After a heavy late afternoon shower, intermediate and wet tyres were used for the start of the first practice session. Once the track had dried out, the team evaluated the Pirelli super soft and soft tyres available for this weekend. Nico and Michael completed a total of 102 laps in the two sessions today, just over 517 km
Nico Rosberg (best time 1:49.790 - P8): "That was a busy day for us as we needed to learn a lot about our new updates. It always takes some time to understand how things really work on the car, and there is a lot that we can take away from today to study overnight."
In general, I feel we have made some progress but it is too early to make any predictions of how the weekend might go from here.
Michael Schumacher (best time 1:50.263 - P11): "We had two productive sessions today, however I have not yet understood the real picture. We will definitely need to have a good look at the data this evening and extract the true performances shown.
We were running the new parts today and the car felt reasonable, although at the end of the second session, we had a little brake issue and had to stop. Now we will have to work hard in front of our computers to find out what our chances will be this weekend."
Ross Brawn: "Today was our first outing with our new bodywork and exhaust package at a race weekend, and everything ran reliably. It's clear that getting the tyres to work at their best in the hot and humid conditions is going to be a real challenge for everyone this weekend.
We need to make some progress in that area as consistency and degradation of the tyres will be key to having a good race, so that will be a strong focus for what we do overnight.
We had a slight brake issue with Michael's car at the end of the second session which is why we stopped a little early, otherwise the cars ran well, and we have a lot of good information to look through this evening."
Norbert Haug: "This was a challenging Friday test day for the team. We had new parts on the cars and our engineers will now go through the data in order to learn about areas for improvement for the rest of the weekend."
Source: Mercedes AMG Petronas