• India, Friday – Norbert: “It would be wrong to read too much into it but it was a positive first day for our team”

Nico and Michael completed the first two practice sessions for the 2012 Airtel Indian Grand Prix at the Buddh International Circuit today.

In total, Michael and Nico completed 123 laps today in practice - over two race distances. Both drivers focused on tyre evaluation work, along with set-up programmes on high and low fuel.

The fastest times in P1 and P2 were respectively 0.8s and 0.5s slower than in the same sessions last year.

Ross felt the team had a “very solid day’s work here today and completed our planned programme. Our focus was on getting the car balanced which went pretty well over the two sessions.

The tyres are very consistent here and, whilst there are still improvements to make to the car, we’re looking in reasonable shape for the weekend.”

“A positive first day for our team” said Norbert after the second session. “It would be wrong to read too much into Nico's position in the second session but all in all this was a better Friday for us than we had during the last couple of races.”