Revisions to his Mercedes GP W01 seem to have done the trick for Michael Schumacher, who told reporters that he is feeling much more confident behind the wheel of his car at this weekend’s Spanish Grand Prix.
The Silver Arrows are sporting a host of new upgrades, including a longer wheelbase and revised roll-hoop structure, which seem to have contributed to an improvement in pace for the seven-time World Champion, who ran third-quickest in the second free practice session behind the two Red Bulls.
"It’s certainly feeling a lot more a race car into my hands than at least in China," Schumacher said after the practice session. "China we obviously haven’t fully understood exactly, but nevertheless I’m feeling comfortable in the car.
"That’s what I’m asking to do, if we can work very well with my engineers, my team. Obviously the improvement to the car certainly helps.
"It’s not about confidence, it’s simply that the car goes where I want it to go and I don’t have to wait too long to go to this point.
"The clear trend is there. We have improved certainly, I have more ability to work the car to my needs, that’s what it is, that’s what I look for. The team has reacted very good, and now we look forward to make the best out of this."
Schumacher went on to add that the W01 is now reacting better to set-up changes he is making, which would give credence to the idea that Schumacher’s earlier chassis use for the flyaway races was, perhaps, a bit of a lemon…