Mercedes put in a performance at the NÃ¼rburgring today which will have warmed the hearts of any German spectators enduring the chilly track-side conditions. Michael Schumacher and Nico Rosberg finished the Friday afternoon practice session P5 and P6 on the timesheets, slower only than Red Bull and Ferrari.
Schumacher was 0.146 seconds faster than his team-mate today and was, understandably, quite pleased with his pace today. “I’m quite happy with the work that we achieved today and we are going in a good direction,” said the seven-time world champion. “We are continually developing our car and days like today help that process. It’s difficult to see the real picture for the weekend however; we don’t know what fuel loads the other cars were running and we need to have a close look at our data.
“It was a really nice feeling to drive the corner which bears my name here in a Formula One car; I certainly wouldn’t have imagined that at the time that we inaugurated the corner.”
Rosberg was also happy with how the day had gone, and with the support from the crowd. “It’s amazing to see how many spectators came to the NÃ¼rburgring today for the practice sessions,” he said. “I love the atmosphere at the German Grand Prix and I tried to wave to the fans but there’s not much space for it in the car!
“In general, I am happy with our work and progress today so far. It seems that the new parts are working quite well in the dry and I think there is a small step forward. However on Fridays, you never know exactly where you are and what the other teams are doing.”
Team principal Ross Brawn described the day’s efforts as ‘solid’, but hopes to find even more pace from the car before qualifying tomorrow.
“We’ve had a solid day to start our German Grand Prix weekend here at the NÃ¼rburgring,” said Brawn. “It was a particularly useful day to further evaluate our new exhaust system following its introduction at Silverstone and the limited dry running that we were able to achieve there.
“It was a good effort from everyone in the two sessions today but it would be nice to find a little more lap time before qualifying tomorrow.”