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Pérez leads the way for McLaren but struggles on the tyres // McLaren show some pace, as Pirelli face yet more wrath

Published by Christine Blachford

Pérez leads the way for McLaren but struggles on the tyres
Credit: Vodafone McLaren Mercedes

Sergio Pérez was the fastest driver on day two at the Circuit de Catalunya, as the second week of testing in Spain continued. The new McLaren driver was just three tenths of a second faster than Sebastian Vettel, who caused one red flag during the day when the Red Bull stopped at the end of the pitlane.

Max Chilton brought out another red flag, halting the test session early after the Marussia ran out of fuel on track.

Elsewhere, Kimi Räikkönen was sidelined for much of the day with a gearbox problem. He did manage to complete 43 laps in the end, and was third fastest, so not too much was lost.

Pacesetter Pérez was quite vocal about the state of Pirelli’s tyres, with the Barcelona track supposed to be more suited to the compounds after the abrasive surface in Jerez. He labelled the degradation as “extreme”, “difficult” and a “surprise.” However, Force India’s Paul di Resta disagrees, saying the tyres are wearing out quickly but it’s to be expected as it’s a lot colder than they will have when they are racing.