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Mercedes on top in first test

The Bahrain Grand Prix was so good on Sunday that all the Formula One teams decided to hang around for a few more days.

Actually it was merely coincidence that the first of four in-season test sessions was scheduled for this week.

Tuesday saw all 11 teams back out on the track, some teams opting to give their test and reserve drivers some much needed track time behind the wheel, while others struck with their main drivers.

The top of the timing sheets were all dominated by teams who had used their main drivers, with the likes of Sergey Sirotkin for Sauber and Robin Frijns of Caterham almost four seconds off the pace of Nico Rosberg and Mercedes.

But even Sirotkin and Frijns were faster than the Toro Rosso of Daniil Kvyat and the Lotus of Pastor Maldonado who set the slowest times.

“Our main aim today was to try different directions with set-up and to get to know the tyres a bit better, You never stop learning how to get the best out of the tyres, so it has been a productive day from that perspective. We also did a bit of work on the brakes as this is an area I'm not one hundred percent happy with at the moment.” Rosberg told formula1.com after setting the fastest time of the day with a 1minute 35.697s, also completing 121 laps.

1. Nico Rosberg, Mercedes, 1m 35.697s, 121 laps

2. Nico Hulkenberg, Force India, 1m 36.064s, 69 laps

3. Fernando Alonso, Ferrari, 1m 36.626s, 69 laps

4. Kevin Magnussen, McLaren, 1m 36.634s, 102 laps

5. Valtteri Bottas, Williams, 1m 37.305s, 28 laps

6. Max Chilton, Marussia, 1m 37.678s, 60 laps

7. Daniel Ricciardo, Red Bull, 1m 38.326s, 91 laps

8. Sergey Sirotkin, Sauber, 1m 39.023s, 76 laps

9. Robin Frijns, Caterham, 1m 40.027s, 63 laps

10. Pastor Maldonado, Lotus, 1m 40.183s, 16 laps

11. Daniil Kvyat, Toro Rosso, 1m 40.452s, 67 laps








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Date:Wednesday April 9 2014

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