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Friday 20th February, 2015 - 9:42am

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Pastor Maldonado cracks fastest time on soft tyres on the opening day of the Barcelona F1 test

Pastor Maldonado cracks fastest time on soft tyres on the opening day of the Barcelona F1 test

Venezuelan driver Pastor Maldonado gave Lotus some glory by topping times on Day 1 of the Barcelona test, which saw a nasty collision between Susie Wolff and Felipe Nasr.

Wolff (Williams), who had logged 86 laps, and Nasr (Sauber) collided at Turn 5 of the circuit, both blamed each other for the incident.

Neither driver was injured in the crash which saw Nasr collect the tyre barriers and Wolff come to rest in the gravel trap.

Wolff was on an out lap while Nasr was on a flyer at the time of the incident.

The session saw Maldonado use soft Pirellis to set a benchmark of 1:25.011s to dislodge Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen who recorded 1:25.167s on medium compound tyres.

Red Bull star Daniel Ricciardo ended the day third fastest, recording a 1:25.547s on softer tyres after logging 59 laps.

The day ended early for Mercedes’ reigning world champion Lewis Hamilton who was forced to stand down after covering just 11 laps when he succumbed to a heavy fever.

It meant that Pascal Wehrlein had to be summoned back from testing with Force India to fill Hamilton’s Mercedes.

After the team took time to make the necessary adjustments in the car to accommodate Wehrlein, the driver ended the day with the eighth fastest time.

Seventh was Jenson Button with McLaren-Honda forced to switch engines after a fault was found with a seal on the MGU-K.

It is likely that McLaren may have to wait until the weekend before a replacement part is fitted.

See below for Barcelona test times – Day 1

1

Pastor Maldonado

Lotus/Mercedes

1:25.011

69

2

Kimi Raikkonen

Ferrari

1:25.167

74

3

Daniel Ricciardo

Red Bull/Renault

1:25.547

59

4

Sergio Perez

Force India/Mercedes

1:26.636

34

5

Felipe Nasr

Sauber/Ferrari

1:27.307

79

6

Max Verstappen

Toro Rosso/Renault

1:27.307

94

7

Jenson Button

McLaren/Honda

1:28.182

21

8

Pascal Wehrlein

Force India/Mercedes

1:28.329

32

9

Pascal Wehrlein

Mercedes

1:28.489

48

10

Susie Wolff

Williams/Mercedes

1:28.906

86

11

Lewis Hamilton

Mercedes

1:30.429

11

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