Daily Archives: March 10, 2011

Barcelona Day 7: Perez fastest in his final day

Perez led his last test before handing over the Sauber car

Perez led his last test before handing over the Sauber car

Sergio Perez set the fastest lap in testing in Barcelona today – his last day of testing before Melbourne.

Due to hand over the Sauber to Kamui Kobayashi for the next 2 days, Perez made his mark by setting a 1.21.761, the fastest this year at the Circuit de Catalunya.

An impressive 132 laps secured second place for Felipe Massa, 3 tenths behind Perez. After completing 6,100km in testing so far, Ferrari have now covered more distance in testing than they will over the 20 races this season.

Mark Webber was 0.7 seconds off in 3rd, but still held up well to the Ferrari all day long. Despite removing their KERS device, two more stoppages hampered Rubens Barrichello, but he still managed 4th position.

Spending most of the day doing heavy-fuel runs, one single qualifying simulation put Michael Schumacher up to 5th. Nick Heidfeld had control of the Renault in the afternoon, and was 6th. Heikki Kovalainen shared his Lotus with Jarno Trulli, and was 7th.

Vitaly Petrov drove only in the morning, managing only 24 laps. Adrian Sutil and Jaime Alguersuari focused on longer runs, and were 9th and 10th respectively.

Jerome D’Ambrorio suffered another stoppage out on track, and was 5.5 seconds off the pace. Jarno Trulli had a disastrous day, managing only 6 laps after a gearbox change and a water leak.

Times from Barcelona Day 7:

Pos  Driver              Team                  Time       Gap     Laps
 1.  Sergio Perez        Sauber-Ferrari        1.21.761           95
 2.  Felipe Massa        Ferrari               1.22.092   0.331   132
 3.  Mark Webber         Red Bull-Renault      1.22.466   0.705   97
 4.  Rubens Barrichello  Williams-Cosworth     1.22.637   0.876   105
 5.  Michael Schumacher  Mercedes              1.22.892   1.131   89
 6.  Nick Heidfeld       Renault               1.23.541   1.780   32
 7.  Heikki Kovalainen   Lotus-Renault         1.23.990   2.229   40
 8.  Vitaly Petrov       Renault               1.24.233   2.472   24
 9.  Adrian Sutil        Force India-Mercedes  1.24.334   2.573   108
10.  Jaime Alguersuari   Toro Rosso-Ferrari    1.24.779   3.018   107
11.  Jerome D'Ambrosio   Virgin-Cosworth       1.27.336   5.575   96
12.  Jarno Trulli        Lotus-Renault         1.34.485   12.724  6