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Having to start the day on intermediate tyres due to an early morning drizzle, the best times were set only during a short window when a dry line appeared just before lunch. Hamilton finished on top with a time sent on the medium tyre ahead of his old team mate Button in the McLaren. Jean Eric Vergne rounded up the top three who were the only drivers to catch the ten minute window when the times dropped before another onslaught of rain and hail which pretty much ensured the times couldn't be bettered.
Van de Garde in his Caterham saved his team precious time and money stopping just short of the barriers after running wide on the final corner, but causing one of the red flags of the day. Williams completed 46 laps between their two drivers, but did not complete even a single timed run, since their entire focus was on pit stop practice.
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The other stoppages were caused by cars going off at turns 4 and 5, while Hamilton ran out of fuel between turns 5 and 6.
Barcelona Testing time sheet - Day 4
1. Hamilton - Mercedes - 1.23.282
2. Button - McLaren - 1.23.633
3. Vergne - Toro Rosso - 1.24.071
4. Bianchi - Force India - 1.25.732
5- Gutierrez - Sauber - 1.26.239
6. Van de Garde - Caterham - 1.27.429
7. Massa - Ferrari - 1.27.553
8. Webber - Red Bull - 1.27.616
9. Chilton - Marussia - 1.29.902
10. Grosjean - Lotus - 1.34.800
Bottas - Williams - No time
Maldonado - Williams - No time