The Formula 1 season is coming to an end and the tenth day of testing Nico Rosberg has removed any doubt about the potential of Mercedes that had been hidden during the preseason. Schumacher set the fastest time of the day that highlighted by the large amount of work you have done all the teams.
Up to 6 were able to roll for over 100 laps and Force India was the least rolled but with 77 turns. The good track conditions especially in the afternoon and mock race that addressed the teams allowed this key work in the absence of only two days to close the preseason.
During the previous nine days led Mercedes no time table but we all knew it was because they were looking for him. As the Germans mounted the soft tires in the W06 crushed the lap times of the preseason and left far behind its rivals. Rosberg not had mechanical problems as Hamilton had the previous day and beat the best time of the season and that he did not do a perfect lap.
Valtteri Bottas was 2 over a second of Rosberg so we have a similar scenario to what we saw last year in many sessions with Mercedes as a clear leader and Williams as an alternative. Those who did not see last year for the first positions was the Sauber but this year they are making a better impression. On this day Felipe Nasr was 2nd and rolled 141 laps, two behind Sebastian Vettel who made hard work all day but not approach the times marked by Rosberg.
In McLaren-Honda has been the first happy day of preseason giving 101 laps without serious problems. Jenson Button placed the car with the fifth fastest time riding soft tires but more importantly, the team was able to gather information and work on the development of car that is giving so many problems during their first days of life.
Daniil Kvyat had hydraulic problems with his Red Bull and was penultimate while Max Verstappen gave 139 laps with the Toro Rosso that left good feelings in the race simulation you performed. Carlos Sainz will take over the Dutch on Saturday in what will be his last day of preseason.
These were the times of the day:
1. Nico Rosberg, Mercedes, 1m 22.792s, 106 laps
2. Valtteri Bottas, Williams, 1m 23.995s, 90 laps
3. Felipe Nasr, Sauber, 1m 24.071s, 141 laps
4. Sebastian Vettel, Ferrari, 1m 25.339s, 143 laps
5. Jenson Button, McLaren, 1m 25.590s, 101 laps
6. Pastor Maldonado, Lotus, 1m 26.705s, 140 laps
7. Max Verstappen, Toro Rosso, 1m 26.766s, 139 laps
8. Daniil Kvyat, Red Bull, 1m 26.965s, 84 laps
9. Nico Hulkenberg, Force India, 1m 28.412s, 77 laps