Rosberg completes 107 laps on day 1

Nico Rosberg completed 107 laps in Barcelona today, as Mercedes, along with the other teams, were determined to make the most of the final four days of testing before the Bahrain Grand Prix.

Mercedes spent much of the day focusing on set-up work for the MGP W01. The team sent Rosberg out on a number of longer runs, and also worked on race weekend procedures including qualifying and pit stop simulations. The German finished the day in third position on the timesheets, with only the Williams of Nico Hulkenberg and the Red Bull of Mark Webber faster.

Rosberg was pleased with the amount of running he was able to do. “We had a productive day today and we were able to learn a great deal from doing so many laps. We're making good use of the testing time that we have and I'm feeling quite confident and comfortable in the car. Aerodynamically the car will change quite significantly for the first race in Bahrain so we're not focusing on the details but on general set-up work and seeing how the car behaves over long runs.

Working through the race weekend procedures and pit stops is also very useful in our preparations for Bahrain.”

Michael Schumacher will be in the car tomorrow to continue the team's programme.