Rosberg fastest as final Barcelona test ends
3 March 2013 – Nico Rosberg ensured that Mercedes retained its pace-setting position on the final day of testing in Barcelona, delivering a 1:20.130 to take the week's benchmark time away from team-mate Lewis Hamilton. The German ended up 0.364 seconds clear of Fernando Alonso, while Jenson Button completed the top three.
Alonso was involved in a battle for the top spot with Rosberg early on, but ultimately came off second best in the Ferrari. The Spaniard, who focused on aero runs and performance work in the early hours before switching to a race simulation in the afternoon, held a gap of almost one second back to McLaren rival Jenson Button.
Williams duo Pastor Maldonado and Valtteri Bottas were sandwiched by Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel as the chequered flag fell, having shared the FW35 for the second day in a row. A little further back, Charles Pic put Caterham ahead of Marussia for the first time this week, eclipsing Jules Bianchi by a slender 52 thousandths of a second. Toro Rosso driver Daniel Ricciardo and Britain's Max Chilton completed the order.
Free Practice 1 for the Australian Grand Prix begins at 12.30pm local time (GMT +11) on Friday 15 March and can be tracked via the GPUpdate.net Live Report