Grosjean leads day 2 of F1 testing

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I hope Paul and Grace get a cut of Romain Grosjean’s winnings this year, because their banter back on podcast 299 seems to have lit a fire under him.

I mean, what else could it be?

Grosjean, Lotus’ other driver, topped the timesheets during the second day of Formula 1 testing at Jerez. And, yes, if you haven’t heard already, Lewis Hamilton crashed out early.

Here are the final times from the official F1 site:

Unofficial Wednesday test times from Jerez:
1. Romain Grosjean, Lotus, 1:18.218, 95 laps
2. Paul di Resta, Force India, 1:19.003, 95 laps
3. Daniel Ricciardo, Toro Rosso, 1:19.134, 83 laps
4. Mark Webber, Red Bull, 1:19.338, 101 laps
5. Nico Hulkenberg, Sauber, 1:19.502, 99 laps
6. Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes, 1:19.519, 15 laps
7. Sergio Perez, McLaren, 1:19.572, 81 laps
8. Felipe Massa, Ferrari, 1:19.914, 78 laps
9. Pastor Maldonado, Williams, 1:20.693, 71 laps*
10. James Rossiter, Force India, 1:21.273, 19 laps
11. Giedo van der Garde, Caterham, 1:21.311, 88 laps
12. Luiz Razia, Marussia, 1:23.537, 31 laps
* Using 2012 car

“For me, the whole test has gone well which bodes well for the year ahead,” Grosjean said. “My feeling in the car is good and it was great to be at the top of the times. Even if it doesn’t mean anything during testing, it’s still good to be at the front.”

He then pleaded with the team to release his Basset Hound.*

Di Resta — and I’m going to go out on a limb here and say he either he really exceeds pre-season expectations this year, as in grabs some podiums and finishes firmly in the top 10, or he’s out ahead of 2014 — sounded pretty pleased, too.

“We did some more good aero work this morning and then tried some set-up changes on the car,” Di Resta said. “Testing is a good chance to make bigger changes than you would make during a race weekend and that’s allowed us to really see how they affect the car and has given us valuable data on tyre performance. The handling of the car so far is good and I’m feeling comfortable after two days in the car.”

Testing continues on Thursday, and for those keeping score, Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen are both set to get behind the wheel.

* That may not be true. Reports were conflicting.

 

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