Bottas wraps up testing with Williams on top

Sun Mar 1, 2015 2:03pm EST
Email This Article |
Share This Article
  • Facebook
  • LinkedIn
  • Twitter
| Print This Article | Single Page
[-] Text [+]

By Alan Baldwin

BARCELONA (Reuters) - Formula One wrapped up pre-season testing on Sunday 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 tires.

"It was a really good day and a great way to finish the test," said the Finn, whose car has the same engine as the Mercedes works team.

"One of the main points we have learnt is that the FW37 is very reliable.

"The car we are taking to Melbourne is very competitive and should make for an interesting start to the season. We have made the most out of our time testing."

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 and sounded confident.   Continued...

Williams Formula One racing driver Valtteri Bottas of Finland drives the new Mercedes FW37 car during pre-season testing at the Jerez racetrack in southern Spain February 1, 2015.  REUTERS/Marcelo del Pozo