• Melbourne, Friday – Ross: “We have achieved a reasonable amount of work on varying fuel levels”

The 2012 Formula One season got underway today with our drivers Michael and Nico taking part in the first two practice sessions in Melbourne ahead of Sunday’s Australian Grand Prix.

Overnight rain meant a damp track for the first session, with the use of dry tyres only possible in the final half hour. A further heavy shower before the start of the second session again ensured little track action early on. Nico and Michael were able to go out for one dry run just 15 minutes before the end of the session. The pair completed 72 laps in total, and finished the second practice session with Michael in P1 and Nico P9.

“It’s obviously been a patchy day with the weather conditions”, Ross said after the today’s sessions. “However we have achieved a reasonable amount of work on varying fuel levels. Whilst the overall picture is still not clear, Michael and Nico seem quite happy with the cars at the end of today’s two practice sessions.

Tomorrow should see a dry morning, and we will start to get a better perspective. Everything ran smoothly today which is a tribute to the team, and everyone at our factories in Brackley and Brixworth has done a very good job to prepare for this first race. So far at least, it’s going well.”

Norbert felt the team had: “A decent start on this first Friday of the new Formula One season. Michael felt well in our new car, as did Nico.

Both drivers concentrated on race simulations with different programmes, and both were on the medium tyres as the team took the decision to save a set of options for the better track conditions tomorrow.Our team worked perfectly today which gave us a good start into the new season.”