Barcelona Test Day Three: Sebastian Vettel Goes Top Again

Barcelona Test Day Three: Sebastian Vettel Goes Top Again

On the third and final day of testing at Spain’s Circuit de Catalunya, Sebastian Vettel of Red Bull Racing has once again gone to the top of the class with his second successive fastest lap. The young German pilot managed a time 0.6s quicker than his fastest from Tuesday, while former team mate Sebastien Bourdais managed second fastest in the Scuderia Toro Rosso. Sebastien Buemi managed third fastest, once again looking fairly confident behind the wheel and lapping 0.3s behind the French pilot. All three drivers were running only slightly modified 2008 cars, while Gary Paffett in fourth was running a KERS system in his McLaren MP4-23.

Christian Klien and Nick Heidfeld were out in force for BMW, evaluating the interim F1.08 with narrow rear wing and larger front wing. The pair lapped closely together, only separated by 0.058s in sixth and seventh, the test driver getting the better of the full-time driver. Jenson Button impressed with fifth overall, while Bruno Senna also did well, ending his day in eighth and within 0.3s of the Briton.

McLaren, Renault, Williams and Ferrari only fielded one car today, although McLaren’s lack of second car can be put down to regular tester Pedro De La Rosa taking control of a Force India VJM01 for the second day in succession. De La Rosa is apparently offering feedback to the outfit in preparation of the alliance between the two teams and the Mercedes engine plant. Both Force Indias finished at the bottom of the tables again, Giancarlo Fisichella ending his day in twelfth and 0.017s ahead of the team’s Spanish guest.

Barcelona Test
Day Three Results Table

Lap Time
Fastest Time Set

Laps Set
Number Laps Set

1. Germany FlagSebastian Vettel Red Bull Racing 1m19.295s 75 Laps
2. French FlagSebastien Bourdais Scuderia Toro Rosso 1m19.839s 122 Laps
3. Swiss FlagSebastien Buemi Scuderia Toro Rosso 1m20.154s 115 Laps
4. British FlagGary Paffett McLaren 1m21.140s 81 Laps
5. British FlagJenson Button Honda 1m21.387s 94 Laps
6. Austrian FlagChristian Klien BMW 1m21.534s 88 Laps
7. German FlagNick Heidfeld BMW 1m21.592s 106 Laps
8. Brazilian FlagBruno Senna Honda 1m21.676s 107 Laps
9. Brazilian FlagNelson Piquet Jr. Renault 1m22.148s 94 Laps
10. German FlagNico Hulkenberg Williams 1m22.410s 52 Laps
11. Italian FlagLuca Badoer Ferrari 1m22.866s 120 Laps
12. Italian FlagGiancarlo Fisichella Force India 1m23.086s 93 Laps
13. Spanish FlagPedro De La Rosa Force India 1m23.103s 88 Laps

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