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