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