It may have been 20 years since his debut in F1, but Michael Schumacher insisted that some things never change at Spa after a rain-affected day of practice ahead of the Belgian Grand Prix.
Both Friday practice sessions were affected by rain at the Ardennes circuit, although it have Schumacher a chance to gain some early headlines on his anniversary weekend when he topped the times in FP1 – the two Mercedes drivers being the only ones to set a dry time before rain started to fall.
A brief dry spell in FP2 saw Schumacher eleventh quickest before the rain returned and the German admitted it had been a difficult start to the weekend with little work on set-up available due to the conditions.
"It was a special feeling to be out on track today for the first practice sessions of this anniversary weekend in Spa,” he said. “A lot of things have changed here in the past twenty years, but the weather certainly hasn't!
“Today was another typical Spa day, with mixed conditions and very little dry running. The conditions meant that we couldn't do much work on the set-up, although we made the most of the limited time when the circuit was dry. Even so, it will be tricky to find the right set-up compromise for Sunday, because the weather here is always so unpredictable."
Team-mate Nico Rosberg
had been second quickest behind Schumacher in the opening session before finishing sixth in the second session and he too admitted it hadn't been an easy day on track.
"It was quite difficult out there today in typical Spa conditions, but we still managed to have two good practice sessions,” he said. “We learned a few things in both the dry and the wet, and managed to do some tests for both the race and qualifying, so I'm quite positive ahead of tomorrow."