Merc: Positive start to the weekend

Date published: June 10 2011

Merc GP are not at all concerned about finishing 19th and 20th in Prac Two with Michael Schumacher revealing they only did high fuel runs…

Mercedes GP are not at all concerned about finishing 19th and 20th in Friday’s practice with Michael Schumacher revealing they only did high fuel runs.

The team topped Friday’s first practice with Nico Rosberg clocking a 1:15.591 while Schumacher was third quickest.

However, in Friday afternoon’s session, both drivers finished well down the order, even behind the two Team Lotus drivers.

Schumacher, though, says this is not cause for concern as both himself and his team-mate only concentrated on race preparation.

“We covered quite a lot of work today. Obviously we didn’t do any times on lower fuel and just concentrated on high fuel due to the red flags shortening our programme this afternoon,” said the seven-time World Champ.

“That’s why we are at the opposite end of the timesheets to this morning, when it looked encouraging for a weekend that we did not enter with the highest expectations.

“We will now sit and analyse our performance and hope for another encouraging day tomorrow.”

Meanwhile, Rosberg is adamant it was a “positive start to the weekend, and we seem to have made some progress with our race pace.

“I felt comfortable with the car today and we completed a lot of laps despite the interruptions, which was good.

“The tyres are holding up well so it will be interesting to see the comparison once we start working on low fuel tomorrow. Overall, I’m quite happy.”