Sauber leads as mechanical issues strike several Tuesday at Jerez


On soft tires and with even more laps added to its successful Monday at Jerez, Sauber and driver Felipe Nasr will take away the headline from today’s third day of Formula 1’s first 2015 preseason test.

Nasr set Tuesday’s fastest time of 1:21.545 on Pirelli’s soft tires. He did the time during the afternoon runs, after trailing another Ferrari-powered entry – the Scuderia Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen – in the morning session.

Raikkonen clocked in second in his first day of running in the new SF15-T, with a best time of 1:21.750 after 92 laps. New teammate Sebastian Vettel led both Sunday and Monday’s sessions.

While the pair of Ferrari-powered drivers grabbed the headlines, others encountered mechanical woes that limited their running at times.

Nico Rosberg stopped during the morning session at Turn 10 with engine trouble, with the Mercedes AMG Petronas team confirming it was an engine shutdown that caused the W06 to stop on course. Despite the issue, Rosberg banked 93 laps before lunch and ended Tuesday with a day-high 151 completed, and third on the timesheets.

Fernando Alonso completed the most number of laps yet in the Honda-powered McLaren MP4-30 with 32 done on the day, primarily in the morning. Alonso caught an issue for this car on one of his out laps in the afternoon – with the team confirming a loss of cooling water pressure. The team opted to replace the power unit and it ended his day’s running with an unrepresentative best time of 1:35.553.

Engine gremlins limited Daniel Ricciardo of Red Bull-Renault to just 48 laps completed. Pastor Maldonado, now in the Mercedes-powered Lotus, missed the start of the day’s running with a telemetry issue but got back out later in the afternoon and still banked double that number of laps with 96.

Nasr had a spin early in the day, going wide in Turn 8 and going into the gravel. Meanwhile Maldonado also stopped on track later in the afternoon to join Nasr and Rosberg as red flag instigators on the day.

The fourth and final day of the first preseason test occurs on Wednesday in Jerez, before further tests occur in Barcelona later this month. You can see Wednesday’s lineup here.

Jerez Day 3 – Final Results

1. Felipe Nasr Sauber 1:21.545 (108 laps)
2. Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1:21.750 (92)
3. Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1:21.982 (151)
4. Felipe Massa Williams 1:22.276 (71)
5. Pastor Maldonado Lotus 1:22.713 (96)
6. Carlos Sainz Jr. Toro Rosso 1:23.187 (136)
7. Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull 1:23.901 (48)
8. Fernando Alonso McLaren 1:35.553 (32)