Nico Rosberg was still able to bank more than 150 laps Tuesday in Jerez, the third day of Formula 1’s first preseason test of 2015, despite a brief engine shutdown on his Mercedes W06 around lunchtime.
This was Rosberg’s second day of the test thus far, with two-time and defending World Champion Lewis Hamilton set to take over for the fourth and final day on Wednesday.
The 151 laps completed focused primarily on long runs and pit stops. Rosberg said improving reliability was the goal, and doing more than 300 laps combined between Sunday and Tuesday was an unqualified success.
“Reliability was our main issue over the last year, so our goal for 2015 is to sort this out,” Rosberg said, via a team release. “That is why I can be happy with my first preseason test as I did a lot of mileage on both days.
“Performance-wise I don’t know where we are, but the Ferrari times look very encouraging for them, so it will be an interesting year for Formula 1, I guess.”
However, Rosberg was not entirely upbeat after the day. The uncertainty surrounding his home Grand Prix – tentatively slated for Hockenheim again, but not confirmed as Bernie Ecclestone told Reuters he is trying to save the race – was a topic of discussion after the day’s running.
“However, I recently heard about the discussions concerning the German Grand Prix and it’s really sad for me and the German fans to hear that nothing is confirmed yet for 2015,” Rosberg said. “For as long as I can remember, the German Grand Prix was part of the Formula One World Championship, so I really hope our Grand Prix will be held this year and beyond that.
“The fans deserve to have a great show every year because there are so many great supporters out there. Also there is plenty of Germany in F1, with us German drivers like Sebastian, Hulk and myself, plus of course Mercedes-Benz. So I really hope that Bernie and the promoters find a good solution for everybody.”