Michael Schumacher has confirmed he is '100 per cent okay' following his crash today in second practice for Sunday's Japanese Grand Prix.
The Mercedes driver went off the track at Spoon, in an incident that was very similar to that suffered by Paul di Resta at the start of FP2. Despite having to visit the Medical Centre though, the veteran said it was only precautionary and as the off came near the end, he only missed about 15 minutes of running. He did concede, however, that it was his own fault.
“I think I was already concentrating too much on the corner ahead of me and therefore had a wheel on the dirt and went off,” he explained. “I had to go to the Medical Centre which was a precaution from the FIA but I am 100 percent okay.
“Overall, we have not been able to collect as much data as we would have wanted, as we had a lot of breaks working on adjustments to the cars, and we will also have to improve the balance.
“Obviously, with these temperatures the tyres will be a limiting factor, too. We will now certainly have to work a lot off the track, in front of the computers, and try to find the best approach for tomorrow.”
Team-mate Nico Rosberg
meanwhile also had a problematic day and an oil pressure problem stopped him out on track at the end of FP1 and also cost him time in FP2, as he had to have a new engine fitted.
“We had a tricky day,” added Rosberg, who finished up eleventh overall, one spot behind Schumacher. “At the end of the first practice session, the oil pressure sensor told me the system was low on pressure so I switched off the engine. It was coming to the end of its life, so we changed it during lunch to avoid any risks, but it cost some running time this afternoon.
“We are still not where we want to be in terms of performance and we will have to learn some lessons overnight, in order to make sure we have our tyre management under control.”
“That wasn't the smoothest of Fridays for us today,” admitted team principal, Ross Brawn. “After an oil pressure problem this morning, we changed the engine in Nico's car over the break which took us into the afternoon session, and then ran through a slightly compressed tyre comparison and race evaluation programme.
“With Michael, we decided to do a fairly major set-up change before the second session which cost us running time. Towards the end of the session, it appears that Michael put a tyre on the dirt going into Turn 13 and lost control the car.
“While it's not an ideal start to the weekend, we were able to collect a lot of data and complete some important set-up changes, so we will work on those tonight to be in better shape tomorrow.”