MERCEDES AMG in Barcelona

Date Thursday 1 March 2012 Track Circuit de Catalunya Driver Nico Rosberg

No of Laps 128 laps Best Lap Time 1:23.992 Kms Covered 596 km Track Length 4.655 km

F1 W03 Mileage 3016 km

Weather Sunny

Nico Rosberg began the final pre-season test for MERCEDES AMG PETRONAStoday at the Circuit de Catalunya in Barcelona.- Nico completed 128 laps, equivalent to 596 km, over the course of avery productive first day of running- The team focused on set-up evaluations with the F1 W03 this morning,with Nico covering 56 laps over 10 runs- Nico's afternoon programme saw longer runs with further set-up workaimed at optimising race performanceMichael Schumacher will take over the car tomorrow, with Nico driving onSaturday, and Michael concluding the test on Sunday.Nico Rosberg"I'm very happy with the first day of our test programme today. We wereable to complete a lot of laps and tried a few different things whichworked out well. Some of the evaluations were really interesting whichmakes the day good fun for me, and it's nice to find out what the carcan do. We had no reliability problems which is good as it's importantto get mileage on the car. We are making progress, but we don't knowreally where we are compared to the others. It will be interesting tofind out at the first race."