Ferrari became the third different team in as many days to lead the times in the Jerez test.
Felipe Massa set the quickest time of the test so far with a lap of 1’17.879 on his third and final day of running.
The next-fastest driver was Nico Rosberg who completed a mammoth 148 laps for Mercedes – more than five times the number the car managed over the previous two days.
Mercedes bounced back from a fire on Tuesday and a brake failure and crash for Lewis Hamilton on Wednesday to cover more than two Grand Prix distances on Thursday.
Sebastian Vettel made his first appearance at an F1 test in 2013 and ended it third-quickest in the Red Bull RB9.
Kimi Raikkonen also made his 2013 testing debut and was fourth, completing just 40 laps. Lotus ran new reflective material on their exhaust during the day.
As on the previous three days the running was interrupted by red flags on three occasions. Two were caused by drivers immediately after they left the pits: Jean-Eric Vergne barely made it out of the pit lane, and Charles Pic came to a stop on the run to turn two.
The final red flag came with five minutes to go when Jenson Button came to a stop. He inspected the left-rear of the McLaren, then had to steady it to keep it from rolling away.
James Rossiter started the day’s running for Force India but had an unfortunate incident when he knocked one of the team’s mechanics over. The team member operating, who the team are not naming, fell on to the nose of the car but was unhurt.
Paul di Resta took over the car in the afternoon but did only seven laps before stopping with an exhaust problem.
|1||Felipe Massa||Ferrari F138||1’17.879||85||Soft|
|2||Nico Rosberg||Mercedes W04||1’18.766||148||0.887||Medium|
|3||Sebastian Vettel||Red Bull-Renault RB9||1’19.052||102||1.173||Medium|
|4||Kimi Raikkonen||Lotus-Renault E21||1’19.200||40||1.321||Hard|
|5||Jean-Eric Vergne||Toro Rosso-Ferrari STR8||1’19.247||85||1.368||Hard|
|6||James Rossiter||Force India-Mercedes VJM06||1’19.303||42||1.424||Soft|
|7||Jenson Button||McLaren-Mercedes MP4-28||1’19.603||83||1.724||Hard|
|8||Esteban Gutierrez||Sauber-Ferrari C32||1’19.934||110||2.055||Medium|
|9||Max Chilton||Marussia-Cosworth MR02||1’21.269||78||3.390||Soft|
|10||Valtteri Bottas||Williams-Renault FW34||1’21.575||86||3.696||Medium|
|11||Charles Pic||Caterham-Renault CT03||1’22.352||57||4.473||Soft|
|12||Paul di Resta||Force India-Mercedes VJM06||1’23.729||7||5.850||Medium|
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