Romain Grosjean set the pace on the second day of pre-season Formula 1 testing at Jerez, while Lewis Hamilton’s first outing for Mercedes was cut short by a crash.
Lotus driver Grosjean, who led the way in the morning, went faster on a series of short runs on the soft tyre in the afternoon.
He eventually got down to a 1m18.218s, six tenths faster than Jenson Button managed on the opening day for McLaren, before switching to longer runs focused on heavy fuel loads and the hard compound tyres.
Kimi Raikkonen will take over testing duties for Lotus tomorrow and on Friday.
Jerez test line-up Team February 5 February 6 February 7 February 8 Lotus Grosjean Grosjean Raikkonen Raikkonen TODAY'S TIMES Pos Driver Team Time Laps 1. Romain Grosjean Lotus 1m18.218s 95 2. Paul di Resta Force India 1m19.003s + 0.785s 95 3. Daniel Ricciardo Toro Rosso 1m19.134s + 0.916s 83 4. Mark Webber Red Bull 1m19.338s + 1.120s 101 5. Nico Hulkenberg Sauber 1m19.502s + 1.284s 99 6. Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m19.519s + 1.301s 15 7. Sergio Perez McLaren 1m19.572s + 1.354s 81 8. Felipe Massa Ferrari 1m19.914s + 1.696s 78 9. Pastor Maldonado Williams 1m20.693s + 2.475s 71 10. James Rossiter Force India 1m21.273s + 3.055s 19 11. Giedo van der Garde Caterham 1m21.311s + 3.093s 88 12. Luiz Razia Marussia 1m23.537s + 5.319s 31 Morning times Pos Driver Team Time Laps 1. Romain Grosjean Lotus 1m18.828s 45 2. Paul di Resta Force India 1m19.003s + 0.175s 59 3. Daniel Ricciardo Toro Rosso 1m19.134s + 0.306s 41 4. Mark Webber Red Bull 1m19.338s + 0.510s 46 5. Nico Hulkenberg Sauber 1m19.502s + 0.674s 40 6. Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m19.519s + 0.691s 15 7. Sergio Perez McLaren 1m19.572s + 0.744s 38 8. Felipe Massa Ferrari 1m19.914s + 1.086s 33 9. Giedo van der Garde Caterham 1m21.916s + 3.088s 33 10. Luiz Razia Marussia 1m23.537s + 4.709s 31 11. Pastor Maldonado Williams 1m27.124s + 8.296s 7
Gary Anderson in Jerez: “I’ve been out on the track watching the cars and the Lotus continues to look very impressive. The front end is always there, the traction is good and Romain Grosjean is able to be committed on the throttle.
Interview with Valterri Bottas:
14:34 Which F1 driver are you most looking forward to doing battle with?
Bottas: “I really cannot say one driver, but all the world champions it will be nice to get racing with them. Kimi is Finnish and a world champion so that will definitely be nice. I’m sure the Finns would be really happy to see me having some nice battles with him on TV.”