Nico Rosberg set the fastest time as the 2011 winter testing season ended with a washout at Barcelona today.
Incessant heavy rain left conditions too dangerous even for worthwhile wet tire testing from the four teams still present. The morning session passed almost entirely without activity, with Lewis Hamilton only setting the day's first flying laps shortly mid-day.
The McLaren was joined for more concerted running by Maldonado's Williams and Rosberg's Mercedes in the afternoon, and as the weather finally improved a little in the final quarter of an hour, the trio engaged in a busy battle for the top spot. It was Rosberg who ultimately emerged ahead, his 1m43.814s half a second quicker than Maldonado and 0.7sec clear of Hamilton.
Michael Schumacher had driven the Mercedes in the opening hours, but decided against trying a flying lap before his scheduled handover to Rosberg. Ferrari limited itself to five exploratory installation laps with Fernando Alonso before calling it a day, and was packing up to leave the circuit by mid-afternoon.
Although Hispania was present, it announced last night that it would not be able to run after all as the F111's dampers were still stuck in customs. The new car will therefore not make its track debut until practice in Melbourne.