Michael Schumacher was second on the time sheet on day two of the Pirelli test in Abu Dhabi today, just over a tenth off the pace of Fernando Alonso, who completed 31 laps more.
The seven-time world champion took over testing duties from Nico Rosberg today at Mercedes as the team evaluated the new Pirelli tyres in Abu Dhabi.
“I am probably the only driver to have driven with Pirelli tyres before but it was 20 years ago and I didn't have any certain expectations before today. In terms of consistency, it looked quite good but we were using the 2010 car today and it will be all about how these tyres suit our 2011 car.
“I am already curious to try it out but at the same time I am looking forward to having a break now. I am sure the guys are too and they clearly deserve it. I would like to thank all of them for the good job they have done over the season and I have massively enjoyed working with them.”
Ross Brawn said that both of his drivers’ had good first impressions of the new Pirelli tyres, and feels that this week of testing in Abu Dhabi has been very useful as the team prepare for 2011.
“Michael and Nico have now completed their first days in the car on Pirelli tyres and both have been impressed,” said the Mercedes team principal. “This week's test has been very productive for us and comes at a time when we can use the information gathered here to fine-tune the detail of our 2011 car and optimise the areas which we believe will be critical.
“Pirelli have done an excellent job to get these tyres to where they are now after such a short period of time and we are looking forward to working closely with them through the winter test programme at the start of next year.”