Rosberg: “Every lap is important”

Rosberg: “Every lap is important”

The Mercedes F1 team gained vital information on its 2014 car, the W05, on day two of winter testing in Jerez after Nico Rosberg completed almost 100 laps.0886CB1D0318

The German driver says every lap of the Spanish circuit is important, to test the reliability of the new car and to help him get used to the new systems and controls. He finished the day with the highest lap count and in fourth place, with a best time of 1m25.558. Running started in wet conditions after rain overnight, with the track then being artificially watered to make conditions more suitable for the full wet tyre.

However, Rosberg’s day was delayed due to his team-mate Lewis Hamilton’s crash on Tuesday – which was caused by a front wing failure. He eventually emerged from the garage late in the morning, before completing a highly productive afternoon. “That was a great team effort today,” he said.

“We had to fix a problem on our car overnight. The guys worked through the night back at the factories and flew in the parts just in time this morning, so we were able to do a lot of mileage today which is great for our learning process.

“It was a great feeling to put some good miles on the new Silver Arrow and there’s a lot of new stuff to clear because it’s very different to the old car. It’s heavier, you have less downforce and the steering wheel is completely different; it’s almost like a smartphone with all the information on it! Every lap is important to get used to the new systems and it helped a lot that I have worked on this already in the simulator.

“We don’t know yet where we are compared to the other teams, but we can be quite happy after the first two days of testing here in Spain. Now I look forward to getting back in the car on Friday.”

Going through the team’s day, executive director (technical) Paddy Lowe said: “The team worked very hard overnight, both at the circuit and in the UK, to recover from yesterday’s wing failure. We had a slow start to the day, waiting for components to arrive from base, but we are happy with the solution that we found. The car left the garage just before midday and after resolving some minor issues, we began our planned programme at 1300.

“Our objective was to put mileage on the car and we achieved a total of 97 laps without any major issues, which is a great credit to the teams at both factories and those trackside here at Jerez. We have a lot of data to analyse overnight and look forward to continuing our learning tomorrow.”

Lewis Hamilton will return to the cockpit of the W05 on Thursday, before Rosberg takes over driving duties once again for the final day.

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Jack Leslie

Jack Leslie

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