Jenson Button goes fastest on Day Two

Jerez Day 2 in a Nutshell

Times

  1. Jenson Button – McLaren – 1:24.165
  2. Kimi Raikkonen – Ferrari – 1:24.812
  3. Valtteri Bottas – Williams – 1:25.344
  4. Nico Rosberg – Mercedes – 1:25.588
  5. Sergio Perez – Force India – 1:28.376
  6. Esteban Gutierrez – Sauber – 1:33.270
  7. Marcus Ericsson – Caterham – 1:37.975
  8. Sebastian Vettel – Red Bull – 1:38.320

Laps

  1. Nico Rosberg – 97
  2. Esteban Gutierrez – 53
  3. Kimi Raikkonen – 47
  4. Jenson Button – 43
  5. Sergio Perez – 37
  6. Valtteri Bottas – 35
  7. Marcus Ericsson – 11
  8. Sebastian Vettel – 8

Red Flags – 3
Total number of laps completed – 331 (38.7% of 2013’s second day total)

Having failed to get out during the first day of testing due to an electrical problem, Jenson Button made up for lost time by lapping 43 times and setting the fastest lap of the day in the process.

After a damp start, the day was declared as the allocated wet weather testing day which had been due to take place on Friday. Before testing started a tractor took to the track to spray it with water, to provide the necessary conditions needed for the wet tyres. Button was first out on track after a minor delay while the track was made wetter. Esteban Gutierrez and Valtteri Bottas soon joined him out on track before all three of them returned to their garages. It did not take long for the first lap of the day to be set – a 1:49.424 from Gutierrez. The lap times started to tumble after that.

After a certain amount of running, and as the track started to dry out, drivers switched to intermediate tyres from the full wet compounds. Sebastian Vettel, who had limited running yesterday (completing three laps in total) had another day to forget. He managed just eight laps before Red Bull called it a day due to a Renault energy store problem. He subsequently cancelled his media appointments and flew home, with Daniel Ricciardo due to take over running tomorrow. Renault seem to be the engine supplier struggling most in the initial stages of testing, with Marcus Ericsson completing just 11 laps for Caterham and Daniil Kvyat not getting out at all in the Toro Rosso.

Gutierrez brought out the first red flag of the day after a spin, beaching his car in the gravel. Sergio Perez caused the second red flag when his car ground to a halt surrounded by smoke. The third and final red flag was brought out due to the Caterham stopping. Ericsson had hoped to get out for another run after his car had been recovered but he just missed out, time wise. With the day having been declared a wet testing session, the track dried up in the afternoon, allowing drivers to move onto slicks and start edging towards the fastest time set yesterday (1:27.104 by Kimi Raikkonen).

During the day the Marussia arrived, having been delayed in its departure from the factory. The team are hoping to get out testing tomorrow. Button ended today fastest but it was Rosberg who completed most laps, coming close to hitting a hundred – a stark contrast to the first day of running.

Collective laps so far:

  1. Nico Rosberg  – 97
  2. Kimi Raikkonen – 78
  3. Esteban Gutierrez – 60
  4. Sergio Perez – 48
  5. Valtteri Bottas – 42
  6. Jenson Button – 43
  7. Lewis Hamilton – 18
  8. Jean-Eric Vergne – 15
  9. Marcus Ericsson – 12
  10. Sebastian Vettel – 11

Collective laps by engine suppliers:

  1. Mercedes – 230
  2. Ferrari – 138
  3. Renault – 38
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