Mercedes Barcelona test II - Day 1 report

Mercedes press release

Nico Rosberg began the final pre-season test for MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS today at the Circuit de Catalunya in Barcelona.

Nico Rosberg, Mercedes GP
Nico Rosberg, Mercedes GP

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- Nico completed 128 laps, equivalent to 596 km, over the course of a very productive first day of running
- The team focused on set-up evaluations with the F1 W03 this morning, with Nico covering 56 laps over 10 runs
- Nico's afternoon programme saw longer runs with further set-up work aimed at optimising race performance

Michael Schumacher will take over the car tomorrow, with Nico driving on Saturday, and Michael concluding the test on Sunday.

Nico Rosberg

"I'm very happy with the first day of our test programme today. We were able to complete a lot of laps and tried a few different things which worked out well.

It's nice to find out what the car can do

Nico Rosberg

Some of the evaluations were really interesting which makes the day good fun for me, and it's nice to find out what the car can do. We had no reliability problems which is good as it's important to get mileage on the car. We are making progress, but we don't know really where we are compared to the others. It will be interesting to find out at the first race."

Date: Thursday 1 March 2012
Track: Circuit de Catalunya
Driver: Nico Rosberg
No of Laps: 128 laps
Best Lap Time: 1:23.992
Kms Covered: 596 km
Track Length: 4.655 km
F1 W03 Mileage: 3016 km
Weather: Sunny

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Michael Schumacher , Nico Rosberg
Teams Mercedes
Tags barcelona, mercedes, rosberg, spain