Barcelona testing review sees Red Bull remaining cagey

Nico Rosberg set the fastest time in the final F1 pre-season test at Barcelona

Nico Rosberg set the fastest time in the final F1 pre-season test at Barcelona

There were mixed messages coming out of the final pre-season F1 test from the Barcelona circuit with the pace of champion team Red Bull hard to define.

What was clear cut was that Mercedes and Ferrari have made decent progress in the off-season and finished with the best four overall times.

However apart from Mark Webber setting the quickest time on the opening day of the three-day test, Red Bull did not use the sessions to demonstrate outright lap speed.

Red Bull conspicuously completed far less mileage than its rivals and were ninth of the 11 teams that logged laps.

Over the duration of the test, Red Bull drivers Webber and Sebastian Vettel covered only 314 laps (1461km)

That compares to Mercedes who topped the mileage count at 481 laps (2239km) from Ferrari’s 428 laps (1992km).

Overall Mercedes incumbent Nico Rosberg set the fastest time over the three days in 1:20.130s ahead of Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso (1:20.494s).

In fact Mercedes and Ferrari filled the top four spots in lap pace with Jenson Button (McLaren) setting the fifth fastest time in 1:21.444s.

Returning Force India driver Adrian Sutil posted the seventh fastest time overall in 1:21.627s behind Nico Hulkenberg (Sauber) 1:21.541s.

Overall lap times from 3-day Barcelona test

1

Nico Rosberg

Mercedes

1:20.130

2

Fernando Alonso

Ferrari

1:20.494

3

Lewis Hamilton

Mercedes

1:20.558

4

Felipe Massa

Ferrari

1:21.266

5

Jenson Button

McLaren

1:21.444

6

Nico Hulkenberg

Sauber

1:21.541

7

Adrian Sutil

Force India

1:21.627

8

Kimi Raikkonen

Lotus

1:21.658

9

Paul di Resta

Force India

1:21.664

10

Pastor Maldonado

Williams

1:22.305

11

Valtteri Bottas

Williams

1:22.468

12

Sebastian Vettel

Red Bull

1:22.514

13

Esteban Gutierrez

Sauber

1:22.553

14

Mark Webber

Red Bull

1:22.658

15

Sergio Perez

McLaren

1:22.694

16

Romain Grosjean

Lotus

1:22.716

17

Charles Pic

Caterham

1:23.115

18

Jules Bianchi

Marussia

1:23.167

19

Jean-Eric Vergne

Toro Rosso

1:23.223

20

Davide Valsecchi

Lotus

1:23.448

21

Daniel Ricciardo

Toro Rosso

1:23.628

22

Max Chilton

Marussia

1:24.103

23

Giedo van der Garde

Caterham

1:24.235

Total team mileage

1

Mercedes

481 laps

2239kms

2

Ferrari

428

1992

3

McLaren

395

1838

4

Sauber

388

1806

5

Caterham

373

1736

6

Force India

340

1582

7

Marussia

338

1573

8

Toro Rosso

325

1512

9

Red Bull

314

1461

10

Williams

298

1387

11

Lotus

252

1173


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