Nico Rosberg began the first pre-season test for MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS today, following the launch of the team's new car and a filming day in Jerez yesterday.

Nico Rosberg, Mercedes AMG F1
Nico Rosberg, Mercedes AMG F1

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Nico completed three runs this morning before an electrical problem caused the car to stop on track. Unburnt fuel in the exhausts subsequently ignited but did not cause any serious damage.

Further investigation identified that the fault originated in a wiring loom. The necessary modifications are now taking place ready for tomorrow

Lewis Hamilton is due to drive on Wednesday for his first day of track testing with the team.

Nico Rosberg: At the start of winter testing, you often encounter small issues because the car you're running is a brand new design.

We had an electrical problem this morning and, once we had found the root cause, chose to modify the parts to make sure it didn't happen again.

Of course, at this time of year all you want to do is spend time in the car and get a feeling for how it's working, but these hiccups are just part of the game. During the laps I completed this morning, I had a good feeling with the car and it felt solid.

Pos Driver Constructor Best time Laps
1Jenson ButtonMcLaren Mercedes1m 18.861s37
2Mark WebberRed Bull Racing1m 19.709s73
3Romain GrosjeanLotus-Renault1m 19.796s54
4Paul di RestaForce India1m 20.343s89
5Daniel RicciardoToro Rosso1m 20.401s70
6Felipe MassaFerrari1m 20.536s64
7Nico HulkenbergSauber1m 20.699s79
8Nico RosbergMercedes AMG1m 20.846s11
9Pastor MaldonadoWilliams1m 20.864s84
10Giedo van der GardeCaterham1m 21.915s64
11Max ChiltonMarussia1m 24.176s29