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Following on from last week’s Young Driver Test at Magny-Cours, in which Sam Bird and Brendon Hartley drove, Mercedes are racing new exhausts in Singapore this weekend. Following the opening pair of practice sessions, both Nico Rosberg and Michael Schumacher – who finished eighth and 11th quickest – insist that they should not jump to conclusions.
“That was a busy day for us, as we needed to learn a lot about our new updates,” begins Rosberg, who was the fastest of the duo tonight. “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.”
Schumacher echoes his team-mate’s sentiments.
“We will definitely need to have a good look at the data this evening and extract the true performances shown,” the seven-time World Champion explains.
“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.”
Mercedes’ best Singapore result so far is Rosberg’s fifth place of 2010.
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|4.||M. Webber||Red Bull||01:48.964||26|
|6.||P. di Resta||Force India||01:49.300||30|
|7.||N. Hulkenberg||Force India||01:49.339||32|
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