Mercedes carries its recent run of form to Abu Dhabi as Michael Schumacher completed a productive Friday practice to finish 'best of the rest' behind the big three teams.
Schumacher finished the day with the seventh fastest time set during the second practice session after the German veteran ran a number of different simulations during the day.
The seven-time world champion felt the team maximised its limitations and hopes the invaluable information gained earlier today leaves them in a strong position to achieve a good haul of points.
"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," he noted.
"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."
It was also a positive day for team-mate Nico Rosberg who spent much of the day running race simulations in preparation for Sunday's race. The younger German remains confident for what lies ahead.
"It was a positive start to the weekend for me," he claimed, "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."
Team principal Ross Brawn outlined the importance of achieving an efficient balance on a circuit where fluctuating temperatures play an integral role on tyre wear and strategy. Brawn hinted that the day's running may stand his team in good stead as a result of the information both drivers gained.
"We worked through a fairly standard Friday programme today and spent a lot of the time on race preparations," he explained,
"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."
by Simon Evans