The final pre-season test of 2015 concluded with Williams setting the fastest time at the Circuit de Catalunya.
Valtteri Bottas set a time of 1’23.063 early in the morning on super-soft tyres which remained unbeaten for the rest of the day. However that lap was 0.3 seconds slower than Nico Rosberg’s time on soft tyres set on Friday.
Rosberg was back in the Mercedes today but the team didn’t trouble the top of the times sheets, content to work on other aspects of their car, covering another two grand prix distances in the W06.
The two Red Bull teams caused a red flag apiece. Daniel Ricciardo came to a stop shortly after leaving the pits early in the day, and later on an engine problem halted Max Verstappen’s progress.
Pastor Maldonado was to blame for another interruption when he crashed the Lotus at turn four early in the afternoon. That brought the team’s pre-season testing to an end.
McLaren had a quiet start to the day as they performed “system checks” on the MP4-30. Once they got running, Jenson Button lowered their fastest time of the test to a 1’25.327 using the super-soft tyres.
At Force India Sergio Perez had his first run in the new VJM08 and it ran as reliably for him as it did for Nico Hulkenberg yesterday. Perez completed 130 laps in the car which only ran for the first time two days ago.
|1||Valtteri Bottas||Williams-Mercedes FW37||1’23.063||89||Super-soft|
|2||Sebastian Vettel||Ferrari SF15-T||1’23.469||129||0.406||Super-soft|
|3||Felipe Nasr||Sauber-Ferrari C34||1’24.023||159||0.960||Super-soft|
|4||Max Verstappen||Toro Rosso-Renault STR10||1’24.527||85||1.464||Super-soft|
|5||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull-Renault RB11||1’24.638||72||1.575||Soft|
|6||Sergio Perez||Force India-Mercedes VJM08||1’25.113||130||2.050||Super-soft|
|7||Nico Rosberg||Mercedes W06||1’25.186||148||2.123||Medium|
|8||Jenson Button||McLaren-Honda MP4-30||1’25.327||30||2.264||Super-soft|
|9||Pastor Maldonado||Lotus-Mercedes E23||1’28.272||36||5.209||Medium|
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