Preseason Formula 1 2013: Rosberg and Alonso leading the last day of tests

Preseason Formula 1 2013

An end spring training in Formula 1 have come to an end on Sunday with the running of the last day of testing at the Circuit de Catalunya in which the best time was to Nico Rosberg . Now the teams travel to their factories to make final adjustments on some cars you will see in two weekends in Melbourne to dispute the GP of Australia, the first official test of the year.

On this last day the teams have returned to find good weather and dry asphalt something that helped them carry out their work programs. Generally these programs are divided into short runs work, especially in the morning, accompanied by soft tires, and work long runs basic at this point because you have to test the reliability of the car under conditions close to those of career.

Preseason Formula 1 2013

Obviously the best times came in short runs that were made in the morning in which most pilots also made use of the soft tires. If the best time set by Hamilton in the day on Saturday was good, it was even better that Nico did Rosgberg that stopped the clock at 1:20:130, a time almost two seconds better than that achieved in all tests, 2012 which means that the engineers are still working and improving the cars over the months.

Also marked with a similar setup Fernando Alonso the second fastest time of the day but not too much we can trust these days because we do not know the use of DRS that both drivers have no bearing fuel in their tanks. The third time the day was for Jenson Button but more than one second while Fernando Alonso was fourth place for Nico Hulkenberg. The conditions in which these were times were somewhat mysterious because both tires of the English and German were unmarked, one more unknown in assessing the time sheets.

Although the best times came in the morning may work more interesting was the afternoon where drivers did longer runs and measured their pace. There, Ferrari, McLaren and Lotus were the best but the day was quiet for Enstone since Kimi Raikkonen lost most of the morning due to problems with the gearbox in his car.

He who has gone almost unnoticed has been Sebastian Vettel who finished the day in eighth place and went to complain about how little lasting the new Pirelli. The German made middle rounds but was testing settings all day with a lot of paraffin on the car indicating that evaluated aerodynamic improvements (is Adrian Newey preparing a surprise?). The truth is that Vettel does not need to scare their rivals and the true potential of Red Bull we’ll see in the first qualifying session of the season.

In the bottom of the timesheets encontras the Toro Rosso of Ricciardo was beaten as much by Pic with Caterham and Marussia Bianchi also turned workday to Max Chilton that due to problems with Razia has accumulated much more experience this spring that his teammate.

Then we leave the times of day that you know you have to take with caution and we call on you in two weeks where the show starts and finished the tests:

  1. Rosberg (Mercedes) 131 laps 1m20.130s
  2. Alonso (Ferrari) 0364 120 laps 1m20.494s
  3. Button (McLaren) 1314 122 laps 1m21.444s
  4. Hulkenberg (Sauber) 1411 118 laps 1m21.541s
  5. Raikkonen (Lotus) 50 laps 1m21.658s + 1.528s
  6. Di Resta (Force India) 1534 112 laps 1m21.664s
  7. Maldonado (Williams) 2285 42 laps 1m22.415s
  8. Vettel (Red Bull) 2384 100 laps 1m22.514s
  9. Bottas (Williams) 2394 31 laps 1m22.524s +
  10. Pic (Caterham) 2985 116 laps 1m23.115s
  11. Bianchi (Marussia) 3037 62 laps 1m23.167s
  12. Ricciardo (Toro Rosso) 3498 91 laps 1m23.628s
  13. Chilton (Marussia) 1m24.103s + 3.973s 49 laps
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