Grosjean and Kobayashi top Day 2 at Mugello
2 May 2012 – Romain Grosjean and Kamui Kobayashi set identical lap times as Formula 1 testing continued at Mugello on Wednesday. With ideal weather, Red Bull duo Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber were next up, with Felipe Massa fifth on his only day of the week for Ferrari. A stoppage for Kobayashi caused a single red flag.
With a best effort of 1:21.603, Grosjean topped the timesheets early on in the day. Following the rain of Tuesday, Lotus decided that having one driver in the car for the next two days would allow for more accurate comparisons of changes over the constrained period, meaning Kimi Räikkönen will not drive this week. However, in accordance with their original plans, three teams did run two drivers as Red Bull, Toro Rosso and Marussia swapped their line-ups over the lunch break.
Appearing for the afternoon session and staying in the car for his only full day of the week tomorrow, Vettel was just over two tenths of a second down on Grosjean as Webber, Massa and Jean-Éric Vergne completed the leading quintet. The first driver to establish a century of laps by a long way, Michael Schumacher comfortably racked up the most mileage as he spent a full day behind the wheel at a circuit on which he has driven thousands of kilometres when testing for Ferrari in past years.
This week’s Italian gathering is also crucial for Pirelli, which was a big supporter of an in-season test; the company has been conducting various experiments with its tyres. Incidentally, the white-marked Medium compound was used for most of the day, but drivers did begin with the green-marked Intermediates on a damp circuit this morning.
Following the session, Lotus reported that Grosjean's leading lap time narrowly edged out that of Kobayashi by less than a thousandth of a second.
The final day of the Mugello test gets underway at 9am local time (BST +1) on Thursday and can also be tracked through the GPUpdate.net Live Test Report.