Lewis Hamilton back on top in pre-season testing

Updated: 02 March 2013 19:50 IST

The British Mercedes driver, world champion in 2008, posted a quickest time of 1min 20.55sec on a dry track, over a second faster than Mexican Sergio Perez's fastest lap on the same circuit a week ago.

Barcelona:

Lewis Hamilton recorded the fastest time on Saturday morning on the third day of pre-season testing at the Catalunya Circuit in Barcelona.

The British Mercedes driver, world champion in 2008, posted a quickest time of 1min 20.55sec on a dry track, over a second faster than Mexican Sergio Perez's fastest lap on the same circuit a week ago.

Germany's Adrian Sutil was second-fastest in a time of 1min 21.627sec in his Force India, while Brazil's Felipe Massa was third in a Ferrari.

Quickest on Friday, France's Romain Grosjean did not take to the track on Saturday morning but was due to participate in the afternoon session.

The four-day testing session ends on Sunday ahead of the start of the 2013 season in Melbourne on March 17.

Leading times

1. Lewis Hamilton (GBR/Mercedes) 1:20.550, 2. Adrian Sutil (GER/Force India-Mercedes) 1:21.627, 3. Felipe Massa (BRA/Ferrari) 1:21.673, 4. Pastor Maldonado (VEN/Williams-Renault) 1:22.305, 5. Esteban Gutierrez (MEX/Sauber-Ferrari) 1:22.553, 6. Sergio Perez (MEX/McLaren-Mercedes) 1:22.694, 7. Mark Webber (AUS/Red Bull-Renault) 1:23.116, 8. Jean-Eric Vergne (FRA/Toro Rosso-Ferrari) 1:23.223, 9. Davide Valsecchi (ITA/Lotus-Renault) 1:23.448, 10. Jules Bianchi (FRA/Marussia-Cosworth) 1:24.307, 11. Giedo van der Garde (NED/Caterham-Renault) 1:24.520

Topics : Formula 1 Ferrari McLaren Fernando Alonso Bernie Ecclestone Australian Grand Prix Giancarlo Fisichella Paul di Resta Nico Rosberg Mercedes Force India Adrian Sutil Lewis Hamilton Istanbul Park Shanghai International Circuit Circuit of the Americas Valencia Street Circuit United States Grand Prix
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