Many in the paddock connect Mercedes' rise in performance with its Pirelli test
Mercedes AMG Petronas team is not worried about penalties as they respect the authority of the FIA
Nico's fastest time in the afternoon session was one second quicker than the fastest lap in P2 last year
The team completed just short of two race distances, with a total of 104 laps (Nico: 59, Lewis: 45).
Mercedes AMG Petronas drivers can't wait to get back in the car at Bahrain GP
Nico Rosberg was following the same strategy and had stopped on laps 5 and19, followed by a further stop on lap 20. The team retired his car on lap 21 when a problem with the rear anti-roll bar was identified.
Nico Rosberg completed 35 laps in the second session and ended the day in P4, with Lewis Hamilton completing 39 laps in P7.
Niki Lauda and Toto Wolff do not agree with Brawn's decision
Toto Wolff, alongside Team Principal Ross Brawn, assuming the areas of responsibility previously held by Nick Fry.
Long runs gave a lot today which will be relevant for the race on Sunday
Mercedes AMG Petronas finished Australian GP with a 5th place for Hamilton, but Rosberg had to retire
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.