Productive end to a successful week in Spielberg
MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS concluded the final in-season test of the 2015 season today in Austria, with Nico Rosberg at the wheel of the F1 W06 Hybrid.
- Nico emerged for his first run as the track opened at 09:00, completing 34 laps before a gearbox failure curtailed his running just before 11:00
- The crew performed a gearbox change in time for Nico to return to action at 13:30 – 30mins after the end of the enforced lunch break – completing a further 83 laps before the chequered flag at 18:00
- Today’s programme focused on aero and setup evaluation, in addition to a Pirelli tyre test
- Mercedes-Benz Power Units today completed a total of 1,895km
Monday and Tuesday were two long days waiting for better weather, so today was important as there are only four test days during the season now. Luckily, the track was consistent and we could try a lot of different things. We had a gearbox issue just before lunch but luckily it didn’t really cost us any time as we could work on it during the break and the guys did a great job to get me back out there so quick, so thank you to them for that. It was an intense programme but we got through everything and learned a lot. We started with was some aero work then spent time looking at tyres and a few mechanical things like spring settings. We also ran a stiff setup in preparation for Silverstone, which will be useful for next week. The car felt good with that so I’m sure we will be strong at the next race. It’s a very fast track and you have to drive it very hard. But that sort of content – high-speed corners needing good downforce – is a specialty of this car, so I’m feeling confident.
|1||Nico Rosberg||MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS||117||1:09.113|
|4||MArco Wittmann||Toro Rosso||158||1:10.103|
|5||Pascal Wehrlein||Force India||132||1:10.253|
|8||Daniel Ricciardo||REd Bull||116||1:10.757|