Rosberg pips Raikkonen to top time in Barcelona

2013 F1 testingPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Nico Rosberg, Mercedes, Circuit de Catalunya, 2013Nico Rosberg led the way as F1 testing resumed at the Circuit de Catalunya.

The Mercedes driver set the fastest time in the last half-hour of the session, producing a 1’22.616 on medium tyres.

But the team again did not enjoy a trouble-free day. Rosberg was sidelined by a gearbox fault in the morning.

Moments after he set the day’s top time Kimi Raikkonen almost replicated it on the same tyres. He ended up second-fastest, 0.007s off the Mercedes.

Sebastian Vettel led the times for most of the afternoon, but ended up fourth-quickest on a 1’22.965.

Fernando Alonso had his first day at the wheel of the Ferrari F138 and did most of his running on the hard tyres. He ended the test third-fastest having covered more laps than anyone else.

The Williams FW35 logged an impressive 86 laps in Pastor Maldonado’s hands following its launch this morning. He ended the day fifth.

Stoppages for Sauber and Caterham caused the day’s two red flags.

Driver Car Best time Laps Difference Tyres
1 Nico Rosberg Mercedes W04 1’22.616 54 Medium
2 Kimi Raikkonen Lotus-Renault E21 1’22.623 44 0.007 Medium
3 Fernando Alonso Ferrari F138 1’22.952 110 0.336 Medium
4 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault RB9 1’22.965 66 0.349 Medium
5 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Renault FW35 1’23.733 86 1.117 Soft
6 Daniel Ricciardo Toro Rosso-Ferrari STR8 1’23.884 73 1.268 Hard
7 Sergio Perez McLaren-Mercedes MP4-28 1’24.124 77 1.508 Medium
8 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes VJM06 1’24.144 82 1.528 Medium
9 Esteban Gutierrez Sauber-Ferrari C32 1’25.124 68 2.508 Hard
10 Max Chilton Marussia-Cosworth MR02 1’26.747 65 4.131 Soft
11 Charles Pic Caterham-Renault CT03 1’27.534 49 4.918 Hard

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