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Hülkenberg puts Force India on top at Barcelona, day two // The second day of testing sees Force India lead Sauber

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The front view of the nose is hypnotising
The front view of the nose is hypnotisingCredit: Sahara Force India Formula One Team

Force India took the top spot today with Nico Hülkenberg behind the wheel. The second day of testing in Barcelona saw the Hulk on top throughout, with Sergio Pérez following him closely for second. Yesterday's top driver, Sebastian Vettel, had to settle for third, but as Jonathan Noble points out:

Hulkenberg and Perez's times both set on super softs, so Vettel still looking in a very strong position...

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Meanwhile, Vitaly Petrov had his first day in the Caterham, completing 69 laps overall and finishing second from last. Only Marussia were behind, and they finished over 100 laps. Long runs were the order of the day, with Force India, Red Bull and McLaren also topping the century.

At day's end, Lewis Hamilton was happy with how the programme had worked out for him and prepared to hand the car over to Jenson Button tomorrow.

To have completed more than 1000km in the past two days is incredibly encouraging – the whole team should feel proud. We didn’t bring any upgrades here, but our understanding of the car has developed since the test in Jerez. We’re learning more about how the tyres work, how the temperatures behave and how to balance the car using set-up. It’s been an extremely productive few days – and I think Jenson will continue to improve the car tomorrow.

- Lewis Hamilton

Finally, in the ongoing Lotus chassis problem, rumour has it they have requested the chance to use up their three days missed in Barcelona this week in a private test instead. There's still no news on what the issue actually is yet, though.

2012 Pre-Season Testing - Day 2, Barcelona
PositionDriverTeamTimeLaps
1Nico HülkenbergForce India1:22.608112
2Sergio PérezSauber1:22.64885
3Sebastian VettelRed Bull1:22.891104
4Fernando AlonsoFerrari1:23.18087
5Daniel RicciardoToro Rosso1:23.63948
6Lewis HamiltonMcLaren1:23.806121
7Nico RosbergMercedes1:24.55582
8Valtteri BottasWilliams1:25.738117
9Vitaly PetrovCaterham1:26.60569
10Charles PicMarussia1:27.343108

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