Palmer’s 1’26.080 lap was the fastest of the day, but some 1.7 seconds off the time Nico Rosberg set for Mercedes on the first day of the test.
Pascal Wehrlein, who missed out on driving for Force India yesterday due to illness, took over from Rosberg in the W05 today and was second fastest. Pierre Gasly swapped the Toro Rosso he drove yesterday for a Red Bull and was third.
Jenson Button gave heart to McLaren’s struggling campaign with the fourth-fastest time and 100 laps on the board.
However in terms of mileage once again no one could touch Mercedes. Wehrlein covered 137 laps – nine fewer than Rosberg managed yesterday – and between them Mercedes covered more than four-and-a-quarter race distance in two days.
Raffaele Marciello returned to Sauber having tested for Ferrari yesterday, but spoiled his run with a crash at turn three in the morning. He was able to return to the track later on.
|1||Jolyon Palmer||Lotus-Mercedes E23||1’26.080||87|
|2||Pascal Wehrlein||Mercedes W06||1’26.497||137||0.417|
|3||Pierre Gasly||Red Bull-Renault RB11||1’26.683||75||0.603|
|4||Jenson Button||McLaren-Honda MP4-30||1’26.927||100||0.847|
|5||Alex Lynn||Williams-Mercedes FW37||1’26.967||52||0.887|
|6||Esteban Ocon||Force India-Mercedes VJM08||1’27.520||94||1.440|
|7||Esteban Gutierrez||Ferrari SF15-T||1’27.930||119||1.850|
|8||Carlos Sainz Jnr||Toro Rosso-Renault STR10||1’27.997||126||1.917|
|9||Raffaele Marciello||Sauber-Ferrari C34||1’28.829||75||2.749|
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