Nico Rosberg, Mercedes AMG Petronas

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

Date Thursday, 1 March 2012
Track Circuit de Catalunya
Drivers Nico Rosberg
   
No of Laps 128 laps
Best Lap Time 1:23.992
Kilometres Covered 596 kms
Track Length 4.655 kms
   
F1 W03 Mileage 3016 km
   
Weather Sunny
  • 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. 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.”

TIMES

Pos. Driver Car Time Laps
1 Romain Grosjean Lotus 1:23.252 73
2 Jenson Button McLaren 1:23.510 64
3 Sergio Perez Sauber 1:23.820 118
4 Mark Webber Red Bull 1:23.830 102
5 Nico Rosberg MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS 1:23.992 128
6 Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso 1:24.216 113
7 Paul Di Resta Force India 1:24.305 98
8 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1:24.318 105
9 Vitaly Petrov Caterham 1:24.876 123
10 Pastor Maldonado Williams 1:25.587 58

(Please note all timings are unofficial)