Day two at Barcelona saw teams beginning their race simulations, and with dry weather from the off, times were faster too. Pirelli tyres are showing themselves to respond very differently to the Bridgestones, and can drop off fairly quickly. There will definitely be two or more pit stop races all through the season, if Sebastian Vettel’s simulation is anything to go by.
A rare reliability problem for Ferrari caused a red flag part way through the day, and Paul di Resta also stopped on track, but overall it was a good day. Liuzzi tested for HRT with the view to getting a race seat, and Ricardo Teixeira had an hour in Kovalainen’s Lotus.
Fastest man on track was Vettel, but Spaniard Alguersuari in the Toro Rosso was only 0.2s off that time, and ahead of fellow countryman Alonso by 0.46s. So has the Toro Rosso got it this year? Alguersuari and Buemi both know that this year it is vital for them to perform: if they do badly, Daniel Ricciardo will take their place; if they do well, they could be driving for Red Bull in 2012. So Mark Webber might be out of a seat then, making this potentially his last season at the team – there’s no way they’d get rid of Vettel.
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