The first day of testing in Barcelona resulted in Nico Rosberg setting the fastest time, with a lap of 1m22.616s in his Mercedes, after 54 laps of running. Kimi Raikkonen was just a fraction behind, having completed 44 laps in his Lotus, with a best of 1m22.623s. Fernando Alonso had his first day of running in the new Ferrari and set a best of 1m22.952s, running an impressive 110 laps in the process, while Sebastian Vettel was right with his 2012 Championship challenger with a lap of 1m22.965s, after completing 66 laps. The new Williams was promising with Pastor Maldonado doing 86 laps, setting a best of 1m23.733s on the first day of serious running, while Daniel Ricciardo was next with a 1m23.884s lap, at the end of 73 laps of testing.
Sergio Perez was next up in the new McLaren, completing 77 laps and setting a best of 1m24.124s, which was just ahead of Paul di Resta’s Force India, which clocked 1m24.144s, after 82 laps. There was then a gap of a second back to Esteban Gutierrez, who lapped his Sauber in 1m25.124s, after 68 laps. Further behind were Max Chilton in the Marussia, which clocked 1m26.747s after 65 laps and Charles Pic in the Caterham, which recorded a best of 1m27.534s after 49 laps. There is some quiet pushing and shoving over aerodynamic devices on the Williams and on the Caterham, but otherwise there is little to report today.