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Hulkenberg quickest on second day at Barcelona

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Thursday 23rd February, 2012 - 7:47am

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Nico Hulkenberg heads out of pitlane on the Super Soft Pirellis

Nico Hulkenberg heads out of pitlane on the Super Soft Pirellis

Force India’s Nico Hulkenberg has ended the second day of Formula One’s Barcelona pre-season test as the fastest man.

The German clocked a best time of 1:22.6s late in the morning while running on Pirelli’s Super Soft compound tyre.

With Red Bull and McLaren completing extensive race simulation work in the afternoon, Hulkenberg’s time was not eclipsed.

Second-year Sauber driver Sergio Perez was second fastest, just 0.04s behind Hulkenberg, while Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull), Fernando Alonso (Ferrari), Daniel Ricciardo (Toro Rosso) and Lewis Hamilton (McLaren) rounded out the top six.

Vettel and Hamilton found themselves in an impromptu race during the afternoon as the pair completed their long runs in close proximity – the Red Bull eventually overtaking the McLaren.

Nico Rosberg was seventh in his first official day driving the new Mercedes, while Valterri Bottas took the Williams FW33 to eighth fastest. The 22-year-old Finn will complete 15 practice sessions with the team during the season.

Vitaly Petrov (Caterham) and Charles Pic (Maurissia) rounded out the field following the withdrawal of the Lotus team from the test yesterday due to a fundamental chassis issue.

See below for the Day 2 times

Pos Driver Car Time Gap
 1 Hulkenberg Force India 1m22.608s
 2 Perez Sauber 1m22.648s +0.040
 3 Vettel Red Bull 1m22.891s +0.283
 4 Alonso Ferrari 1m23.180s +0.572
 5 Ricciardo Toro Rosso 1m23.639s +1.031
 6 Hamilton McLaren 1m23.806s +1.198
 7 Rosberg Mercedes 1m24.555s +1.947
 8 Bottas Williams 1m25.738s +3.130
 9 Petrov Caterham 1m26.605s +3.997
10 Pic Marussia 1m27.343s +4.735

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