Michael Schumacher is pleased with the progress Mercedes have made in the Barcelona test but thinks McLaren stood out as one of the strongest cars on the final day:
[McLaren] looked very strong today, absolutely. But it depends who is going to bring what to Bahrain.
At one point Schumacher ran in close company with Lewis Hamilton and he took the opportunity to find out how well 2010 F1 cars can overtake:
It was fun. It was interesting to see, with overtaking, what is possible and what is not possible. Obviously we had a different stagger to our runs and at one point I felt there was no point because I was harming my own situation so I let him do what he wanted to do and then I continued with what I wanted to do.
Mercedes are bringing an upgrade for the first race of the season at Bahrain and Schumacher is cautious about predicting how competitive they will be:
We’re generally positive. It’s hard for everybody in the winter months because you produce, you develop, you test, it’s long nights for the mechanics. It’s hard work and I’m thankful everyone is pushing like hell. It’s the same here and same in the factory and now we get to breathe a little bit – just a little because preparation for Bahrain is short.
We feel confident, our performance has come up and slowly things are coming together.
We have some improvements coming for Bahrain but is it so much compared to what the others may do? It’s difficult to read.