Nico Rosberg feels he needs to find some more lap time after being beaten by Lewis Hamilton in FP2 for the Austrian Grand Prix.
Having been quickest in FP1, Rosberg was at one stage over 0.8s slower than Hamilton on the supersoft tyre before he closed the gap to just over 0.3s later in the session. Having been animated over team radio at one stage, Rosberg was asked if there was any tension during practice but said it was simply the culmination of things not going perfectly.
“I was cool as a cucumber, no tension!” Rosberg said. “We were just working through everything and trying to optimise everything for tomorrow and there were a few things that weren't ideal. We were just really pushing on and trying to sort everything out. I need to work hard tonight, for sure. I need to work through everything and find some more lap time.”
One area Rosberg was struggling in particular was with his rear tyres but he feels that doesn't disadvantage him compared to anyone else.
“Graining was a very big issue. My rear tyres were completely grained. I think that's the same for everybody, and it's especially on the [super]soft tyres, on the hard tyres it's okay.”
While there are overtaking opportunities in Austria, Rosberg believes pole position will be crucial in his fight against Hamilton.
“It's always important because it's so close between the two of us, and I'm hoping that we will still have the edge on everybody else. That seems to be the case today, so it's going to be between the two of us for pole and then it is very important because race pace is going to be close and getting first into the first corner is a huge advantage.”