Mercedes Barcelona Test, Day One

Date                    Tuesday 21 February 2012       Track                   Circuit de Catalunya   Driver                  Michael Schumacher    

No of Laps              51 laps                Best Lap Time           1:24.150       Kms Covered             237 kms        Track Length            4.655 km      

F1 W03 Mileage  782 km        

Weather                 Sunny but cold        

The MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS F1 W03 made its official debut today at the Circuit de Catalunya in Barcelona. After an early morning unveiling in the pit lane by Michael Schumacher and Nico Rosberg, Michael then took the wheel for the day's running.

- A smooth morning session enabled the team to begin set-up comparisons with the new chassis

- A hydraulic problem identified during the afternoon session brought an early end to the planned programme

- Michael completed 51 laps today, taking the F1 W03's total mileage to782 km to date

Nico will take over the programme tomorrow, with Michael back in the car on Thursday, and Nico concluding the test on Friday.

Michael Schumacher"My initial feelings with our new car are certainly good. I'm happy with the different evaluations that we have done over the last week, but obviously with the rule changes, we won't know more until later. It's certainly an improvement and we have worked hard on the areas we had defined last year. The aerodynamics figures look good so I'm not worried about the shape of the nose! Even though we had the hydraulic problem today, I'm pleased with all the mileage we have achieved so far with the new car."

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