Maldonado ends Barcelona test on top
14 May 2014 – Pastor Maldonado led the way as the post-Spanish Grand Prix test came to an end on Wednesday. The Lotus driver's 1:24.871 on Super Soft tyres put him comfortably clear of nearest rival Nico Rosberg.
Having led the way in the morning session, Maldonado's switch to Pirelli's softest compound served only to strengthen his advantage over the rest of the drivers in action, many of which did not trial the product.
Rosberg closed in with a lap in the final hour of running, but ended the day the best part of a second adrift.
With Rosberg improving his best time, Ferrari driver Kimi Räikkönen slipped back to third, the Finn having to be pushed back to his garage by mechanics after a failed attempt to complete another run late in the day.
Sauber's Esteban Gutiérrez took fourth, just ahead of Williams tester Susie Wolff, whose preparation for her outings in Britain and Germany stepped up a gear in the afternoon in the form of a short, Soft tyre run.
Having been sidelined for most of the afternoon, Marussia's Jules Bianchi completed a late lap to go sixth.
Sebastian Vettel followed, the Red Bull man enjoying slightly more running in the day's second session.
Force India tester Daniel Juncadella wound up eighth, with McLaren youngster Stoffel Vandoorne – who led the mileage charts on his first F1 test day – and Toro Rosso rookie Daniil Kvyat the last of the timed runners.
Robin Frijns and Caterham were out of action following Kamui Kobayashi's heavy crash 24 hours ago.