Rosberg pips Raikkonen to top time in Barcelona

2013 F1 testing

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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58 comments on Rosberg pips Raikkonen to top time in Barcelona

  1. Jason (@jason12) said on 19th February 2013, 21:15

    Sandbag that Redbull!
    Go Mercedes….

  2. Steven (@steevkay) said on 19th February 2013, 22:09

    While it looks like good news for Mercedes, the gearbox fault is what troubles me.

    They’ve stopped one session due to the car catching fire, another due to brakes not working, and sat out a portion of this session due to gearbox issues.

    To me, if they cannot go through the rest of testing without fault, speed really won’t matter since their car will just fail, regardless of whether it’s during qualifying or the race. I hope I’m wrong and that they’re able to challenge for some wins, but they’re giving me some serious doubts.

    I understand that part of testing is to iron out these issues… but they have to make some tremendous leaps if they want to be competitive and reliable.

    • Robbie (@robbie) said on 20th February 2013, 5:30

      Nobody knows more than them what leaps they need to make. And F1 usually doesn’t work in leaps. I think Merc deserves some time and for us to all see every car get through the first race before we try to predict reliability, because the season is a work in progress, and every team will have unreliability to some degree or other throughout the season. Even if they both konk out in the first race, that is no guarantee that their season will carry any more unreliability than any other team when all is said and done and averaged out.

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