Michael Schumacher, Mercedes, Barcelona, 2011

Schumacher fastest for Mercedes in Barcelona

2011 F1 testingPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Michael Schumacher, Mercedes, Barcelona, 2011
Michael Schumacher, Mercedes, Barcelona, 2011

Michael Schumacher was fastest in the revised Mercedes in the fourth day of testing at the Circuit de Catalunya.

With rain threatening to hit tomorrow’s test the team sent Nico Rosberg out in the afternoon and he went third fastest, half a second slower than Schumacher.

Williams and Force India also split the day’s running between their two race drivers.

Fernando Alonso was second fastest for Ferrari. He completed over two race distances’ worth of running during the course of the day, logging 141 laps.

Heikki Kovalainen did the same despite Lotus’s previous reliability problems.

However Jenson Button spent much of the day in the pits as McLaren changed an engine in his car.

There were few interruptions during the day’s running, although Kamui Kobayashi caused one stoppage in the afternoon when his Sauber came to a halt at turn three.

Sebastian Vettel brought the red flags out a few minutes before the session was due to end when his Red Bull stopped at the end of the pit lane.

Ferrari, McLaren, Mercedes and HRT will remain at the circuit for one further day of testing before the first race of the season.

Driver Car Best time Laps Difference
1 Michael Schumacher Mercedes W02 1’21.268 67
2 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 150??? Italia 1’21.614 141 0.346
3 Nico Rosberg Mercedes W02 1’21.788 22 0.520
4 Nick Heidfeld Renault R31 1’22.073 67 0.805
5 Rubens Barrichello Williams-Cosworth FW33 1’22.233 89 0.965
6 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari C30 1’22.315 98 1.047
7 Jaime Alguersuari Toro Rosso-Ferrari STR6 1’22.675 72 1.407
8 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault RB7 1’22.933 64 1.665
9 Heikki Kovalainen Lotus-Renault T128 1’23.437 138 2.169
10 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes VJM04 1’23.653 42 2.385
11 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes VJM04 1’23.921 26 2.653
12 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Cosworth FW33 1’24.108 11 2.840
13 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes MP4-26 1’25.837 57 4.569
14 Jerome d’Ambrosio Virgin-Cosworth MVR-02 1’27.3752 46 6.107

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