Positive start for Mercedes in Jerez

Date: Sunday 01 February 2015Circuit: Circuito de JerezDriver: Nico RosbergNo of Laps: 157 lapsCircuit Length: 4.428 kmKilometres Covered: 695.196 kmBest Lap Time: 1:23.106Weather: Clear, dry, mild, high temp 13°cMERCEDES AMG PETRONAS began its 2015 winter testing programme today at the Circuito de Jerez, with Nico Rosberg taking the wheel of the F1 W06 Hybrid for the opening day of pre-season testing. Nico's best time of 1:23.106 from 157 laps put him third on the time sheets.Today's programme comprised long runs and practice pit stopsNico emerged for his first run at precisely 09:00 CET, completing 60 laps before lunch and a further 97 in the afternoonThe F1 W06 Hybrid ran trouble-free throughout the dayMercedes-Benz Power Units today completed a total of 1018.44 km between the two teams presentLewis Hamilton will take the wheel for the second of four days running tomorrow in Jerez

Nico Rosberg That was a great start to the winter testing. In the beginning it's all about reliability and we managed to do a lot of mileage today. The guys in the factories built a complete new car and now we come here and it's working great, so the team did a fantastic job over the winter. I was able to do some good long runs on the first day and that's really amazing. We have such a great team and this is what makes me really happy. As a driver, you always want to find out how quick you are compared to the others - but that will have to wait until qualifying in Melbourne. The next testing days are all about making sure we know the car inside out and we've made a good start with that today.

Pos. Driver Car Time Laps1 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1:22.620 602 Marcus Ericsson Sauber 1:22.777 733 Nico Rosberg MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS 1:23.106 1574 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull 1:23.338 355 Valtteri Bottas Williams 1:23.906 736 Carlos Sainz Jr Toro Rosso 1:25.327 467 Fernando Alonso McLaren 1:40.738 6