van der Garde had trailed his former GP2 team-mate early on, but vaulted ahead once the Brazilian hit trouble and ended the day with a best effort of 1min 21.311secs, which put him two seconds clear of twelfth spot. The day consisted of aero and tyre evaluations as the Dutchman built on the experience he accumulated as reserve in 2012.
"Another solid day on track and, with 88 laps completed, we can be pleased with what we've achieved today,” van der Garde reported, “For the second day running, we didn't have any real issues and we're working through the programme so the team on track and back in Leafield have a lot of data to work on.
Testing continues into a third day tomorrow (Thursday), with wholesale talent changes behind the wheel. Esteban Gutierrez and Valtteri Bottas are due to make their first appearances for Sauber and Williams respectively, while Pic takes over from van der Garde to make his debut with Caterham. At the other end of the field, Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen are expected to take up the reins at Red Bull and Lotus, while Jean-Eric Vergne gets his turn in the cockpit of the new Toro Rosso.