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Malaysian GP: We didn't maximise everything, says Rosberg

Nico Rosberg says Mercedes are not taking anything for granted and admits the high level of tyre degradation during practice on Friday for the 2014 F1 Malaysian GP was unexpected
Nico Rosberg has revealed that Mercedes wasn't able to completely maximise its car on Friday during opening practice for the 2014 F1 Malaysian Grand Prix, although it was still good enough to put the German top of the times – albeit by only 0.035 seconds.

Rosberg finished the opening session at the Sepang International Circuit in P3, 0.337 seconds off team-mate, Lewis Hamilton, who set the pace. However, in FP2, the 28-year-old came to the fore and posted a 1m 39.909s lap.

“Conditions out there are very, very hot,” Rosberg told reporters in Malaysia, including Crash.net. “It is tough for the car and tough for the tyres too. We never expected so much tyre degradation – all the tyres are fully on the edge. It is a big challenge and tough to manage. There will be lots of different strategies [on Sunday].”

“It's been a good day though,” he added. “We are really focused and trying to get the best out of the car. We are not taking anything for granted, however, as the opposition is really close. It is a totally different situation here [to Australia] – everything is different, the tyres, the temperatures and the humidity. We need to be careful and maximise everything. We are having some issues here and there.

“We don't know how it is going to be yet.”

Asked about fight with Hamilton, he replied: “Definitely it will be close [between Lewis and I]. It will always be close.

“I just need to try and stay ahead.”

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28.03.2014- Free Practice 1, Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W05
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March 28, 2014 10:20 AM

At FP2 Red Bull and Ferrari were very close to Mercedes in term of the best laps. Anyway it was only FP2, I believe that on race pace Mercedes will be able to pull a few tenth more per lap. Anyway here in Malaysia there are two problems for Mercedes. First being a track with many high speed corners will emphize aerodynamics. Red Bull RB10 has a good level of downforce and seemingly Ferrari has too. Second with the heat of Sepang many problems will arise. I am not only speaking about engine's cooling but tyre degradation, Mercedes's achilles heel at the last couple of years. In FP2 Red Bull looked to handle it better. Anyway with mixed weather predicted anything could happen this weekend, so it will be interesting.

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