Nico Rosberg has again allowed Mercedes GP team-mate Michael Schumacher to run with the odd-numbered entry in this year’s championship entry list, and has shrugged Michael Schumacher will run the odd-numbered entry in 2011, continuing with his supertitious practice off any concerns about being allocated the higher car number for a successive year partnering the seven-time World Champion.

When Schumacher emerged from retirement last year, Rosberg relinquished the lower number-3 entry due to his compatriot’s apparent superstition in preferring to run with an odd-numbered entry.

One could certainly argue that the plot failed miserably, with Rosberg outscoring Schumacher to the tune of 70 points and netting all of the team’s podium finishes in 2010.

But continuing with tradition, Mercedes GP has again allocated the odd-numbered entry to Schumacher, with the cars being numbered 7 and 8 by dint of finishing fourth in the Constructors’ Championship standings in 2010.

“Michael wanted the number 7,” Rosberg told the Stuttgarter Zeitung newspaper.

“First, [he wanted the number] because he is superstitious and thinks odd numbers are luckier, and secondly because of his seven World Championships. I had no problem with that.

“Anyway, the number 7 has only ever caused me bad luck in my career so I’m happy with 8!” he added.

Meanwhile, Rosberg has continued to perform more work in the team’s simulator as he works on a baseline set-up for 2011, as well as getting used to two new buttons being added to the myriad already on his steering wheel: those being to deploy KERS and activate the adjustable rear wing.

“At the beginning it was very difficult,” he added. “There are so many things to consider Using the team's simulator apparently gives Schumacher chronic motion sicknessat the same time.”

Schumacher, however, has opted for less running in the simulator, with news emerging that the 42-year-old battles chronic motion sickness when he does any simulation running. The team, however, has been quick to dismiss suggestions that this was a cause for the problems he had in the 2010 season.

Filling in for Schumacher has been former BAR and Super Aguri driver Anthony Davidson, who has been invited to the team’s Brackley headquarters for some outings in the equipment.

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