F1 » Mercedes to the fore once more in Jerez

Nico Rosberg posted the fastest lap of the week in topping the timesheets on an incident-tinged third day of the Jerez group test.

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February 09, 2012 8:11 PM

Are Mercedes being extremely shrewd by using the old car to test new bits, without showing their hand on the new design to everyone? After all Ross Brawn is with them and he is the consumate clever spin doctor!

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February 09, 2012 11:26 PM

Yes it is certainly interesting to note how the two guys have took an apparent hold over the new standard 2012 cars and with the fact they well may have a truly new kind of clever front wing and hopefully legal to use if the rumours are true it could really make the on-coming season really worth keeping an eye on I am getting pretty excited at this prospect. I just hope its not a delaying tactic due to production dilemmas


February 10, 2012 3:05 AM

Jack.. i don't think for one second anyone is being cleaver by not putting miles on their actual car. Actually kind of sad being Merc and all. Looks more like they are trying for glory laps. Maybe they need additional sponsors.


February 10, 2012 6:46 AM

George, I was always a believer in Ross Brawn so I would have been pre conditioned if he comes out with a surprise car, but he/Mercedes running their 2011 car complete with exhaust blown diffuser and the new tyres their lap times shouldn't even be considered let alone basing them/comparing them against lap times from the new cars.
Some teams might be concentrating more than others on taking fuel out and trying to set a fast lap time, but with only 12 days of testing before the first race that will not help them much in race trim when the real race lap times will matter.


February 11, 2012 3:38 PM

Acording to SkySports F1 pitlane reporter Ted Kravitz, the new Mercedes will run before start of next test and will pretty much be the car spec they take to Oz, unlike McLaren, Ferrari and RBR.

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