Nico Rosberg made a strong start to the 2013 F1 Monaco Grand Prix weekend on Thursday, but despite setting the pace in both practice sessions, he conceded that the times aren't really that representative.

Rosberg edged out Fernando Alonso by just 0.087 seconds this morning in FP1. However in the afternoon he stretched it and finished up 0.318 seconds up on his Mercedes team-mate, Lewis Hamilton, while Alonso slipped to third, 0.437 seconds off the pace.

"A very productive day for us," said Rosberg, who's best lap was a 1m 14.759s. "We completed a lot of laps and I feel comfortable in the car.

"It seems that we are quick again on one lap but we have been working hard again to make improvements to our race pace. It will be interesting to see where we are compared to the others over the weekend as it's not really representative today.

"It feels great to be back here driving around the streets of my home city here again and I'm very much looking forward to the weekend."

Mercedes team principal Ross Brawn meanwhile was also pretty upbeat, although he is aware that race day is what really counts.

"Today was a pretty good day for us and it's always nice to come through the first day of the Monaco weekend cleanly. The true test will come on Sunday but I'm pleased with the technical work that we covered in the two practice sessions today," he added.

"Both Nico and Lewis, along with our engineers, did a very good job working together through the programme. A pleasing start to the weekend and now we have to make the right decisions for Saturday and Sunday," Brawn emphasised.


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