Result Barcelona F1 test 2016 (day 6)

Stefan Baldauf
Result Barcelona F1 test 2016 (day 6)
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D he preparations for the start of the season are nearing their end. On the sixth of eight days of testing at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, a Williams driver was at the top of the ranking for the first time. Valtteri Bottas chased the car with super soft tires around the Catalan Grand Prix course in 1: 23.261 minutes.

Hamilton cannot repeat Rosberg's best time

The Finn's performance is roughly the same as what he had shown the day before. 24 hours earlier, Bottas was four hundredths faster with identical rubbers. That was not enough for the top spot in the table. On Tuesday, Nico Rosberg was 2 tenths faster on soft tires.

Actually, Mercedes had booked the top spot again on Wednesday (March 2nd, 2016). Lewis Hamilton was on a similar program as Rosberg before. However, during his two short stints on soft tires, the world champion did not get the laps together without errors. So in the end only second place remained for the Briton - three and a half tenths behind Bottas.

In the afternoon, the drivers at Mercedes were changed again as usual. Like Hamilton the day before, Rosberg drove a complete race distance in one go. The Silver Arrow ran like clockwork again. Especially in the first stint with soft tires, Rosberg showed impressive times. But Daniel Ricciardo, who also simulated a complete Grand Prix in the Red Bull, was able to convince with fast and consistent laps. At first glance, the Mercedes did not seem several lengths ahead, as feared.

Ferrari is stable

Also Kevin Magnussen in the Renault completed the distance exercise without any problems. In the Renault, however, the Dane was not quite on the same level as the top teams mentioned. But the French factory racer is not quite as far away as feared. In the overall standings, Magnussen landed in 3rd place thanks to a fast super soft run before the lunch break.

Sebastian Vettel was also able to record his penultimate day of testing as a success. Ferrari did without qualifying runs with soft tires and long endurance runs in one go, but in the end the red goddess still achieved 151 laps - more than ever in this test winter. The Ferrari engineers had the reliability problems with the engine with the change of theApparently got a grip on the engine on a new version. Only Toro Rosso driver Carlos Sainz was a bit harder than Vettel with 166 laps.

Problems with HaasF1 and Sauber

The picture with the Ferrari customer team HaasF1 looked completely different. After the lean diet of 23 laps the day before, Esteban Gutierrez even finished after a single installation lap on Wednesday. Turbo damage could not be repaired in the eight-hour test session.

It didn't go much better for Sauber. Marcus Ericsson drove the new C35 for the first time, but had to spend a lot of time in the garage in the morning. Constant error messages in the system resulted in time-consuming technical checks. Shortly before the end, the Sauber also lost a wheel, causing Ericsson to spin into the gravel and triggering the first and only interruption of the day.

Manor Racing was able to complete most of the laps of the teams in the lower midfield. Pascal Wehrlein lapped the course 77 times and came in 10th in the time table ahead of Ericsson and Gutierrez. We show you the best pictures of the day in our gallery.

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