Red Bull RB9, ahead of Marussia’s Max Chilton in the MR02 and Romain Grosjean tenth in the Lotus E21. Bottom of the timing sheets, with no time set, were the Williams pair. Valtteri Bottas dedicating the morning to non-stop pit stop practice, something the rookie will be needing to know by the time he goes to Australia. Maldonado took over the FW35 cockpit in the afternoon, but did not complete a timed lap. Thus ended four days of hard work for F1 teams ahead of the 2013 season. Fastest time of all – 1.21.848 - was set by McLaren new boy Perez on day two, with Fernando Alonso’s best time of 1.21.875 on Thursday, only fractionally slower but second best. Teams return to Circuit de Catalunya for the third and final preseason test which takes place from 28 February to 3 March.