Chilton fastest on Day 1 of Barcelona test

Chilton fastest on Day 1 of Barcelona test

13 May 2014 – Max Chilton sprung a surprise by setting the pace on Tuesday during day one of the post-Spanish Grand Prix test. Chilton had been well down the order until late in the session when he posted a 1:26.434 effort, putting him 0.227 seconds up on Lotus test and reserve driver Charles Pic.

It was a remarkable lap considering his best effort in qualifying last weekend was over 3 seconds slower (1:29.586). In total the Englishman did 60 tours, even though there were a number of red flag periods and even though running was disrupted by rain this morning.

Lewis Hamilton meanwhile, who took his fourth win in succession on Sunday and with it the lead in the 2014 Formula 1 Driver Championship, was third for Mercedes on 1:26.674. He clocked up 79 tours.

Behind, Kimi Räikkönen took fourth for Ferrari, the last of the runners in the 1:26 bracket, despite a troubled day, with engine problems and a trip into the gravel limiting him to just 21 laps – the fewest of anyone runner.

Further back, Toro Rosso's Jean-Éric Vergne and Force India's Nico Hülkenberg came in fifth and sixth, split by just 0.003 seconds – although both were over seven tenths off the Ferrari in P4.

Williams' Felipe Massa and McLaren man Jenson Button rounded out the top eight, ahead Caterham's Kamui Kobayashi, Red Bull Racing reserve, Sébastien Buemi and Sauber tester, Giedo van der Garde. The Dutchman did the most laps of anyone runner, 86, his quickest time a 1:31.783.

Testing is now scheduled to continue on Wednesday.

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