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Rosberg fastest as final F1 test ends

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.

autos Updated: Mar 06, 2013 11:16 IST
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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