Rosberg buoyed by first Bahrain showing
22 February 2014 – Nico Rosberg says his Mercedes team should be "very pleased" with its efforts throughout this week's Bahrain pre-season test.
Having watched team-mate Lewis Hamilton set the standard 24 hours earlier, Rosberg moved to the top of the collective timesheets with a 1:33.283 on Saturday, while the pair racked up a total of 313 laps.
"We can be very pleased with this first test in Bahrain," said Rosberg, who lapped within a second of his 2013 pole position time. "We completed a lot of mileage and learnt more about the car with every lap we achieved.
"This morning we were able to try some qualifying practice runs which felt good, meaning I could attack the lap a bit as I found a good balance. Later in the day we did a race simulation, which was crucial to learn all the new things in the car. There was a lot of feedback from the engineers, so my head was full of information!"
Rosberg warned, however, that the Brackley-based team still has some progress to make in terms of reliability before the season-opening Australian Grand Prix, having suffered two stoppages on the final day of the test.
"There is still some way to go for us to manage the reliability before Melbourne as this will play a huge factor in the early races, but we're hopeful that we can make another step towards achieving this next week," he said.