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Nico Rosberg leads first day of Barcelona test - Mercedes mend their ways as the second 2013 test gets underway

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Räikkönen barely breaks a sweat on day one
Räikkönen barely breaks a sweat on day oneCredit: Steven Tee/LAT
The FW35 has a trouble-free debut in Barcelona
The FW35 has a trouble-free debut in BarcelonaCredit: Glenn Dunbar/LAT
A day of aero and tyre work for Di Resta
A day of aero and tyre work for Di RestaCredit: Sahara Force India Formula One Team
Esteban exits the Circuit de Catalunya pitlane
Esteban exits the Circuit de Catalunya pitlaneCredit: Sauber Motorsport AG

Pre-season testing for 2013 began its second week in Spain today, with Barcelona playing host to the 11 new cars. With Williams finally revealing the FW35, all the drivers were participating in current machinery, and thus things got ever so slightly more meaningful.

Mercedes made a better start to this second week than they did the first, with Nico Rosberg posting the fastest time of the day. There were probably some glum faces early on in the Mercedes garage, as the car came to a halt with a gearbox problem after just 14 laps. However, the issue was rectified, and Rosberg went on to post over 50 laps and clock the fastest time, a shade above second place Kimi Räikkönen.

Fernando Alonso was in action for the first time this year, and he certainly put the work in, completing 110 laps.

I feel reasonably pleased with this first day and I can say I share Felipe’s opinion that the car is on another planet compared to the one we began with on the first day of testing last year. The programme for this first session in Barcelona is aimed mainly at improving reliability, with the target of completing more than a hundred laps every day.

- Fernando Alonso, Ferrari

Alonso will be in the car for the first three days of the test before handing over to Felipe Massa. The other high profile driver switches will be at Force India, but for the first two days, it is signed driver Paul di Resta doing the work.

2013 Testing - Day 1, Barcelona
1Nico RosbergMercedes1:22.61654
2Kimi RäikkönenLotus1:22.62344
3Fernando AlonsoFerrari1:22.952110
4Sebastian VettelRed Bull1:22.96566
5Pastor MaldonadoWilliams1:23.73385
6Daniel RicciardoToro Rosso1:23.88472
7Sergio PérezMcLaren1:24.12475
8Paul di RestaForce India1:24.14482
9Esteban GutiérrezSauber1:25.12466
10Max ChiltonMarussia1:26.74765
11Charles PicCaterham1:27.53449

There weren't too many mechanical gremlins out on track today. Already mentioned was Mercedes gearbox issue, and Caterham also found a problem in that area of the car which brought Charles Pic to an early halt. He caused one red flag, whilst it was Esteban Gutiérrez causing the other when his Sauber had a fuel issue that stopped him out on track.

The team checked the fuel system, and as a result, @EstebanGtz ran out of fuel.

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Top 3 (ROS, RAI, ALO) all set their fastest time today on the P Zero white medium tyre. At the first test in Barcelona last year the medium compound did not set a fastest time on any day. #f1 #pirelli

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The programme for @pauldirestaf1 in the closing part of the test included longer runs to gather as much info as we can about our tyres.

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So an #FW35 update - we've had a productive morning. Pastor is happy, as are the engineers with what they have seen so far #Barcelona

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Testing continues at the Circuit de Catalunya tomorrow. Lewis Hamilton will take over testing duties from Rosberg, whilst Valtteri Bottas is in for Williams. Both Nico Hülkenberg and Giedo van der Garde will begin two day stints, leaving their counterparts to finish off the testing on Friday.

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