Seconda sessione test Barcellona, giorno 1–01/03/2016
Barcelona F1 test: Rosberg tops Mercedes’ first day of 2016
Nico Rosberg put a Mercedes on top of the timesheets for the first time in 2016 Formula 1 pre-season testing while his team-mate Lewis Hamilton completed a full race simulation.
On the opening day of Barcelona’s second test, Mercedes ran the soft tyres for the first time this year with Rosberg clocking a 1m23.022s just before lunch, finishing 0.207 seconds clear of Valtteri Bottas in the Williams, whose time was set on the ultra-softs.
It was an impressive performance from Mercedes, which focused on low-fuel and qualifying speed in the morning before changing tack in the afternoon when Hamilton took over the car.
The reigning world champion completed a short stint on the softs before completing three stints on the mediums as part of a 66-lap run.
Fernando Alonso suffered what McLaren described as a "small telemetry" glitch before lunch, but the team got him back out midway through the afternoon.
The two-time world champion clocked the third quickest time, 1.713s off the pace, and put 93 laps on the board.
Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen had spent much of the day in second before he stopped out on track just after lunch.
He returned to the track late in the afternoon and he ended the day with 71 laps on the board, 100 fewer than Rosberg and Hamilton managed between them.
Red Bull suffered a long delay after a brake casing problem caused a small fire at the back of the RB12, with Daniil Kvyat rejoining in the afternoon to clock the fifth fastest time.
Hamilton was sixth, ahead of Max Verstappen and Nico Hulkenberg, both of whom managed more than 100 laps apiece.
The 2016-spec Sauber proved to be reliable straight out of the box as Felipe Nasr clocked 103 laps for the ninth quickest time.
Renault’s Kevin Magnussen was 10th, but caused a red flag with a few minutes to go, when he stopped out on track having completed 119 laps.
Haas saw its running end early with a fuel system problem, with Esteban Gutierrez managing just 23 laps.
Manor’s Rio Haryanto had a troublesome day with the Indonesian missing most of the morning session as his team worked to fix a small oil leak.
He recovered to log 45 laps and the 12th fastest time, 4.603s off the pace.
|5||Daniil Kvyat||Red Bull/TAG Heuer||1m25.049s||2.027s||69|
|7||Max Verstappen||Toro Rosso/Ferrari||1m25.176s||2.154s||144|
|8||Nico Hulkenberg||Force India/Mercedes||1m25.336s||2.314s||121|
Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen thwarted by gearbox issue in testing
A gearbox problem limited Kimi Raikkonen and Ferrari’s mileage as 2016’s second pre-season Formula 1 test began at Barcelona on Tuesday.
Raikkonen’s car stopped when he became stuck in eighth gear on the pits straight just after the lunchbreak.
Although Ferrari got him back out later, he could only manage 72 laps – 100 down on Mercedes’ tally for the day.
"Obviously a few things could be better at this point but we are in testing and the purpose of testing is to try things and obviously something breaks," Raikkonen told reporters.
"We can fix it, there’s still time.
"Every year it’s the same story; you push, push and push and [if] we have an issue, we plan a fix. I’m not concerned."
Ferrari chairman Sergio Marchionne has expressed hope that the team will be on the front row at the season-opening Australian Grand Prix, while Mercedes’ Nico Rosberg insisted the Italian team was a "big threat".
Raikkonen said it was currently "pointless to start guessing" how Ferrari compared to Mercedes, which set the pace on Tuesday as it ran soft tyres for the first time this year.
"I have no idea what they’re doing and they don’t know what will happen," he said.
"You can see the laptime, there are different tyres and different times.
"We have a good feeling. We have made quite good progress over the winter again but is it going to be enough? Who knows?
"I think we will be more or less where we want to be."