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Mercedes Barcelona test

(GMM) Mercedes got its Barcelona test off to an early start on Sunday.

At the same time, the rest of the F1 world was only setting up at the Circuit de Catalunya ahead of Tuesday's kick-off for the second of three pre-Melbourne group tests.

Mercedes, however, trod a different path recently by keeping its 2012 car under development at its Brackley factory while main rivals including Red Bull, Ferrari and McLaren got their test campaigns up and running.

Again running Michael Schumacher and Nico Rosberg this year, Mercedes took its old car to Jerez and then sat out the last of the four days of testing.

Therefore allowed to make up the day in Barcelona on Sunday, and although details and laptime are scant, it has emerged that both Schumacher and Rosberg ran the new stepped-nose W03 and completed more than a race distance.

"Michael and Nico's first impressions are positive," Mercedes' Norbert Haug told Bild newspaper.
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Schumi pleased with opening day

Schumi pleased with opening day | Planet F1 | Formula One | News, Standings, Results, Features, Video

Tuesday 21st February 2012
Michael Schumacher enjoyed a satisfying opening day at Barcelona on Tuesday as Mercedes' W03 made its public debut.

After putting their new challenger through its paces at a shakedown and private test last week, the team finally unveiled the car before the start of the second pre-season test at the Circuit de Catalunya.

Schumacher took to the track soon after, but he completed just 51 laps as a hydraulic problem brought a premature end to their afternoon programme.

In total, he completed 782kms and his best lap of 1:24.150 secured him sixth place - 0.885s off the pace of Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel.

"My initial feelings with our new car are certainly good," said the seven-time World Champion after the session.

"I'm happy with the different evaluations that we have done over the last week, but obviously with the rule changes, we won't know more until later.

"It's certainly an improvement and we have worked hard on the areas we had defined last year.

"The aerodynamics figures look good so I'm not worried about the shape of the nose! Even though we had the hydraulic problem today, I'm pleased with all the mileage we have achieved so far with the new car."

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