Nico Rosberg is confident Mercedes will have the measure of its rivals during qualifying for the Chinese Grand Prix, but admits race pace remains more evenly matched.

The German ended the first day of action around the Shanghai International Circuit in fifth place, focusing on the longer runs during FP2 having been satisfied with the Mercedes' strength on the softer tyre in FP1.

Indeed, Rosberg feels Mercedes has the single lap pace to lock-out the front row come qualifying, but is aware of the larger threat posed by Ferrari over a race distance.

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"It's looking good, of course," he said. "I mean, we have an amazing car, now we need to have a look at exactly where we are. I think on one lap we will be quickest and then race pace we need to review now if we're looking OK or not."

Though not entirely error-free day for Rosberg or Hamilton as they tested the limits of the W06, last year's runner-up was also drawn on a brief tussle with Kimi Raikkonen during FP2 when they went wheel-to-wheel into turns one and two.

"That was definitely quite a tight one, he didn't leave much space in turn two! But OK, fair play, and then I got him in the next couple of corners or whatever. That's good, it's good racing and I think on Sunday we might see some similar reaction."