Jerez, Spain, Feb 20, 2010

Nico Rosberg was at the wheel of the MGP W01 today for the MERCEDES GP PETRONAS team’s final day of testing in Jerez which brings the eight-day programme at the Spanish circuit to its conclusion.

Nico’s programme for today concentrated on chassis set-up work over longer runs alongside a tyre comparison programme. The weather stayed dry throughout enabling a very productive day for the team with Nico completing 130 laps with a quickest lap time of 1:20.061.

Nico Rosberg: “We’ve had a very positive day today and were able to complete a lot of valuable mileage which is a great way to end the tests here in Jerez. We’ve made some good progress on our set-up comparisons and learnt a lot which will be useful to prepare for the final test in Barcelona. Being able to get the laps in dry conditions has been very helpful for me to get used to the car and systems.”

Ross Brawn: “The past two weeks in Jerez have seen an intensive period of testing for the MERCEDES GP PETRONAS team and it is very pleasing to have ended the test programme with two days of very valuable dry running for Nico and Michael. Although the conditions haven’t been ideal over the two tests, we have been able to make good progress on the set-up of the car and completed a number of our systems evaluations. We still have a great deal of work ahead of us in Barcelona next week but overall we’re looking in good shape for the start of the season.”

The final pre-season test will start on Thursday 25 February at the Circuit de Catalunya in Barcelona.

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