• Abu Dhabi, Friday – Ross: “The balance of the car looks reasonable after the first two sessions”

Michael and Nico completed the opening practice sessions today for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

The first practice session took place in sunny conditions with the light fading to darkness during the second session. Michael and Nico completed 55 laps each of the 5.554 km Yas Marina Circuit. The team focused on set-up and tyre evaluations, along with work specifically targeted towards the 2013 season.

“We completed a very useful programme today” commented Ross, “and worked through a number of evaluations, particularly looking ahead to next year. The balance of the car looks reasonable after the first two sessions, although there are some areas still in need of improvement.

The midfield is very tight again, so we will work on our performance on new tyres to ensure that we can qualify as strongly as possible tomorrow. As always, the facilities here at the Yas Marina Circuit are extremely impressive, and the amount of fans enjoying the unique atmosphere is great to see.”

Norbert felt today was “a Friday test day for us with no surprises. We ran through our planned programme and at the end of the second session we performed long runs during a race simulation with quite consistent lap times.”