by Adrian Dorofte and Adrian Andronic
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Final Barcelona F1 Test 2013: DAY 3 - Last drive for Checo ahead of Australian GP

The penultimate day of pre-season testing – and Checo’s final day in MP4-28 before Melbourne. For the first time this week, weather conditions were stable and favourable: it was bright and sunny all day, which allowed the team to focus on a full day of running.

The morning was devoted to evaluating a number of different mechanical set-ups. The team then committed to a series of system changes over the lunchbreak before kicking off with a long run in the afternoon. Some live pitstop practice was also included – allowing Checo to get a feel for racing with the team in Australia later this month.

Location: Circuit de Catalunya
Driver: Sergio Perez
Track length: 4.655km
Laps: 101
Km covered: 470
Best laptime: 1m 22.694s
Test dates: Four days (February 28- March 3)


What’s next?

The final day: Jenson resumes running duties, and will wrap up our pre-season evaluation ofMP4-28 with more aero and mechanical set-up work.

DAY 2 Standings

Pos / Driver / Constructor / Time / Laps

1 / Lewis Hamilton / Mercedes AMG / 1m 20.558s / 117

2 / Felipe Massa / Ferrari / 1m 21.266s / 94

3 / Adrian Sutil / Force India / 1m 21.627s / 109

4 / Pastor Maldonado / Williams / 1m 22.305s / 34

5 / Valtteri Bottas / Williams / 1m 22.468s / 31

6 / Esteban Gutierrez / Sauber / 1m 22.553s / 99

7 / Mark Webber / Red Bull Racing / 1m 22.658s / 59

8 / Sergio Perez / Vodafone McLaren Mercedes / 1m 22.694s / 101

9 / Jean-Eric Vergne / Scuderia Toro Rosso / 1m 23.223s / 114

10 / Romain Grosjean / Lotus / 1m 23.380s / 46

11 / Davide Valsecchi / Lotus / 1m 23.448s / 16

12 / Jules Bianchi / Marussia / 1m 24.028s / 74

13 / Giedo van der Garde / Caterham / 1m 24.235s / 126

~ Official photo and report courtesy of Vodafone McLaren Mercedes ~

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