Barcelona , Feb 25, 2016
Lewis and Nico wrap up successful opening week for the F1 W07 Hybrid
MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS concluded the opening pre-season test of the 2016 season today at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, with Lewis Hamilton at the wheel of the Mercedes-Benz F1 W07 Hybrid in the morning and Nico Rosberg in the cockpit during the afternoon.
Lewis emerged for his first run at 09:05, completing 99 laps before the hour-long lunch break at 13:00. Nico completed a further 86 laps in the afternoon - finishing for the day at 17:50
Today's programme focused on aero evaluation and race simulation work Ė including practice starts and pit stops
Mercedes-Benz Power Units today completed a total of 1,699 km
The team will now prepare the F1 W07 Hybrid for the second pre-season test of 2016 in Barcelona next week
After Monday I was a bit sore Ė but I didnít break too much of a sweat today, so thatís good. The reliability of the car this week has been just incredible. It feels strong, it feels solid, it just keeps going and goingÖ Iíve never seen anything like it. The guys and girls at Brackley and Brixworth have done an unbelievable job. After two titles in a row, it would be so easy to lose focus. But itís clear that everyone is even more focused than before and have done an even better job of delivering an overall package with this car. In terms of today, the new front wing seems to be a step forward. Itís small increments here and there Ė but thatís what weíre looking for. Thereís not much of a cliff with the tyres. They behave very similarly to last yearís in that respect. Itís been a gruelling week for the whole team Ė running between 150 and 190 laps every day. But Iíd say itís probably been the best test weíve ever had. Certainly the best Iíve ever seen.
Itís been a great start. Reliability is looking very, very good and the car feels quick. Itís great even to look at. You take a walk around it and thereís some real innovation there. You can really see how far weíve come as a team these past few years Ė itís very impressive. I canít wait to see what it can do when we get to qualifying in Melbourne. Pounding round on mediums all day isnít always so fun! Physically itís actually been ok. I knew it would be an intense couple of weeks so I prepared for it. Of course, thereís a few bits that are sore Ė mostly from the seat as itís solid carbon. But overall Iím really pleased with how itís been. Itís useful to have done so much mileage, as we found a few small problems that maybe we wouldnít have discovered with less track time. Nothing race ending Ė just small things Ė which could be very useful for Melbourne and beyond.
Position Driver Car Laps Time
1 Kimi RšikkŲnen Ferrari 80 1:23.477
2 Daniil Kvyat Red Bull 96 1:24.293
3 Alfonso Celis Force India 75 1:24.840
4 Kevin Magnussen Renault 153 1:25.263
5 Max Verstappen Toro Rosso 110 1:25.393
6 Felipe Nasr Sauber 121 1:26.053
7 Nico Rosberg MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS 86 1:26.187
8 Lewis Hamilton MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS 99 1:26.295
9 Felipe Massa Williams 54 1:26.482
10 Esteban Guttierez Haas 89 1:27.802
11 Rio Haryanto Manor 51 1:28.266
12 Fernando Alonso McLaren 3 N/A