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Perez tops penultimate day

Sergio Perez quickest for Sauber on day three in Spain
Sergio Perez emerged on top of the pile with the quickest time on the penultimate day of testing in Barcelona.

The Sauber driver set his benchmark time of 1min 22.094secs during a qualifying simulation shortly before lunch, before switching to race simulation work in the afternoon.

The appearance of rain as the afternoon wore on helped ensure that the Mexican remained top of the times, although he was barely 0.009secs clear of the McLaren of Jenson Button.

Button had started the day with a quiet morning, with just 17 laps completed before the lunchbreak. The Briton was also quiet during the afternoon as he completed only 44 laps in total – although he was one of the few drivers in the afternoon to set a quicker time as he jumped up to second place.

Daniel Ricciardo was a solid third as Toro Rosso continued to show encouraging pace while Felipe Massa was fourth for Ferrari – both drivers electing to head out on intermediate tyres when the rain fell during the afternoon.

Force India's Paul di Resta was fifth quickest ahead of Bruno Senna, who brought out the red flag during the afternoon when he stopped on track in the new Williams. Heikki Kovalainen was seventh for Caterham, with Mark Webber down in eighth having focused on short runs in the heavily revised Red Bull.

Nico Rosberg was ninth for Mercedes, albeit within a second of the quickest time, with Kimi Raikkonen propping up the rear for Lotus having struggled with a steering issue during the morning session.



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(L to R): Esteban Ocon (FRA) Sahara Force India F1 Team with team mate Sergio Perez (MEX) Sahara Force India F1 and the Sahara Force India F1 VJM10.
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(L to R): Sergio Perez (MEX) Sahara Force India F1 with Alfonso Celis Jr (MEX) Sahara Force India F1 Development Driver and Esteban Ocon (FRA) Sahara Force India F1 Team.
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(L to R): Andrew Green (GBR) Sahara Force India F1 Team Technical Director; Sergio Perez (MEX) Sahara Force India F1; Dr. Vijay Mallya (IND) Sahara Force India F1 Team Owner; Esteban Ocon (FRA) Sahara Force India F1 Team; Robert Fernley (GBR) Sahara Force India F1 Team Deputy Team Principal, and the Sahara Force India F1 VJM10.
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(L to R): Dr. Vijay Mallya (IND) Sahara Force India F1 Team Owner with Sergio Perez (MEX) Sahara Force India F1 and Esteban Ocon (FRA) Sahara Force India F1 Team.
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(L to R): David Croft (GBR) Sky Sports Commentator with Sergio Perez (MEX) Sahara Force India F1 and Esteban Ocon (FRA) Sahara Force India F1 Team.
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(L to R): Alfonso Celis Jr (MEX) Sahara Force India F1 Development Driver; Sergio Perez (MEX) Sahara Force India F1; Dr. Vijay Mallya (IND) Sahara Force India F1 Team Owner; Alfonso Celis Jr (MEX) Sahara Force India F1 Development Driver, with the Sahara Force India F1 VJM10.
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(L to R): Sergio Perez (MEX) Sahara Force India F1; Dr. Vijay Mallya (IND) Sahara Force India F1 Team Owner; Esteban Ocon (FRA) Sahara Force India F1 Team, with the Sahara Force India F1 VJM10.
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(L to R): Sergio Perez (MEX) Sahara Force India F1 with team mate Esteban Ocon (FRA) Sahara Force India F1 Team and the Sahara Force India F1 VJM10.
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Sergio Perez (MEX) Sahara Force India F1 and Esteban Ocon (FRA) Sahara Force India F1 Team unveil the Sahara Force India F1 VJM10.
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Sergio Perez (MEX) Sahara Force India F1 and Esteban Ocon (FRA) Sahara Force India F1 Team unveil the Sahara Force India F1 VJM10.
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(L to R): David Croft (GBR) Sky Sports Commentator; Natalie Pinkham (GBR) Sky Sports Presenter; Dr. Vijay Mallya (IND) Sahara Force India F1 Team Owner; Sergio Perez (MEX) Sahara Force India F1; Esteban Ocon (FRA) Sahara Force India F1 Team; Otmar Szafnauer (USA) Sahara Force India F1 Chief Operating Officer; Andrew Green (GBR) Sahara Force India F1 Team Technical Director.
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(L to R): Sergio Perez (MEX) Sahara Force India F1 with Dr. Vijay Mallya (IND) Sahara Force India F1 Team Owner and Esteban Ocon (FRA) Sahara Force India F1 Team.
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Sergio Perez (MEX) Sahara Force India F1.
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(L to R): Sergio Perez (MEX) Sahara Force India F1 with Esteban Ocon (FRA) Sahara Force India F1 Team.
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Racers - Unregistered

March 04, 2012 6:58 AM

I am really surprised by the progress made by Sauber, they really made the most of earlier testing. I am sure they are the team to watch for this season, they have potential to surprise some of the big teams. I strongly believe they will outperform all the midfield teams with their strong car and strong drivers.



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