Barcelona Day 2: Vettel stays on top

Sebastian Vettel continued to lead the pack on Day 2 in Barcelona

Sebastian Vettel continued to lead the pack on Day 2 in Barcelona

Sebastian Vettel led the second day of testing at the Circuit de Catalunya today.

He improved on yesterday’s fastest lap by more than a second, with a 1.23.315 today. Jaime Alguersuari continued his impressive form by finishing 2nd and only 0.2 seconds off Vettel. Local fans impressively filled the grandstands to see Fernando Alonso, who was 3rd.

It wasn’t clear sailing for the Spaniard, though, as the Ferrari suffered two failures across the day. Early on he stopped at Turn 4 with an electrical problem, and later was delayed by another hitch.

Rubens Barrichello and Nick Heidfeld’s last gasp laps put them up to 4th and 5th respectively. Kamui Kobayashi was 6th, while a 1-lap rungot Nico Rosberg 7th place.

It was a troubled day for McLaren. A hydraulic problem kept Jenson Button in the pits in the morning, then he managed only 54 laps across the day to get 8th position. Paul di Resta was 9th, after spinning into the gravel at Turn 1 after a throttle problem.

Heikki Kovalainen was hindered by mechanical issues, and was 10th. The second Renault of Petrov was 11th, while Vitantonio Liuzzi was 12th testing for Hispania, and Timo Glock was 13th. Lotus also tested Portugese-Angolan driver Ricardo Teixeira today. He did 26 laps, and was 8 seconds off the pace.

Times from Barcelona day 2:

Pos  Driver       Team                  Time                 Laps
 1.  Vettel       Red Bull-Renault      1.23.315             104
 2.  Alguersuari  Toro Rosso-Ferrari    1.23.519    0.204    97
 3.  Alonso       Ferrari               1.23.978    0.663    90
 4.  Barrichello  Williams-Cosworth     1.24.008    0.693    118
 5.  Heidfeld     Renault               1.24.242    0.927    41
 6.  Kobayashi    Sauber-Ferrari        1.24.243    0.928    125
 7.  Rosberg      Mercedes              1.24.730    1.415    131
 8.  Button       McLaren-Mercedes      1.24.923    1.608    54
 9.  Di Resta     Force India-Mercedes  1.25.194    1.879    80
10.  Kovalainen   Lotus-Renault         1.26.421    3.106    58
11.  Petrov       Renault               1.26.884    3.569    61
12.  Liuzzi       HRT-Coswrorth         1.27.044    3.729    70
13.  Glock        Virgin-Cosworth       1.27.242    3.927    66
14.  Teixeira     Lotus-Renault         1.31.584    8.269    26

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