• Nurburgring, Friday: Ross: “It would be nice to find a little more lap time before qualifying”

The German Grand Prix weekend got underway today for the MERCEDES GP PETRONAS team, with the first two practice sessions taking place at the historic Nürburgring circuit in the Eifel Mountains.

Michael and Nico both completed two busy and trouble-free practice sessions in dry but cool conditions, with Michael running 62 laps and Nico 65. The total of nearly 650 km was equivalent to more than two race distances – and particularly important for further developing the new aero package introduced in Silverstone.

Ross described the team’s day as 'solid': “It was a particularly useful day to further evaluate our new exhaust system, following its introduction at Silverstone and the limited dry running that we were able to achieve there.
It was a good effort from everyone in the two sessions today but it would be nice to find a little more lap time before qualifying tomorrow.”

Norbert was surprised the day stayed dry, even though the forecast still predicts rain for race day. “It was a productive first day at our home Grand Prix. We worked through our planned programme and evaluated all three different types of Pirelli tyre available to us today. Our race simulation at the end of P2 showed consistent lap times, which were of course still not quick enough compared to the top three teams. Our positions in the rankings today reflect more or less our current place in the pecking order.”