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Button sets pace on second day of testing

The early wet morning started to dry off so slicks made an appearance.
Friday, March 1, 2013

BARCELONA, Spain, Feb 28, 2013 (AFP) – BARCELONA, March 1, 2013 (AFP) - Britain's Jenson Button, of McLaren, was quickest on a wet second morning of the final pre-season testing of the winter in Barcelona on Friday.

Button, the 2009 world champion, was 0.216 seconds quicker than Germany's Adrian Sutil, driving for Force India in conditions that started off very wet before beginning to dry up. Nevertheless, the Briton's time was three seconds off from Thursday’s best, a clear indication that the track was far from optimal.

Sutil's impressive performance came a day after he was confirmed as the Force India team's second driver for 2013 after a 12-month absence.

His compatriot Niko Hulkenberg, in a Sauber, was third, while world champion Sebastian Vettel was tenth in his Red Bull, for whom Mark Webber had set the quickest pace on Thursday.

In the early morning over the wet track, it was Nico Rosberg from Mercedes who set the pace on intermediate tyres, but then after switching to slicks, McLaren had the upper hand.

It was Pastor Maldonado who took the lead and was the first to try out the slicks (super soft) and rapidly he set the best time, something that was noticed the the rest of the field who followed the move and turned to non-wet rubbers.

On interesting note, world champion Sebastian Vettel did not registered competitive times and that might have to do with the team running a different program, concretely a new passive drag reduction device.
Morning session leading times:

POS DRIVER TEAM TIME GAP LAPS
1 Jenson Button McLaren 1:25.936 33
2 Adrian Sutil Force India 1:26.152 + 0.216s 42
3 Nico Hulkenberg Sauber 1:27.246 + 1.310s 36
4 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1:27.672 + 1.736s 50
5 Romain Grosjean Lotus 1:27.757 + 1.821s 52
6 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1:27.878 + 1.942s 52
7 Pastor Maldonado Williams 1:29.132 + 3.196s 35
8 Daniel Ricciardo Toro Rosso 1:29.682 + 3.746s 40
9 Max Chilton Marussia 1:29.772 + 3.836s 39
10 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull 1:31.159 + 5.223s 26
11 Giedo van der Garde Caterham 1:39.036 + 13.100s 29

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