Nico Rosberg, Mercedes AMG Petronas

Nico Rosberg was back in the F1 W03 today for his second day, and the team’s third day, of testing this week in Barcelona.

Date Saturday 3 March 2012
Track Circuit de Catalunya
Drivers Nico Rosberg
No of Laps 129 laps
Best Lap Time 1:22.932
Kilometres Covered 600 kms
Track Length 4.655 kms
F1 W03 Mileage 3984 km
Weather Cloudy with a late afternoon rain shower
  • Nico completed a series of medium length runs in the morning session to evaluate different set-up and aerodynamic options
  • He continued to achieve good mileage over longer runs this afternoon before a rain shower briefly interrupted proceedings
  • This gave Nico the chance to drive the F1 W03 on intermediate tyres for the first time during the final hour of the day
  • Nico completed 129 laps today, equivalent to 600 km, taking his pre-season mileage in the F1 W03 to over 2500 km

Michael Schumacher will drive for the fourth and final day of the test tomorrow to conclude our pre-season testing programme.
Nico Rosberg:
“I’m happy with my pre-season testing programme, and I believe that we have made a step forward from last year. I have been able to achieve a lot of mileage which shows that the car is very reliable, and as a driver, I feel ready now for the first race in Melbourne. Unbelievably in the last hours of my test today, it was raining! So I have also been able to experience the car in the wet. Now it’s exciting to go to the first race and see where we are compared to the others. Finally all the talking stops and the racing starts when we get to Australia.”


Pos. Driver Car Time Laps
1 Sergio Perez Sauber 1:22.094 114
2 Jenson Button McLaren 1:22.103 44
3 Daniel Ricciardo Toro Rosso 1:22.155 131
4 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1:22.413 122
5 Paul Di Resta Force India 1:22.446 108
6 Bruno Senna Williams 1:22.480 111
7 Heikki Kovalainen Caterham 1:22.630 64
8 Mark Webber Red Bull 1:22.662 70
9 Nico Rosberg MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS 1:22.932 129
10 Kimi Räikkönen Lotus 1:25.379 43

(Please note all timings are unofficial)