Mercedes: A solid level of performance on both short and long runs
8 June, 2013
Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg completed the first two practice sessions for the Canadian Grand Prix today, ending the day in second and fifth places respectively.
- Nico and Lewis ran nearly two race distances during today’s practice sessions, completing a total of 134 laps
- Both drivers ran competitively in the wet and damp conditions, as well as showing strongly on the dry tyres this afternoon
- Nico completed a 17 lap run this afternoon on the option tyre, the team’s longest single run of the day
Today has gone pretty well for us and I’m pleased that it dried out this afternoon so we could get some decent running in. The track is definitely not at its full potential yet but we were able to start analysing the tyres over longer runs and work on getting them up to speed for the first lap. The car felt pretty good today and I tried a couple of different things over the two sessions which made me feel a little more comfortable so that’s positive. Hopefully it will be dry for qualifying tomorrow and we can have a strong day.
The first session was interesting and we learned a lot when the track was drying out. This afternoon, we wanted to learn how the new development tyre works: I had some problems warning up the fronts and also flat-spotted them on my run. All in all, it was a decent day, although I need to see how the long-run pace compared to the others. The track was very cool today and pretty challenging, but I felt very comfortable in both conditions. So hopefully this will be a good weekend for us again.
It was nice to get back to racing today and we had a good session this afternoon in particular, completing the work we wanted to do. Fortunately, the circuit dried out this afternoon which allowed everybody to run the development tyres, and our first impressions were positive. We ran our normal programme when the conditions allowed, although it was somewhat abbreviated because we had to pack our work into a single session, and like our rivals we got some good high-fuel running done towards the end of the afternoon. Of course, today’s running was not entirely representative because the conditions were cool and the track green, so that makes it an added challenge to extrapolate what we will need in terms of set-up for Sunday. That will be a nice engineering challenge, especially if it turns out wet tomorrow, as predicted.
We showed a solid level of performance today on both the short and long runs. The first indications are good for the weekend, although we should also be realistic that the cool temperatures probably suited us, too. A positive first day overall, which we need to build on overnight to ensure we are competitive in both qualifying and the race. (Mercedes)