Chilton tops opening day of testing in Spain for Marussia
Max Chilton topped the opening day of the post-Spanish Grand Prix test for Marussia.
Chilton shot to the top of the time sheets in the dying moments of the session with a lap of 1:26.434 on the super-soft Pirelli tyres, relegating Lotus’ Reserve Driver Charles Pic down to second, the Frenchman having impressed on his first outing for the Enstone-based team.
Lewis Hamilton, who had been quickest in the wet morning session, ended the day third overall for Mercedes with 79 laps completed of the Circuit de Catalunya.
As a result of rain in the morning, the hour-long lunch break was brought forward to allow the teams more track time in the afternoon, when conditions improved.
Kimi Raikkonen was fourth for Ferrari, on what was a difficult day for the Scuderia, with the Finn completing just 20 laps as a result of an early stoppage in the morning and a late spin at turn four which brought an early halt to the team’s day.
Jean-Eric Vergne ended the day fifth for Toro Rosso, despite two early stoppages, as the Italian team, like Sauber, completed compulsory testing for tyre supplier Pirelli.
Nico Hulkenberg, who picked up the final point on offer at last weekend’s Spanish Grand Prix, racked up 53 laps on his way to sixth overall for Force India, The German’s best lap 1.2 seconds shy of Chilton’s session topping time.
Felipe Massa was seventh for Williams, half a second faster than Jenson Button, who on Tuesday refuted claims that he was planning to retire at the end of the year, in eighth in the sole McLaren.
Kamui Kobayashi and Sebestian Buemi rounded out the top 10, the Swiss racer completing 54 laps before a gearbox issue brought his first day of running in the RB10 to a premature end.
Sauber’s reserve driver Giedo van der Garde propped up the time sheets.
Testing will resume on Wednesday where Mercedes are expected to debut their new exhaust, which is expected to increase the volume created by the new for 2014 V6 turbo engines.
Post-Spanish Grand Prix Testing – Day One – Classification
1. Max Chilton – Marussia-Ferrari – 1:26.434 – 60 laps
2. Charles Pic – Lotus-Renault – 1;26.661 +0.227 – 69 laps
3. Lewis Hamilton – Mercedes – 1:26.674 +0.240 – 79 laps
4. Kimi Raikkonen – Ferrari – 1:26.965 +0.531 – 20 laps
5. Jean-Eric Vergne – Toro Rosso-Renault – 1:27.724 +1.290 – 50 laps
6. Nico Hulkenberg – Force India-Mercedes – 1:27.727 +1.293 – 52 laps
7. Felipe Massa – Williams-Mercedes – 1:27.756 +1.322 – 55 laps
8. Jenson Button – McLaren-Mercedes – 1:28.333 +1.899 – 73 laps
9. Kamui Kobayashi – Caterham-Renault – 1:30.101 +3.667 – 72 laps
10. Sebastien Buemi – Red Bull-Renault – 1:31.440 +5.006 – 54 laps
11. Giedo van der Garde – Sauber-Ferrari – 1:31.783 +5.349 – 85 laps
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