Jerez, Day 3: Rosberg Rules the Morning

Published on by Kevin V. (Kdawg)


The Mercedes W02 is one of two 2011 cars running in winter testing. Mercedes is planned to launch their new car at the second pre-season test, but they might not even want to. The reason behind that is that they are faster than all the new cars in testing by a big margin. Wednesday, Michael Schumacher topped the session with a 1:18. Today, Rosberg set a new standard with a 1:17. If this were to stick and Mercedes kept the car the way it is, they would have a shot at winning races and even the championship. Unfortunately, they have to launch a new car, and whether that will have the pace of the current W02, is indefinite.


ded1209fe67Grosjean drove the Lotus to a solid second in the morning, setting a time of 1:18.419. Not counting the old Mercedes on top, this is the second time the Lotus topped the table in testing. Would this make them your favorite? For me, not quite, because they haven't had the pace all the time. You could say that they are destined to win the World Championship in 2012, but testing says nothing. The first race does.


Force India's day didn't last too long when test driver, Jules Bianchi lost control and put it into a wall. The collision broke the rear suspension of the VJM05 and took away vital testing time in Jerez. The impact, however, appeared to be light and I wouldn't be surprised if it went out later today.


ded1209fe03.jpgSebastian Vettel made his way back into the new season very slowly. He only put 28 laps down and was sixth overall. He was the fastest driver in the 1:20s, but almost three seconds off Rosberg's pace. The testing today will continue and Vettel will probably make his way up the order. Alonso was even farther down the time sheet, with only the seventh best time. Ferrari doesn't know what's been happening, but they have time to make upgrades before the start of the season.


Caterham test driver, Giedo van der Garde was last overall Thursday morning. He was six seconds off Rosberg's time but has the rest of the day to improve. After two days of testing HRT took their car and headed home.


When the session ends, these results will be updated, however the article will not.


Pos   Driver Car Time
1. Nico Rosberg Mercedes W02 1:17.613 118
2. Romain Grosjean Lotus E20 1:18.419 117
3. Sebastian Vettel
Red Bull RB8 1:19.297 96
4. Lewis Hamilton
McLaren MP4-27 1:19.464 80
5. Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso STR7 1:19.734 79
6. Sergio Perez
Sauber C31
1:19.770 48
7. Fernando Alonso Ferrari F2012 1:20.412 67
8. Bruno Senna Williams FW34 1:21.293 125
9. Giedo van der Garde Caterham CT01 1:23.324 74

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Comment on this post

tommyh 02/09/2012 19:11

Hi Kdawg, I see that you have the results posted for the 2012 Australia race that has yet to be run. ??? Maybe it is your forecast.

Also, If Mercedes has a faster 2011 car, why launch a new 2012 car?

Thanks and keep up the news!

Kevin V. (Kdawg) 02/10/2012 16:24

Hello tommy,

Those are last year's results which is why it says last year above it. I appriciate your questions and im more than happy to answer them. So keep them coming! Thanks for viewing ;)