Mercedes AMG Petronas press release
Date Thursday 9 February 2012
Track Circuito de Jerez
Driver Nico Rosberg
No of Laps 118 laps
Best Lap Time 1:17.613
Kms Covered 523 kms
Track Length 4.428 kms
Total Jerez Kms 1541 kms
Weather Cool and sunny
MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS concluded its test programme in Jerez today with Nico Rosberg at the wheel of the MGP W02.
- Nico completed a programme aimed at furthering the team's understanding of the 2012 Pirelli tyres, similar to Michael yesterday
- He completed 118 laps which also allowed the team to put more mileage on 2012 development items on the car
- The team completed 1541 kms this week, gathering comprehensive knowledge of the new tyres with varying set-ups and fuel loads
The team's 2012 car, the F1 W03, will make its public test debut on Tuesday 21 February in Barcelona.
"I'm happy with the testing that we have achieved here in Jerez, and we learned a lot about the Pirelli tyres and a few other things for the new car. It seems that the tyres are closer performance-wise this year, with the rear tyres also looking a bit stronger. Pirelli have done a good job so far. You can't really compare the lap times with other teams, but it was interesting to learn a lot with our 2011 car. Now I'm really looking forward to the two Barcelona tests with our new Silver Arrow."
"We have had a productive and busy three days in Jerez this week running the MGP W02 car for the final time. Simultaneously the final preparations have been taking place back at the factory for the first test with our 2012 car in Barcelona. Michael and Nico have been able to complete some valuable mileage this week, and enhanced our understanding of the new season's Pirelli tyres which will prove very useful once the new car in is on track."