Schumacher hoping to build on strong Friday

Michael Schumacher is quietly confident of a strong weekend for Mercedes, after setting the sixth fastest time in the second British Grand Prix practice session.

Although the German had many excursions during the two ninety-minute sessions, he still managed to finish right behind his team-mate Nico Rosberg in the top six.

As a result, the seven-times champion is hopeful that his good form can continue for the remainder of the weekend.

“Looking at where we are right now it does look like it,” Schumacher told Autosport when asked if his team’s updates had worked.

“But then in Valencia’s free practice we didn’t look that bad either and finally it didn’t look too good. But let’s see what happens tomorrow. The guys have worked hard and I hope we sort of position ourselves well.”

Schumacher is generally happy with Silverstone’s new layout, but admitted that he was expecting more overtaking places.

“It’s an interesting part, certainly, but it’s a shame they couldn’t introduce any overtaking [places]. But otherwise it’s very fluid, very fast. A little bit bumpy in one or two places.”