Schumacher puts focus on rear tyre life
23 June 2012 – Michael Schumacher ended Friday’s second practice session in fourth position, despite suffering a number of large front lock-ups in Valencia. However, it is rear end grip which is the German’s biggest worry as Mercedes heads into the weekend.
“Our work today was reasonably good, with obviously a lot of data to be confirmed now in our technical briefings before qualifying,” Schumacher said on Friday evening.
“The second session initially started with an issue with the clutch, but it turned out to be okay. Of course we are aware that it will be a challenge for everybody, especially to keep the rear tyres alive, but this is as expected. Let's see what we can do tomorrow.”
Mercedes has worked vigorously on reviewing each of Schumacher’s technical problems so far this season, with the seven-time World Champion having retired from five of the seven races to date - four of them because of mechanical issues.