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Teutone 02-19-2013 10:48 AM

Nico Rosberg finishes fastest on first day of Barcelona test
 
BBC Sport - Nico Rosberg finishes fastest on first day of Barcelona test
19 February 2013
By Andrew Benson
Chief F1 writer
Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg set the pace at Barcelona's Circuit de Catalunya on the first day of the second pre-season test.
The German was just 0.007 seconds faster than Lotus's Kimi Raikkonen.
Ferrari's Fernando Alonso was third, 0.336secs off the pace, and just 0.013secs quicker than world champion Sebastian Vettel's Red Bull.
Pastor Maldonado's Williams was fifth fastest on its first day of testing, but more than a second off the pace.
"I am very pleased with how the day went lap-time wise," said Rosberg.
"We are making progress and it is going in the right direction."
The top four all set their fastest times on the 'medium' tyre, whereas Maldonado was on the 'soft', which is theoretically faster over one lap.
Lap times in testing are rarely accurate indications of form as teams do not reveal the specification in which they were running their cars.

Even times set on the same type of tyre are not necessarily comparable as the fuel loads drivers were using were not made public and these can make a huge difference to lap times.
Williams unveiled their new car on Tuesday morning, having decided to run a 2012 car at the first test two weeks ago, and were soon hit with some bad news.
Governing body the FIA told them that a controversial exhaust design they had devised was illegal, which means they will have to change it before the first race or risk being disqualified.
The Caterham team, who have a different but equally controversial exhaust, have been told the same thing.
The test got off to a slow start, with McLaren's Sergio Perez, for example, completing only two laps in the first two hours.
But as the temperatures warmed up, the drivers began to get down to work from about 1000 GMT.
Perez, Lewis Hamilton's replacement at McLaren, was the first driver in a top team to set a fast time, but his lap was soon eclipsed first by Alonso and then by Di Resta.
Vettel then set a benchmark of one minute 24.039 seconds on the 'medium' tyres before Raikkonen used the 'hards' to set his fastest lap.
Alonso almost matched the Finn before Vettel set his second benchmark, and the morning's fastest lap, of 1:23.046.
Vettel lowered his time again shortly after lunch and held sway at the top for most of the afternoon before a late flurry of times from Rosberg, Raikkonen and Alonso.
Rosberg was fastest after the first two hours of the day but ended the morning eighth, 1.474secs off the pace.
The German is sharing the car this week with new team-mate Hamilton, alternating from day to day throughout the four-day test.
Rosberg lost at least two hours' running when the team had to fix a gearbox problem, but recovered to have a productive afternoon, culminating in the fastest time of 1:22.616.
He added: "I didn't get many laps in which is a bit of a pity, for sure. We have to work on that and get more laps in - there are a bit too many reliability issues at the moment.
"Other than that it is going in the right direction and the car feels decent. It feels better than the last time we were here."
Perez ended the day seventh fastest, behind the Toro Rosso of Daniel Ricciardo.
Much of the attention this week will be on Alonso, who is driving the first three days of this test for his first experience of the new Ferrari.
Last year's world championship runner-up decided to skip the first test two weeks ago to concentrate on his physical and mental preparation for the new season, which starts in Australia on 17 March.
"The feeling in the car was OK, more or less as expected," said Alonso.
"It's a continuation of the Brazil car [from the end of last season], let's say, more or less the same feeling.
"I have the same seat, the same pedals, the same everything so when you jump in the car it should be more or less the same as Brazil, so this is at least something good, not like last year when we drove for the first time we were a little bit surprised on the bad side.
"There is a lot of work to do in the next days for tyres, aerodynamics, experimental things that we need to do in the car. We need to do a lot of mileage to prove the cars are strong enough to race."
SECOND PRE-SEASON TEST, DAY ONE, CIRCUIT DE CATALUNYA, SPAIN, FASTEST TIMES
1. Nico Rosberg (Ger) Mercedes 1:22.616
2. Kimi Raikkonen (Fin) Lotus-Renault 1:22.623
3. Fernando Alonso (Spa) Ferrari 1:22.952
4. Sebastian Vettel (Ger) Red Bull-Renault 1:22.965
5. Pastor Maldonado (Ven) Williams-Renault 1:23.733
6. Daniel Ricciardo (Aus) Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1:23.884
7. Sergio Perez (Mex) McLaren-Mercedes 1:24.124
8. Paul di Resta (GB) Force India-Mercedes 1:24.144
9. Esteban Gutierrez (Mex) Sauber-Ferrari 1:25.124
10. Max Chilton (GB) Marussia-Cosworth 1:26.747
11. Charles Pic (Fra) Caterham-Renault 1:27.534

gerkebi 02-19-2013 02:10 PM

Nico Rosberg finishes fastest on first day of Barcelona test
 
Great to see Nico and Mercedes up front.


