Pérez tops second day of Barcelona test
20 February 2013 – McLaren’s Sergio Pérez topped the timesheets on the second day of testing at the Circuit de Catalunya, producing a personal best effort of 1:21.848 on the Soft tyres. The Mexican led Red Bull rival Sebastian Vettel – who suffered a late stoppage – by 0.349 seconds, while Lotus driver Kimi Räikkönen finished third.
Trouble hit both the aforementioned Vettel and third-place man Räikkönen today, with the latter enduring the worst misfortune. A faulty gearbox had to be replaced in his E21 after just four laps, leaving him confined to the Lotus garage until the final two hours. In Vettel's case, his RB9 ground to a halt at the end of the pit lane as the day drew to a close, marking one of two stoppages. On the other end of the spectrum, Lewis Hamilton had little to worry about, completing 121 trouble-free laps for Mercedes.
Daniel Ricciardo and Paul di Resta both shaved a little off their personal best times from Tuesday to finish seventh and eighth respectively, with Sauber's Nico Hülkenberg in close company. At the back of the order, Max Chilton – the cause of the second red flag with a fuel-out run in his Marussia – led Caterham's Charles Pic.
Pre-season testing continues at the Circuit de Catalunya at 9am local time (GMT +1) on Thursday and can be followed via the GPUpdate.net Live Report feature