Results Barcelona F1 test 2016 (day 5)

Stefan Baldauf
Result Barcelona F1 test 2016 (day 5)
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M ercedes continues to dominate the test in Barcelona. After the Silver Arrows had attracted attention in the first week of testing, especially due to the many kilometers, Nico Rosberg set an exclamation mark at the start of the second week in terms of lap times. On the third hardest mixture, 'Soft', the German turned the fastest lap of the day in 1: 23.022 minutes.

Mercedes is practicing for the first time for qualifying

By way of comparison: Sebastian Vettel was last week still the fastest pilot on the yellow Pirellis. With a time of 1: 23.741 minutes, the Ferrari was more than 7 tenths slower than Mercedes. Of course, the times at this point in the test should still be viewed with caution. The test programs are too different. Nevertheless, the Mercedes time was at least a small scent mark.

'We practiced qualifying today, took out a bit of fuel and really went on the attack', reported Rosberg after his fast run. 'As a driver, you are of course happy when you can really push the car to the limit. This is also important when preparing for Melbourne.'

Apparently, Rosberg could have been even faster if he finished 2nd Runs before lunch would have been a bit better. 'I was not so happy with my two attempts. I will analyze that now and see what I can change for tomorrow,' admitted the vice world champion.

You will be reluctant to hear that at Ferrari. The opponent from Italy got a first taste of what Mercedes can do. 'Of course we don't want to show the competition how good we are. But we also have to learn for ourselves,' said Rosberg. 'I have a very good feeling. Our level is very high at the moment. But Ferrari is close. That's why we have to do our homework before Melbourne.'

Gearbox problem on the Ferrari causes a break for repairs

If the form from Tuesday (March 1st, 2016) goes, you don't have to worry too much in the silver warehouse. Kimi Raikkonen mainly spent the morning doing aerodynamics test runs. As soon as the Finn wanted to start the long runs in the afternoon, the technology went on strike. On the home stretch, the transmission got stuck in eighth gear. Raikkonen rolled out at the end of the pit lane. The repair break lasted a good 2 hours.

At Mercedes it was runningit is almost perfect in terms of reliability. Only at Lewis Hamilton's first run in the afternoon did the W07 stall briefly and had to be pushed back in the pit lane. The time-out only lasted a few minutes. After the lunch break, the world champion did 90 laps - including a complete racing simulation. The constant lap times in the individual stints should ponder the competition as well as Rosberg's best time.

Williams also couldn't keep up with the factory Mercedes. Valtteri Bottas even tried the new Ultrasoft rubbers shortly before lunch. In the end, however, the Finn was 2 tenths short of the specification from Rosberg, who, as already mentioned, was 2 levels harder.

It was the first time ever that Williams was on the road with the softer tires. If you factor in the grip advantage, the time wasn't particularly great. Vettel also drove 4 tenths faster on Ultrasoft the week before. Williams must therefore still work on the pace on short runs. The FW38 seems to be much stronger in the endurance run.

McLaren with new Honda engine in 3rd place

Surprisingly far McLaren showed up in front. Fernando Alonso set the third fastest time of the day with a new Honda upgrade. However, the local hero was already 1.7 seconds behind Nico Rosberg's record - and on the same tire compound. In terms of reliability, too, things are still not going smoothly. Shortly before the lunch break, a telemetry error caused the first red flag of the day.

Max Verstappen brought together most of the laps of the day. The Dutchman managed 144 laps in 8 hours - which is more than 2 Grand Prix distances. Only early in the morning did the youngster, together with his teammate Carlos Sainz, solemnly unveil the Toro Rosso in the finished paintwork. Until the fifth day of testing, the STR11 was still completely blue. Technically, the car already seems pretty stable. However, the Red Bull junior team has not yet performed qualifying runs. That is why Verstappen only had the seventh fastest time in the end.

Fans on the track were particularly excited about the new Sauber. Felipe Nasr completed the maiden voyage with the C35 and achieved 103 laps. On the first day with the new car, of course, the Swiss team wasn't looking for the best times. The stability seems at least at a decent level.

Problems at Manor and HaasF1

From the small ones You couldn't say that to teams. Manor pilot Rio Haryanto spent most of the morning in the garage because of an oil leak. His HaasF1 colleague Esteban Gutierrez was unemployed that afternoon. A problem with the gasoline system stopped the test program prematurely. For the third red flag -after McLaren and Ferrari - Kevin Magnussen in the Renault provided 10 minutes before the end of the session. After 118 problem-free laps, the car rolled out on the track.

In our gallery we show you the highlights of the day.


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