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Hamilton leaps into the lead on penultimate day of Barcelona testing // Lewis leads in Spain, as Kimi calls in sick and Felipe's wheel pops off

Published by Christine Blachford

Hamilton leaps into the lead on penultimate day of Barcelona testing
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After another washed out day of testing yesterday, the Circuit de Catalunya delivered some sunshine once more, heralding many sighs of relief throughout the paddock. With plenty of aero work to be done on this penultimate day of testing before jetting off to Australia, the teams got down to work with some flying laps in the morning and then race simulations in the afternoon.

Kimi Räikkönen was due to drive the Lotus today, but after developing a stomach bug, he was replaced by reserve driver Davide Valsecchi in the morning. The team recalled Romain Grosjean to work, after he returned to Paris last night, and the Frenchman arrived in time to take over the afternoon’s programme.

Lewis Hamilton set a blistering lap time in the morning, which was untouchable, even by himself. In the final stages of the afternoon, Felipe Massa brought out a red flag when the front left wheel came flying off his Ferrari. He brought the car to a safe halt, and the team recovered it to the garage with just seven minutes of the day’s action remaining.

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