Silverstone day three - Rosberg impresses 29 Apr 2005
Williams new official test driver Nico Rosberg proved he has quickly got to grips with the teams FW27 car, as he topped the times in testing at Silverstone on Thursday.
Rosberg, who signed for the team just last week, made the most of much-improved weather conditions at the British Grand Prix circuit to clock a best time of 1m 22.168s, putting him well clear of the Jordan of Narain Karthikeyan and Williams team mate Antonio Pizzonia.
"I really enjoyed myself this week, he said. It is unbelievable to drive this car. I think I settled into the team well, and they made me feel really welcome. It didn't take me too long to get used to the FW27 and, when I did, I worked through the programme quite well.
I'm thrilled to have been given this opportunity as it's so interesting to learn about the workings of an F1 car. At the end of the day, I think I set quite competitive times and didn't make any mistakes over the two sessions so I'm really happy and looking forward to the next test."
As on Wednesday, Rosbergs focus was general set-up as he continued to familiarise himself with the car. Pizzonia, meanwhile, concentrated on the evaluation of Michelin tyre compounds in preparation for next weekends Spanish Grand Prix. Between them they brought Williams lap total for the week up to 430.
Nico was useful straight away with the test programme and has already made a direct contribution, said Williams technical director Sam Michael. This week we worked on set-ups for this track - mechanical and aerodynamic, engine cooling, brake cooling as well as tyre testing for Michelin. We also concentrated on electronic set-up for traction control and starts.
Jordan concluded their three-day session with Karthikeyan joining team mate Tiago Monteiro, as well as Nicky Pastorelli, the Dutchman getting his first outing in the EJ15 since becoming the teams official test driver back in February.
"These two days at Silverstone were constructive for the team, said Karthikeyan. I have been running only this afternoon, but the weather was not too bad and we managed to do many laps, testing different types of tyres and a new gearbox. I am quite happy with the progress we are making and cannot wait to drive at the Circuit de Catalunya, the first track I know so far this season."
Pastorelli added: "Today was my first real test in the car, although I have already done some laps in Barcelona during the winter. It was a good test where we have managed to do everything we wanted, according to our programme. Moreover, we tried a new gearbox and had no problem with it, which is encouraging for the team."
Unofficial Thursday times from Silverstone:
1. Nico Rosberg, Williams (Michelin), 1:22.168
2. Narain Karthikeyan, Jordan (Bridgestone), 1:22.750
3. Antonio Pizzonia, Williams (Michelin), 1:22.976
4. Tiago Monteiro, Jordan (Bridgestone), 1:23.390
5. Nicky Pastorelli, Jordan (Bridgestone), 1:27.270