Barcelona testing: Hamilton tops the timesheet on day four

Lewis Hamilton set the fastest time for Mercedes on the final day of the second pre-season test in Barcelona.

Hamilton set the time on medium tyres in between the rainy conditions of the morning session. The Briton completed 52 laps on a day that saw eight red flags, with one of the final caused by Hamilton himself.

The final red flag of the day was caused by Jules Bianchi and the session was cut short following this. Bianchi had taken over the Force India from Adrian Sutil and he set the fourth fastest time although this was over two seconds slower than the time Sutil had set on Thursday.

Jenson Button recovered from a disappointing day on Thursday to set the second fastest time and completed 70 laps for McLaren.

Jean-Eric Vergne was the only driver to use the softer compound tyre and he set the third fastest time of the day.

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Sauber’s Esteban Gutierrez set the fifth fastest time of the day despite causing one of the first red flags of the day after ending up in the gravel trap.

Giedo van der Garde was sixth ahead of Felipe Massa in the Ferrari and Mark Webber in the Red Bull.

Max Chilton was ninth for Marussia and Romain Grosjean set the 10th fastest time for Lotus.

At Williams Valtteri Bottas and Pastor Maldonado shared duties, completing 36 laps between them but not setting a time.

It should be remembered that the times set in testing are unlikely to be a true gauge of each cars performance.

The final pre-season test will take place in Barcelona next week.

For full times, laps completed and tyre compounds see http://www.autosport.com/news/report.php/id/105679

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