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Rosberg: Clash a 'tricky situation'

Nico Rosberg laments a clash with Jaime Alguersuari in Korea
Nico Rosberg admitted his collision with Jaime Alguesuari in Friday practice for the Korean Grand Prix was a 'tricky situation', although the Mercedes man was at least able to console himself in the fact that he didn't miss out on any dry running.

Rosberg saw his programme in FP2 brought to an early end when he slid off at turn one just as Alguersuari's Toro Rosso was exiting the pitlane, with the pit exit bringing drivers onto the circuit on the outside of the opening turn.

Rosberg went into the side of Alguersuari's car and was then forced to park his car when the nose of his Mercedes became lodged under the front of his car, although he was still able to finish the session inside the top ten – with the conditions meaning he didn't miss any dry running as the clock ticked down.

"I was feeling very comfortable on the intermediate tyres this afternoon, and we tried some different set-up options which worked out quite well,” he said. “My car was running well in the conditions we had today, but the weather is expected to change for Saturday and Sunday, so it will be interesting to see how it works out tomorrow.

“The collision was a tricky situation and unfortunately brought my session to an early conclusion but at least I didn't miss out on any dry running."

Team-mate Michael Schumacher meanwhile, topped the times in FP1, but ended the session 14th quickest in the sister car.

"Today was one of those Fridays where most of what you do is race preparation, knowing that the conditions will probably be totally different when it comes to Sunday,” he said.'Through both practice sessions, it was too wet to use dry tyres, while the forecast for the rest of weekend is dry.

“However you can learn a lot about the car and how it works on the track, and that is what we were doing most of the time today. We now have to look deep into the data we gathered and try to work out the best way to approach the rest of the weekend."

Rosberg, meanwhile, was called before the stewards to discuss his incident on track but, while he escaped with a slap on the wrist for the collision with Alguersuari, received a €10,000 fine - half of which was suspended - for his tardiness in meeting with the officials! The German had been expected to report immediately after the session, but was allegedly spotted speaking to the media instead...



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