Circuit de Catalunya 2013 Testing: Roseberg sets pace on final day
Pre-season testing is over – in two weeks time, the first Grand Prix of 2013 will take place in Melbourne and Nico Rosberg signed off with the fastest time recorded this year in Barcelona, ahead of Fernando Alonso and Jenson Button.
Fernando Alonso showed strong pace in the Ferrari as well, clocking a 1:20.494 on soft tyres towards the end of the morning, 0.364 secs behind Rosberg.
Jenson Button was third fastest with a 1:21.444 in the morning, before switching runs in the afternoon (ending with a lap count of 122). Nico Hulkenberg was not far off the McLaren on a 1:21.541, but in the afternoon had a ‘race simulation’ cut short due to a technical issue.
After missing Saturday’s test with food poisoning, Kimi Raikkonen returned to the cockpit of the Lotus but spent most of the morning in the garage due to a gearbox problem. He rejoined the session just before lunch, completing most of his running in the afternoon. By the end of the day, he had set a 1:21.658, which was good enough for fifth fastest, but the last two days have been far from ideal ahead of the first race in Melbourne in 11 days time.
Williams drivers Pastor Maldonado and Valtteri Bottas were seventh and ninth fastest respectively, as the team concluded their test programme happy with the reliability and performance.
There was some excitement sparked by Red Bull when they sent the triple World Champion out on a set of super softs before lunch, but it was just a constant speed / aero test with no true times being set. The team then spent the majority of their final afternoon running the unmarked tyre compound, as usual keeping their cards close to their chests.
Charles Pic was 10th quickest for Caterham, while rivals Marussia had both their race drivers in action, Jules Bianchi in the morning and Max Chilton in the afternoon. They finished 11th and 13th respectively as both ran through some final race weekend preparation and pit stop scenarios ahead of their F1 debuts in Melbourne.
Toro Rosso’s Daniel Ricciardo found himself sandwiched between the two Marussia drivers in the times as he finished 12th in the final day of testing in Barcelona.
|1.||Nico Rosberg||Mercedes W04||1:20.130||131|
|2.||Fernando Alonso||Ferrari F138||1:20.494||120|
|3.||Jenson Button||McLaren MP4-28||1:21.444||122|
|4.||Nico Hulkenberg||Sauber C32||1:21.541||118|
|5.||Kimi Raikkonen||Lotus E21||1:21.658||50|
|6.||Paul di Resta||Force India VMJ06||1:21.664||112|
|7.||Pastor Maldonado||Williams FW34||1:22.415||42|
|8.||Sebastian Vettel||Red Bull RB9||1:22.514||100|
|9.||Valtteri Bottas||Williams FW34||1:22.524||31|
|10.||Charles Pic||Caterham CT03||1:23.115||116|
|11.||Jules Bianchi||Marussia MR02||1:23.167||62|
|12.||Daniel Ricciardo||Toro Rosso STR8||1:23.628||90|
|13.||Max Chilton||Marussia MR02||1:24.103||49|
|1.||Nico Rosberg||Mercedes W04||1:20.130||251|
|2.||Fernando Alonso||Ferrari F138||1:20.494||222|
|3.||Lewis Hamilton||Mercedes W04||1:20.588||230|
|4.||Felipe Massa||Ferrari F138||1:21.266||206|
|5.||Jenson Button||McLaren MP4-28||1:21.444||194|
|6.||Nico Hulkenberg||Sauber C32||1:21.541||197|
|7.||Adrian Sutil||Force India VMJ06||1:21.627||171|
|8.||Kimi Raikkonen||Lotus E21||1:21.658||50|
|9.||Paul di Resta||Force India VMJ06||1:21.664||169|
|10.||Pastor Maldonado||Williams FW34||1:22.305||151|
|11.||Valtteri Bottas||Williams FW34||1:22.468||147|
|12.||Sebastian Vettel||Red Bull RB9||1:22.514||165|
|13.||Esteban Gutierrez||Sauber C32||1:22.553||191|
|14.||Mark Webber||Red Bull RB9||1:22.658||149|
|15.||Sergio Perez||McLaren MP4-28||1:22.694||201|
|17.||Charles Pic||Caterham CT03||1:23.115||199|
|18.||Jules Bianchi||Marussia MR02||1:23.167||136|
|19.||Jean-Eric Vergne||Toro Rosso STR||1:23.223||173|
|20.||Davide Valsecchi||Lotus E21||1:23.448||16|
|21.||Daniel Ricciardo||Toro Rosso STR||1:23.628||152|
|22.||Max Chilton||Marussia MR02||1:24.103||202|
|22.||Giedo van der Garde||Caterham CT03||1:24.235||174|