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Rosberg pleased with Mercedes’ decision to ignore first pre-season test



The German Nico Rosberg happy with team decision to delay running first pre-season test. Mercedes team Principal Ross Brawn declared in early on December that Mercedes would not run its new car until the Barcelona test on February 21 in order to maximise progress time.

“It is just the choice that they have made and I am happy with that,” Rosberg told Autosport. “It is the compromise between testing early enough and having enough time to develop. And they need to find a middle way – and they have decided that that is the best way to do it.”

“With the way the factory is going now, I am confident. This year we would not have managed to do the first race if we had run the car that late, but with the way the factory is now optimised, I am confident that we can quite happily make it happen and the car can race very soon after the first test – with just a few bits and pieces that need to be sorted out. That shows already that the team is a big improvement.”

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