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Mercedes GP lead Barcelona Test Day 3

by F1Fan on February 27, 2010

Lap times were generally slower today with intermittent rain during the late morning and early afternoon affecting the track conditions for the third day of testing with only Mercedes getting below 1 minute 21 seconds.

Barcelona Final Pre Season Test - Day 3 of 4

PositionTeamDriver# LapsBest Lap
1Mercedes GPNico Rosberg1281:20.686
2Toro RossoSebastien Buemi1061:21.413
3McLarenJenson Button1061:21.450
4WilliamsRubens Barrichello1011:21.975
5FerrariFelipe Massa1151:22.344
6Renault F1Vitaly Petrov681:22.523
7Force IndiaAdrian Sutil611:22.606
8Red Bull RacingSebastian Vettel511:23.123
9Lotus RacingJarno Trulli1021:25.059
10BMW Sauber F1Kamui Kobayashi1051:26.216
11Virgin RacingTimo Glock311:26.305
February 27, 2010

Nico Rosberg in the Mercedes MGP-W01 made best use of the dry conditions early on, setting the fastest time of the day during the morning and then went on to post the highest number of laps of the session completing almost 600 Kms. Summing up the teams performance over the test so far Rosberg was pretty happy:

“We had a good day today and made some significant progress in terms of set-up which was nice to see. We hadn’t got the most out of the car in terms of performance over the last couple of days, but we made a step in the right direction today. We went through some big changes this morning step by step and found some good improvements. The longer runs this afternoon were interesting. We learnt a lot as there were other cars running similar programmes at the same time so we were able to do some comparisons. There is still plenty of room to improve but overall we’re looking in pretty good shape.”

At the other end of the field Virgin Racing continued to struggle, with the VR-01’s reliability and build issues severely limiting the number of laps Timo Glock was able to put on the car. When asked about todays problems Virgin Racing technical director Nick Wirth explained.

“A couple of assembly issues affected our programme today, the gearbox problem delayed our start and by the time we were ready to run, the rain came along. We used the changeable conditions up to lunchtime working through a programme of control system preparation for Bahrain and we were looking forward to a more productive afternoon.

However, lunchtime checks revealed a cut fuel system seal, which meant we had to pull the engine off to replace it. We used the remaining time this afternoon to complete a few more interesting tests with Timo. We’re hoping that our planets will align tomorrow to allow us a smooth final day of testing before we head into our debut Grand Prix in Bahrain in two weeks’ time.”

Seems like Virgin really will need some luck to have a car ready by Bahrain that will be able to complete the race distance. If Nick Worth is correct hopefully tomorrow will be a big step in the right direction.

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