Nico Rosberg gave the clearest indication of Mercedes’ pace so far by lapping two-and-a-half seconds faster than last year’s pole position time at the Circuit de Catalunya.
Rosberg ended the tenth day of pre-season testing over a second quicker than any other driver. However while Lewis Hamilton set pole position at the Spanish track last year on the medium rubber compound, Rosberg set his quickest lap on soft tyres.
The Williams FW37 set its quickest time of the test to far in the hands of Valtteri Bottas, who also used soft tyres to break into the 1’23s.
A largely incident-free day saw two-thirds of the cars covering over 100 laps. Among them was Jenson Button’s MP4-30, a significant relief for McLaren who managed just seven laps yesterday.
However Button’s car came to a stop shortly before the end of the test, causing one of the day’s few red flags. Kevin Magnussen will take over from him tomorrow.
The second day of the final test also saw the first appearance of the new Force India VJM08 in the hands of Nico Hulkenberg. Unsurprisingly he propped up the times table, but managed a healthy 77 laps in the new car.
|1||Nico Rosberg||Mercedes W06||1’22.792||106||Soft|
|2||Valtteri Bottas||Williams-Mercedes FW37||1’23.995||90||1.203||Soft|
|3||Felipe Nasr||Sauber-Ferrari C34||1’24.071||141||1.279||Soft|
|4||Sebastian Vettel||Ferrari SF15-T||1’25.339||143||2.547||Soft|
|5||Jenson Button||McLaren-Honda MP4-30||1’25.590||101||2.798||Soft|
|6||Pastor Maldonado||Lotus-Mercedes E23||1’26.705||140||3.913||Soft|
|7||Max Verstappen||Toro Rosso-Renault STR10||1’26.766||139||3.974||Medium|
|8||Daniil Kvyat||Red Bull-Renault RB11||1’26.965||84||4.173||Medium|
|9||Nico Hulkenberg||Force India-Mercedes VJM08||1’28.412||77||5.620||Medium|
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