• Monaco, Thursday: Norbert, “Certainly we have made a much better start to the weekend than one week ago”

MERCEDES GP PETRONAS drivers Nico Rosberg and Michael Schumacher finished today’s practice sessions for the Monaco Grand Prix around the streets of Monte Carlo in third and seventh places respectively. The team’s focus today was on set-up development and comparisons of the soft and super soft Pirelli tyre compounds.

Michael had a small accident going into turn one in the closing minutes of P1 which ended his session early. Following excellent work from the team, he was able to complete 33 laps in P2. Both drivers placed in the top ten in both sessions today; Nico completed 64 laps while Michael totalled 47 laps.

Ross was quite pleased with the productive day the team had. “We achieved lots of good work today. The team recovered extremely well from Michael’s incident this morning, and gave him a good car for the afternoon session. We worked on high and low fuels levels with the two tyre compounds, and the tyres seemed to hold up reasonably well, probably better than we expected, which will be taken into account for Sunday’s race. Overall, today was a good start to our Monaco weekend.”

Norbert was also quite happy with the times posted by Nico and Michael compared to our competitors: “Certainly we have made a much better start to the weekend than one week ago in Barcelona. Michael had a little off in the first session and the team did a great job to repair the car by shortly after the start of the afternoon session, so that Michael was still able to complete 33 laps. Our plan is to make another step on Saturday and hopefully we can qualify both cars in a good position for the race on Sunday.”