Sergio Perez hero of the day!!!Sergio Perez set the fastest time of an interesting day of testing at the Circuit de Catalunya. Perez's lap of 1:22.094 was set on a short soft tyre run. Day begin with huge interest of media for updated RB8, with Mark Webber at the wheel. Webber broke cover to reveal new exhaust positioning and a revised rear end, as Red Bull tried to hide its upgrades by swarming the car with mechanics and a rear wing cover on every return to the pits. A full new RB8 chassis was flown out with the parts on the car already, with Webber setting a best time of 1:22.662, just for eight place.
Jenson Button was one of the few drivers not to undertake a long run in the afternoon. The McLaren driver made the most of medium compound tyres and a lower fuel load to climb to second place, only 0.009 seconds adrift of Perez. Hydraulic problem kept his McLaren in the garage for the second half of the morning. By lunch he had completed just 17 laps and he only managed to boost his tally to 44 by the end of the day.
Felipe Massa also had a productive day with 122 laps, gathering data in the morning before a race simulation in the afternoon. Even the rain didn't stop Massa heading out on track as the team is keen to toubleshoot the F2012 as much as possible before the first race at Melbourne.
After Lotus topped the times over the last two days, Kimi Raikkonen was slowest on Saturday with a 1:25.379. The E20 was sporting a new floor, front and rear wings and barge boards, but Raikkonen's morning running was limited due to a steering column change. He completed just 43 laps in total.
Pos Driver Team Time Gap Laps 1. Sergio Perez Sauber 1:22.094 114 2. Jenson Button McLaren 1:22.103 + 0.009 44 3. Daniel Ricciardo Toro Rosso 1:22.155 + 0.061 131 4. Felipe Massa Ferrari 1:22.413 + 0.319 122 5. Paul Di Resta Force India 1:22.446 + 0.352 108 6. Bruno Senna Williams 1:22.480 + 0.386 111 7. Heikki Kovalainen Caterham 1:22.630 + 0.536 64 8. Mark Webber Red Bull 1:22.662 + 0.568 70 9. Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1:22.932 + 0.838 129 10. Kimi Raikkonen Lotus 1:25.379 + 3.285 43