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Formula 1 Testing: Times from Day 2 at Mugello

MUGELLO, ITALY - MAY 02:  Romain Grosjean of France and Lotus in action during Formula One Testing at the Mugello Circuit on May 2, 2012 in Mugello, Italy.  (Photo by Andrew Hone/Getty Images)
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Neil JamesFeatured ColumnistMay 2, 2012

Warmer weather greeted the teams for the second day of the in-season Formula 1 test at Mugello, with air temperatures of around 21°C (70°F) and some bright sunshine providing perfect conditions.

After the rain-affected first day saw little running, much of the morning was spent collecting data with a variety of gauges and sensors visible on the cars.  Some teams continued in this vein well into the afternoon—Ferrari among them.

McLaren's Gary Paffett, the sole occupant of the MP4-27, was the only reserve driver to take part.  Elsewhere, many teams split the day between two drivers, giving us a total of 14 runners.

Mark Webber (Red Bull), Jean-Eric Vergne (Toro Rosso), Kamui Kobayashi (Sauber), Michael Schumacher (Mercedes) and Charles Pic (Marussia) continued into the second day.

They were joined by Felipe Massa (Ferrari), Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull), Daniel Ricciardo (Toro Rosso), Romain Grosjean (Lotus), Timo Glock (Marussia), Vitaly Petrov (Caterham), Bruno Senna (Williams) and Paul di Resta (Force India). 

The quickest time was a 1:21.603, set first in the morning by Grosjean and equalled with just minutes to go by Kobayashi.

The full list of times were as follows:

Pos Driver Team Time
01 Romain Grosjean Lotus 1:21.603
02 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber 1:21.603
03 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull 1:21.825
04 Mark Webber Red Bull 1:21.997
05 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1:22.257
06 Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso 1:22.422
07 Daniel Ricciardo Toro Rosso 1:22.588
08 Michael Schumacher Mercedes 1:23.404
09 Charles Pic Marussia 1:23.982
10 Vitaly Petrov Caterham 1:24.312
11 Gary Paffett McLaren 1:24.480
12 Timo Glock Marussia 1:24.499
13 Paul di Resta Force India 1:24.749
14 Bruno Senna Williams 1:24.842

MUGELLO, ITALY - MAY 02:  Kamui Kobayashi of Japan and Sauber F1 in action during Formula One Testing at the Mugello Circuit on May 2, 2012 in Mugello, Italy.  (Photo by Andrew Hone/Getty Images)
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Though most of the drivers were able to put in some laps, Di Resta was a notable exception.  A hydraulic problem left him able to complete just 14 laps, meaning Force India have yet to do any useful runs this week.

McLaren were seen performing practice pit stops and paying special attention to the left-rear wheel, which caused problems during two of Lewis Hamilton's stops in Bahrain.

Schumacher was the day's marathon man, doing an impressive 144 laps around a circuit which was his second home during the decade he spent at Ferrari.

Thursday will be the third and final day at Mugello, and the last proper testing day of 2012.  The session begins at 9:00am Italian time (UTC+2).

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