Long Runs with Hard Tyres means normally you wouldn't be chasing the time sheets but whether it was intended or not, Sebastian Vettel finished on top in the day 1 of the second Pre season test. Things are finally settling down and one can expect that Red Bull are hiding their pace very much in these Pre season tests. The track conditions were also warmer and that didn't help anyone in chasing times, so majority of the Teams opted to run long runs rather then hunt for lap times and this meant that running order for most drivers were same as the morning charts
Nico Hulkenberg of Force India enjoyed his second proper run with the Team and was happy and positive with the way how things were shaping up. The German finished with 97 laps to his name said that the team ran Aero tests in the morning along with comparing various tyre compounds and then chose to do long runs in the afternoon. He also admitted that the car looked better on this track then at Jerez and that reliability wise things looked okay for the team. The German's laptimes was just 0.175's off the pace of Vettel. And Nico was heading the time sheets much of the morning session before late surge from Vettel put him on top
Lewis Hamilton and the Mclaren team opted for long simulations and tried out different compounds of tyres and despite the long runs and not opting for major one lap runs, the Briton managed to finish third with just 0.325 seconds off the pacesetter and Vettel admitting that the British team might just be competitive from the start off the season
The last man to break the 1.24's barrier was Daniel Ricciardo who notched up 76 laps by the end of the day and signaling the Toro Rosso's strong form in the Pre Season Testing
Fernando Alonso came fifth with big questions arising on the form of Ferrari with even Vettel admitting that Ferrari's plan are a bit secret. One has to wait till the first race to see what form Ferrari is truly on. Alonso ended the day with 75 laps to his name which included a 18 lap long run in the afternoon.
Mercedes who is running their 2012 car officially for the first time didn't have any major troubles with their Pilot Schumacher said that it's too early to judge the form of the car and that he felt nothing odd which means a positive sign for the Team. Although the Team did have a hydraulic issue in the afternoon which prevented its running, The trouble was said to be a minor leak
Williams had a solid day of running in ninth place but Senna was over a couple of seconds off the pace of Vettel, Although earlier after the first test, Senna indicated that he might start attacking the time charts, things are looking bright for the Williams Team as they are one of few not to suffer any form of reliability issues
Sergio Perez, finished on seventh just inside a laptime set by Vettel but the Sauber seem to had issues with the car in the Afternoon. Heikki Kovalainen and the Caterham had a forgetful day at the office as the car suffered track rod failure which meant he had almost forced to sit out the whole day.
Lotus had a severe issues with their car with their driver Romian Grosjean complaining that the Chassis felt odd and although the Team is running with a new Chassis then the ones that run at first test, The Team decided to ditch the second test all together as they said that it was better off to find the problems back at the factory then here.
Charles Pic and Marussia seem to have a lone day with them being one of the two teams to cross the 100 laps mark. Pic finished the day with over 4.5 seconds off the pacesetter. Marussia is running their 2011 car for this test.