Mercedes stays ahead as Bahrain test ends

Nico Rosberg set the quickest time on the fourth and final day in Bahrain

Nico Rosberg set the quickest time on the fourth and final day in Bahrain

Nico Rosberg ensured that Mercedes remained atop the time sheets on the final day of the second Formula 1 pre-season test in Bahrain.

Taking over from team-mate and Friday fast-man Lewis Hamilton, Rosberg completed 89 laps of the Sakhir venue with a best of 1:33.28s.

That proved a full 1.7s clear of Jenson Button, whose McLaren also mirrored its Friday performance of second fastest.

Kimi Raikkonen was another 1.7s adrift in third. The Finn’s test came to an end with his Ferrari in the Turn 4 barriers.

A day after being confirmed as Williams’ reserve driver, 21-year-old Brazilian Felipe Nasr set the fourth fastest time behind the wheel of the FW36.

The former British Formula 3 Champion is scheduled to attend every race with the team this year, completing practice duties on five occasions.

Fifth for Pastor Maldonado ensured that the new Lotus was the quickest of the Renault-powered cars.

Red Bull again had a shocking day, with Daniel Ricciardo managing just 15 laps as yet more problems hit the Australian’s RB10.

The third and final pre-season test will again be held in Bahrain, kicking off on February 27.

See below for the Day 4 times

Pos

Driver

Car

Time

Gap

Laps

1

Nico Rosberg

Mercedes

1m33.283s

89

2

Jenson Button

McLaren Mercedes

1m34.957s

1.674s

66

3

Kimi Raikkonen

Ferrari

1m36.718s

3.435s

82

4

Felipe Nasr

Williams Mercedes

1m37.569s

4.286s

87

5

Pastor Maldonado

Lotus Renault

1m38.707s

5.424s

59

6

Sergio Perez

Force India Mercedes

1m39.258s

5.975s

19

7

Daniel Ricciardo

Red Bull Renault

1m39.837s

6.554s

15

8

Jean-Eric Vergne

Toro Rosso Renault

1m40.472s

7.189s

19

9

Kamui Kobayashi

Caterham Renault

1m43.027s

9.744s

17

10

Marcus Ericsson

Caterham Renault

1m45.094s

11.811s

4

11

Jules Bianchi

Marussia Ferrari

no time

5

12

Adrian Sutil

Sauber Ferrari

no time

5

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