Schumacher is back
Mercedes reveals F1 2010 car
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.”
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.