Michael completed 56 laps over the two practice sessions today and finished in fourth position this afternoon with a fastest lap of 1:38.315. Michael commented: "We had a typical Friday practice situation, running through different set-up possibilities and variations. As usual, our focus was more on the long runs, and all in all I am very happy because we managed to do a lot of work. In the morning session we still had some issues to sort out, and in the afternoon we just worked consistently on our car.
“All of us are aware, though, that under normal circumstances we will not yet be strong enough to fight for the podium, and will most likely find ourselves starting around the fourth row. But as we managed to complete our programme in a good way, I am still taking a positive feeling out of today’s practice."