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Grosjean, Kobayashi share top spot

Romain Grosjean and Kamui Kobayashi set the best time during the second day of F1 testing at Mugello
Romain Grosjean and Kamui Kobayashi shared top honours on the second day of F1 testing at Mugello, with the pair setting the same time after a dry day of running at the Italian circuit.

Grosjean had emerged as the man to beat during the morning session as he took over from test driver Jerome D'Ambrosio at Lotus, setting a time of 1m 21.603s that looked set to remain unbeaten as the day wore on.

Kobayashi had other ideas however, and having earlier caused a red flag when he suffered a spin, the Sauber man made the most of a soft tyre run in the closing stages of the day to match Grosjean's time and share bragging rights.

"It's always good to end the day on top, but we have to remember that in testing lap times mean very little," Grosjean admitted afterwards. "Having said that, the car felt great and I was very comfortable from the start. This test gives us an opportunity to try things that we wouldn't have time to do during a race weekend, so hopefully it'll help us to keep pushing forward.

"We've done a lot of setup work today, and for sure we'll need to take some time to look through all the data and analyse what we need to focus on tomorrow, but it's a good baseline for the final day."

Behind the top two, Sebastian Vettel was third quickest for Red Bull ahead of team-mate Mark Webber as the defending champions elected to give both drivers time on track.

Webber was out on track during the morning session before handing over to Vettel, who improved his times throughout the afternoon before eventually moving ahead of the Australian on the time-sheets.

“Unfortunately we don't have this track on the calendar," the defending champion reflected. "It's an incredible circuit with a lot of high-speed corners. It's what you hope for in a Formula One car, because you can really feel the downforce. Once you get into the rhythm it's really enjoyable.

“We've got a lot of laps to get through here. We'll be trying to sort out a lot of the items we've been testing at previous events and things we possibly want to use in the future. The really important thing from here will be the analysis after this test to see what happens to the car.”

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LJ - Unregistered

May 03, 2012 3:50 AM

I think Mclaren made the right choice. 1) The track they're testing on bares no relevance to other tracks on the circuit. 2) They haven't brought any updates to the car, so they wouldn't learn anything new that they don't already know. 3) The test drivers are the ones back at base on the simulator all the time coming up with setup for Jenson and Lewis to work from. They need some time in the car so that they can make the simulator act the same way the car handles.

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