Jerez Test Day 1: Mercedes GP review

Nico Rosberg was quickest of all in the dry with the Mercedes GP MGP W01

Feb.10 (YF1) Formula One’s second pre-season test got underway in Jerez today for the first of eight days of testing at the Spanish circuit in the next eleven days. Nico Rosberg began the test for the Mercedes GP Petronas team and will alternate the driving responsibilities with team-mate Michael Schumacher.

With rain showers predicted throughout the test, the first downpour arrived after only an hour of running this morning and the conditions remained wet throughout the day. Nico had time to complete a couple of short runs in the dry before the rain arrived and the test programme was changed accordingly.

Using the Bridgestone Potenza wet and intermediate tyres, Nico gave the MGP W01 car its first run-out in wet conditions, completing 57 laps over the day. Nico’s fastest time of 01:20.927 which was top of the timesheets was set in the dry this morning.

Michael will take over at the wheel of the MGP W01 tomorrow (Thursday) for the second day.

Nico Rosberg: “The car felt very good today. Compared to Valencia where I was sitting too low which affected my visibility and the set-up wasn’t perfect, today I felt really comfortable and I could push so it was an enjoyable day and a good start to the test for me. Our objective here is to learn as much as possible, put miles on the car and engine to check the reliability and to make progress on our set-up work. The rain is a little bit frustrating but the car feels good to drive and that’s what’s important.”

Day 1 best lap times:

P Driver Team Times Difference Laps
1 N. Rosberg Mercedes 1.20.927 57
2 S.Buemi Toro Rosso 1.21.031 +0.104 84
3 N. Hülkenberg Williams 1:22.243 +1.316 118
4 F. Alonso Ferrari 1:22.895 +1.968 88
5 K. Kobayashi Sauber 1:23.287 +2.360 55
6 J.Button McLaren 1.24.947 +4.020 68
7 V. Liuzzi Force India 1:24.968 +4.041 71
8 V. Petrov Renault 1:25.440 +4.513 27
9 M. Webber Red Bull 1:26.502 +5.575 50
10 T.Glock Virgin 1.38.734 +17.807 5