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Thursday, 10 March 2011

F1 Testing Times | Barcelona

On day two in Barcelona yesterday, Sebastian Vettel set a seemingly unassailable time in his Red Bull of 1:21.865 - a full second quicker that Hamilton.

Most voices were saying hastily that Red Bull will be radically faster than the rest of the field this year with the possible exception of Ferrari.

However today new boy Sergio Perez in his Sauber Ferrari set a time of 1:21.761

He was followed by Felipe Massa with 1:22.092 and Mark Webber with 1:22.466.

With differing tyres and fuel loads and some teams concentrating on pace over long stints, times can still be misleading.  However Vettel's 'unmovable benchmark' has quickly been eclipsed by a rookie in a Sauber so things may be more open than appeared to be the case.

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