MERCEDES GP PETRONAS<pre> Date Wednesday 2 February 2011
Driver Nico Rosberg </pre> <pre> No of Laps 69 laps
Best Lap Time 1:14.645
Kilometres Covered 280 kms
Track Length 4.051 kms </pre>
Weather Sunny & cool
Nico Rosberg was back at the wheel of the new Silver Arrow today as the first pre-season test continues in Valencia.
Running with the Mercedes KERS system operational for the first time, Nico had a productive day, completing 69 laps as he conducted the team's programme of systems and reliability checks with the new car.
Michael Schumacher will take over for the third and final day of the test tomorrow.
Nico Rosberg: "It was an interesting day and important that we completed a lot of laps. We ran with part of the KERS system for the first time, so much of the focus was on learning how to handle the system. It is challenging but just a matter of getting used to the buttons and how the car feels under braking out on track. Today's running confirmed my initial good feelings about the car. We had a few issues which is normal with a new car but fixed them quickly."
Ross Brawn: "Today was important for us to get some good mileage on the car and I'm pleased with what we have been able to achieve. It has been a learning experience for us all to use KERS for the first time and inevitably we faced some teething problems with the system which should be ironed out quickly enough with further testing. A more positive day in terms of reliability and we completed a number of the key system checks with the new car."