The Mercedes team had an industrious Friday in Brazil as Nico Rosberg and Michael Schumacher completed 121 laps of the AutÃ³dromo JosÃ© Carlos Pace between them.
Rosberg completed 60 laps on his way to finishing the day ninth fastest, one place higher and one hundredth of a second quicker than his teammate.
“We made some good set-up changes and definitely learned a lot over the two sessions today,” said Rosberg. “As a result, I'm confident that we can nail the set-up if it is dry tomorrow. However if the predicted rain arrives, then I will look forward to it even more as we should be a little stronger if it is wet and have a better chance of being further up the field.”
Schumacher, four-time winner of the Brazilian Grand Prix was disappointed that Mercedes were off the pace of the frontrunners, and is seeking improvements for tomorrow. “We had two trouble free practice sessions today and were able to complete a lot of work with the car,” said the seven-time world champion. “I would have wished and expected for us to be closer to the top teams but unfortunately the gap seems to be a little bigger than at the last races.
“The track itself has improved a lot since I last raced here and the bumps are not really a problem anymore. All in all, we have to see what we can improve for qualifying tomorrow and we will have a deep look into our data now.”
Ross Brawn is hoping that a wet qualifying session may enhance the team’s grid positions tomorrow and acknowledges that the team have some catching-up to do this weekend.
“Although we had a more challenging Friday than at recent race weekends, it was a useful day to achieve our set-up work in anticipation of a dry race on Sunday,” explained the Mercedes team principal. “So far we haven’t achieved the level of performance that we would like but we have collected good information to work through tonight. The weather always seems to play its part in Brazil and if the rain arrives tomorrow, the conditions may benefit us.”