Sauber´s Kamui Kobayashi ended the final day if the second pre-season test on top of the time sheets.
Kobayashi set the time early on, as he had switched to Pirelli´s super soft compound an hour before the lunch break. He was then able to set the fastest time of the day, and the fastest time all week, with a 1:22.312.
A nice crisp 8 degrees greeted the drivers and personell on the final day of testing. Heikki Kovalainen was the first man out, again, but he soon encountered a major electrical problem, which took two and a half hours to fix. By then, the lunch break had begun, so Caterham lost valuable running time. Marussia announced that they would not be part of the final testing day, as they had encountered a serious issue with the right rear suspension on their 2011 car.
It was back to, hard, work for Felipe Massa, as he performed a series of aerodynamic tests on the straight line area. This could be seen as a very serious issue, as everyone else did this on the first day. Fernando Alonso also complained about the sheer speed of the F2012 on Tuesday, so perhaps the Ferrari´s are not where they hoped to be at all.
Three stoppages today, Di Resta stopped in the gravel trap just before lunch, fifteen minutes before the chequered flag came down, Kobayashi parked the car at Turn 12, and to top it off Jenson Button stopped in his McLaren, with a minute to go.
So it was anotehr massive day of testing, with a total of 983 laps done. That´s an average of 109 laps per driver, Charles Pic not included. And with a lenght of 4,655 meters, the drivers completed a total of 4,575 kilometres.
|3.||Paul di Resta||Force India F1||01:23.119||101|
|6.||Mark Webber||Red Bull||01:23.774||85|
|7.||Jean-Eric Vergne||Scuderia Toro Rosso||01:23.792||92|
|8.||Nico Rosberg||Mercedes Grand Prix||01:23.843||139|