2012 JEREZ TEST SESSION, 3 DAY, OLD MERCEDES W02 FASTEST AGAIN!!!

Spanish F1 fans expected much more from Alonso and Ferrari

Nico Rosberg kept Mercedes at the top of the timesheets at the midway stage of day three testing at Jerez, with Romain Grosjean and Lotus this time the fastest of the 2012 runners. Grosjean impressed his pit wall by getting on the pace immediately on a brand new set of medium tyres, with trackside operations director Alan Permane tweeting, "RG 1st set new tyres 18.9.... Sweet". By lunch his best time was a 1:18.419, fastest time so far set by 2012 cars.

Sebastian Vettel was third quickest on his first day in the RB8. It was close between Vettel and Lewis Hamilton, who looked in the groove during a late run, but set just fourth quickest time.
Pos     Driver               Team           Time       Gap    Laps
 1.  Nico Rosberg          Mercedes        1:17.613           74
 2.  Romain Grosjean       Lotus           1:18.419  +0.806   53
 3.  Lewis Hamilton        McLaren         1:19.464  +1.851   38
 4.  Jules Vergne          Toro Rosso      1:19.734  +2.121   41
 5.  Sergio Perez          Sauber          1:19.770  +2.157   31
 6.  Sebastian Vettel      Red Bull        1:20.154  +2.541   28
 7.  Fernando Alonso       Ferrari         1:20.412  +2.799   29
 8.  Bruno Senna           Williams        1:21.293  +3.680   61
 9.  Giedo Van der Garde   Caterham        1:23.505  +5.892   40