• Abu Dhabi Grand Prix - FP2

Rosberg focuses on race pace

ESPNF1 Staff
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Nico Rosberg: "We concentrated mainly on race pace and I covered a lot of laps" © Getty Images

Nico Rosberg is not concerned about his 20th-place finishing position in second practice at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix as he elected to focus on race pace rather than one-lap performance.

Rosberg completed a mammoth 41 laps in second practice but bucked the trend by failing to set the usual low-fuel fast lap. However, he said it was not a concern as the team had chosen to use his car to focus on a heavy-fuel set-up for Sunday's race.

"It was a positive start to the weekend for me," Rosberg said. "We achieved some good set-up work, and I had good long runs today. We concentrated mainly on race pace and I covered a lot of laps, so I'm feeling confident for tomorrow. It was also great fun to drive on this fantastic track which I like very much."

Michael Schumacher showed what the Mercedes was capable of with the seventh fastest time in second practice and is also confident of a strong weekend.

"I am reasonably happy with our work in the two sessions today, and considering that we managed to work the car well, I'd say it was a good day," Schumacher said. "Obviously we have our limits to operate within, but we maximised what we have in hand, and the car felt very good. We now have to see how we can transform this work into our weekend and maybe grab some more points on a track which today was very consistent."