Formula One team Lotus put behind all their last week’s troubles to go back to the top of the time table on the very first day of the final pre-season testing at the Circuit de Catalunya.
Just 9 days later after being pushed to abandon the 2nd test after few laps because of a huge mechanical defect. Their French driver Romain Grosjean finished a comfortable seventy-three laps at the circuit with his best set in 1 minute 23.252 seconds.
That was under a 2nd off the fastest from last week registered by Kamui Kobayashi of Sauber on Friday, even though on the super soft Pirelli tyres. The French driver ended almost a quarter of a second up on McLaren’s Jenson Button, followed by Sergio Perez (Sauber) and Red Bull of Mark Webber. The latter pair was more than a half second down. The Australian driver is already assuming a close run affair for the season opener grand prix race on his home soil.
Webber told that they are really to get to Melbourne and see where all of our work is. He thinks it is going to be really tight, with the racing between several teams.
Nico Rosberg added important mileage on to the brand new Mercedes with a high of hundred and twenty-eight laps, ending 0.740 seconds behind Romain, with Jean-Eric Vergne, the Toro Rosso rookie, almost a second behind at the 6th spot.
Paul di Resta is confident that his Force India car is on an upward slope following another perfect day, even though he was the 7th quickest with a lap over a second slower than Romain. The Scottish driver was slightly ahead of Felipe Massa of Ferrari. He managed hundred and five laps in a car which is proving tough to read after a disturbed start at Jerez.