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Alonso leads the times on third test day
Thursday 21st February 2013, 17:37 by TF1T Staff
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Fernando Alonso was the quickest man come the checkered flag on the third day of testing in Barcelona. He will hand the car over to Felipe Massa on Friday.
The Spaniard's time was just a few tenths slower than Sergio Perez's best in the McLaren on Tuesday.
Sauber's Nico Hulkenberg went second quickest as he tested the DRD (drag reduction device) on the C31. He finished ahead of Romain Grosjean for Lotus.
Williams opted to run Pastor Maldonado in the morning before handing the car to Valterri Bottas for the afternoon session, with the pair finishing just over a tenth apart.
Adrian Sutil got his first taste of a F1 car in over a year after getting back behind the wheel of a Force India. He went eighth quickest.
Giedo van der Garde rounded off the times with a lap just under half a second slower than Marussia's Max Chilton in 11th.
Times from the Barcelona pre-season test (Thursday):
# Driver Team Time Gap Laps 01. F. Alonso Ferrari 1:21.875 97 02. N. Hulkenberg Sauber 1:22.160 +0.285 91 03. R. Grosjean Lotus 1:22.188 +0.313 119 04 N. Rosberg Mercedes 1:22.611 +0.736 108 05. P. Maldonado Williams 1:22.675 +0.800 79 06. V. Bottas Williams 1:22.826 +0.951 68 07. J. Button McLaren 1:22.840 +0.965 71 08. A. Sutil Force India 1:22.877 +1.002 78 09. M. Webber Red Bull 1:23.024 +1.149 108 10. J. Vergne Toro Rosso 1:23.366 +1.491 106 11. M. Chilton Marussia 1:25.690 +3.815 58 12. G. Garde Caterham 1:26.177 +4.302 93