Mercedes has failed to score a point since the Singapore Grand Prix in September and in practice the team was firmly rooted in the midfield.
"That was a good testing day, and we were able to evaluate a lot of different things", he said. "Unfortunately we are still lacking some pace but I hope that we can achieve some points with a good strategy tomorrow and on Sunday. Generally tyre degradation is not as big as last year, so it will be interesting to see how the race turns out".
Michael Schumacher added that his fourteenth place finish in second practice was a realistic reflection of the team's pace.
"What we saw at the end of the day is probably where we are, so a pretty realistic picture. At the moment we are driving to finish in the points, and that is what we will target for the weekend. On a different note, it really is impressive and beautiful to drive here, and to drive from daytime into the night really is special", he said.