Barcelona in-season test: Rosberg and Palmer top the charts

F1 remained in Barcelona for the first of two in-season tests (the second takes place after the Austrian Grand Prix, in June).

The two-day programme included several aero, balance, suspension, tyre, and other mechanical related tests. There’s plenty of data to analyse and validate, including data received from each team’s simulators.

The Silver Arrows’ domination carried on Tuesday at the Circuit de Catalunya as Nico Rosberg topped the leaderboard with a personal best 1:24.378, two seconds clear of the rest. Meanwhile, Jolyon Palmer topped the second and final day of testing for Lotus, four tenths up Mercedes’ Pascal Wehrlein. The test provides encouragement for McLaren (fourth fastest). There was also an early-morning accident for Raffaele Marciello.

Tuesday’s testing times

1. Nico Rosberg, Mercedes — 1m24.374s, 146 laps
2. Marcus Ericsson, Sauber — 1m26.624s, 97 laps
3. Raffaele Marcielo, Ferrari — 1m26.648s, 125 laps
4. Daniil Kvyat, Red Bull — 1m26.904s, 101 laps
5. Pastor Maldonado, Lotus — 1m27.338s, 60 laps
6. Nick Yelloly, Force India — 1m27.396s, 109 laps
7. Pierre Gasly, Toro Rosso — 1m27.639s, 131 laps
8. Felipe Massa, Williams — 1m27.911s, 54 laps
9. Oliver Turvey, McLaren — 1m28.542s, 66 laps

Wednesday’s testing times

1. Jolyon Palmer, Lotus — 1m26.080s, 87 laps
2. Pascal Wehrlein, Mercedes — 1m26.497s, 137 laps
3. Pierre Gasly, Red Bull — 1m26.683s, 74 laps
4. Jenson Button, McLaren — 1m26.927s, 100 laps
5. Alex Lynn, Williams — 1m26.967s, 52 laps
6. Esteban Ocon, Force India — 1m27.520s, 93 laps
7. Esteban Gutierrez, Ferrari — 1m27.930s, 119 laps
8. Carlos Sainz, Toro Rosso — 1m27.997s, 126 laps
9. Raffaelle Marcielo, Sauber — 1m28.829s, 74 laps

What’s next

F1’s crown jewel, the Grand Prix de Monaco at Monte-Carlo, 21st - 24th May.