Barcelona testing: Rosberg top of the timesheets on day one

Nico Rosberg set the fastest time on the first day of the second pre-season test in Barcelona.

Rosberg set his fastest time in the Mercedes on the medium tyre during the final part of the day after spending much of the morning dealing with gearbox issues.

Closely behind Rosberg was Kimi Raikkonen in the Lotus setting the second fastest time after 44 laps of running.

Fernando Alonso’s first taste of the F138 saw him set the third fastest time on the medium tyre. He managed 110 laps on Tuesday, the most of any driver.

Rosberg set the fastest time on the first day of pre-season testing in Barcelona

Rosberg set the fastest time on a medium set of tyres on the first day of the second pre-season test in Barcelona

Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel set the fourth fastest time after having been the first driver to break into the 1m22s.

The first outing of the new Williams FW35 saw Pastor Maldonado set the fifth fastest time, completing 86 laps. His fastest time came on a soft set of tyres.

Behind hime Daniel Ricciardo set the sixth fastest time in the Toro Rosso, showing that the STR8 could be one of the strong challengers in the midfield.

McLaren’s Sergio Perez could only manage to set the seventh fastest time ahead of Force India’s Paul di Resta in eighth.

Esteban Gutierrez set the ninth fastest time in the Sauber after causing the first red flag of the day after running low on fuel.

Max Chilton set the 10th fastest time for Marussia whilst Charles Pic set the 11th fastest time for Caterham.

Whilst testing times should not be taken as a true gauge of the cars relative performance, the start of the second pre-season test should help to establish a potential running order for Australia.

Pre-season testing continues in Barcelona tomorrow where Lewis Hamilton, Nico Hulkenberg and Valtteri Bottas will take over the driving from their respective teammates.

For timings and tyre choice see http://www.autosport.com/news/report.php/id/105621

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