Testing Concludes for MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS at Circuit de Catalunya

MyDrive | Nico Rosberg completed the final day of pre-season testing for MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS at the Circuit de Catalunya today. With twelve days of track action completed over three tests, the team will return to base to make the final preparations for the season-opening Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne in two weeks time.

  • Nico’s programme today focused on set-up evaluations over short runs in the morning and longer runs this afternoon
  • His fastest time of the day was set during the morning session on the soft compound Pirelli tyres
  • Nico completed 131 laps, just under two race distances, which was the highest mileage recorded today
The F1 W04 has completed 5224 km over the three tests, with Nico and Lewis totalling 2640 km & 2584 km respectively.
Date
Sunday 3 March
Track
Circuit de Catalunya
Driver
Nico Rosberg
No of Laps
131 laps
Best Lap Time
1:20.130
Kms Covered
610 km
Track Length
4.655 km
Weather
Dry and sunny
Nico Rosberg
I’m pleased with our pre-season testing programme. We have achieved a lot of mileage and I can feel that the balance of the car is good. I have the general feeling that we are in a better position than in the second half of last year but this is testing not racing, of course. The conditions in the first race will be completely different to here as it will be much hotter in Melbourne and Sepang so we need to wait and see. Thanks to the team here at the track and back home at the factory for all their hard work over the last month. I hope it pays off and we can look forward to a positive season ahead together.
Ross Brawn
With the conclusion of our testing programme, I am pleased with the progress that the team has made over the last month and the steps forward that have been made with the car. We have achieved our objectives for the test programme and the mileage that we have been able to complete has been very satisfying. Lewis has settled into the team extremely well and everyone has enjoyed working with both him and Nico throughout the three tests. We now have one final week back at the factory to complete our preparations; both drivers will be at the factory this week and, as always, there is a lot of work to do in a short space of time. We’re realistic about our performance here and our position once we get to Melbourne, and we look forward to the challenge of a new season ahead.
TIMES
Pos
Driver
Car
Time
Laps
1.
Nico Rosberg
MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS
1:20.130
131
2.
Fernando Alonso
Ferrari
1:20.494
120
3.
Jenson Button
McLaren
1:21.444
122
4.
Nico Hulkenberg
Sauber
1:21.541
118
5.
Kimi Raikkonen
Lotus
1:21.658
50
6.
Paul Di Resta
Sahara Force India
1:21.644
112
7.
Pastor Maldonado
Williams
1:22.415
42
8.
Sebastian Vettel
Red Bull
1:22.514
100
9.
Valtteri Bottas
Williams
1:22.524
31
10.
Charles Pic
Caterham
1:23.115
116
11.
Jules Bianchi
Marussia
1:23.167
62
12.
Daniel Ricciardo
Toro Rosso
1:23.628
91
13.
Max Chilton
Marussia
1:24.103
49

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