Mercedes end in-season testing on top again

Nico Rosberg ended the final day at the Red Bull Ring with the fastest time as the in-season testing programme ended on Wednesday.

The Mercedes AMG PETRONAS driver, who won the Austrian Grand Prix at the circuit last Sunday, set a best time of 1m09.113s on a far more productive day for all the teams following Tuesday’s running being affected heavily by the weather.

Eight of the nine runners on Wednesday completed 100 or more laps of the Austrian circuit, with only Valtteri Bottas of the Williams Martini Racing team not breaking into three figures.

Rosberg led the way by 0.818s from Scuderia Ferrari reserve driver Esteban Gutierrez, who survived a trip through the gravel trap just before lunch to end the day second fastest, just ahead of Bottas.

By far the busiest driver on Wednesday was reigning DTM Series Champion Marco Wittmann, who was running for the Scuderia Toro Rosso team. The young German driver completed 158 laps of the Red Bull Ring, and got within one second of Rosberg’s leading time.

After topping Tuesday’s session whilst running with Mercedes, Pascal Wehrlein was back on track on Wednesday, this time for the Sahara Force India team, with the German completing 132 laps and finishing 1.140s adrift of the pace.

Lotus F1 Team reserve driver Jolyon Palmer was sixth fastest ahead of Fernando Alonso, who ran 104 untroubled laps for McLaren-Honda whilst testing a number of different aerodynamic set-ups, including with the new shorter front wing that was debuted in last weekends race.

Daniel Ricciardo was eighth quickest for the Infiniti Red Bull Racing team, but was responsible for a red flag during the final hour of the test with a brake issue in pit lane entry, while Felipe Nasr was the last of the runners in ninth, 1.809s down in his Sauber F1 Team machine.

Red Bull Ring In-Season Test Day 2 Result

16Nico RosbergGERMercedes1m09.113s
221Esteban GutierrezMEXFerrari1m09.931s
377Valtteri BottasFINWilliams-Mercedes1m10.029s
438Marco WittmannGERToro Rosso-Renault1m10.103s
534Pascal WehrleinGERForce India-Mercedes1m10.253s
630Jolyon PalmerGBRLotus-Mercedes1m10.373s
714Fernando AlonsoESPMcLaren-Honda1m10.718s
83Daniel RicciardoAUSRed Bull-Renault1m10.757s
912Felipe NasrBRZSauber-Ferrari1m10.922s