Barcelona Testing, Day 3: Rosberg Fastest Before and After the Rain


What Happens When Red Flags Befall Testing

11:45am EST — Yet again, the teams were beset by their least-favorite weather conditions this testing season, with rain arriving in Barcelona after two and a half days of clear testing.  Nico Rosberg’s time was fastest before the rain began and it held all afternoon, even after the circuit drying out again.  Unfortunately, Twitter has become a bit more quiet over this weekend’s testing than it was in Jerez, and the inside analysis has been replaced with (interesting nonetheless) pictures from the pitlane on many of the team’s official feeds.  Particularly follow the Williams PR feed (via ClaireVWilliams) for fun and informative pictures (her picture feed here) from testing.  She certainly seems happy to be in F1, unlike some of the behavior of others involved in the sport.

1. Nico Rosberg, Mercedes GP, 1:20.686, 128 Laps
2. Sebastien Buemi, Toro Rosso, 1:21.413, 106 Laps
3. Jenson Button, McLaren, 1:21.450, 105 Laps
4. Rubens Barrichello, Williams, 1:21.975, 101 Laps
5. Felipe Massa, Ferrari, 1:22.344, 115 Laps
6. Vitaly Petrov, Renault, 1:22.523, 68 Laps
7. Adrian Sutil, Force India, 1:22.606, 61 Laps
8. Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull, 1:23.123, 51 Laps
9. Jarno Trulli, LotusF1, 1:25.059, 102 Laps
10. Kamui Kobayashi, Sauber, 1:26.216, 105 Laps
11. Timo Glock, Virgin Racing, 1:26.305, 31 Laps

Red flags also spent a good bit of time stopping the on-track action, though it appears as though many of the teams practiced more race simulations and longer runs at a time, particularly in the afternoon.  That is, until the final half hour or so, when thos behind Rosberg switched about a bit.  With multiple red flags near the end, various teams came in and made changes for shorter runs and faster times at the end.  With the rain’s disruption and the (still) unknown fuel loads, it is (still) difficult to know who will perform well during an actual race.

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