Nico Rosberg will give the 2010 Mercedes GP car its maiden outing at Valencia on 1 February, team boss Ross Brawn has confirmed.

Nico Rosberg will give the 2010 Mercedes GP car its maiden outing at Valencia on 1 February, team boss Ross Brawn has confirmed.

"Nico will drive the new car first," Brawn told the German newspaper Bild.

"That is the way we planned it from the outset, even before Michael (Schumacher) came to the team," the Briton added.

Schumacher, 41, will also drive at the first test of the pre-season.