JEREZ, Spain – Romain Grosjean sent Lotus to the top of the time sheets on a busy second day of Formula One testing in Spain, but it was another day to forget for Mercedes as Lewis Hamilton’s debut run for the team came to an abrupt end in the Jerez barriers.
From the outset Grosjean establised himself as the day’s pacesetter and not content with being fastest in the morning session, the Frenchman also set the afternoon’s quickest time. A final tally of 95 laps suggests that the new Lotus E21 has promising reliability.
Second quickest on his second day in the new Force India VJM06 was Paul di Resta. Like Grosjean, the Scot completed 95 laps before handing the car over to the team’s simulator driver James Rossiter in the afternoon.
Daniel Ricciardo, enjoying a second straight day in the Toro Rosso STR8, was third quickest and satisfied with his running in the new car.
The busiest man of the day was the man in fourth place – Red Bull’s Mark Webber. The Australian completed an astonishing 101 laps in the new RB9, two more than Nico Hulkenberg managed in the Sauber C32.
Sixth fastest – despite registering only 15 laps – was Lewis Hamilton. After mechanical problems stopped Nico Rosberg just 14 laps into the test yesterday, Mercedes was hoping for a more productive day today, but a loss of rear brake pressure approaching the Dry Sac hairpin sent Hamilton head first into the tire barriers.
Repairs to several areas, including the hydraulics, meant the 2008 world champion had to sit out the rest of the day.
Hamilton’s replacement at McLaren, Sergio Perez was one of several drivers making their 2013 test bow today. The Mexican registered 81 laps and finished with the seventh quickest time of the day.
Felipe Massa completed a second straight day in the new Ferrari 138 with the Scuderia saying that they acquired a large amount of data relating to various exhaust configurations.
Pastor Maldonado, continuing to gather information on the new tyres in a revised version of the Williams FW34, was ninth quickest whilst Rossiter was tenth for Force India. Giedo van der Garde was 11th for Caterham and Marussia’s new signing Luiz Razia completed 31 laps in his first run in the MR02.