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02/09/12
f1
Jerez Day 3: Rosberg stays on top
Lap times as of 5pm local time, on day three of the four-day F1 group test at Jerez southern Spain.

1. Nico Rosberg Germany Mercedes-Mercedes 1m 17.613s*
2. Romain Grosjean France Lotus-Renault 1m 18.419s
3. Sebastian Vettel Germany Red Bull-Renault 1m 19.297s
4. Lewis Hamilton Britain McLaren-Mercedes 1m 19.464s
5. Jean-Eric Vergne France Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1m 19.734s
6. Sergio Perez Mexico Sauber-Ferrari 1m 19.770s
7. Fernando Alonso Spain Ferrari-Ferrari 1m 20.412s
8. Bruno Senna Brazil Williams-Renault 1m 21.293s
9. Giedo van der Garde Holland Caterham-Renault 1m 23.324s

* 2011 car

Nico Rosberg "I'm happy with the testing that we have achieved here in Jerez, and we learned a lot about the Pirelli tires and a few other things for the new car. It seems that the tires are closer performance-wise this year, with the rear tires also looking a bit stronger. Pirelli have done a good job so far. You can't really compare the lap times with other teams, but it was interesting to learn a lot with our 2011 car. Now I'm really looking forward to the two Barcelona tests with our new Silver Arrow."

Ross Brawn "We have had a productive and busy three days in Jerez this week running the MGP W02 car for the final time. Simultaneously the final preparations have been taking place back at the factory for the first test with our 2012 car in Barcelona. Michael and Nico have been able to complete some valuable mileage this week, and enhanced our understanding of the new season's Pirelli tires which will prove very useful once the new car in is on track."

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