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F1: Rosberg wary of Red Bull threat in Japan

  • F1: Rosberg wary of Red Bull threat in Japan

    Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team's German driver Nico Rosberg (front) leads Renault Sport F1 Team's British driver Jolyon Palmer during the second free practice session at the Formula One Japanese Grand Prix in Suzuka on October 7, 2016. / AFP / TOSHIFUMI KITAMURA (Photo credit should read TOSHIFUMI KITAMURA/AFP/Getty Images)

Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg kicked off his Japanese Grand Prix weekend just the way he wanted to by setting the best overall time in both ninety minute free practice sessions here at the Suzuka circuit.

While he may have been at the top of the timesheets, the current championship leader admitted that it wasn’t plain sailing throughout the day and that they are still quite wary as to where they stand in relation to the Red Bull duo…

“It's been a case of finding my way today,” he said. “It began with quite a lot of under-steer and we had to work through the setup in order to find a better balance on the car.”

“In the afternoon, the medium tyre didn't seem as strong as the hard as we saw in Malaysia.”

“However, on the soft tyre we showed strong one-lap pace, the balance felt good and the track was really exciting to drive. It looks like we're ahead of the Ferraris but it remains to be seen as to where we are compared to the Red Bulls.”

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