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gerkebi 02-20-2013 09:13 AM

Nico Rosberg finishes fastest on first day of Barcelona test
 
Day two final times

PosDriverTeamTimeGapLaps
1.Sergio PerezMcLaren1m21.848s+0.000s97
2.Sebastian VettelRed Bull1m22.197s+0.349s84
3.Kimi RaikkonenLotus1m22.697s+0.849s43
4.Lewis HamiltonMercedes1m22.726s+0.878s121
5.Fernando AlonsoFerrari1m23.247s+1.399s76
6.Valtteri BottasWilliams1m23.561s+1.713s98
7.Daniel RicciardoToro Rosso1m23.718s+1.870s70
8.Paul di RestaForce India1m23.971s+2.123s62
9.Nico HulkenbergSauber1m24.205s+2.357s88
10.Max ChiltonMarussia1m25.115s+3.267s67
11.Charles PicCaterham1m26.243s+4.395s102



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gerkebi 02-21-2013 11:21 AM

Nico Rosberg finishes fastest on first day of Barcelona test
 
Barcelona Day 3: Day ends with Alonso on top Full lap times, as of 5pm local time and the end of the third day of the F1 2013 group test at the Catalunya circuit near Barcelona

1. Fernando Alonso Spain Ferrari-Ferrari 1min 21.875secs 97 laps
2. Nico Hulkenberg Germany Sauber-Ferrari 1min 22.160secs 91 laps
3. Romain Grosjean France Lotus-Renault 1min 22.188secs 119 laps
4. Nico Rosberg Germany Mercedes-Mercedes 1min 22.611secs 107 laps
5. Pastor Maldonado Venezuela Williams-Renault 1min 22.675secs 79 laps
6. Valtteri Bottas Finland Williams-Renault 1min 22.826secs 67 laps
7. Jenson Button Britain McLaren-Mercedes 1min 22.840secs 71 laps
8. Adrian Sutil Germany Force India-Mercedes 1min 22.877secs 78 laps
9. Mark Webber Australia Red Bull-Renault 1min 23.024secs 108 laps
10. Jean-Eric Vergne France Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1min 23.366secs 106 laps
11. Giedo van der Garde Holland Caterham-Renault 1min 26.329secs 57 laps
12. Max Chilton Britain Marussia-Cosworth 1min 26.416secs 93 laps


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Teutone 02-21-2013 11:06 PM

His practice times make Sutil worthy of the second force India seat, if he could only offer some sponsorship $.

gerkebi 02-22-2013 10:56 AM

Nico Rosberg finishes fastest on first day of Barcelona test
 
A damp day four:


Pos.DriverCarTimeLaps
1Lewis HamiltonMercedes1:23.28252
2Jenson ButtonMcLaren1:23.63370
3Jean-Eric VergneToro Rosso1:24.07180
4Jules BianchiSahara Force India1:25.73261
5Esteban GutierrezSauber1:26.23996
6Giedo Van der GardeCaterham1:27.42950
7Felipe MassaFerrari1:27.55380
8Mark WebberRed Bull1:27.61664
9Max ChiltonMarussia1:29.90251
10Romain GrosjeanLotus1:34.80041
11Valtteri BottasWilliams-23
12Pastor MaldonadoWilliams-1

Not sure this tells us much. It was cold and damp pretty much the whole day. Jensen and Lewis did get a few dry laps in.


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Teutone 02-22-2013 02:11 PM

For not having been in a F1 car since Nov 2011, Sutil is doing well.
Mercedes being Force India's engine supplier, perhaps Hamilton can exert some influence with the Mercedes team and make up for chickening out to testify in the infamous lawsuit brought against his ex best pal by Genii Capital's CEO Eric Lux for their 2011 fight in a Shanghai nightclub.

A few month into the 2013 season will allow a comparison of Hamilton and Rosberg's times and show where old Schumi's speed really was.

SLSKing 03-11-2013 05:19 AM

Can't wait for the season to get underway! Too early to say who will be at the front due to the tyres but you be an interesting first race.


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