Nico Rosberg was pleased with his day’s work in Sochi on Friday, despite not getting a clean lap in on new supersoft tires in the afternoon session.
Rosberg topped FP1 but had to settle for third in FP2, some 0.8s off team mate Lewis Hamilton. Nevertheless the German is optimistic for the remainder of the weekend.
“My day was good because our car is fast,” said Rosberg. “I’m pleased to see that again, because it is a very, very different track, a very unique track. The asphalt is strange here, different to everywhere else – smooth might be the right word. So it’s not easy to get it right, car-wise and driving-wise. It’s been an interesting day, but good. We got off to a good start, so I’m pleased with that.
“Race pace was looking good as well, both on one lap and race pace, but of course we didn’t see what Vettel could have done, so we have to be cautious. But in general I think it’s been positive.”
Asked if the race would be a one-stop as in past years he said: “It’s still looking similar, there’s not much tyre wear, so a one-stop again could be a possibility.”