Bahrain GP

Rosberg: Ferrari race pace is ‘very worrying’

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Nico Rosberg ends Friday practice two on top with a best time of 1:34.647, his teammate Lewis Hamilton is second just a tenth back, with the Ferraris of Kimi Raikkonen and Sebastian Vettel third and fourth, half a second behind Rosberg.

Rosberg says Ferrari’s race pace from Friday practice in Bahrain is “very worrying” for Mercedes.

“It was a good day today, obviously lunchtime [Practice One] was a bit useless because it’s so hot and the race is in the evening, so we didn’t learn much and that’s why this evening when the temperature went down again it was important to do many laps,” Rosberg said.

“It was good but the pace of the Ferraris is very worrying because in qualifying we are again much quicker, but in the race [simulation] they are quick.”

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When asked directly if Ferrari is a genuine threat for a race win, Rosberg replied: “Yeah, for sure. It looks like it.”

He was also asked if he had been focusing solely on qualifying set-up, to which he said: “No, definitely not because the race is where it is going to be decided. Here you can overtake on this track, so you’ve got to have the race set-up nailed.”

“We’ve learned that it is pointless driving at lunchtime because we don’t learn anything because the race is in the evening and it’s such different conditions. After that in the evening we learned that we were very quick on one lap again and the Ferrari is very dangerous to us on the long run because they have serious pace.” (Images © Mercedes)

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