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Brawn: Mercedes on course

25 February 2013

Mercedes boss Ross Brawn has confirmed he was happy with the progress the Brackley-based outfit made last week during the second F1 2013 pre-season test at Barcelona's Circuit de Catalunya.

Lewis Hamilton topped the times on the rain-affected final day, while team-mate, Nico Rosberg was best on day one. In the end Rosberg and Hamilton finished up seventh and ninth overall on the combined times, with 335 laps completed in total, the fourth most of the eleven teams in action.

“Overall, we've had a good week in Barcelona and achieved the programme that we set ourselves for this second test,” Brawn summarised.

“The rain on Friday was a little unfortunate; however we made the best of the conditions and were still able to take some useful data out of the day.

“Nico and Lewis are becoming more familiar with the car and its behaviour as each day progresses, and Lewis is settling into the team very well. Both drivers are providing excellent feedback which is pushing the development of the car both here and at the factory, and it is very rewarding to see their enthusiasm and commitment.

“We now have just four days of testing left until the first race in Australia, and a lot of work will be done before we return to Barcelona next week.”