Rosberg ready for Williams return 26 Apr 2005
Fresh from his GP2 debut at the weekend, Nico Rosberg begins his first session as an official Formula One test driver on Tuesday. Rosberg, whose Williams signing was only announced on Saturday, will spend three days at Silverstone, working alongside Mark Webber and Antonio Pizzonia.
Rosberg, whose father Keke was world champion with Williams back in 1982, had a mixed weekend at Imola, scoring a point for eighth place in the first-ever GP2 race, but then retiring from the second with brake problems.
He has tested for Williams on three previous occasions, but Tuesdays outing will be his first in an official capacity. I'm now looking forward to helping the team and I'm sure I'll be able to do a good job, said the German, who will continue to race in GP2 with the ART squad.
It is set to be busy week of Formula One testing as the teams prepare for the Spanish Grand Prix. McLaren, Renault and Toyota were expected to join Williams at Silverstone, but following forecasts of poor weather they have opted to move to Jerez instead.
The Jerez session will run on Thursday and Friday, when Toyota are expected to have Jarno Trulli and Olivier Panis at work in the TF105. Renault will field Fernando Alonso and Franck Montagny, with Kimi Raikkonen and Pedro de la Rosa in action for McLaren. Red Bull will also have a test team at the Spanish track.
Joining Ferrari at Mugello in Italy will be Minardi and BAR. Minardi will be giving a test to Chinese driver Marchy Lee Ying-Kin, who will be joined by Christijan Albers, Patrick Friesacher and Israeli test driver Chanoch Nissany. The team will have two new PS05 chassis at their disposal and an older PS04B for comparison purposes.
Finally, Sauber have a three-day programme planned alongside Ferrari at the Fiorano circuit in Italy. Both Felipe Massa and Jacques Villeneuve will be at the wheel of the Petronas-powered C24 from Tuesday.
Check back throughout the week for all the latest testing news. Note - all schedules provisional and subject to change.