Jerez, Spain, Feb 18, 2010

Nico Rosberg was back in the MGP W01 car today as the MERCEDES GP PETRONAS team continued this week’s test programme in Jerez, Spain. Poor weather continued to affect the testing action with frequent heavy rain showers and strong winds causing a frustrating day for the teams and drivers.

The team worked hard to make the best of the ever-changing conditions with Nico completing a wet set-up programme in the morning and focusing on race procedures including practice pit stops in the afternoon when the track conditions became too poor for any meaningful running. Nico completed 71 laps today.

Michael Schumacher will drive the MGP W01 tomorrow with Nico completing the programme on Saturday.

Nico Rosberg: “On the positive side, we achieved some good mileage today despite the conditions and completed a lot of our systems work. It was useful for me to practice pit stops and get into the routine for the races. However it has been difficult and frustrating with the weather as we’re obviously not able to learn as much as we could with a dry track. But that’s the same for everyone and we will hope for an improvement over the next two days.”

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