Michael Schumacher doesn’t think strategy will play as great a role in races in 2010 as it did during the refuelling era.
Talking to reporters after testing at Jerez today he said the combination of himself and Ross Brawn has “been very strong” in the past but wasn’t sure it would be as important this year:
We’ll find out. It’s an open point how much strategy is still important and how we will react.
He also stressed he still had much to get used to in the new Mercedes team:
I’d like to have success with the team. I think we have all the ingredients, we have a good combination with Nico and myself and we have fantastic people here.
It’s a new challenge for me, it’s a new team and a new environment. It’s new for me after three years back and so on, so lots of new things and lots of interesting things.
With no rain at the track today Schumacher enjoyed a full day’s running in the W01, with only a few interruptions due to other cars stopping. He said he was happy with the car so far:
[It was] very consistent, no problem. Unfortunately couldn’t finish exactly as wanted because of red flag but that’s natural in testing.
Nico Rosberg will be back in the car tomorrow before handing back to Schumacher on Saturday.