Nico Rosberg completed the final day of pre-season testing Sunday for Mercedes AMG Petronas at the Circuit de Catalunya. 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 program 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 Hamilton totalling 2640 km & 2584 km respectively.
Speaking after today’s testing, Nico Rosberg, said, “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.”
Rosberg added, “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.”
According to 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.”
Brawn said that “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,” Brawn added.