Rosberg: Winter tests “better than expected”

Rosberg: Winter tests “better than expected”

Nico Rosberg says winter testing has been “better than expected” after a successful final day in the Mercedes W05, before the first round of the 2014 season in Australia.275881290-51317132014

The German driver lapped the Bahrain International Circuit 103 times on Saturday despite a late start due to an engine change. The Mercedes night shift crew noticed a strange noise coming from the V6 Turbo power-unit and decided, as a precaution, to change it.

He lost a few hours of the morning session but had a highly productive afternoon, completing set-up evaluations, qualifying simulations and long runs. Overall, Rosberg is happy with the progress that has been made over the three pre-season tests.

“That was an incredible effort by the team and I’m really happy with our day’s work,” he said. “In the end I managed to do over 100 laps, so this was a very useful final day of testing for me and I learned a lot in the process. The only problem was the conditions, with a lot of wind and blowing sand at some corners meaning that suddenly you could have almost no grip which was a bit difficult to manage.

“Overall I can be really happy about my testing programme, so a big thanks to everyone in the team both here and back at the two factories for the remarkable job they’ve done. As is the case for everybody, we still have a few reliability problems that definitely need to be sorted out before Australia, but in general I think the winter tests have been better than expected.”

He added: “After some work in the simulator next week I will fly to Melbourne on Friday, and I can’t wait to be back in the car again.”

The Brackley-based outfit’s executive director (technical), Paddy Lowe, said the early issues caused modifications to be made to the planned programme, but he added that the team ended the session in a great position. Lewis Hamilton will conclude the team’s pre-season testing on Sunday.

Image courtesy of Mercedes AMG Petronas

Jack Leslie

Jack Leslie

Jack Leslie is a freelance motorsport and Formula 1 journalist. He has been part of the Richland F1 team since the very start and made his F1 paddock debut for the website at the 2014 Austrian Grand Prix. Jack also writes for Car Throttle, RumbleStripNews, Formula1Blog, PureF1 and F1 Plus, as well as running a popular blog.