F1 »

F1 Mexican GP: Rosberg “surprised” by Ferrari pace

Nico Rosberg said he was surprised to see the Ferraris amongst Mercedes on a chilly Friday in Mexico but is relaxed ahead of qualifying
Mexican Grand Prix - Free practice results (2)

Mercedes' Nico Rosberg says that the pace of Ferrari had surprised him after Friday's practice sessions in Mexico, which saw less than one-hundredth of a second split the two constructors.

Sebastian Vettel was the main threat to Mercedes in on Friday, as the German matched Lewis Hamilton's best time – albeit on a softer tyre – in FP1 while Hamilton was able to extract the most out of the medium compound.

The Ferrari driver then topped the second practice session, narrowly edging Hamilton's Mercedes by just 0.004 seconds, this time on the same super soft tyre.

Meanwhile, Kimi Raikkonen was breathing down the neck of Rosberg in the second practice session for third position, as only 0.034 seconds separated the two drivers at the end of FP2 with both drivers also setting their time on the super softs.

BREAKING POINT: These F1 races really push drivers and cars to the limit

As of recent races, the talking point after Friday practice has been whether Red Bull could challenge Mercedes for the race win. This time however, the Scuderia seems to have leapfrogged the drinks giant into contention for a podium finish on Sunday.

“Ferrari [was] a surprise also,” Rosberg said after practice Friday. “They were pretty quick. But to get the most out of it that's the same every time.”

There was a mixture of strategies during the two practice sessions which clouded the true pace of certain teams; Rosberg ran the medium tyre while Hamilton favoured the soft. With the track expected evolve continuously over the weekend, drivers were forced to adapt their driving style to maximise the pace of their car.

“I was focused on running the harder tyres today in my programme, Lewis was more focusing more on the softer tyres. That made it a little more difficult for the one-lap performance and everything, but in the long run everything seems to be going in the right way.

“It was very cold and that made the cars very, very nervous and quite a challenge, quite a handful to drive out there. It was interesting, let's see how the temperatures go for the rest of the weekend.”

by Josh Kruse

MEXICAN GP: Six things to watch out for in Mexico City!



Latest Tweets from Crash.net & GPF1rst




Related Pictures

Click on relevant pic to enlarge
28.10.2016 - Free Practice 2, Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid
28.10.2016 - Free Practice 1, Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid
Kimi Raikkonen tests the 2017 F1 tyres in Abu Dhabi [credit: Pirelli]
Lewis Hamilton tests the 2017 F1 tyres in Abu Dhabi [credit: Pirelli]
Kimi Raikkonen tests the 2017 F1 tyres in Abu Dhabi [credit: Pirelli]
Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes, Pirelli 2017 tyre test [Credit: Pirelli]
27.11.2016 - Race, Celebration, 2nd place Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid and Champion 2016 and Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid race winner
27.11.2016 - Race, Celebration, 2nd place Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid and Champion 2016 and Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid race winner
27.11.2016 - Race, Celebration, 2nd place Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid and Champion 2016 and Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid race winner
27.11.2016 - Race, Celebration, 2nd place Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid and Champion 2016 and Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid race winner
27.11.2016 - Race, Celebration, 2nd place Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid and Champion 2016 and Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid race winner
27.11.2016 - Race, Celebration, 2nd place Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid and Champion 2016 and Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid race winner
27.11.2016 - Race, Celebration, 2nd place Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid and Champion 2016 and Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid race winner
27.11.2016 - Race, Celebration, 2nd place Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid and Champion 2016 and Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid race winner
27.11.2016 - Race, Celebration, 2nd place Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid and Champion 2016 and Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid race winner
27.11.2016 - Race, Celebration, 2nd place Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid and Champion 2016 and Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid race winner
27.11.2016 - Race, Celebration, 2nd place Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid and Champion 2016 and Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid race winner
27.11.2016 - Race, 2nd place Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid and Champion 2016 and 3rd place Sebastian Vettel (GER) Scuderia Ferrari SF16-H

Start the conversation - Add your comment

Please login or register before adding your comments.

Although the administrators and moderators of this website will attempt to keep all objectionable comments off these pages, it is impossible for us to review all messages. All messages express the views of the poster, and neither Crash Media Group nor Crash.Net will be held responsible for the content of any message. We do not vouch for or warrant the accuracy, completeness or usefulness of any message, and are not responsible for the contents of any message. If you find a message objectionable, please contact us and inform us of the problem or use the [report] function next to the offending post. Any message that does not conform with the policy of this service can be edited or removed with immediate effect.




© 1999 - 2016 Crash Media Group

The total or partial reproduction of text, photographs or illustrations is not permitted in any form.