Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton are concerned about tire dress in
By: Adam Cooper on March 28, 2014
LAT PHOTOGRAPHIC – Nico Rosberg, proven, along with teammate Lewis Hamilton, is concerned about tire dress in this weekend at the Malaysian Grand Prix.
Nico Rosberg set the pace in Malaysia by topping the times in FP2 Friday, but the Mercedes Formula One particular driver admitted that keeping his tires in excellent form over a stint was a key concern.
“It was a good day,” explained Rosberg. “It was really, really scorching, tough for the car and tough for the tires. We never ever expected so considerably tire degradation. It’;s just enormous degradation out there, which is a massive challenge. For positive, there will be lots of diverse approaches. With the tires, anything at all can come about.”
Rosberg stated there were no problems with fuel conservation.
“It’;s not a issue this yr, particularly this track. It really is not on the restrict here. Which is not unusual in any way. It truly is like final 12 months. We’;re just focusing far more on the tires and obtaining the long runs completed.”
Relating to his personalized battle with Lewis Hamilton, he said, “Definitely, it will be near. It will often be near, I believe, and I need to have to consider and stay ahead. Getting on pole does assist, just acquiring that clean begin and obtaining away from the front is usually a large benefit at the starting of the race.”
Hamilton ended Friday practice in Malaysia in 4th place, with a greatest lap .142 second off Rosberg, with each Kimi Räikkönen and Sebastian Vettel also ahead of the Mercedes driver.
Like his teammate, Hamilton had considerations about the longevity of tires this weekend.
“We have been just functioning to realize the tires, which are very, extremely hot,” he mentioned. “And also just creating sure that the balance is proper, so you can go as long as achievable.
“It’;s the identical as each time we come right here, so it really is to be anticipated. It’;s too sizzling for the tires. The tires are not doing work quite properly in these conditions. Even however we have acquired the hard tire and the medium right here, the tires do not really feel great, but it’;s the exact same for absolutely everyone.”
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