In the Formula One preseason testing, Romain Grosjean ended at the top of the time-table.
After receiving the honors as the 9th different driver to set the pace on the track so far, the French driver turned to be the first to led that group for the 2nd time at Barcelona’s Circuit de Catalunya.
After being pushed to abandon the second test last week only after few laps on the 1st day because of a mechanical defect, these past 2 days have worked as a welcome tonic.
Even though the testing times are quite tough to read, at least Lotus is revealing that they will surely be the team to keep an eye on as the season opener race starts in Australia on almost two weeks time. Romain’s best lap of his 2 days came 4 minutes before the end of an extensive session which had to be held up by 30 minutes in the morning because of fog.
With soft Pirelli tyres, Romain clocked a time of 1 minute 22.614 seconds to force out Jean-Eric Vergne of Toro Rosso from top most position just when it looked as if his compatriot would make it ten different race drivers out in front across ten days so far.
However that remains 0.3 seconds slow compared to the best lap in Barcelona last week registered by Kamui Kobayashi of Sauber with set of super soft tyres. Vergne managed thirty-one laps because his engine getting fire just before lunch, leading in him running out to fix a flying lap during afternoon and ending just behind Grosjean. Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull’s double world champion, was 3rd, followed by Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso.