Barcelona testing: Hamilton tops the timesheet on penultimate day of testing

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

Hamilton set the time in the 1m20s on a soft set of tyres during the morning session and went on to complete 117 laps in the Mercedes.

Behind him Massa set the second fastest time in the Ferrari, but he nearly a second slower than the Mercedes.

His best time was set on a pair of super-soft tyres in the afternoon session before his day came to a premature end when the wheel came off the F138 bringing out the red flags.

Adrian Sutil set the third fastest time on a set of soft tyres in the morning session before completing a race simulation in the afternoon and racking up 109 laps for Force India.

The Williams’ of Pastor Maldonado and Valtteri Bottas set the fourth and fifth fastest times as they shared the day completing 65 laps between them.

Esteban Gutierrez set the sixth fastest time for Sauber in the morning session and focused on long runs in the afternoon completing 99 laps.

Mark Webber was seventh for Red Bull after spending the day completing aero work and testing the harder tyres. Behind him Sergio Perez was eighth for McLaren and Jean-Eric Vergne ninth for Toro Rosso after completing longer runs.

Romain Grosjean set the 10th fastest time after returning for Lotus in the afternoon following Kimi Raikkonen’s illness. Davide Valsecchi had run in the morning setting the 11th fastest time.

Jules Bianchi’s first run in the Marussia saw him set the 12th fastest time ahead of Giedo van der Garde in the Caterham.

Pre-season testing finishes tomorrow in Barcelona.

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