Day 2 of the first winter F1 testing session for 2012 has finished with Michael Schumacher on top of the timesheet for Mercedes GP.  Even less can be read into that than Kimi’s performance yesterday because the Mercedes team are running a 2011 spec car and Michael did more laps than everyone bar Heikki – double a grand prix distance in fact.  Crikey.

There has been plenty of talk from those on the inside about Michael Schumacher and how this, his final (?) year in F1 will be when he comes good again and we’ll be seeing him on the podium.  Whether there’s any truth in that, well we won’t know until March 18th and the Australian grand prix – it could be the usual positive PR where according to every team and driver, it’s is their year…  Back to reality though – it’s pleasing to see a ‘Go Pedro’ banner was hanging proud, trackside in Jerez – presumably they mean for him to go quick rather than go as in leave the sport…

We’ll be bringing you our full analysis of the first winter test once it’s complete, but for now here’s the timesheet from the day’s running and collection of photos via Octane Photographic to give you a taster of the action.

Full Timesheet from Jerez Day 2:

1Michael SchumacherMercedes1m18.561s132
2Mark WebberRed Bull1m19.184s0.62397
3Daniel RicciardoToro Rosso1m19.587s1.026100
4Jules BianchiForce India1m20.221s1.66046
5Kimi RaikkonenLotus1m20.239s1.678117
6Paul di RestaForce India1m20.272s1.71169
7Felipe MassaFerrari1m20.454s1.89395
8Jenson ButtonMcLaren1m20.688s2.12785
9Sergio PerezSauber1m20.711s2.15068
10Pastor MaldonadoWilliams1m21.197s2.63697
11Heikki KovalainenCaterham1m21.518s2.957139
12Pedro de la RosaHRT1m22.128s3.56764

Gallery – Jerez Dat 2:

Kimi Raikkonen on track in Jerez:

If pictures aren’t enough – here’s a video clip of Kimi on track in Jerez – good to see F1 cars on track again isn’t it – and good to know that those horrid excuses for racing car noses aren’t too distracting…