Michael Schumacher says that the benefit of the Mugello test was displayed during Friday practice for the Spanish Grand Prix.

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Having been used to the days of unlimited testing when dominating the championship with Ferrari, Schumacher has been critical of a lack of in-season testing since his return to the sport in 2010. The test last week was the first during the season for four years and Schumacher said that the extra data gathered had helped Mercedes react on Friday at Barcelona.

"The way it worked out for us today demonstrated that the testing we did in Mugello was worth it, so again I'm happy we had the chance to do that," Schumacher said. "Of course it was very warm today and therefore the track was quite slippery, but that was according to our expectations. Our feeling for the weekend is pretty okay after everything we have learned in the two sessions, so we will now analyse the data carefully in order to work out exactly how to approach qualifying and the race from everything we have learned in the two sessions today."

Technical director Bob Bell agreed with Schumacher's assessment, although he admitted the first practice session had not been completely successful for the team.

"The practice sessions went reasonably well for us today, and certainly the new parts that we have here this weekend worked as expected with no reliability issues," Bell said. "We also saw the benefit of the work that we did in Mugello last week, particularly the understanding of how the tyres need to be used. We weren't quite as strong as we would have wanted to be in P1 this morning, however we made changes over the break and saw improvements this afternoon. Overall, a solid day's work which has provided the data that we need to plan ahead for the weekend."