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F1: Max Chilton puts Marussia on top at Barcelona

The second of this year’s in-season Formula 1 test sessions kicked off at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya today.

Overnight rain meant a slow start to the morning’s running. With the track drying into the afternoon, teams began to evaluate new parts and new Pirelli tires.

F1 test Barcelona Max Chilton, Marussia
Max Chilton, Marussia (Photo: WRI2)

Twenty-three-year-old Briton Max Chilton set the fastest time of the day with a 1m26.464; over three seconds faster than he managed in qualifying last Saturday and would have put him fourth on the grid for the race.

In second place was Lotus reserve driver, Frenchman Charles Pic who set a 1m26.661.

The winner of Sunday’s Grand Prix of Spain, Lewis Hamilton was third fastest in his Mercedes AMG.

F1 test Barcelona Charles Pic, Lotus
Charles Pic, Lotus (Photo: Lotus F1 Team)

Kimi Raikkonen was fourth fastest for Ferrari, with the top ten completed by Jean-Eric Vergne (Toro Rosso), Nico Hulkenberg (Sahara Force India), Felipe Massa (Williams), Jenson Button (McLaren), Kamui Kobayashi (Caterham), Sebastien Buemi (Red Bull Racing) and Giedo van der Garde (Sauber).

Classification*, Day 1, Tuesday May 13:

1 Max Chilton Marussia 1m26.434s 60 laps
2 Charles Pic Lotus 1m26.661s 70 laps
3 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m26.674s 79 laps
4 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m26.965s 20 laps
5 Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso 1m27.724s 52 laps
6 Nico Hulkenberg Sahara Force India 1m27.727s 53 laps
7 Felipe Massa Williams 1m27.756s 55 laps
8 Jenson Button McLaren 1m28.333s 74 laps
9 Kamui Kobayashi Caterham 1m30.101s 72 laps
10 Sebastien Buemi Red Bull 1m31.440s 54 laps
11 Giedo van der Garde Sauber 1m31.783s 86 laps
*Unofficial timing