Nico Rosberg is unconcerned by a 0.4s deficit to Lewis Hamilton on supersoft tyres in FP2 today – and says that he was able to make up the difference when it counted in the last race in Canada.
“It was there in Montreal also,” said Rosberg of the gap. “When it was qualifying I was right where I needed to be.”
Rosberg admitted that he’d experienced a few problems today.
“We were just working through everything and trying to optimise everything for tomorrow. There were a few things that weren’t ideal. We were just really pushing on and trying to sort everything out.
“It’s a new track, so it’s always a learning process every lap. As I say there’s a few areas of the car, like braking and general balance, and it was bouncing a lot down the straight just now, and that goes into the braking zone this bouncing. It’s a very unusual feeling, so we need to try and look into that.”
Regarding the tyres he said: “Graining was a very big issue, my rear tyres were completely grained. But I think it’s the same for everybody, especially on the softer tyre. On the harder tyre it’s OK.”