Nico Rosberg’s quotes after testing – 23rd February 2016 – Circuit de Catalunya


Nico and the F1 W07 hit new Hybrid heights on day two in Barcelona

MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS continued the opening pre-season test of the 2016 season today at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, with Nico Rosberg at the wheel of the Mercedes-Benz F1 W07 Hybrid.

  • Nico emerged for his first run as the track opened at 09:00, completing 81 laps before the hour-long lunch break at 13:00 and a further 91 laps afterwards – finishing for the day at 17:40.
  • The F1 W07 Hybrid today completed 801 km – a new record for a single day of running in the V6 Hybrid Formula One era.
  • Today’s programme focused on setup evaluation, aerodynamic data analysis and race simulation work – including starts and pit stops.
  • Mercedes-Benz Power Units today completed a total of 2,225 km.

Nico Rosberg: That was an F1 Marathon today! It’s great to see that we are already able to do a lot of mileage – and we didn’t have a single problem either, which is really incredible. I’m very happy and proud of what the boys and girls at Brackley and Brixworth have done over the winter. I already feel very comfortable in the car. It’s a big positive to see everyone pushing so hard in all areas – bringing new developments like the floor we saw today, for example. The opposition are chasing us hard and we need to keep being innovative to stay ahead. At this time it’s not possible to say how quick we are compared to the others. We will maybe know more at the end of next week – but only Melbourne will give the full picture. Overall, it’s been a great start to the testing program and I can’t wait to be back in the car on Thursday.


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