Nico topped both Q1 on Saturday afternoon and Q2 this morning, with both fastest times set on intermediate tyres. In Q3, the drivers completed a 'banker' lap on intermediates before switching the super soft compound.
Nico Rosberg: "I have the general feeling that we are in a better position than in the second half of last year but this is testing not racing, of course."
The winter preseason test days have now been completed with Nico Rosberg topping the speed chart on the final day. Yesterday his Mercedes works teammate, Lewis Hamilton was the fastest, and today the German set the top time.
Jonathan Neale: "People are prepared to pay exotic salaries and wait 12 or 18 months, or longer in some cases."
The new engine maps are designed to optimise the exhaust solutions being developed for 2013.
Hamilton and Rosberg completed a combined total of 1426 km over the four days of testing in Jerez.
The aerodynamic design philosophy has been optimized, but the new Mercedes F1 car retains pushrod front suspension and a pullrod rear suspension.
According to the seven times world champion, Mercedes did not have the needed funds during his tenure with the team. Michael Schumacher: "It's a factor."
Motorsport.com’s 13th top moment is the record holder of Formula One championships who lost his ride at Mercedes and swiftly went back into retirement. Michael Schumacher leaves the premier series with seven world championships.
Lauda confirmed that Christmas will not be a period for quiet reflection.
Hans-Joachim Stuck says the Mercedes was just not fast enough
Norbert Haug has proven his engineering and his leadership skills. There is no doubt that offers will fly rapidly to the doorstep of the talented German.