Rosberg quickest on first day of F1 testing

Spanish Grand Prix winner Nico Rosberg dominated the timesheet on the opening day of testing at the Barcelona circuit on Tuesday.

The Mercedes driver, fresh from his first victory of the season on Sunday, completed a marathon session at the wheel of the German car, finishing with a best time of 1:24.374, over two seconds clear of his closest rival.

His lap was quicker than Saturday's pole position time.

On top of his pace, Rosberg also had an extremely productive session, covering a total of 146 laps, over two grand prix distances.

Sauber's Marcus Ericsson finished in second place after nearly 100 laps.

Raffaele Marciello, who will replace Ericsson at Sauber tomorrow, drove for Ferrari today, managing 125 laps on his way to the third fastest time of the session.

Red Bull's Daniil Kvyat and Pastor Maldonado in the Lotus completed the top five.

Briton Nick Yelloly, not scheduled to drive until tomorrow, was in charge of testing duties for Force India after Pascal Wehrlein was unwell to drive.

Yelloly also had a busy day, covering 109 laps on his way to the sixth fastest time.

Pierre Gasly, another man who will switch teams tomorrow, was at the wheel of the Toro Rosso, finishing seventh ahead of the Williams of Felipe Massa.

McLaren finished at the bottom of the times with Oliver Turvey, the Briton ending the day with 66 laps.

Pos. Driver Team Time Gap Laps
1. Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1:24.374   146
2. Marcus Ericsson Sauber-Ferrari 1:26.624 +2.250 97
3. Raffaele Marciello Ferrari 1:26.648 +2.274 125
4. Daniil Kvyat Red Bull-Renault 1:26.904 +2.530 100
5. Pastor Maldonado Lotus-Mercedes 1:27.338 +2.964 60
6. Nick Yelloly Force India-Mercedes 1:27.396 +3.022 109
7. Pierre Gasly Toro Rosso-Renault 1:27.639 +3.265 128
8. Felipe Massa Williams-Mercedes 1:27.911 +3.537 54
9. Oliver Turvey McLaren-Honda 1:28.542 +4.168 66
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Series Formula 1
Event Barcelona May testing
Track Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya
Drivers Felipe Massa , Nico Rosberg , Pastor Maldonado , Oliver Turvey , Marcus Ericsson , Daniil Kvyat , Nick Yelloly , Raffaele Marciello , Pierre Gasly
Teams McLaren , Ferrari , Sauber , Mercedes , Lotus F1 Team , Red Bull Racing , Toro Rosso , Force India , Williams
Article type Testing report