Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg
says he can't wait to see where the team stands when the F1 season gets underway next weekend in Australia.
The W03 has been a solid performer in testing after being launched ahead of the second session of the winter in Barcelona, with the team able to put plenty of mileage on the car during eight days of running.
Admitting the team is more than ready despite launching the new car after its main rivals, Rosberg said he was now keen to see where Mercedes stands when the true action gets underway in Melbourne.
"I'm really looking forward to the start of the new season in Australia next weekend,” he said. “I had a perfect winter break with plenty of rest, a good training camp and a successful pre-season test programme where we were able to put a lot of mileage on our F1 W03 car. So we are really ready for the first race.
“I always love the atmosphere in Melbourne; it's a great city and the fans are fantastic. After all of the hard work, and all of the speculation, it will be really interesting to see where we are on Saturday afternoon after qualifying. Before heading to Australia, I will be in New Zealand for a bike training camp to help me adjust to the time difference and the climate 'Down Under'."
Team boss Ross Brawn added that he too was confident about Mercedes' chances at Albert Park
and said he was looking forward to a 'good week ahead'.
"The build-up to the start of a new season is always an exciting time, no matter how many times you have experienced it, and everyone at the team is looking forward to the action getting underway in Melbourne next week,” he said. “We are well prepared, both at the factory and on track, as a result of our structured development and testing plan, and I am confident that we are in a good position. How this translates to our performance relative to the competition is, of course, the key question and it will be interesting to see how it all shapes out next weekend.
“My thanks to all of the team at Brackley and Brixworth for their hard work and dedication over the winter months and I hope we will be able to reward them with a strong season. Melbourne has always been one of the atmospheric races on the calendar, and certainly one of my favourite cities to visit, so I look forward to a good week ahead."