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Rosberg fastest on Day 3 in Barcelona

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Nico Rosberg topped the timesheets on Day 3 of the final pre-season test, as all team’s had their testing programmes disrupted by intermittent rain showers.

Despite the weather, Mercedes spent the morning working on qualifying simulations and developing the car set-up, and the team completed a race simulation exercise in the afternoon. Rosberg managed a total of 128 laps today, more than any other driver.

Rosberg is positive about the car’s development, and has been interested in the performance of his rivals. “We had a good day today and made some significant progress in terms of set-up which was nice to see. We hadn't got the most out of the car in terms of performance over the last couple of days, but we made a step in the right direction today. We went through some big changes this morning step by step and found some good improvements. The longer runs this afternoon were interesting. We learnt a lot as there were other cars running similar programmes at the same time so we were able to do some comparisons. There is still plenty of room to improve but overall we're looking in pretty good shape.”

Michael Schumacher will be in the MGP W01 tomorrow for the final day of pre-season testing.

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