Positive start for Mercedes at opening pre-season test at Jerez

The F1 W06 Hybrid ran trouble-free throughout the day

Mercedes AMG Petronas began its 2015 winter testing programme today at the Circuito de Jerez, with Nico Rosberg taking the wheel of the F1 W06 Hybrid for the opening day of pre-season testing. Nico's best time of 1:23.106 from 157 laps put him third on the time sheets.

• Today's programme comprised long runs and practice pit stops

• Nico emerged for his first run at precisely 09:00 CET, completing 60 laps before lunch and a further 97 in the afternoon

• Mercedes-Benz Power Units today completed a total of 1018.44 km between the two teams present

• Lewis Hamilton will take the wheel for the second of four days running tomorrow in Jerez

Nico Rosberg: "That was a great start to the winter testing. In the beginning it's all about reliability and we managed to do a lot of mileage today. The guys in the factories built a complete new car and now we come here and it's working great, so the team did a fantastic job over the winter. I was able to do some good long runs on the first day and that's really amazing.

We have such a great team and this is what makes me really happy. As a driver, you always want to find out how quick you are compared to the others - but that will have to wait until qualifying in Melbourne. The next testing days are all about making sure we know the car inside out and we've made a good start with that today."

Day one at Jerez

Date: Sunday 01 February 2015
Circuit: Circuito de Jerez
Driver: Nico Rosberg
No of Laps: 157 laps
Circuit Length: 4.428 km
Kilometres Covered: 695.196 km
Best Lap Time: 1:23.106
Weather: Clear, dry, mild, high temp 13°c

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Series Formula 1
Event Jerez February testing
Sub-event Day 1
Track Circuito de Jerez
Drivers Lewis Hamilton , Nico Rosberg
Article type Testing report
Tags mercedes