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Rosberg Fastest On Penultimate Pre-Season Test Day

Nico Rosberg set the fastest lap time on the penultimate pre season test day in Barcelona despite poor weather conditions.

The German driver eased fears over the Mercedes Benz performance, following Michael Schumacher’s announcement that he does not expect to be fighting for wins early on in the season.

Sebastien Buemi was 2nd for Toro Rosso as they mirrored the Mercedes Benz test day with short runs, then long runs and both drivers suffered mechnical problems.

Jenson Button was 3rd despite a slow morning, with Rubens Barrichello 4th as Williams continued their good form.

Felipe Massa couldn’t continue Fernando Alonso’s dominance in the Ferrari but did do some long runs, with a late fresh tyre run allowing him the faster time.

Vitaly Petrov moved Renault closer to the pace of the front runners, just ahead of the Force India’s and Jarno Trulli who managed to get Lotus from the bottom 2 positions and ahead of another team that wasn’t Virgin with Kamui Kobayashi ending the day just ahead of the Richard Branson backed outfit.

Pos  Driver              Team         Time       Gap       Laps
 1.  Nico Rosberg        Mercedes     1m20.686s            128
 2.  Sebastien Buemi     Toro Rosso   1m21.413s  + 0.727s  106
 3.  Jenson Button       McLaren      1m21.450s  + 0.764s  105
 4.  Rubens Barrichello  Williams     1m21.975s  + 1.289s  101
 5.  Felipe Massa        Ferrari      1m22.344s  + 1.658s  115
 6.  Vitaly Petrov       Renault      1m22.523s  + 1.837s  68
 7.  Adrian Sutil        Force India  1m22.606s  + 1.920s  61
 8.  Sebastian Vettel    Red Bull     1m23.123s  + 2.437s  51
 9.  Jarno Trulli        Lotus        1m25.059s  + 4.373s  102
10.  Kamui Kobayashi     Sauber       1m26.216s  + 5.530s  105
11.  Timo Glock          Virgin       1m26.305s  + 5.619s  31

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