18 July 2014
F1 German Grand Prix: 'My dear team-mate boxed without warning' - Rosberg
Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg says team-mate Lewis Hamilton was responsible for the confusion in the pits in FP2 for the 2014 F1 German Grand Prix
Nico Rosberg has said Lewis Hamilton was to blame for the mix up in the pits towards the end of second practice for the German Grand Prix.
Rosberg came in and found his team-mate in front of him, and while he was warned on the radio, he obviously received the message too late. He was then tucked up behind Hamilton and there was a brief moment of drama as his brakes began to smoke and overheat.
Asked if that caused any problems and if his car is okay, Rosberg replied: “My dear team-mate decided to box without any warning, so that put us all into a bit of a mess.”
So will he have words? “No, no, it's not for me to discuss that and anyway it didn't hamper my programme, it was just a bit of a longer wait and that's it,” he added.
Rosberg meanwhile, having been just quickest in FP1, found himself fractionally slower than Hamilton in FP2 - 0.024 seconds the difference, it had been 0.065 seconds in the morning.
“I hope so,” Rosberg continued, when quizzed on if Mercedes still have the advantage, “but for sure it will shuffle things around a little bit without this FRIC - Front and Rear Interconnected - suspension system and there are some new challenges to re-balance the car and figure my way out to get happy in the car.
“Today we made good progress, I was very unhappy this morning and we tried some different things and it worked out.”
“It is different than usual of course [without FRIC], so I've had to work around it and adapt, but in the end it feels okay, definitely,” he added.
“It's really finding the details, looking at the computer, looking at the on-board videos of other people driving around the track and just picking out bits and pieces and putting it all together [tonight now].
“It looks a bit closer out there but you never know what people are doing and things like that.
"We'll see tomorrow and Sunday.”
As for the high temperatures - track temperatures got to 58 degrees at one point in FP2 – Rosberg said that was a problem both for the drivers and the tyres.
“The ground was 50C and we are sitting on the ground. The car is literally touching the floor all the time and my butt is on the floor of the car, so it's as if I was sitting on a 50C floor. It gets massively hot out there,” he explained.
“The tyres are difficult definitely [too] because there is a lot of degradation and they are very soft for this race track, and especially for these temperatures. Colder temperatures would help on Sunday, but if it rains it's a whole different story again,” he concluded.
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