Grosjean tops second day in Barcelona
1 March 2013 – Lotus driver Romain Grosjean topped the timing screens at the Circuit de Catalunya on Friday, making full use of the day’s dry spell to deliver a 1:22.716 on a set of Soft tyres. The Frenchman led Jenson Button by almost half a second, while Pastor Maldonado edged out World Champion Sebastian Vettel to finish third.
Although the initially wet conditions further hampered Grosjean's programme, the longer phase of dry weather at least allowed for some longer runs on the Medium and Soft compounds. Behind second-place man Button, a brief leader in the early hours, Williams changed its schedule to give Valtteri Bottas a forecasted dry day on the weekend. Maldonado was happy to comply and stepped into the FW35 chassis early, before bringing the day to a premature end when his car stopped at the first corner.
Daniel Ricciardo wound up seventh in the Toro Rosso, getting his first taste of the small upgrades that team-mate Jean-Éric Vergne talked up after Thursday's running. Towards the back of the field, Marussia's Max Chilton again finished ahead of the Caterham, this time being piloted by Giedo van der Garde. Nico Rosberg, who completed 120 laps to lead the mileage charts, and Fernando Alonso completed the order after focusing on long runs during the driest phase of the afternoon session.
Pre-season testing continues at the Circuit de Catalunya at 9am local time (GMT +1) on Saturday and can be followed via the GPUpdate.net Live Report feature