The winter preseason test days have now been completed with Nico Rosberg topping the speed chart on the final day. Yesterday his Mercedes works teammate, Lewis Hamilton was the fastest, and today the German set the top time.
Mercedes AMG’s F1 W04 garnered again the fastest unofficial fastest lap time of 1:20.130 on the Circuit de Catalunya. Nico Rosberg toured the circuit for the most laps, a total of 131 laps, on a sunny day in Barcelona, Spain. It was another positive day for the team that now appears to be one of the favorites for 2013.
“We have achieved our objectives for the test programme and the mileage that we have been able to complete has been very satisfying,” said Mercedes Team Principal Ross Brawn.
Nico Rosberg commented: “I'm pleased with our pre-season testing programme. We have achieved a lot of mileage and I can feel that the balance of the car is good. I have the general feeling that we are in a better position than in the second half of last year but this is testing not racing, of course.”
Fernando Alonso, who ended the 2012 season, just shy of the title, was second fastest on his final day in the Scuderia Ferrari F138. The Spaniard missed the Jerez test but has taken his turn in the cockpit of the Prancing Horse. With a best lap of 1:20.494 and adding 120 laps on the new car, the team and both Alonso and Felipe Massa appear ready for the Austrian Grand Prix.
Jenson Button’s best lap today was a 1:21.444 with 122 laps around the circuit in the McLaren-Mercedes MP4-28. Sam Michael, sporting director for McLaren knows that the data collected over the 12 testing days in Jerez and Barcelona is vital to their preparations for the first race. McLaren and the other teams were able to test the new Pirelli tyres as well as discover how the new cars did on on-track during the rainstorms and on a semi-wet track.
|6||Paul Di Resta||Force India||1:21.664||112|
|8||Sebastian Vettel||Red Bull||1:22.514||100|
|12||Daniel Ricciardo||Toro Rosso||1:23.628||91|