Nico Rosberg has bemoaned Pastor Maldonado's crash in FP2 for the Singapore Grand Prix which interrupted his flying lap on supersoft tyres.

Maldonado hit the wall at Turn 10 around 45 minutes in to the session, with Rosberg having to abort his lap due to the resulting red flags. That meant Rosberg finished FP2 in 12th place and without a full lap on low fuel to his name, and he admitted he was slightly on the back foot heading in to final practice and qualifying.

"It was a bit of a pity, yes, because I didn't learn quite as much as I would like to today," Rosberg said. "[Maldonado's crash] really interrupted my quick lap and I was only able to push for the first half of the lap. OK I still learned something in that part so I know what the car was doing, so I know what to do for tomorrow.

"I wasn't happy with the car so it's definitely still work in progress, but a pity that I wasn't able to finish the lap. We just decided because there was not that much time left and we wanted to do many, many laps on high fuel to see how it would go for the race so we just decided to go for that."

With Ferrari and Red Bull looking quick on Friday, Rosberg said he is still confident Mercedes will prove to have pace in hand over the rest of the weekend.

"We've seen in the last couple of races that on Friday they are always a bit closer so I'm hoping that it's going to be the case this weekend; as the weekend goes on we'll just edge away a bit. The car is feeling good anyway so I'm hoping that it will still be very quick."



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