Schu has 'good feeling' with car
Michael Schumacher has admitted he had a "good feeling" with his W03 on Friday, although stopped short of making predictions for the weekend.
Last Updated: 08/06/12 10:54pm
Michael Schumacher has admitted he had a "good feeling" with his W03 around the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve on Friday, although stopped short of making predictions for the weekend.
Mercedes, and seven-times Canadian GP winner Schumacher in particular, have been strongly tipped to perform strongly in Montreal owing to the car's unique double DRS system, which should come into its own on the circuit's array of straights.
Schumacher himself, fresh from his 'pole' last time out in Monaco, even acknowledged on Thursday that this weekend was likely to present his best chance of securing a victory since his comeback to the sport in 2010.
In two closely-fought Friday practice sessions, Schumacher set relatively low-key ninth and seventh fastest times respectively but was content with how his day panned out.
"Our work was pretty typical of a normal Friday, however we used the softer tyre this morning to make sure that we could complete our full programme in case of rain later on," he said.
"This afternoon, we then concentrated more on the set-up and balance. I had a good feeling in the car but it's too early to make any predictions for the weekend so we will have a good look at all the data this evening and go from there. I really enjoy this track so it's nice to drive here again."
Nico Rosberg gave more of a glimpse of the W03's potential in the morning session by setting the second-fastest lap and later said that Mercedes' long runs had proved successful.
"We had a good day today, although the track temperatures were quite cold which should not be the same over the weekend," he said after ending P2 10th fastest.
"This made it a little more difficult to warm up the tyres, but we were able to collect some good data on our long runs and have a lot of information to look at. It's a great track here and I'm really enjoying being in Montreal."