D he racing weekend in Barcelona seems to have some surprises once again ready to hold. On the first day of training, the Formula 1 field presented itself as densely staggered as rarely. The first ten pilots were less than a second apart. The five fastest drivers on Friday came from four different teams. A clear favorite for race Sunday is not yet in sight.
In the second practice session, Jenson Button had the new nose of his McLaren up front. Although he repeatedly complained about massive understeer over the radio, the 2009 world champion set the fastest time of the day in 1: 23.399 minutes. Team mate Lewis Hamilton landed in fourth place half a second behind, but was particularly noticeable in the afternoon due to slips and takeoffs.
Vettel and Rosberg in a McLaren sandwich
In the middle of the McLaren Two German pilots were able to push each other sandwich. Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel was one and a half seconds short of the button's best time. Nico Rosberg missed the target in his Silver Arrow by three and a half tenths. In the fight for pole position, however, the two German youngsters are to be expected.
Your team-mates couldn't quite keep up with the pace. Red Bull number-two Mark Webber only finished seventh and suffered a violent descent into the gravel trap. Michael Schumacher in the second Silver Arrow was able to keep his car on the track, but lagged behind his own claims with almost seven tenths behind.
Things went a little better at Lotus. Kimi Räikkönen and Romain Grosjean, who last landed on the podium together in Bahrain, came in fifth and sixth in the second training session, separated by five hundredths. Grosjean in particular has already shown this season that he is a candidate for the first row in qualifying.
Ferrari missed the top ten
Ferrari ran but not much together. Having started the weekend in Spain with high expectations, Felipe Massa and Fernando Alonso only finished eleventh and 14th, but local hero Alonso had to abandon his fast run on soft tires due to traffic. On the onboard recordings, however, you could see that the Spaniard had his hands full, despite the updates at the wheel, taming the stubborn little horse from Maranello.
One of the pilots who Nico Hulkenberg was able to place before the Ferrari duo. AsThe Force India pilot landed a good tenth place in the first training session. However, the Rhinelander was only able to do 22 laps in the afternoon. The team only finished two versions of the new exhaust version in Barcelona and didn't want to take any chances.
Timo Glock came in as fifth German in 21st place. The Marussia driver was faster than his teammate Charles Pic . In Bahrain, the order was briefly reversed, until Glock found during the tests in Mugello that the Frenchman's rear end is much more stable and the brakes grip better. The first impression from the training was wrong, however. The problems are far from over, as Glock subsequently revealed.
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