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Jerez Testing: Day 2

Source: autosport.com | testing photo gallery

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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

BBC Sport:

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.

Autosport Live:

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.”

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