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Rosberg completes 131 laps on Day Two of Barcelona test

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Nico Rosberg completed 131 laps – more than any other driver – on Day Two of the Barcelona test, finishing the day seventh fastest for Mercedes.

The German completed further acclimatisation work with KERS, alongside set-up comparisons and aerodynamic evaluations. This afternoon he completed a full race simulation, with pit stops, just as team-mate Michael Schumacher did yesterday.

“We completed a great deal of mileage and that was important for me to understand more about the tyre behaviour,” said Rosberg. “There is a lot for the drivers to learn about how the Pirelli tyres are performing, and about how to make them last over the long runs; it’s going to be a key factor this year in the races and I think we made good progress on that front today. The reliability was ok but everybody in the team knows we need to keep pushing to make sure we are trouble-free for the start of the season.”

Rosberg will be back in the car tomorrow before Schumacher returns to testing duties on the final day in Barcelona.

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