F1 News: Barcelona T2 Day 2 – Mercedes AMG Petronas

Mercedes LogoBarcelona Test Two – Day Two

Setup-chasing session for Nico Rosberg on day two at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya

Date: Friday 27 February 2015
Circuit: Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya
Driver: Nico Rosberg
No of Laps: 106
Circuit Length: 4.655 km
Kilometres Covered: 493
Best Lap Time: 1:22.792

Weather: Clear, dry, high temp 14°c
MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS continued the third test of the 2015 season today at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, with Nico Rosberg at the wheel of the F1 W06 Hybrid
• Today’s schedule consisted of aero analysis work in the morning, followed by setup evaluation in the afternoon
• Nico emerged for his first run at precisely 09:00 CET, completing 65 laps before lunch and a further 41 after the lunch break
• Mercedes-Benz Power Units today completed a total of 1,923 km
• Lewis Hamilton is scheduled to take the wheel of the F1 W06 Hybrid tomorrow for the third day of the test

Nico Rosberg
Today was a difficult day to start with but ended on a positive. During the early runs, even though the numbers looked like they were in the right place with the setup, it was actually very far away from where it needed to be, which was unusual and caught us off guard a little bit. We didn’t really understand why, so a big part of the day has been chasing the setup and finding the right direction. It was really difficult to understand where to go. I had a lot of oversteer in the car, so the rear was just all over the place with no traction. But eventually, towards the end especially, it was feeling more and more decent. Then, putting the soft tyres on, that gives you the grip anyway so it doesn’t really matter what the balance is – more or less it will be possible to do a good lap. I’m pleased with my two laps at the end – I nailed them pretty well and they were both identical, so a good ending to the day. We’re confident that we have a good car and I’m starting to feel good in it. At the same time, of course, we’re well aware that the others have been posting some quick times and we can take nothing for granted. We have a great team who are doing a fantastic job and always want better and better, so we will keep our heads down and keep working. It’s a work in progress…

Pos. Driver Car Time Laps
1 Nico Rosberg MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS 1:22.792 106
2 Valtteri Bottas Williams 1:23.995 90
3 Felipe Nasr Sauber 1:24.071 141
4 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1:25.339 143
5 Jenson Button McLaren 1:25.590 101
6 Pastor Maldonado Lotus 1:26.705 140
7 Max Verstappen Toro Rosso 1:26.766 139
8 Daniil Kvyat Red Bull 1:26.965 84
9 Nico Hülkenberg Force India 1:28.412 77

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