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Mercedes Focus on Race Preparations During Friday Practice in Abu Dhabi

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Nico Rosberg - Photo Credit: Pirelli

Nico Rosberg - Photo Credit: Pirelli


Mercedes concentrated on race preparations during the two 90-minute Friday practice sessions in Abu Dhabi today, mainly focusing on long runs and heavy fuel loads.

Michael Schumacher finished the day seventh fastest, whilst Nico Rosberg was down in twentieth. However, both were satisfied with the work done over the course of the day.

“I am reasonably happy with our work in the two sessions today, and considering that we managed to work the car well, I’d say it was a good day,” said Schumacher. “Obviously we have our limits to operate within, but we maximised what we have in hand, and the car felt very good. We now have to see how we can transform this work into our weekend and maybe grab some more points on a track which today was very consistent.”

Rosberg is also confident for the rest of his stay in Abu Dhabi: “It was a positive start to the weekend for me [today],” said the German. “We achieved some good set-up work, and I had good long runs today. We concentrated mainly on race pace and I covered a lot of laps, so I’m feeling confident for tomorrow. It was also great fun to drive on this fantastic track which I like very much.”

Ross Brawn agreed with his drivers’ evaluation of the day: “We worked through a fairly standard Friday programme today and spent a lot of the time on race preparations,” said the Mercedes team principal. “We have achieved some good information on car balance and tyre life, and some interesting factors have emerged from the drop in temperatures and the twilight conditions of P2. Overall, two very good sessions today where the car ran well, and we have a lot of information to work with overnight.”

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