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Nico Hulkenberg set a strong time to end up second for the day in his Sauber after racking up 91 laps. Lotus seemed to have sorted out the issues with the E21 that plagued Kimi on the first two days of testing. Romain Grosjean scored the most laps of the day to end just a couple of hundredths off the Saubers pace. The Lotus and the Mercedes seem to have similar long run pace, while the black and gold car is rumored to be the best on the grid.
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Williams opted to split the time in the car for the day, with both drivers spending half a day around the Spanish track. Pastor was trading fastest lap times all morning with Alonso, but ended up fifth ahead of his rookie team mate Bottas.
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Sutil had a good return to Formula one finishing just one second off the pace of the Ferrari and he is looking good to bag that coveted last race seat on the grid. With Jules Bianchi getting his shot to show what he can do with the car on day four, it seems as though Sutil has done his bit, and the shareholders of Force India are set to decide on their second driver by next week.
The sister teams of Red Bull and Toro Rosso ended in ninth and tenth respectively followed by Chilton in the Marussia and Van de Garde in the Caterham. An interesting bit of news is that Max Chiltons father is rumored to be buying a stake in the Marussia team for every year his son races for them. Given that he has a three year contract, it is not hard to imagine Team Chilton in 2015 or 2016.
Barcelona Day 3 - Lap Times
1. Alonso - Ferrari - 1.21.875
2. Hulkenberg - Sauber - 1.22.160
3. Grosjean -Lotus - 1.22.188
4. Rosberg - Mercedes - 1.22.611
5. Maldonado - Williams - 1.22.675
6. Bottas - Williams - 1.22.826
7. Button - McLaren - 1.22.840
8. Sutil - Force India - 1.22.877
9. Webber - Red Bull - 1.23.024
10. Vergne - Toro Rosso - 1.23.366
11. Chilton - Marussia - 1.25.690
12. Van de Garde - Caterham - 1.26.177