Nico Rosberg is confident that he can be “best of the rest” behind Red Bull Racing in qualifying for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. The German didn’t feel that he learned a great deal in the first practice session, which took place in daytime conditions.
He finished both sessions in fifth position and completed 65 laps overall. Speaking about his day, he said: “We didn’t learn a great deal during the first practice session today as it was so hot and we won’t have those conditions in qualifying or the race. I struggled a little on the option tyres but was able to find a better rhythm when we switched to the primes.”
“It should be an interesting race from a strategy perspective as the tyres seem to be right on the limit of one or two stops,” he added. “Our aim is to be the best of the rest again which I’m quite confident we can achieve and score some important points.”
Lewis Hamilton felt that it was a rather ordinary first day of running at the Yas Marina Circuit. “Today was a fairly standard Friday programme for us, although the second session is always more valuable here as it’s so much more reflective of the race conditions,” he said.
“As the temperatures cool down, the characteristics of the car change and you get an increase in understeer, so the main challenge is to try and pre-empt the set-up that you’re going to need,” added the 28-year-old. “Physically it gets easier when the sun goes down but you don’t even notice the visibility change as they do such a good job of lighting the track.” A decent start today but there’s a lot of work ahead of us over the weekend and we’ll give it everything we can as always.”
Mercedes look to hold on to second in the constructors’ standings after overtaking Ferrari at the last round.
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