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the Ger­man, who holds most of the sport’s record, said. “ The guys did a su­perb job with their con­trol checks to­day to make the car re­li­able.”

See­ing Massa and the red Fer­rari on the track was a lit­tle sur­real, how­ever.

“I sud­denly see my old car on the track — it’s a strange sen­sa­tion,” said Schu­macher, who was given the green light to re­turn af­ter re­cov­er­ing from the neck and back in­juries sus­tained in a mo­tor bike ac­ci­dent last year. “But it’s good to see (Massa) on the track. I en­joy to see my friends.”

Fel­low Ger­man driver Ros­berg also gave a pos­i­tive im­pres­sion of the car, which last year helped Jen­son But­ton to the cham­pi­onship and Brawn GP to the con­struc­tors’ ti­tle.

“ There are so many new cir­cum­stances that I can­not feel is it a win­ner or is it not a win­ner. It gen­er­ally felt very good,” Ros­berg said, putting em­pha­sis on how the ban on re­fu­elling will shape the new sea­son. “In re­cent years you would have a bet­ter im­pres­sion, but now with the fuel level you re­ally don’t know what other peo­ple are run­ning ei­ther.”

Ros­berg, who had the day’s fourth­fastest lap and was just un­der half a sec­ond be­hind Massa, said he felt “at home” with his new team af­ter four years at Wil­liams.

Brawn said that Ros­berg didn’t have the best day since his seat was not prop­erly fit­ted, but he re­mained en­cour­aged by the de­fend­ing cham­pion’s start.

“ There’s noth­ing fun­da­men­tally wrong with the car, the driv­ers are rea­son­ably happy with the bal­ance ... noth­ing sug­gests there is any­thing strange but it’s far too early to judge,” Brawn said. “It was a start­ing day, a day to get things mov­ing.”

The As­so­ci­ated Press

Mercedes For­mula One driver Michael Schu­macher of Ger­many steers his For­mula One racing car dur­ing a test ses­sion at the Ri­cardo Tormo race track in Ch­este, just out­side Va­len­cia, Spain, Mon­day.

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