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Rosberg quickest on opening day of second test
Tuesday 19th February 2013, 17:11 by TF1T Staff
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Nico Rosberg took the top honours on the opening day of the second pre-season test in Barcelona on Tuesday.
The Mercedes driver managed a lap of 1:22.616, just seven thousandths quicker than Kimi Raikkonen in the Lotus.
Both times came on the medium compound tyre toward the end of the session after Sebastian Vettel had led for much of the morning, before dropping to fourth behind Fernando Alonso.
The Spaniard made the most of gis first day behind the wheel of the F138 by posting 110 laps, almost 30 more than his nearest rival.
Pastor Maldonado debuted the Williams FW35 for the first time and went fifth fastest with a lap just over 1.1 seconds slower than Rosberg.
The session saw two red flags thanks to Esteban Gutierrez' s low fuel run, which saw him stop on circuit. Meanwhile Charles Pic stopped with a mechanical issue.
He finished 11th behind Max Chilton in the Marussia.
Times from the Barcelona pre-season test (Tuesday):
# Driver Team Time Gap Laps 01. N. Rosberg Mercedes 1:22.616 54 02. K. Raikkonen Lotus 1:22.672 +0.007 44 03. F. Alonso Ferrari 1:22.952 +0.336 110 04. S. Vettel Red Bull 1:22.965 +0.349 66 05. P. Maldonado Williams 1:23.733 +1.117 86 06. D. Ricciardo Toro Rosso 1:23.884 +1.268 73 07. S. Perez McLaren 1:24.124 +1.508 77 08. P. di Resta Force India 1:24.144 +1.528 82 09. E. Gutierrez Sauber 1:25.124 +2.508 68 10. M. Chilton Marussia 1:26.747 +4.131 65 11. C. Pic Caterham 1:27.534 +4.918 49