Sergio Perez was the man with the speed today at Circuit de Catalunya stopping the clock at just 01:22.094 making this the best time registered at the Barcelona track in both pre-season tests sessions.

Sergio_Perez_3-March-Barcelona  The third day of testing in Barcelona offered numerous changes both in terms of pilots, cars, and weather. The morning started more or less in the usual way and most pilots were running short stints, but in the afternoon the rain came for the first time during this winter tests and drivers were able to use the new intermediate rain tyres. Because of the rain the overall standings of the day remained set by the morning times.

  And for statistics lovers what is also worth mentioning is that all the cars were in the same second 1.22.xxx with Kimi making the exception and stopping the clock at 1:25.379.

  Sauber driver Sergio Perez set the best time of day and also the best time this year on the circuit in Barcelona, after being clocked with 1:22.094 behind the wheel of his C31.

  Red Bull Racing’s main focus was the newly introduced upgrade on the RB9 making the clock the least of their concerns, this is why Mark Webber was only 8th on the grid. The Champions car, revealed today a new configuration of the exhaust system, very similar to what Sauber is using, while the Red Bull mechanics did their best to conceal the novelty of rival teams and the of the eyes of the press leaving us to wonder how all this will be put to practice in Australia.

  Ultimately HRT had to declare defeat on their attempt to have at least one day of testing before flying over to Australia, and confirmed that the team will not be present at Circuit de Catalunya tomorrow, but their press representative pointed out that the Spanish outfit is still hoping to have at least one day of “filming” with some other tyre compounds before the championship will begin in order to get some valuable data about the car otherwise they will have very similar circumstances to the last year’s season start.  

  Marussia on the other hand is yet to pass FIA crash tests and is more than likely that they will shakedown the new car only in Australia and this only if they will pass the crash tests.

Todays fastest times:


Pos. Drivers Teams Time Laps
01. Mexico Sergio Perez Sauber F1 Team 01:22.094 114
02. United Kingdom Jenson Button Vodafone McLaren Mercedes 01:22.103 44
03. Australia Daniel Ricciardo Scuderia Toro Rosso 01:22.155 131
04. Brazil Felipe Massa Ferrari 01:22.413 122
05. United Kingdom Paul di Resta Sahara Force India 01:22.446 108
06. Brazil Bruno Senna Williams F1 01:22.480 111
07. Finland Heikki Kovalainen Caterham F1 01:22.630 64
08. Australia Mark Webber Red Bull 01:22.662 70
09. Deutschland Nico Rosberg Mercedes AMG Petronas 01:22.932 129
10. Finland Kimi Raikkonen Lotus F1 01:25.379 43

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