Mercedes-AMG Petronas Completes Second Day of Testing at Jerez

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The second day of pre-season testing continued yesterday at Jerez, with the Mercedes-AMG Petronas team putting Nico Rosberg behind the wheel of the all-new F1 W05.
Nico's best time of 1:25.588 was good enough to fourth on the testing time sheets at the end of the day, while the German managed to run for no less than 97 laps – more than any other driver.

As Lewis' accident in the first testing session left the team to wait for the arrival of new parts from the factory back home, Nico's first run only started at 11:35 CET, but he soon caught up with all the others running and eventually stayed the longest on the track.

Nico Rosberg: “That was a great team effort today. We had to fix a problem on our car overnight. The guys worked through the night back at the factories and flew in the parts just in time this morning, so we were able to do a lot of mileage today which is great for our learning process. It was a great feeling to put some good miles on the new Silver Arrow and there's a lot of new stuff to clear because it's very different to the old car.

It's heavier, you have less downforce and the steering wheel is completely different; it's almost like a smartphone with all the information on it! Every lap is important to get used to the new systems and it helped a lot that I have worked on this already in the simulator. We don't know yet where we are compared to the other teams, but we can be quite happy after the first two days of testing here in Spain. Now I look forward to getting back in the car on Friday.”

Today is again Lewis Hamilton's turn in the F1 W05, so we will keep you posted after he manages to complete a (hopefully) longer stint than he did in the first day.
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