Rosberg will test the Mercedes W04 before Hamilton

By on Thursday, January 17, 2013

Nico Rosberg, not team newcomer Lewis Hamilton, will give Mercedes' 2013 single seater - the W04 - its track debut at Jerez early next month.

The German squad announced on Thursday that the new car will be launched at Jerez on February 4.

On that same day - the day before official winter test action begins at Jerez - Rosberg will give the car its 'shakedown' debut, Germany's Auto Motor und Sport reports.

There is a limit of 100 kilometres for teams to conduct promotional work.

It is understood that Rosberg will drive the first 50km before handing the car over to Hamilton.


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