Romain Grosjean and the Lotus E21 set the fastest time of the Jerez test so far on the second day, a lap of 1:18.218 on the softer of the Pirelli tyres. The Frenchman declared the car to be an ‘all-round improvement’ over last year’s race-winning design, and hands over to Kimi Raikkonen for today and tomorrow.
The day went badly for Mercedes – again – when a brake failure put Lewis Hamilton’s W04 into the wall. The damage was too much to repair in time, meaning that for the second day running the team had to cut short its test after just a few laps.
Paul di Resta ran second to Grosjean in the Force India VJM06 before giving the car to James Rossiter for the afternoon session, while Daniel Ricciardo and the STR continued their promising showing with fastest lap just shy of the Scotsman. Mark Webber put more miles on the Red Bull RB9 with a hefty 101 laps completed, Nico Hulkenberg almost managed 100 in the Sauber, and Sergio Perez made a cautious debut for McLaren.
At the foot of the table was Luiz Razia, the Brazilian having his first taste of life as a Marussia race driver.
Today sees Charles Pic in the Caterham, and Esteban Gutierrez making his debut for Sauber. Valtteri Bottas takes the wheel of the Williams FW34 for the first time this year, Jean-Eric Vergne gets his turn in the STR, and we expect Jules Bianchi to drive the Force India today. World Champion Sebastian Vettel will also be on track for the first time in the Red Bull.