Welcome to the final day of pre-season testing for the 2013 Formula One World Championship season at the Circuit de Catalunya.
After a short hiatus, I am back to provide you with ever-reliable live-timing links.
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Questions are still yet to be answered about the pace of many of the grid’s expected front-runners, with Mercedes, Lotus, Red Bull, McLaren and Ferrari yet to show their hands. Will the teams provide a hint to their true pace on the final day of testing? Something tells me we’ll have to wait until Q2 in Melbourne to find out the true pecking order.
Romain Grosjean led for Lotus on Friday in rainy conditions. Though Kimi Raikkonen was scheduled to take over from the Frenchman on Saturday, food poisoning kept the Finn out of the car for the day’s running. Lotus third driver Davide Valsecchi replaced him for the morning session and Grosjean quickly returned from Paris to complete the afternoon’s running.
Even with only a short run in the car, Valsecchi was still confident he could perform in the E21 if he was called up to replace either Raikkonen or Grosjean.
“I think right now, if Kimi could finish third in Australia, then I could finish sixth” He said.
Ferrari unveiled a major body update on Friday, but was left disappointed when Alonso recorded the slowest time of the day. Though Massa recorded the second-fastest time on Saturday, the team’s running ended disappointingly in the closing stages of the session when the Brazilian lost a wheel on the back straight.
Red Bull maintained its low-key testing regime, the Milton Keynes-based squad not willing to reveal any secrets to their rivals. The RB9 is hidden behind visibility-blocking barriers immediately after it returns from the track.
Running below the top four is harder to decipher, with teams running an array of different schedules and little media coverage on them to boot.
Sunday’s testing will commence at 8am GMT.
The drivers lined up to test on Sunday are as follows:
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