The MERCEDES GP PETRONAS team’s final test ahead of the 2011 Formula One season began at the Circuit de Catalunya in Barcelona today with Nico Rosberg at the wheel of the MGP W02.

- The team ran the first items of its upgrade package today including a new exhaust package and new bodywork.
- The morning was spent conducting baseline runs with the new components to ensure they were performing as predicted.
- Results were in line with the team's expectations.
- The afternoon session focused on set-up and tyre management over longer runs.
- A bodywork problem brought the day’s running to an earlier than planned end.
- Nico completed 100 laps today, equating to 466 kms. The team has now completed 4768 kms of pre-season testing.
- Nico’s quickest time was set on the first lap of what proved to be his final long run of the day.

Michael Schumacher will take over the car for Thursday and Friday, with Nico completing the programme on Saturday.

Nico Rosberg: “It was nice to get the first of our upgrades on the car today, and to feel their potential. Thanks to everyone at the team for their hard work as I think we have some impressive developments, even though we couldn’t test or show the full performance today as not all of the elements are on the car and working together yet. We had glimpses that showed that the full package should be a big step. The bodywork problem cost some time at the end, however we still learned a great deal.”


Pos Driver Car Time Laps

1. Sebastian Vettel Red Bull 1:21.865 112
2. Sebastien Buemi Toro Rosso 1:22.396 120
3. Vitaly Petrov Lotus Renault 1:22.670 116
4. Lewis Hamilton McLaren 1:22.888 57
5. Felipe Massa Ferrari 1:23.324 101
6. Paul Di Resta Force India 1:24.334 118
7. Kamui Kobayashi Sauber 1:24.436 107
8. Nico Rosberg MERCEDES GP PETRONAS 1:25.807 100
9. Jarno Trulli Team Lotus 1:26.090 98
10. Pastor Maldonado Williams 1:26.989 29
11. Jerome D’Ambrosio Marussia Virgin 1:28.982 64

(Please note all timings are unofficial and correct as of 17:00hrs CET)

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