After two completely dry days, the Formula 1 teams in Barcelona have to fight with rain again. Almost two hours after the start of the test, the clouds were gathering over the Circuit de Catalunya. A little later the rain set in, which did not allow any time improvement until the lunch break.
Before that, Nico Rosberg had shown the potential of the Mercedes GP for the first time. With the best time of 1: 20.686 minutes, the German was only a little slower than Nico Hülkenberg and Fernando Alonso, who also simulated the conditions in qualifying for the first time the day before.
Toro Rosso fast again
The only pilot who was also running low on fuel on Saturday morning was Sebastien Buemi. The Swiss stayed only seven tenths behind the Silver Arrow in the fastest of his 34 laps and again indicated that the Toro Rosso is a point candidate, at least at the beginning of the season.
For the other competitors, however, things did not go so well. Adrian Sutil (Force India) and Felipe Massa (Ferrari) limited themselves to endurance runs during the short dry period and are already more than two seconds behind in third and fourth place. The times were slower by up to 20 seconds on a wet slope. Improvements were no longer possible.
McLaren and Red Bull in the garage
For world champion Jenson Button, his last day of testing before the start of the season began anything but planned. On the first lap at 9.15 a.m., his McLaren stopped with a technical defect in Turn 11. When the MP4-25 was finally repaired, it started to rain. The Englishman was almost 16 seconds behind the best time on the wet track.
Sebastian Vettel spent almost all of the morning in the garage. The German program was limited to an untimed installation round. The day before, Red Bull announced that it would install a new underbody, which should not arrive in Barcelona until the night. At least Red Bull did not lose that much valuable test time due to the rain.
Just like compatriot Vettel, Timo Glock was also unable to record a time. The Hessian had to limit himself to short system checks in his Virgin Racing VR-01.