Mercedes Mugello Testing Review

 Date Tuesday 1 May 2012  / Track Mugello Driver Nico Rosberg / Michael Schumacher

No of Laps 49 laps / 5 laps Best Lap Time 1:24.100 / No time set Kms Covered 257 km / 26 km Track Length 5.245 km

Weather Wet

Nico Rosberg and Michael Schumacher were both in action today as theMERCEDES AMG PETRONAS team began this week's test programme with the F1W03 car at the Mugello circuit in Italy.- With poor weather hitting the circuit, Nico completed 49 laps in themorning session in changeable conditions

- The team were able to use the time to work on set-up with the intermediatetyres, switching to dry hours for the last hour- Conditions deteriorated in the afternoon, and Michael was only able to usethe wet tyres for limited data collection work- He completed only 5 laps and the team finished the programme early inorder to prepare the car for tomorrow

Michael will continue at the wheel of the F1 W03 tomorrow, with Nicoconcluding the test on Thursday.Nico Rosberg"It was a good session for me this morning and a positive start to ourtesting programme. It's nice to see that we have some new parts for the carand that the ongoing process of in-season developments is working well. Wewere able to learn some things in the wet conditions this morning which isalways useful, and we picked up a few lessons. Mugello is an impressivetrack which is very fast and good fun to drive. It's also good preparationfor the next race in Barcelona with the high-speed corners. I'm lookingforward to getting back in the car again on Thursday and continuing ourprogramme."Michael Schumacher"Unfortunately we were not able to achieve much productive work on the trackthis afternoon as the weather made it nearly impossible to drive.Therefore it's good that we collected some data this morning so that we canprepare the car in the best possible way for tomorrow. This afternoon, I wasliterally able just go out to check if it made sense to run - which it didnot - and at least I could show the spectators who were waiting in the raina running car for some short moments. Still, it was nice being back inMugello after so many years, and I must say it was also nice being welcomedback by the tifosi so warmly."