The second day of official testing at Jerez, was quite similar to yesterday. Mark Webber was the first out on track. But with little less than an hour, Daniel Ricciardo caused the first red flag of the day, thanks to his car, which has stopped in the middle of the track. Something similar happened to Luiz Razia, new Marussia driver for 2013, which was also suddenly stopped on track. But before Razia’s incident, Lewis Hamilton, who today had a great opportunity to earn kilometers with Mercedes, could not do more than 15 laps at Jerez because of the off-track he did in the first turn, in which the car has suffered a loss of pressure in the rear brakes. Although the front brakes have slowed, Hamilton has hit against the guards, destroying the front wing and suspension of his car. This has kept them out of the tests during the whole day, as they have had to make reparations in the car. This makes Hamilton the driver with less laps of the day, with only 15 laps done. Mercedes has already lost two very important days.
Also we have seen that Ferrari with Felipe Massa in front, who has done 78 laps, has basically tested to see the performance of the improvements in his car. Ferrari is doing a great job in the back of the car, especially with the diffuser, rear wing and exhaust of the car.
Sauber is not far behind in development, and Red Bull’s designer has watched closely this car that presents interesting aerodynamic changes. The Swiss car is undoubtedly the one who follows the most Red Bull’s philosophy. Sauber with Hulkenberg have made a total of 99 laps.
Mclaren is not far behind either evolving and this is demonstrated in the great work to divert the flow of air in three, as you can see below the “nose”, under the front wing of the McLaren, driven today by Sergio “Checo Perez, who has made his debut as McLaren driver and made a total of 81 today in Jerez.
Williams, with the car of 2012, has made very little this morning, quite the opposite to Romain Grosjean and Paul Di Resta, who has been replaced by Force India’s new reserve driver, James Rossister this afternoon.
The afternoon session was based only and exclusively in making race stints. The teams have used the few hours of the end of the day to make run-tests with full fuel tanks and different aerodynamic configurations and tires