RESULTS: Japanese Grand Prix – Free practice results (2)
Nico Rosberg says after solving initial understeer problems he enjoyed a rapid Friday practice at Suzuka as he swept both sessions at the front.
The Mercedes driver fortified his place at the top of the times with the fastest lap of the day in FP2 with 1m 32.250s but team-mate Lewis Hamilton gave him close company just 0.072s off the pace.
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Rosberg says sorting out early understeer enabled him to produce satisfying pace in both qualifying and race simulation runs as he looks to secure a maiden win in Japan to add to his 23-point advantage in the F1 world drivers' championship over Hamilton.
“It started off not so good with lots of understeer and then eventually it was okay,” Rosberg said. “I'm glad to hear that the others were complaining about understeer as well, so everybody had it.
“Decent one-lap balance and times are okay and the race pace we're looking good as well. Red Bull seems to be a lot closer, a bit similar to Malaysia.
“Balance has to be spot on here. It's so crucial with those Esses, one corner leads to the next and if you get the first one a bit wrong then the rest of them are going to be wrong too. So you really need to nail it.”
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