Mercedes, Ferrari lead final test in Barcelona

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Nico Rosberg took a note from his teammate Lewis Hamilton in setting the day’s fastest time at 1m20.130s to give Mercedes high hopes for the 2013 Formula One season. No one can be absolutely sure of how a team will do given testing performance and that caveat is as dog-eared as F1B complaining about DRS but the teams know who is quick and who isn’t.

We are just 13 days from the beginning of the 2013 Formula 1 season and Mercedes has made a good showing of it in testing at both sessions in Barcelona. Nico Rosberg traded fast laps with Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso in the morning session and the times remained static as teams shifted to long-run, hard compound setups in the afternoon.

Ferrari look on song, McLaren seem to be struggling with consistency, Lotus seem to be getting heat in the tires quicker but could lack pace over a race distance and Mercedes seem to be quick and consistent but perhaps not on par with Red Bull who still look daunting.

 1.  Nico Rosberg      Mercedes     1m20.130s            131
 2.  Fernando Alonso   Ferrari      1m20.494s  + 0.364s  120
 3.  Jenson Button     McLaren      1m21.444s  + 1.314s  122
 4.  Nico Hulkenberg   Sauber       1m21.541s  + 1.411s  118
 5.  Kimi Raikkonen    Lotus        1m21.658s  + 1.528s  50
 6.  Paul di Resta     Force India  1m21.664s  + 1.534s  112
 7.  Pastor Maldonado  Williams     1m22.415s  + 2.285s  42
 8.  Sebastian Vettel  Red Bull     1m22.514s  + 2.384s  100
 9.  Valtteri Bottas   Williams     1m22.524s  + 2.394s  31
10.  Charles Pic       Caterham     1m23.115s  + 2.985s  116
11.  Jules Bianchi     Marussia     1m23.167s  + 3.037s  62
12.  Daniel Ricciardo  Toro Rosso   1m23.628s  + 3.498s  91
13.  Max Chilton       Marussia     1m24.103s  + 3.973s  49
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