Mercedes recovered from yesterday’s front wing failure to log the highest mileage of any of the teams in action at Jerez today.
Using a revised wing Nico Rosberg went out on track at 11.35am and he went on to record 97 laps by the end of the day, compared with the 53 of the next most travelled car.
“That was a great team effort today,” said Rosberg. “We had to fix a problem on our car overnight. The guys worked through the night back at the factories and flew in the parts just in time this morning, so we were able to do a lot of mileage today which is great for our learning process. It was a great feeling to put some good miles on the new Silver Arrow, and there’s a lot of new stuff to clear, because it’s very different to the old car.
“It’s heavier, you have less downforce and the steering wheel is completely different; it’s almost like a smartphone with all the information on it! Every lap is important to get used to the new systems and it helped a lot that I have worked on this already in the simulator. We don’t know yet where we are compared to the other teams, but we can be quite happy after the first two days of testing here in Spain.”
Technical boss Paddy Lowe explained: “The team worked very hard overnight, both at the circuit and in the UK, to recover from yesterday’s wing failure. We had a slow start to the day, waiting for components to arrive from base, but we are happy with the solution that we found. The car left the garage just before midday and after resolving some minor issues, we began our planned programme at 1pm.
“Our objective was to put mileage on the car and we achieved a total of 97 laps without any major issues, which is a great credit to the teams at both factories and those trackside here at Jerez. We have a lot of data to analyse overnight and look forward to continuing our learning tomorrow.”