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Featured Rosberg shows Mercedes pace at final pre-season test

Discussion in 'Formula 1' started by Jordan Wilkins, Feb 27, 2015.

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    After a 2015 pre-season where everyone involved in F1 outside of the AMG Mercedes team have wondering just what advantage the team will enter this season with, today the team finally revealed a glimpse of their ultimate pace as Nico Rosberg set a blistering time on a soft tyre run in the afternoon session.

    Nico Rosberg topped the times today for AMG Mercedes as late in the afternoon he used soft tyres to set a 1m22.792 lap time, a full 0.7 seconds quicker than the previous fastest time set by Felipe Massa in his Williams yesterday. This is an ominous sign for the rest of the paddock, as Mercedes finally showed just what kind of advantage they have retained going into the Australian Grand Prix in two weeks time.

    Of the others running today on day two of the final pre-season test, Williams were the closest challenger to Mercedes today with Valtteri Bottas setting a 1m23.995 lap time, whilst also completing a solid day's running after completing 90 laps. Williams once again showed themselves to likely be the biggest challenger to Mercedes at the start of the season.

    Felipe Nasr set the third fastest time with a 1m24.071 for Sauber, as the team once again seemingly showing they have made improvements on last year going into the 2015 season, although the team will likely fall back to the midfield running once the action starts in Australia.

    Sebastien Vettel was next up today with a 1m25.339 fastest lap time, as the team also completed yet another solid day's running, as they completed a total 143 laps, the highest total for any driver today. The team has so far had a promising pre-season and it really looks like the team has made some significant improvements on their poor 2014 season.

    Jenson Button was fifth fastest today with a 1m25.590 lap time, as the McLaren team finally looked to have turned a corner after a very difficult pre-season so far, as the team adapts to the new Honda powerplant. Button completed 101 total laps, although the car stopped in the final half hour of the test, bringing out the red flags.

    Pastor Maldonado finished the day in sixth for Lotus, with a 1m26.705 lap time, with Maldonado completing a great day's running with 140 total laps. Lotus are another team who have looked to have made improvements on 2014, as the team adapt to their new Mercedes engine.

    Max Verstappen finished the day seventh for Scuderia Toro Rosso, his fastest lap being a 1m26.766 time. Verstappen completed 139 laps as he adapts to Formula One, although an electrical problem curtailed the team's running with roughly an hour to go.

    Next up was Daniil Kvyat in eighth for Red Bull, as the team struggled with Kvyat causing the first red flag of the day when his Red Bull car stopped at the first corner early in the afternoon session. Despite this Kvyat still completed 84 laps, and his 1m26.965 fastest time doesn't appear to be representative of the team's ultimate pace.

    Finally today the F1 world finally caught a glimpse of the new Sahara-Force India VJM08 on track, with Nico Hulkenberg completing a total of 77 laps during the team's first day of running with the new car. This is a remarkable amount of laps to be completed on the first day of the car running, with the 1m28.412 lap time showing the team was going for basic runs today, and will likely greatly improve their overall pace during the next two day's of running in Barcelona.

    Today revealed some details in terms of the pecking order for the early stages of the F1 season, with Mercedes showing their pace to the paddock, and some vague ideas of a pecking order going into the Australian Grand Prix in two weeks time. Expect to see more in terms of the teams true pace over the next two days, the final days of pre-season testing before the real action starts in Melbourne.

    What are your thoughts on today's running? Please feel free to comment below.
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  2. Yuri

    Yuri 'I get custom nicknames' Kasdorp Premium

    Did anyone expect diffrent? Personally I think there's a high chance they didn't even run close to 100% last season to reduce the chance of something breaking. With another year or R&D they probably not only improved pace but also decreased the chances of mechanical issues, like they had a couple of times last year.
    It's gonna be a lonely year up front, again.
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    I didn't expected that McLaren would run a testing session without issues.
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  4. I believe that now with those V6 engines Mercedes has the advantage and will most likely be taking the lead until another major change in rules and regulations happens (like the very anticipated 1000bhp cars with wider rears :inlove:). Well, even though I'd like the Mercedes-AMG team to win this season too, I'd like to have some action during the races and not just two drivers leading the race with a distance of 10 seconds between other drivers. But I must admit that the challenge between Nico and Lewis was pretty exciting.
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    Yuri 'I get custom nicknames' Kasdorp Premium

    Last season saw some great fighting. Not always for P1 but there was almost always a battle going on (exept Russia, nothing happened there :p)
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  6. Qazdar Karim

    Qazdar Karim

    After that, he did 3 laps on each one a different purple sector ... so i suppose they still have some time in their pockets, but didnt want to show it yet :)
  7. Well, yeah. I wasn't saying there was not fight at all :p but there were some races where Nico and Lewis were leading and all the others were fighting for positions as if the Mercs weren't even in the fight, but at the end of the season things heated up and races got more interesting. And as you said there were always fights between drivers like Ricciardo and Vettel (Russia was the only GP that I haven't watched completely, I missed the beginning :roflmao:). Anyway, whatever happened I would never get bored of watching those cars revving and taking off at the beginning of the race, I'm just passionate about this sport and those cars. All of my friends get bored when I start talking about F1 or showing them cars :rolleyes: but they've got to bare with me.:sneaky:
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  8. Mercedes OP.
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