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Rosberg to give new Mercedes first run

Nico Rosberg: I am going first [with the new car]. It will be interesting to see how it feels. You know pretty quickly how good it is going to be.

Mercedes GP man Nico Rosberg has revealed that he will get to test the team's new car first.

The MGP W02 will be officially unveiled to the world on February 1 at Valencia in Spain, with the wraps due to come off at 9.20 am local time, just prior to the start of the opening three-day test of the season at the 4.005 kilometre Circuito Ricardo Tormo.

“I am going first,” Rosberg told reporters at the Fashion Week in Berlin, according to the DPA press agency. “It will be interesting to see how it [the new car] feels.

“You know pretty quickly how good it is going to be. It is probably unrealistic to go into the season saying we will win the championship, but we will succeed sooner or later. We are on the right track.”

Rosberg added that while it was 'something special' to get the first run, the pre-season test schedule will see the days split 'fairly' between him and his team-mate, Michael Schumacher.

Rosberg got the better of Schumacher in F1 2010, and scored almost twice as many points. Despite that though, Ferrari man Fernando Alonso recently said the 42-year-old is likely to be his most dangerous rival this season [see separate story - click here]. Rosberg however insisted that didn't annoy him.

“No, that doesn't interest me,” he replied in a separate interview with Germany's Auto Motor Und Sport. “But I found it a bit strange, a little bit amusing.

“Why didn't he say Red Bull would be his nearest rival? That would be obvious," he concluded.

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Duke - Unregistered

January 22, 2011 7:15 PM

Allowing Rosberg to go 1st is just Schumi being nice to him again.Michaels no fool.If the car is right,and I am sure this time it will be,Schumi will be the fastest,he was already the fastest in the last quarter of 2010,his speed has not lessened as Brawn said. Hopefully they both will be on the podium,with the Red Baron on the top step of course. GO SCHUMI GO for 2011.

Alan D - Unregistered

January 24, 2011 1:47 AM

Daytona, since you have a car which is untested, there is no point making two of them at that stage. Its just twice as many bits of carbon fibre to scrap when it doesn't work. As to which driver gets to drive the car first, that's just a lot of media hype, trying to create stories and conflict out of nothing, and I don't think you should read anything into it. You could argue that most important is to be the guy who drives it last, when most of the niggles have been ironed out.

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