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F1 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix: Rosberg losing speed from ‘extremely old’ engine

Despite ending free practice in Abu Dhabi fastest, Nico Rosberg is bracing himself for a 'difficult weekend' with his ageing Mercedes engine.
Nico Rosberg says he expects team-mate Lewis Hamilton has speed in reserve ahead of qualifying for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, adding that his ageing power unit is bleeding speed on the straights.

Though the German ended the first day of action around the Yas Marina Circuit with the fastest time, he admits he is sceptical as to whether he can maintain it for the remainder of the weekend as he is running an older engine than that of Hamilton.

Prompted by the loss of a Mercedes engine during the Italian Grand Prix, Rosberg is anticipating a 'difficult weekend' despite his strong opening.

“It's a good start to the weekend and even though Lewis has been showing his pace on one lap and in general, it's going to be difficult because I have an extremely old engine, having lost my fourth engine, so I have a lot of miles on it and that's costing me straight-line speed. It's going to be a difficult weekend as a result, but I'll just have to be quicker in the corners!

“It's very, very high mileage because it's a very old engine. This track is an engine track, and it was already difficult in Brazil and the race before that, but now on the straights this is an engine track and it will cost me in lap time. It is what it is and I just have to make the most of it.”



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Taipan

November 27, 2015 7:45 PM
Last Edited 14 days ago

richard:
ProfessorX:
107SS2009: Oneeyedfanboy can never see things in a straight line, just not possible..
I have hope for the one-eyes.
so does that mean there might be a glimmer of hope for you?
PCX is one of the last true Lulu does nothing wrong ever fanboys, mind you he has proved on a good few occasions that his head isn't wired up right, maybe he wired it himself? I think quite a few of his one time loyal fans have realised with his new found success that he really is a complete bellend, even Rob's fed up listening to him, who'd have thought that a couple of years ago?

Taipan

November 27, 2015 5:10 PM

If you actually followed these things Tommy T you'd know that it was Mercedes who told the press 2 days ago that Rosberg's race engine had sprung a leak and he'd have to use an old engine for the entire weekend. It's not Rosberg pulling a "Lulu" This track doesn't let me overtake, the team gave me the wrong strategy, my car has been changed, what idiot parked those cars in those parking spaces man, etc etc



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