Bahrain F1 test: Nico Rosberg still has Mercedes reliability fears

Nico Rosberg says Mercedes is still worried about the reliability of its new Formula 1 car as pre-season testing draws to a close

Bahrain F1 test: Nico Rosberg still has Mercedes reliability fears

Mercedes has generally led the way in terms of mileage and laptime so far, but the W05 has suffered several niggling reliability issues along the way.

The team undertook what it described as a "precautionary" engine change before Saturday's test at the Sakhir circuit, which delayed Rosberg's final day of running, and then missed the first three hours on Sunday due to gearbox issues.

Rosberg went on to clock more than 100 laps and set the second fastest time of the test on Saturday, but the three-time grand prix winner feels Mercedes still has some bugs to iron out before the first race in Melbourne.

"We've had some good tests but reliability is still a concern for us as it is for everybody else," said Rosberg. "It's tough to get the car 100 per cent ready.

"We might be in a better position than some other teams but we need to get to the end of the race so that's a big challenge."

Follow the final pre-season test day on AUTOSPORT Live

The German was satisfied with his last day of testing overall, despite some weather issues and his loss of track time.

"Conditions were tough out there with a sandstorm and really strong winds, which made it difficult to learn a lot, but it was still a good day," said Rosberg.

shares
comments
Bahrain F1 test: Bottas sets pace, trouble for Red Bull, Mercedes
Previous article

Bahrain F1 test: Bottas sets pace, trouble for Red Bull, Mercedes

Next article

Bahrain F1 test: Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes end winter on top

Bahrain F1 test: Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes end winter on top
The “solemn promise” that cost quiet hero Brooks an F1 title Plus

The “solemn promise” that cost quiet hero Brooks an F1 title

After two terrifying crashes, one of the best British racers of the 1950s retired before his career peaked. But that’s why GP Racing’s MAURICE HAMILTON was able to speak to Tony Brooks in 2014. Like his friend Stirling Moss, Brooks was regarded as one of the best drivers never to have won the world championship. Here, as our tribute to Brooks who died last month, is that interview in full

Inside the Faenza facility where AlphaTauri’s F1 pragmatic vision is realised Plus

Inside the Faenza facility where AlphaTauri’s F1 pragmatic vision is realised

AlphaTauri’s mission in F1 is to sell clothes and train young drivers rather than win the championship – but you still need a cutting-edge factory to do that. Team boss Franz Tost takes GP Racing’s OLEG KARPOV on a guided tour of a facility that’s continuing to grow

Formula 1
Jun 26, 2022
Connecting two of Ferrari's favourite F1 sons Plus

Connecting two of Ferrari's favourite F1 sons

Gilles Villeneuve's exploits behind the wheel of a Ferrari made him a legend to the tifosi, even 40 years after his death. The team's current Formula 1 star Charles Leclerc enjoys a similar status, and recently got behind the wheel of a very special car from the French-Canadian’s career

Formula 1
Jun 24, 2022
How a 30cm metal wire triggered open warfare in the F1 paddock Plus

How a 30cm metal wire triggered open warfare in the F1 paddock

Porpoising has become the key talking point during the 2022 Formula 1 season, as teams battle to come to terms with it. An FIA technical directive ahead of the Canadian Grand Prix and a second stay appearing on the Mercedes cars only served to create a bigger debate and raise tensions further

Formula 1
Jun 23, 2022
Does Verstappen have any weaknesses left? Plus

Does Verstappen have any weaknesses left?

Having extended his Formula 1 points lead with victory in Canada, Max Verstappen has raised his game further following his 2021 title triumph. Even on the days where Red Bull appears to be second best to Ferrari, Verstappen is getting the most out of the car in each race. So, does he have any weaknesses that his title rivals can exploit?

Formula 1
Jun 22, 2022
How F1's future fuels can shape the automotive sector Plus

How F1's future fuels can shape the automotive sector

In 2026, Formula 1 plans to make the switch to a fully sustainable fuel, as the greater automotive world considers its own alternative propulsion methods. Biogasoline and e-fuels both have merit as 'drop-in' fuels but, equally, both have their shortcomings...

Formula 1
Jun 21, 2022
The breakthrough behind Sainz’s best weekend of F1 2022 so far Plus

The breakthrough behind Sainz’s best weekend of F1 2022 so far

OPINION: Carlos Sainz came close to winning in Monaco but needed that race’s specific circumstances for his shot at a maiden Formula 1 victory to appear. Last weekend in Canada, he led the line for Ferrari in Charles Leclerc’s absence from the front. And there’s a key reason why Sainz has turned his 2022 form around

Formula 1
Jun 21, 2022
Canadian Grand Prix Driver Ratings 2022 Plus

Canadian Grand Prix Driver Ratings 2022

Plenty of high scores but just a single perfect 10 from the first Montreal race in three years, as Max Verstappen fended off late pressure from Carlos Sainz. Here’s Autosport’s assessment on the Formula 1 drivers from the Canadian Grand Prix

Formula 1
Jun 20, 2022