Today was a bad day for Lotus, with the power steering undergoing a mechanical failure. Poor old Heikki Kovalainen only made 15 laps, with a slow time. However, he says that the new car is much better and should shine once it’s working.
By contrast, 2010 slow boys Hispania made a great time, with Narain Karthikeyan getting the sixth-fastest time of all. He’s not going to be as fast as he could be, with his lack of recent F1 experience, but it shows just how slow the other teams are running at the moment. Breaking in the new cars and figuring out KERS and the adjustable rear wing has slowed them down; hopefully we’ll see some better times tomorrow and at later tests.
Fastest was Fernando Alonso, beating all of yesterday’s times as well as world champion and rival Sebastian Vettel. Once again the Force India was doing well, with Paul di Resta just 0.5 seconds slower than Alonso. He’s also in a 2010 car from the middle of the field, so in comparison with the HRT’s time they seem to be running heavier fuel with their slower times.
1 – Fernando Alonso 1:13.307
2 – Sebastian Vettel 1:13.614
3 – Paul di Resta 1:13.844
4 – Lewis Hamilton 1:14.353
5 – Robert Kubica 1:14.412
6 – Narain Karthikeyan 1:14.472
7 – Nico Rosberg 1:14.645
8 – Timo Glock 1:15.408
9 – Rubens Barrichello 1:16.023
10 – Sergio Perez 1:16.198
11 – Pastor Maldonado 1:16.266
12 – Sebastien Buemi 1:16.359
13 – Jaime Alguersuari 1:16.474
14 – Mark Webber 1:17.365
15 – Heikki Kovalainen 1:20.649