Rosberg upbeat despite electrical issue
5 February 2013 – Nico Rosberg refused to be downbeat after Mercedes suffered an electrical issue at Jerez on Tuesday, with the German having to end his day prematurely. The 27-year-old says he 'had a good feeling' during his 11 laps at the wheel, before a faulty wiring loom caused a small fire at the rear-end bodywork of the new F1 W04 chassis.
"At the start of winter testing, you often encounter small issues because the car you're running is a brand new design," Rosberg said of the situation. "We had an electrical problem this morning and, once we had found the root cause, chose to modify the parts to make sure it didn't happen again.
"Of course, at this time of year all you want to do is spend time in the car and get a feeling for how it's working, but these hiccups are just part of the game. During the laps I completed this morning, I had a good feeling with the car and it felt solid."
Rosberg's team-mate, Lewis Hamilton, will drive the Mercedes F1 W04 tomorrow, having completed his first tentative laps in the car during a filming session on Monday.