Nico Rosberg finishes pre-season F1 test fastest

Nico Rosberg

Nico Rosberg

Nico Rosberg has set a sizzling lap to top the times in the pre-season F1 test in Barcelona.

Rosberg produced a best lap of 1:20.130s on soft compound rubber in the third and final day of the test ahead of the season-opening Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne in two weeks.

The Mercedes driver managed to topple Ferrariā€™s Fernando Alonso who finished second quickest in 1:20.494s. Interestingly Rosberg and Alonso were the only ones to dip under the 1:21s barrier

Both Rosberg and Alonso had pushed each other through the day with Jenson Button (McLaren) third fastest after turning a 1:21.444s lap.

Kimi Raikkonen, who had been ill, did not have much running in the morning session after the Lotus experienced gearbox problems.

However Raikkonen merged later in the day and clocked the fifth fastest lap behind Sauber driver Nico Hulkenberg.

Red Bull played a cagey game with Sebastian Vettel clocking a 1:22.514s but it was clear that the brief for the triple world champ was not to compete for the fastest tour with Mercedes and Ferrari.

Final pre-season testing – Barcelona

1 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1:20.130 Soft
2 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1:20.494 Soft
3 Jenson Button McLaren 1:21.444 Soft
4 Nico Hulkenberg Sauber 1:21.541 Soft
5 Kimi Raikkonen Lotus 1:21.658 Soft
6 Paul di Resta Force India 1:21.664 Soft
7 Pastor Maldonado Williams 1:22.415 Soft
8 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull 1:22.514 Soft
9 Valtteri Bottas Williams 1:22.524 Soft
10 Charles Pic Caterham 1:23.115 Soft
11 Jules Bianchi Marussia 1:23.167 Soft
12 Daniel Ricciardo Toro Rosso 1:23.628 Soft
13 Max Chilton Marussia 1:24.103 Soft

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