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:
|03||Sebastian Vettel||Red Bull||1:21.825|
|04||Mark Webber||Red Bull||1:21.997|
|06||Jean-Eric Vergne||Toro Rosso||1:22.422|
|07||Daniel Ricciardo||Toro Rosso||1:22.588|
|13||Paul di Resta||Force India||1:24.749|
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).