Mercedes turns heads in Barcelona test

Nico Rosberg

Nico Rosberg

Mercedes blitzed the second day of Formula 1’s third pre-season test with Nico Rosberg posting the fastest time of testing so far.

The World champion team completed 106 laps with Rosberg clocking a pre-season best of 1:22.792s, which was 1.203s quicker than nearest rival Valtteri Bottas in the Williams.

Rosberg’s blistering time arrived with his Mercedes fitted with soft compound tyres for the first time since testing began.

The effort was 0.7s quicker than the new testing benchmark set by Massa’s Williams yesterday.

Felipe Nasr was third fastest as he racked up the most mileage with 143 laps in the Sauber, which was more than a second quicker than Sebastian Vettel’s Ferrari.

McLaren enjoyed its most productive day of testing so far with Jenson Button completing 100 laps almost half of the team’s entire total in pre-season testing.

The 2009 world champion was able to log a long run in the MP4-30 before it came to halt on track with a suspected electrical issue.

“We’ve got a lot of work still do to, but we had a good day today,” said Button, who was 2.8s adrift of the pace.

“It’s never easy when you’ve missed out on so much testing, but we’re making good progress, and we got lots of really useful information today.

“We know we’re not the quickest guys out there, but you’ll certainly see a lot of improvement by the time we get to Australia.”

Nico Hulkenberg debuted Force India’s new 2015 challenger with relative success as the German logged 77 laps.

Lotus ends the day in sixth ahead of Toro Rosso’s Max Verstappen and Red Bull Racing’s Daniil Kvyat.

Position Driver Team Time Gap Laps
1 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1:22.792s 106
2 Valterri Bottas Williams-Mercedes 1:23.995s +1.203s 90
3 Felipe Nasr Sauber-Ferrari 1:24.071s +1.279s 141
4 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1:25.339s +2.547s 143
5 Jenson Button McLaren Honda 1:25.590s +2.798s 101
6 Pastor Maldonado Lotus-Mercedes 1:26.705s +3.913s 140
7 Max Verstappen Toro Rosso-Renault 1:26.766s +3.974s 139
8 Daniil Kvyat Red Bull- Renault 1:26.965s +4.173s 84
9 Nico Hulkenberg Force India-Mercedes 1:28.412s +5.620s 77

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