Mercedes driver Michael Schumacher said things went 'reasonably' well today in practice for this Sunday's European Grand Prix.
Schumacher was seventh quickest in the opening session, but improved this afternoon, despite a clutch problem, and ended up fourth overall - his best time a 1 minute 39.601 seconds, which left him less than three tenths off the pace.
“Our work today was reasonably good, with obviously a lot of data to be confirmed now in our technical briefings before qualifying. The second session initially started with an issue with the clutch but it turned out very okay,” said the German.
“Of course we are aware that it will be a challenge for everybody, especially to keep the rear tyres alive but this is as expected. Let's see what we can do tomorrow.”
Team-mate Nico Rosberg
meanwhile was also happy and while he finished up only tenth overall, on a 1m 39.929s, his run on soft tyres this afternoon was compromised by yellow flags.
“I'm happy with today's practice sessions, and we were able to learn a lot on high and low fuel levels,” Rosberg noted.
“Although it's cooler today, the conditions are still really hot out there, but I believe that we understand the tyre work on the rears a bit better now. It was also difficult to avoid locking the front tyres in the braking zones. I'm looking forward to the next two days and it should be an exciting race on Sunday.”
“A fairly standard Friday programme for us today,” summarised team boss, Ross Brawn. “We ran the medium tyres this morning to start our set up programme and get an initial understanding of the tyre management parameters, then used both compounds this afternoon over longer runs.
“The day ran smoothly and we completed our full programme. Michael and Nico are reasonably happy with the car's performance, so we will keep working hard and see what the weekend brings.”