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Frustrating end to strong day for Mercedes

Even so, between them the two drivers had completed 89 laps of the circuit and been able to complete almost all of their planned programme for the day, so Brawn was pleased with how things had gone despite the last minute stumble.

"Overall it was a very reasonable first day and we were able to get a good picture of the tyres and the balance of the car," he said. "There will be the inevitable late night in the engineering office as we look over today's data and work out how to optimise the car for tomorrow."

"It was a useful and busy test day for the team," concurred Wolff. "We completed most of our programme on a range of fuel loads and collected our first impressions of the tyre behaviour here in Melbourne.

"It was a solid start to the weekend and another milestone passed for us," he added. "Now we need to continue improving the car overnight and see what tomorrow brings in qualifying."

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Zelda - Unregistered

March 15, 2013 1:02 PM

Looked quietly impressive for Mercedes today although the ominous red bull looks on a different level once again. The Merc drivers both did well. Qualifying may give a chance of points for the pair of them which just a couple of days ago seemed laughable. The only laughable thing at present is how unprepared and behind Maclaren find themselves. I'm assuming the car has plenty of scope for development during the season? However, at this stage Lewis's new venture seems to be the right choice.

Chief_Thunder - Unregistered

March 15, 2013 7:41 PM

@Ptolemy March 15, 2013 7:32 PM "Now he has already started to prove that he is a better driver than Lulu" Tell me what did he really proved? A good time in a practise session? Man/woman u got some major issues man, go see the doctor asap!

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