Formula One’s third pre-season test began at the Circuit de Catalunya in Barcelona today with Michael Schumacher kicking off the programme for the MERCEDES GP PETRONAS team. Nico Rosberg will take over the car on Saturday and Sunday, before Michael completes the four-day test on Monday.

With the track damp from overnight rain and taking time to come up to speed, Michael first headed out midway through the morning to complete aerodynamic evaluations and balance checks. Following the lunch break, he completed a successful race simulation including pit stops. Michael completed 90 laps in total today.

Michael Schumacher:
“We had a good day and it is certainly satisfying to finish a race distance with all of the systems operational and to have everything working fine. Now we have to turn our focus to performance and it was important to complete today’s simulation to understand how the car and tyres behave going from a heavy to lighter fuel load.”

1. Sebastian Vettel Red Bull Racing 1:24.374 37
2. Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1:25.485 101
3. Jaime Alguersuari Jr. Scuderia Toro Rosso Zeit 57
4. Kamui Kobayashi Sauber 1:25.641 78
5. Jenson Button McLaren 1:26.365 77
6. Paul Di Resta Force India 1:26.575 26
7. Rubens Barrichello Williams 1:26.912 52
8. Michael Scumacher MERCEDES GP PETRONAS 1:27.512 90
9. Narain Karthikeyan HRT F1 Team 1:28.393 116
10. Heikki Kovalainen Team Lotus 1:30.065 54
11. Jérôme D’Ambrosio Virgin Racing 1:30.950 116
12. Vitaly Petrov Lotus Renault GP 1:35.174 20
13. Nick Heidfeld Lotus Renault GP 1:44.324 27

Source: Mercedes GP