Barcelona Test: Day Three

Yesterday saw the third day of the final group test complete, with many of the teams running different drivers to before. The weather continued to remain calm and pleasant (aside from a short shower), allowing the squads to complete a lot of mileage before all the equipment and machinery is packed up and sent to Bahrain for opening race in a couple of weeks. The third day of four saw Nico Rosberg head the timing sheet, touring Circuit de Catalunya in 1m20.686s, 0.72s slower than yesterday’s pacesetter Nico Hulkenberg.

Many of the drivers were running race simulations, and although he topped the timing sheet, Rosberg’s day wasn’t without incident. The German pilot stopped on track towards the end of his run with a fault. Impressing with a second-fastest lap of the day was Sebastien Buemi, although he too suffered problems and stopped on track after running out of fuel immediately after completing a race simulation of his own.

Renault allowed rookie Vitaly Petrov to pilot the R30, the Russian managing the sixth quickest lap just behind Felipe Massa who took over from Fernando Alonso. Jenson Button hauled himself into third after a final push at the end of the afternoon while Sebastian Vettel only completed 51 laps and set the eighth fast lap, choosing not to go out until after lunch.

Lotus continued their programme and once looked very reliable, albeit not very quick. Jarno Trulli notched up another 100 laps in a trouble-free day while Virgin Racing suffered more issues with the VR-01, Timo Glock only managing 31 laps. The busiest driver of the day was Nico Rosberg, who completed 128 laps.

Barcelona Test
Day Three

Lap Time
Fastest Time Set

Laps Set
Number Laps Completed

1. German FlagNico Rosberg Mercedes 1m20.686s 128 Laps
2. Swiss FlagSebastien Buemi Scuderia Toro Rosso 1m21.413s 106 Laps
3. British FlagJenson Button McLaren 1m21.450s 105 Laps
4. Brazilian FlagRubens Barrichello Williams 1m21.975 101 Laps
5. Brazilian FlagFelipe Massa Ferrari 1m22.344s 115 Laps
6. Russian FlagVitaly Petrov Renault 1m22.523s 68 Laps
7. German FlagAdrian Sutil Force India 1m22.606s 61 Laps
8. Germany FlagSebastian Vettel Red Bull Racing 1m23.123 51 Laps
9. Italian FlagJarno Trulli Lotus 1m25.059s 102 Laps
10. Japanese FlagKamui Kobayashi Sauber 1m26.216s 105 Laps
11. German FlagTimo Glock Virgin Racing 1m26.305s 31 Laps

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