Frustration for Mercedes as weather limits testing

Mercedes were again frustrated by poor weather disrupting the second day of the Jerez test.

It was Nico Rosberg's turn to drive the MGP W01 as the team tried to make the best of the changeable weather. A wet set-up programme was completed in the morning before the team focused on race procedures such as practice pit stops in the afternoon. By this time the track condition had become too poor for any meaningful running.

Rosberg still managed to complete 71 laps, and found himself fourth in the standings at the end of the day. The German was able to draw some positives from a difficult day of running. “On the positive side, we achieved some good mileage today despite the conditions and completed a lot of our systems work. It was useful for me to practice pit stops and get into the routine for the races. However it has been difficult and frustrating with the weather as we're obviously not able to learn as much as we could with a dry track. But that's the same for everyone and we will hope for an improvement over the next two days.”

Michael Schumacher will be in the car for tomorrow's session, whilst Rosberg returns to the action on Saturday.