• Chinese Grand Prix - FP2

'Trouble-free day' for Schumacher

ESPNF1 Staff
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Michael Schumacher's time of 1:35.973 was the quickest of the day © Sutton Images

Michael Schumacher was encouraged by a "trouble-free day" for Mercedes after setting the fastest time of Friday practice for the Chinese Grand Prix.

Despite focusing on the tyre problems which have hampered Mercedes in races so far this season, Schumacher was still able to top the timesheets in FP2 ahead of Lewis Hamilton. He said that the reason for his pace was down to a good balance, and that he was pleased with the way the car was responding to the Shanghai International Circuit.

"It was a trouble-free day, and I am quite happy with how our car is handling so far here," Schumacher said. "The balance of the car was reasonably good, and obviously a balanced car contributes a lot to lap time."

With the likes of Aldo Costa, Bob Bell and Geoff Willis in the team below Ross Brawn, Schumacher said that the strength of Mercedes encouraged him that eventually it will get the best performance out of the car.

"As a team, we are a lot stronger in certain areas this season, and we have a much better base to work from, although we are not quite where we want to be with this car yet but I am confident we will get there. We will now have to look deeper into the data in order to find out where we really are here, but I am looking forward to tomorrow's qualifying."