A soft-tyre run from Daniel Ricciardo during the morning session was enough to see him end day two of the second pre-season test at the Circuit de Catalunya on top.
The Infiniti Red Bull Racing driver’s time of 1m24.574s beat Scuderia Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen by just 0.010s, with Williams Martini Racing’s Felipe Massa also within a tenth of second in third. Ricciardo was also the busiest driver on day two as the Australian drove 143 laps, including concentrating for a time on a race simulation.
Sergio Perez was fourth fastest for Sahara Force India as they concentrated on tyre work using their 2014 car. He completed 121 untroubled laps in the VJM07.
The two Mercedes-AMG PETRONAS drivers sat fifth and sixth, with Lewis Hamilton ahead of Nico Rosberg after the Briton took over the car at lunch time from his team-mate as the German rested as a precaution after trapping a nerve in his neck earlier in the week.
Fernando Alonso ended up seventh on the most productive day so far for the renewed McLaren-Honda partnership, running 59 laps and ending within 1.4 seconds of the outright pace.
Lotus F1 Team reserve driver Jolyon Palmer could not follow Pastor Maldonado’s day one topping time on day two, with the 2014 GP2 Series champion finishing eighth fastest on his first day in the car, just over 1.7 seconds adrift of Ricciardo.
Marcus Ericsson was ninth for the Sauber F1 Team ahead of Carlos Sainz Jr of Scuderia Toro Rosso, with both the Swede and the Spaniard causing the session to be halted during the afternoon. Ericsson stopped on the pit straight with an apparent mechanical issue, while Sainz spun into the turn nine gravel trap.
Circuit de Catalunya Pre-Season Test Day 2 Times
|1||3||Daniel Ricciardo||AUS||Red Bull-Renault||1m24.574s||143|
|4||11||Sergio Perez||MEX||Force India-Mercedes||1m24.702s||121|
|10||55||Carlos Sainz Jr||ESP||Toro Rosso-Renault||1m28.945s||100|