Schumacher off Vettel pace


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The Independent Online

Michael Schumacher tried out this year's Mercedes for the first time yesterday, setting the sixth-fastest time in Formula One testing, well behind leader Sebastian Vettel's Red Bull.

Vettel was quickest at Barcelona's Catalunya Circuit in 1min 23.265sec, nearly nine-tenths of a second ahead of Schumacher. Niko Hulkenberg of Force India trailed Vettel by just under a fifth of a second, ahead of Lewis Hamilton of McLaren and Daniel Ricciardo of Toro Rosso.