Barcelona second pre-season test Test day three


By: Matt Beer, Sam Tremayne


Status: Stopped
12:04 That's all for Thursday's running, keep checking AUTOSPORT for all the news from the paddock tonight, and we'll be back tomorrow morning at 8am GMT for the final day's action.
12:03 Final lap count for the day: Alonso 97, Hulkenberg 91, Grosjean 119, Rosberg 107, Maldonado 79, Bottas 67, Button 71, Sutil 78, Webber 108, Vergne 106, Chilton 57, van der Garde 93
12:01 Vergne, Chilton and van der Garde - cause of the day's sole red flag - complete the list.
12:01 Returnee Sutil is eighth on the list between Button and Webber.
12:00 Hulkenberg, Grosjean and Rosberg are next up, then the two Williams drivers.
12:00 Alonso will head off (Massa is in the car tomorrow) with the fastest time thanks to his morning 1m21.875s.
12:00 There's the chequered flag, Barcelona day three is done.
11:59 Bottas, Webber and Hulkenberg are lapping in 1m30s, 1m28s and 1m29s respectivey.
11:59 Rosberg is fastest out there and did a new personal best middle sector, but his ultimate time was 1.8s off his best.
11:58 Looks like the order will stand going into the final minute.
11:54 Hulkenberg, Bottas, Sutil, Webber, Vergne and Chilton are all straight back out.
11:54 Green flag and the session is back underway for a little over six minutes of running.
11:52 The truck is setting off the wrong way round the track and back towards the pit entrance.
11:50 Now the Caterham is swinging its way onto the back of the truck and the marshals and course cars are preparing to leave the scene.
11:49 The Caterham is now successfully coverd by a green sheet and the lorry is waiting.
11:46 And it's for the Caterham of van der Garde. Moments after setting his fastest time he's stopped on the outside on the entry to Turn 3.
11:45 Our first red flag of the day, and with just 15 minutes of the afternoon remaining.
11:44 Van der Garde shaves a few tenths of his previous best but stays 12th.
Fernando Alonso Ferrari F1 2013

Fernando Alonso Ferrari F1 2013

Hi AUTOSPORT. How do you reckon the Ferrari is this year? Last year testing it was said to be nervous under breaking and lack grip during cornering?
Carlos from Norway

Edd Straw: "We can say for certain that the car is far better than it was at this stage last year. In 2012, watching the Ferrari drivers trying to haul the car from the exit of Turn 2 and into the long right-hander at Turn 3 was painful at times, but now it's a much more well-balanced car.

"I suspect they still need to take another step with harnessing the exhaust blowing effect to increase downforce though. But there's time for that pre-Melbourne."
11:40 @Lotus_F1Team: "That's our 'race' done, thank you @RGrosjean, you can have a rest now."
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