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Rosberg shows Mercedes' true pace
27 Feb 2015 21:09
Mercedes gave their rivals a morale-sapping glimpse of their true pace in Formula One testing on Friday with Nico Rosberg lapping more than a second quicker than anyone else.
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After days spent pounding around on long runs with the slower medium tyres, the champions changed their focus and sent Rosberg out on softs for the first time in this year's winter testing.
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The result on a sunny afternoon was both quick and crushing, with the German 1.203 seconds quicker than second-placed Finn Valtteri Bottas had managed earlier on the softs in the Mercedes-powered Williams.
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The 2014 runner-up's lap time of one minute 22.792 seconds was also seven-tenths faster than Brazilian Felipe Massa managed for Williams on Thursday although the track got quicker through use.
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Rosberg managed a respectable 106 laps, with Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel taking the honours for the most distance covered with a hefty 143.
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