Rosberg goes quickest Thursday in Jerez


Date                    Thursday 9 February 2012       Track                   Circuito de Jerez      Driver                  Nico Rosberg  

No of Laps              118 laps               Best Lap Time           1:17.613       Kms Covered             523 kms        Track Length            4.428 kms     

Total Jerez Kms         1541 kms              

Weather                 Cool and sunny        

MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS concluded its test programme in Jerez today with Nico Rosberg at the wheel of the MGP W02.

- Nico completed a programme aimed at furthering the team's understanding of the 2012 Pirelli tyres, similar to Michael yesterday - He completed 118 laps which also allowed the team to put more mileage on 2012 development items on the car- The team completed 1541 kms this week, gathering comprehensive knowledge of the new tyres with varying set-ups and fuel loads

 The team's 2012 car, the F1 W03, will make its public test debut on Tuesday 21 February in Barcelona.

Nico Rosberg"I'm happy with the testing that we have achieved here in Jerez, and we learned a lot about the Pirelli tyres and a few other things for the new car. It seems that the tyres are closer performance-wise this year, with the rear tyres also looking a bit stronger. Pirelli have done a good job so far. You can't really compare the lap times with other teams, but it was interesting to learn a lot with our 2011 car. Now I'm really looking forward to the two Barcelona tests with our new Silver Arrow."

Ross Brawn"We have had a productive and busy three days in Jerez this week running the MGP W02 car for the final time. Simultaneously the final preparations have been taking place back at the factory for the first test with our 2012 car in Barcelona. Michael and Nico have been able to complete some valuable mileage this week, and enhanced our understanding of the new season's Pirelli tyres which will prove very useful once the new car in is on track."

 1.  Rosberg        Mercedes        1m17.613s           118 laps 2.  Grosjean       Lotus           1m18.419s  +0.806   117 3.  Vettel         Red Bull        1m19.297s  +1.684   96 4.  Hamilton       McLaren         1m19.464s  +1.851   80 5.  Vergne         Toro Rosso      1m19.734s  +2.121   79 6.  Perez          Sauber          1m19.770s  +2.157   48 7.  Alonso         Ferrari         1m20.412s  +2.799   67 8.  Senna          Williams        1m21.293s  +3.680   125 9.  Van der Garde  Caterham        1m23.324s  +5.711   74

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