• Spain, Friday: Ross, “we’ll piece together all of the data tonight”

MERCEDES GP PETRONAS drivers Nico Rosberg and Michael Schumacher finished today’s practice sessions at the Circuit de Catalunya in sixth and seventh places respectively on the timesheets.

The team’s programme for today focused on evaluating the new developments to the MGP W02 car for this weekend.

Tyre evaluations, particularly with the new Pirelli hard compound tyre, took priority in the afternoon session.

For Ross, the team successfully achieved the evaluation of the new items the team put on the car today. “It was a pretty comprehensive programme and, as always, we will piece together all of the data tonight, and decide how we will approach the rest of the weekend. We’ve got to find some performance on the car, but today was a reasonable start.”

Norbert was quite happy with the total of 126 laps achieved by Michael and Nico today. “Today gave us the opportunity to learn a lot about the new prime tyre which has not been tested before at this track. At the beginning, it looked difficult to make this tyre work for most of the teams, however we have learned a lot today which will be useful to get the set-up of our cars right tomorrow and on Sunday. Our target for the rest of the weekend is to again be in the top five as at the last two races.”