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F1 Malaysian Grand Prix: Rosberg confident, but concerned about reliability

Nico Rosberg says the pace of his Mercedes is good after Friday practice in Malaysia
Nico Rosberg says he is feeling “confident” following practice on Friday for the 2015 F1 Malaysian Grand Prix, but remains concerned about reliability after team-mate Lewis Hamilton was dogged by problems.

Rosberg was quickest in opening practice at Sepang, managing a 1m 40.124s lap, that left him 0.373s up on Kimi Raikkonen.

However in the second session, he slipped back to third, ending FP2 0.428s off Hamilton, even though the Briton had missed all of FP1 and most of FP2 due to a power unit inlet system failure.

“We had reliability issues today with Lewis' car, but no problem on mine for now. That [Hamilton's issues] is not ideal for sure. They are going to have to find a solution overnight, but I am confident,” Rosberg told reporters, including Crash.net.

“I am fine in the car and the pace is good. It seems that again Ferrari is pretty close, so we need to keep an eye on them.”

Meanwhile, Rosberg said that the hot and humid conditions are tough for both the tyres and the drivers.

“We have different tyres this year and supposedly they suffer a bit less, but it doesn't seem like it at the moment,” he continued. “Then again we had record track temperatures out there. It was more than 60 degrees on the asphalt and you can imagine we are actually sitting on the ground and I can feel the asphalt through the chassis and so the 60 degrees comes straight into the cockpit. It is extremely hot in the car - massively hot and not a good feeling.

“The prime is definitely going to be the race tyre and we will just have to see how far we can get with the soft tyre [on Sunday].”

Asked how crucial qualifying will be, he replied: “Yeah, for sure qualifying is going to be important, but also strategy wise there is a lot of tyre degradation out there and [as I said] it is very hot, so even in the race a lot can happen.”
by Rob Wilkins

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March 27, 2015 8:15 PM

Taz: I'd be more concerned about been beaten again if I was him.
Yes he was beaten in Australia but he was handicapped out there, as I said, Lulu was the luckier so far.
Lucky come with additional help from Mercedes. Hamilton car will be better and stronger than Rosberg car. Why Lewis Hamilton didn't sign new contract with Mercedes yet? Lewis Hamilton is blackmailing Mercedes with his contract signing and also you can say it's Lewis Hamilton is unfairly taking advantage over his team mates by team favor. L Hamilton is doing exactly last year final 2 or 3 races which Rosberg car was unexplained technical problems and handed WDC to Hamilton. Rosberg can match Hamilton speed in fair race.


March 27, 2015 11:58 AM

Too much talk of strategy. Strategy is good and wins races, but it is not going to toss the monkey off his back. He needs to pass Hamilton on the track when Lewis does not want to be passed. I don't think there will be a chance for that situation to occur until the constructors championship is well at hand or Merc is taking too much flak for running away with both championships and are accused of managing the results - ie: giving it to Lewis. But then they may 'manage' to throw Nico a bone or two, instead of Nico winning in a proper scrap.

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