Sensational first day of test in this second phase in which the teams tune the cars definitely to tackle the first Grand Prix of the season. To do this, Mercedes has opted to switch to its two pilots, rolling Nico Rosberg in the morning and the current World Champion, Lewis Hamilton, in the afternoon.
The German pilot, who marked the best time of the day with the soft compound, was delighted with the behavior of the W07. “Our
main objective is to complete the greatest possible number of
miles and see where the limits are. Today in particular we have
made simulations of ranking to see where the
limit to a back. I shot the most with little fuel and the
car was super.
a great feeling to know that our level is exceptionally high
at this time, and the team is working so great.
But we have to recognize that Ferrari is very close, which
it means that we need to keep the head down and make our
work. We don’t want negative surprises”.
Toto Wolff confirmed this morning to the press that the plan includes to continue using the medium compound and is not intended to roll with the compounds superblando and ultrablando. This last would make the Mercedes an average of 1.2 seconds per lap faster.