We know he was excited to win his first Formula 1 race of the season on Sunday, but can someone please tell Nico Rosberg that the Spanish Grand Prix is over?
Three days after winning from the pole (as well as being quickest in practice) at Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, Rosberg acted like he was still vying for the checkered flag in Tuesday’s first day of a two-day F1 in-season test at the same racetrack.
The AMG F1-powered Rosberg was outstanding in the test, topping the nine-driver field with a best time of 1:24.374, more than two full seconds faster than second-fastest Marcus Ericsson of Sauber.
Rosberg just couldn’t seem to get enough of the Barcelona layout, turning a massive 146 laps before calling it a day, the most laps of any driver.
“The track was a little bit quicker than over the race weekend and we did many laps, so I’m a bit tired,” Rosberg told Formula1.com. “But it’s my only test during the season so it’s important.
“Today we tested a lot of different things – some more generally for the rest of the season and some for the next race. Monaco has very unique setup characteristics so we evaluated a few of those.
“The last sector here has a lot of tight corners, so it’s like Monaco in a way, which is useful. The car felt very good there so I’m feeling optimistic and ready for the next race.”
Rosberg even took to Twitter to express his pleasure with Tuesday’s performance:
Given how he won Sunday and continued his quickness in Tuesday’s test (0.307 seconds faster than his pole run on Saturday), Rosberg – who will also test at Barcelona on Wednesday – appears more than ready for the next race on the schedule, the Monaco Grand Prix on May 24.
Tuesday and Wednesday are the first of two F1-sanctioned in-season tests. The second one will follow the June 21 Austrian Grand Prix.