There have been nine days of testing thus far this winter and there have been nine different drivers who have set the fastest lap on each day of testing – and Sebastian Vettel is not one of them!
Mark Webber became the ninth on Thursday in Barcelona as he set a best lap of 1m22.693s, although this is some way from the best lap of the previous test, which was set by Sergio Perez at 1m21.848s. The problem was intermittent rain which meant that the dry tyres were only useable at the very end of the day and so the results were slightly skewed depending on who was doing what. Webber was 1.6 secs ahead of his nearest rival after 90 laps of running. Second fastest was Lewis Hamilton’s Mercedes, which completed 113 laps for a best of 1m24.348s, while Jean-Eric Vergne was third fastest with 1m25.017s lap after 59 laps. Fourth fastest was Valtteri Bottas, who did 85 laps in his Williams to record a best of 1m26.458s, followed by Perez, who did a 1m26.538s after 100 laps. Fellow Mexican Esteban Gutierrez was next with a 1m26.574s lap after 92 laps, while Paul di Resta was next with a 1m27.541s, after 57 laps.
Felipe Massa did 112 laps for a best time of 1m27.541s ahead of Max Chilton (Marussia), who did a 1m28.166s after 78 laps; Charles Pic, who recorded a 1m28.644s lap after 83 laps and Romain Grosjean, who completed 52 laps but did no better than a 1m34.928s, because of the rains.