Rosberg fastest as final F1 test ends

    Published On Mar 04, 2013 03:43:00 PM

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    Force India's Paul di Resta finished the morning in fifth, but was knocked down a place by one of the few improvers of the afternoon.

    Mercedes ended the final day of 2013 pre-season Formula 1 testing on top thanks to Nico Rosberg.

    The German recorded a 1m20.130s at Barcelona on soft tyres after trading fastest laps with Ferrari's Fernando Alonso for much of the morning session.

    Most teams concentrated on higher fuel runs or the harder tyres in the afternoon, so there were few improvements after the break.

    That meant the top duo's advantage remained at around one second, with Jenson Button's McLaren third from the Sauber of Nico Hulkenberg.

    Force India's Paul di Resta finished the morning in fifth, but was knocked down a place by one of the few improvers of the afternoon.

    Kimi Raikkonen's Lotus spent most of the morning in the pits thanks to a gearbox problem. A couple of soft-tyre runs towards the end of the afternoon nevertheless lifted him to fifth.

    The only other changes to the timesheets in the afternoon came from drivers who had not been part of the morning session.

    Valtteri Bottas took over from Pastor Maldonado at Williams and was just over 0.1s slower than the 2012 Spanish Grand Prix winner as the FW35 took seventh and ninth.

    At Marussia, Max Chilton took over from Jules Bianchi. A late improvement meant he recorded 1m24.103s, but that was almost a second slower than his new team-mate's best from the morning.

    Red Bull again proved difficult to read. A mix of unmarked tyres and harder rubber meant Sebastian Vettel never went for a headline time and thus ended up eighth.

    TODAY'S TIMES Pos Driver Team Time Gap Laps Tyres 1. Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1m20.130s 131 Soft 2. Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1m20.494s + 0.364s 120 Soft 3. Jenson Button McLaren 1m21.444s + 1.314s 122 Soft 4. Nico Hulkenberg Sauber 1m21.541s + 1.411s 118 Soft 5. Kimi Raikkonen Lotus 1m21.658s + 1.528s 50 Soft 6. Paul di Resta Force India 1m21.664s + 1.534s 112 Soft 7. Pastor Maldonado Williams 1m22.415s + 2.285s 42 Soft 8. Sebastian Vettel Red Bull 1m22.514s + 2.384s 100 Soft 9. Valtteri Bottas Williams 1m22.524s + 2.394s 31 Soft 10. Charles Pic Caterham 1m23.115s + 2.985s 116 Soft 11. Jules Bianchi Marussia 1m23.167s + 3.037s 62 Soft 12. Daniel Ricciardo Toro Rosso 1m23.628s + 3.498s 91 Soft 13. Max Chilton Marussia 1m24.103s + 3.973s 49 Soft

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