Valtteri Bottas sets the pace as F1 teams wrap up pre-season testing (photos)

Valtteri Bottas sets the pace as F1 teams wrap up pre-season testing (photos)

Written by Staff Writer

02 Mar, 2015 | 2:43 pm

Formula One wrapped up pre-season testing on Sunday (March 1) with Valtteri Bottas top of the timesheets for Williams while champions Mercedes looked forward with optimism to Australia.

With the opening race in Melbourne now only two weeks away on March 15, teams carried out a mixture of quick laps and long runs at the Circuit de Catalunya.

Bottas, who could be the biggest rival to the Mercedes duo of double world champion Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg, chalked up the quickest lap of one minute 23.063 seconds on super-soft tyres.

Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel was second quickest and Ferrari-powered Sauber’s Brazilian rookie Felipe Nasr was third and did the most laps — a hefty 159.

Rosberg, who will be aiming to wrest the title off his team-mate this season, was only seventh fastest but did 130 laps. McLaren endured another difficult afternoon, with Britain’s Jenson Button completing just 30 laps, while Venezuelan Pastor Maldonado crashed his Lotus into the barriers after 36 laps.

Rookie Max Verstappen drove his Toro Rosso to post the fourth quickest time of the day.

– Reuters

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