Nico Rosberg says Ferrari’s early form in testing at Jerez has been an “eye-opener”.
Rosberg completed 151 laps at the wheel of the W06 Hybrid on Tuesday to take his total for the opening test to 308, to cement Mercedes’ position at the top of the mileage charts.
However, while Mercedes has racked up plenty of mileage, it is yet to top a session in 2015, with Ferrari setting the pace on the opening two days of running, while Felipe Nasr was fastest on Tuesday in the Ferrari-powered Sauber.
“We’re keeping an eye on the opposition and especially Ferrari has been an eye-opener for us in the last couple of days,” he said. “But still, we’re confident we can start the season well and in terms of development be strong.”
Rosberg stopped out on track just before lunchtime due to an engine cutout, but says it is better these issues occur during testing than later in the season.
“Our goals here are to do mileage, because last year our weakness was reliability so we have a big focus on that and to have a really reliable car this year because it cost us points and things like that last year,” he explained.
“That’s been the goal because it’s important to see the problems now when you still have time before Melbourne.
“The problems you see in Barcelona, there’s a shorter time to Melbourne so it’s more difficult to solve them. Anything you find here is going to be easy to solve, or much easier.”
Lewis Hamilton will take over from Rosberg at the wheel of the Mercedes W06 for the fourth and final day of testing at Jerez.
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