Nico Rosberg, Mercedes, Circuit de Catalunya, 2013

Mercedes on top again with Rosberg as testing ends

2013 F1 seasonPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Nico Rosberg, Mercedes, Circuit de Catalunya, 2013A Mercedes topped the times sheets for the fourth time on the twelfth and final day of pre-season testing.

Nico Rosberg improved on the lap time set by team mate Lewis Hamiolton yesterday, lapping the Circuit de Catalunya in 1’20.130.

Rosberg set the early pace during the morning session but was briefly displaced at the top of the times by Fernando Alonso.

The Ferrari driver recorded a 1’20.606 but Rosberg responded almost immediately with his best effort of the day. Like Alonso and every other driver today, he set his best time on soft tyres.

Jules Bianchi had a busy morning for Marussia, covering 62 laps including live pit stops and start practice.

Other teams were concentrating on upgrades. Ferrari ran their new exhaust for the first time and Williams continued development on their rear aerodynamic package introduced yesterday.

It was another frustrating day for Lotus. Kimi Raikkonen returned to the car after being unwell yesterday but managed just one lap before his gearbox broke.

The team had to replace the unit and he only returned to the track shortly before the lunch break.

In the afternoon most teams prioritised long runs. With no red flags interrupting the test seven drivers managed at least 100 laps each, and the Marussia pair covered that many between them, Max Chilton taking over from Jules Bianchi.

Williams also split their day’s work between their two drivers, Valtteri Bottas driving the car in the afternoon.

Driver Car Best time Laps Difference
1 Nico Rosberg Mercedes W04 1’20.130 131
2 Fernando Alonso Ferrari F138 1’20.494 120 0.364
3 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes MP4-28 1’21.444 122 1.314
4 Nico Hulkenberg Sauber-Ferrari C32 1’21.541 118 1.411
5 Kimi Raikkonen Lotus-Renault E21 1’21.658 50 1.528
6 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes VJM06 1’21.664 112 1.534
7 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Renault FW35 1’22.415 42 2.285
8 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault RB9 1’22.514 100 2.384
9 Valtteri Bottas Williams-Renault FW35 1’22.524 31 2.394
10 Charles Pic Caterham-Renault CT03 1’23.115 116 2.985
11 Jules Bianchi Marussia-Cosworth MR02 1’23.167 62 3.037
12 Daniel Ricciardo Toro Rosso-Ferrari STR8 1’23.628 91 3.498
13 Max Chilton Marussia-Cosworth MR02 1’24.103 49 3.973

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