2012 BARCELONA II, DAY 1, LOTUS ARE BACK AND FASTEST AGAIN !!!

Lotus are back on test and fastest as usual !!!
Today the first day of the last pre-season test at Circuit de Catalunya, Barcelona, ​​after several test sessions missed, Lotus had comeback on track and immediately with a new positive result for them. Romain Grosjean has recorded the fastest time in the last 30 minutes of the session, using Pirelli`s soft tyres, moving Jenson Button with McLaren at the second position, who spent most of the day at the top of timetable. Englishman completed only 57 laps with MP4-27, and from the team said it was due to the significant upgrade of the car in this test before the start of the season scheduled on March 16 to 18 in Melbourne. His time was set to hard tires Pirelli.

Fast times were set up in the morning part, and in the afternoon were rare because the teams decided to use stable conditions on the track for longer runs. Grosjean was one of only two drivers who improved his time after lunch, the other was Mark Webber in Red Bull. Australian was fourth fastest with 0.578s. gap behind the fastest time and completed 102 laps in RB8.

Ferrari again very reserved. Felipe Massa only the second time in pre-season test drove over 100 laps in the new F2012, and once again the team said that their test program is focused on testing new parts, not qualifying or the race simulations. At the end of the day his best time was enough for only 8-th place with gap for more than a second from the time of Grosjean.

Nico Rosberg was the busiest driver completing impressive 128 laps and set the fifth fastest time. Immediately behind him was Vitaly Petrov, who replaced sick Heikki Kovalainen, completing 123 laps.
Pos     Driver             Team            Time      Gap     Laps
 1.  Romain Grosjean      Lotus           1:23.252            73
 2.  Jenson Button        McLaren         1:23.510  +0.258    64
 3.  Sergio Perez         Sauber          1:23.820  +0.568   118
 4.  Mark Webber          Red Bull        1:23.830  +0.578   102
 5.  Nico Rosberg         Mercedes        1:23.992  +0.740   128
 6.  Jean-Eric Vergne     Toro Rosso      1:24.216  +0.964   113
 7.  Paul Di Resta        Force India     1:24.305  +1.053    98
 8.  Felipe Massa         Ferrari         1:24.318  +1.066   105
 9.  Vitaly Petrov        Caterham        1:24.876  +1.624   123
10.  Pastor Maldonado     Williams        1:25.587  +2.335    58