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Mercedes displayed promising pace at Monza on Friday, with McLaren proving that by locking out the second practice session. In the works team, Nico Rosberg ended up fifth quickest as Michael Schumacher’s efforts were disguised by a DRS problem.
Unable to repair the issue during the session, Schumacher continued running with his rear wing flap locked down. On the timesheet, he finished the day in tenth place.
“I’m quite happy with the practice sessions as we achieved a lot of reasonable work with regards to long runs, which was our main focus today,” said the seven-time World Champion. “We have a different aero package for Monza which seems to work well, so it seems to be looking better than in the last races.
“During the sessions, we made progress as well so I am curious to have a look at the data we collected and learn the full picture. It's always nice to be back at Monza as I am still so warmly welcomed by all the Tifosi. As I said earlier, I would like to say thank you for that and hope we can put on a good show tomorrow and in the race on Sunday.”
As in China earlier in the year, Mercedes is able to reap rewards on Monza’s long straights thanks to its Double DRS which flows larger amounts of air to the front wing.
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