Nico Rosberg was pleased with his Mercedes GP W02 today during Friday practice for the F1 2011 British Grand Prix, even though he admitted conditions were far from ideal.
Rosberg was sixth quickest in the first session this morning and then ended up second in FP2, but with both sessions at Silverstone disrupted by rain, he added that it was difficult to really evaluate the effect of the FIA's ban on off-throttle blown diffusers.
“It was difficult out there, however our car worked well in these conditions, and maybe we have a better pace in the wet. The Pirelli intermediate tyres were certainly performing well today,” Rosberg reflected.
“We will have to wait for dry conditions to get a true picture of our updates as we weren't able to achieve all of the work that we would have liked, so tomorrow will be important for us.”
Team-mate Michael Schumacher meanwhile also fared pretty well and he ended up second on the combined times – thanks to his lap in FP1. Like Rosberg though, he felt little conclusions could be draw from the days running.
“It was difficult to judge the real performance of the car today as the conditions were never consistent enough to achieve a proper analysis of where we are. So I won't make any conclusions from today's practice sessions until we have the chance for some dry running tomorrow,” Schumacher confirmed.
“However I'm confident that it was a good first day of our Silverstone weekend and I'm looking forward to one of our home races. We are continuing to develop step-by-step and make improvements to the car.”
Mercedes team boss Ross Brawn echoed the thoughts of his drivers: “We've had a pretty constructive day and were able to achieve quite a lot with the new aerodynamic and exhaust package,” he continued.
“Of course, it is difficult to judge in these conditions, and it would have been beneficial to be able to run it in the dry, however the two sessions still proved useful. The car looks reasonable here and we will make the decision tonight about what we do for tomorrow...”